What is Soft Tissue Therapy?
What is Soft Tissue Therapy?
Soft Tissue Therapy (STT) is the assessment, treatment and management of soft tissue injury, pain and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system.
A soft tissue therapist will use sports and deep tissue massage skills to treat you along with manual stretching, myofascial release and trigger point therapy.
What is the difference between Soft Tissue Therapy and Sports Massage?
The soft tissues of the body refer to muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Therapy of these soft tissues requires management, manipulation and rehabilitation to any individual regardless of whether they are involved in sport/exercise or not.
Patients will benefit from safe, effective and efficient results following treatment with a soft tissue therapist. The session differs to a general sports massage in a number of ways, firstly, clients are not all from a sport background, I treat everyone. Secondly, in your soft tissue therapy session a variety of other techniques may be used to provide an appropriate treatment.
These techniques include muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release, assisted stretching, deep tissue friction, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, electrotherapy and acupuncture. Therefore I am not limited by the title of sports massage and will provide a treatment that is right for you.
When do I need Soft Tissue Therapy?
STT can help you through a variety of injuries, aches, pains and stresses. I can help to treat:
- Neck, back and shoulder pain
- Posture associated with sedentary, driving or desk-based occupations
- Injury prevention
- Tense muscles and restricted movement
- Recovering from injury
- Post-exercise recovery
- Returning to sport
- Maintain/Improve flexibility
- New sport/training activity
How often should you have a Soft Tissue Therapy session?
Think of your first STT assessment as your body’s MOT. How well do you look after your car? Do you get it repaired when something isn’t quite right? Compare that to how often you look after your body. Think your car deserves more care and attention than you? Remember, without your own health you can’t look after others.
It is great that we are becoming more active but we are also modern busy people and time is the new currency. This means our own health and wellbeing is taken for granted. You don’t have to “just cope” with those niggles and annoying stiff muscles. A STT session with help to ease those symptoms enabling better recovery of your musculoskeletal system so you can perform daily functions with ease and reducing the risk of injury.
The frequency of treatment depends on individuals needs but can relate to how active you are, how long you’ve experienced the issue for and how your body responds. Regular STT ranges from twice per week to monthly as a good protocol.
Training hard and working full time?
Athletes look after their body with regular STT, so why shouldn’t you? In fact, you are packing more into your schedule with work, family, life and exercise but where is your recovery time scheduled? With busy lives, it is easy to miss out stretching sessions and cool downs. Therefore manual STT sessions will help you to gain maximum effect from your training sessions by promoting recovery and the strength of your musculoskeletal system.
How long will my STT session be?
Your first session will be an assessment session which includes treatment and will last for around 60 minutes. Ongoing sessions will be for between 30 and 60 minutes depending on activity, issue and response to treatment. On average, I treat my patients every two weeks to maintain their results long-term.