Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue therapy is a form of treatment which combines traditional therapeutic and sports massage techniques with soft tissue release, deep tissue massage, trigger point work and lymphatic drainage.

During a massage treatment the soft tissues (muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons, skin) are manipulated with the aim of correcting soft tissue imbalances that are most often caused from repetitive movements, physical activity, sitting positions and posture and traumas.

Although sports massage suggests its use for sporting individuals, actually it is the activities of everyday life that are the most common causes of muscular and postural imbalances.  Some examples that clients present with:

  • Picking up and carrying small children
  • Long driving journeys
  • Sitting in front of a computer for long periods
  • Returning to exercise at a high level immediately without an adjustment period
  • Returning to exercise too soon after injury
  • Lifting with the back and not the legs
  • Wearing high heels all day
  • Ignoring a ‘niggle’ that they have felt

During these repetitive or overuse activities, small minute tears in the soft tissues can occur and as they are repaired they form scarred tissue known as adhesions within the muscles.  These adhesions can build up and cause muscular imbalances and if not treated then can lead to a muscular injury.

Massage and soft tissue techniques relieve the build ups of adhesions, breaking them down so injury is less likely to occur and muscles do not develop serious imbalances.  This is why I explain to my clients that a massage treatment should be seen as a maintenance of the muscles and not just a form of recovery once already injured.

Most of the time I say listen to your body…….if there is a niggle or a chronic achy patch that never seems to go away then maybe it time for a postural assessment and a massage treatment to see if we can not only treat the problem but also try and find the cause!

Benefits of massage therapy include:

  • Release of muscle tension
  • Improved lymphatic drainage
  • Relief from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Improved posture

  • Improved flexibility

  • Feeling more relaxed

  • Better sleep
  • Assisting with injury healing and management

Services I offer are:

  • Soft tissue therapy/Sports massage
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Caesarean scar healing massage (can help reduce scarring and tissues heal better)
  • Abdominal massage (hugely beneficial for constipation relief)

Article courtesy of Rebecca Francis – To find out more call us on 01732 451979 (Sevenoaks) or click to contact us

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