About Soft Tissue Therapy/Sports Massage

and how can it help you

Soft tissue therapy/sports massage is the scientific manipulation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic purposes involving the restoration to normal functional activity of the various structures of the body. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activities and to maintain it in optimal condition. Massage can be used in the conditioning and training phases of sport: pre-, inter- and post-competition, and post travel.
Due to the stress of modern life it is very easy to allow our bodies to become de-conditioned through inactivity. Aches and pains we just put down to over exerting or ageing can arise from poor sleeping positions, sitting down too much, unsuitable footwear or emotional stress. This can lead to tension throughout the body.

Tight muscles are more susceptible to injury
and can diminish range of motion.

Each treatment is tailored to the individuals needs and will incorporate a variety of advanced massage techniques.
These are used in combination to treat a range of different conditions.

Techniques used in sports massage include:

Deep tissue massage

Techniques to warm up and flush the soft tissues.

Trigger Point Therapy

Neuromuscular technique to treat soft tissue dysfunction.

Friction Techniques

Effective procedure to free adhesions & scar tissue.

Soft tissue release

Techniques to release local areas of soft tissue restriction.

Muscle energy techniques

To treat areas of myofascial restriction and to improve flexibility.

Positional release

Techniques to release chronic muscle tension.

Myofascial release

The fascia is a continuous web of tissue that covers the entire body, under the skin and surrounds individual muscles and groups of muscles. Myofascial restrictions are not shown on standard tests such as x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans, which means they are rarely diagnosed as the cause of chronic pain conditions. However, they may be described as adhesions. People with fascial restrictions are often prescribed medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs which will have no effect. Myofascial release techniques free up these restrictions.