Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy, more than a ‘sports massage’
Having a massage is a great way of recovering from and/or preparing for training or competition, it
- Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
- Increases tissue permeability, aiding in the removal of waste products such as lactic acid and encouraging the muscles to take up fresh oxygen and nutrients helping them to recover quicker.
- Aids in the stretching of the tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, so releasing any tension or pressure build up.
- Breakdown of scar tissue.
- Improves tissue elasticity
But what about the causes and prevention of injury and pain, as well as improving performance and everyday quality of life?
The majority of people who participate or compete in sport also experience the physical and emotional stresses of a job and family life too, therapist’s often find that what may initially appear to be a sports related injury actually has more to do with an underlying postural or occupational factor.
Soft tissue therapy takes into consideration all of those factors and includes sports massage with in a treatment frame work of:
- Injury assessment
- Postural assessment
Advanced treatment techniques such as Soft tissue release, muscle energy, trigger point, myofascial and positional release.
Remedial exercise advice to:
- Improve recovery
- Prevent injury
- Improve posture and function
This is not just beneficial for the athlete or sports person, but for anyone who is suffering with muscular pain and dysfunction.
If you are experiencing aches and pains, come in and see one of our massage therapists, all specialists in … ahh that’s better!
Blog by Caroline Kinnane
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist
Pea Green Physio