Why Soft Tissue Therapy?
Soft tissue therapy offers a range of opportunities for your body to heal with the help of a qualified therapist. It can offer you techniques, lifestyle changes and above all, the awareness, to keep you feeling great.
‘Soft tissue’ refers to the type of body structures that are targeted in a treatment session. The intricate system that is the body includes
- Muscles, tendon and ligaments,
- Fascia (superficial and deep)
- Fluids such as blood, lymph, interstitial fluid (between cells)
- Arteries, veins, lymph nodes and channels.
- Nerves and motor programs (brain maps that direct movement/ dysfunctional patterns)
How Soft Tissue Therapy can help
Sometimes, through injury, poor upkeep, or just day-to-day living our bodies can start to feel pain. Soft tissue therapy can help by reducing pain and treating functional problems.
Conditions that respond especially well to Soft Tissue Therapy include, but are not limited to;
- Random muscle aches and pain that move around the body
- Neck and lumbar spine disc bulges
- Poor posture- rounded shoulders and sway backs
- Functional and structural scoliosis of the spine
- Growing pains in children and adolescents
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Muscle tears (recovery phase)
- Tendon and bursitis conditions
- The need to increase range of motion eg. Shoulder and thoracic spine flexibility
- Computer posture and repetitive strain injuries
- Tennis and golfers elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tension headaches and some migraines
- Erasing Compensation patterns post injury and post surgery
- Post joint surgeries (once consultant/physio approval has been given)
- Adrenal fatigue and central fatigue (nervous system burnout)
- Unusually rigid tight muscles throughout the body
As a fully trained Soft Tissue Therapist, I draw on many tools to help get you out of pain and back on with your life
- Remedial massage
- Trigger point release
- Myofascial release
- Passive tissue tensioning techniques
- Muscle energy techniques
- PNF pain elimination techniques
- First stage exercise rehabilitation
- Breathing retraining
- Relaxation massage techniques to in aid recovery from central fatigue (nervous system burnout)
Why all of these techniques?
When Soft Tissue Therapy techniques (e.g Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy or Passive Tissue Tensioning) are added to a massage session, it generally results in better and longer lasting effects on the tissues.