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