Soft Tissue Therapy & Remedial Massage
In almost every case – yes! Often traditional exercises or a weekly pilates class are not enough on their own to relieve pain, loosen aching muscles and correct movement patterns. So that our sore spots go away and stay away, regular soft tissue therapy is greatly recommended.
Repetitive occupational tasks (whether from a desk based or a physical job), carrying of small children, lack of core stability, stretching and also structural issues such as flat feet or a curved lower spine can all contribute to pain and stiffness.
Massage treatment is suitable for all ages, types of body and conditions, ranging from Osgood Schlatters in a 12 year old to osteoporosis in a 75 year old. Everyone can benefit from regular soft tissue treatment.
The only difference between a sports massage and remedial soft tissue therapy is that sports massage will often focus on treating a specific condition caused either by an acute injury such or where tissues have become chronically tight due to over-training or lack of proper warm-up / stretching.
The term sports massage has evolved simply because it is a style of massage that all kinds of athletes use to help improve their performance, recover more quickly from tough training sessions and remain alert to any niggles that could develop into an injury.
But whether sporty or not, we all only have one skeleton and we need to look after it!
Soft tissue therapy uses a range of treatments including massage, assisted stretching and neuromuscular techniques to help relax and realign the soft tissue, breakdown scar tissue and “wake up” weaker muscles by helping to stimulating the neural pathways. An ISRM qualified therapist will know how to assess, treat, reassess and help to re-habilitate. They will always discuss with you what they feel needs to be done and why.
- Occupation and sports related pain and injury.
- Pregnacy and post natal conditions – my six years experience with this type of client means I really understand what bits can hurt and why!
- Teenagers and pre-teens especially with recovery from training/competition or if going through a growth spurt.
- Stiff neck and shoulders, headaches and migraines.
- Back, hip and knee pain including sciatica.
- Foot and ankle, wrist and arm pain.
- Rehabilitation from illnesses such as respiratory tract diseases and ME.
- Chronic conditions such as IBS or asthma
The Benefits of Soft Tissue Therapy
Releasing tight fibres and stimulating weaker ones will correct imbalances, loosen stiff spots and ease pains
Massage can ease breathing and counteract stress related conditions
Massage also stimulates the release of endorphins – the body’s natural pain killing hormone
Massage improves the micro circulation which supplies cells with oxygen and nutrients and stimulates the removal of waste products
The lymphatic system has to rely on the quality of our muscles in order to provide cells with water, oxygen and other nutrients
Massage directly stimulates and invigorates the lymphatic drainage system
Digestion & Breathing
Both the respiratory and the digestive system can be affected by stress, poor posture, surgical scars and chronic conditions such as asthma and IBS
Soft tissue work will help free up the structures that support our visceral organs
It also encourages the production of gastric juices and saliva which promote a healthy digestive tract
The positive sensory input of massage stimulates happy hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin
Regular treatments can help lower stress-causing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline