Align SoftTissue Massage Therapy
Align SoftTissue Massage Therapy

What is Soft Tissue Massage Therapy?

What is Soft Tissue Massage Therapy?

 

Until recently Soft Tissue therapy was known as “Sports and Remedial Massage”. However it has come to be recognised that training to a level 5 BTEC qualification gives the therapist skills far beyond those required for a massage. The qualification includes training in advanced techniques which are targeted at specific treatment of issues within all soft tissues – muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. These techniques are learned against a background of a good knowledge of anatomy and physiology down to microscopic levels, and the synergy of the different systems of the body that can affect good function of the muscles and other soft tissues.

 

These advanced techniques include -

 - Neuromuscular techniques 
 - Muscle energy techniques
 - Soft tissue release
 - Friction
 - Tapotement

 

These skills can be used, for example, to -

 - Relieve pain and discomfort
 - Relieve tension 
 - Increase range of movement
 - Re-align compensatory muscle patterns that may develop following injury 
 - Lengthen muscle fibres that have become tight and short
 - Increase performance 
 - Reduce muscle soreness following exercise

 

 

I don't do any sports. Is it for me?

 

Indeed it is! 

Soft tissue massage therapy is for everyone as the stresses and strains of everyday life can cause pain and discomfort just as much as a sporting injury. Whether you are sitting at a computer all day or lifting, carrying and stretching your body can be subjected to tension, overstraining or repetitive use of your muscles. Soft tissue massage therapy can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by these daily pressures.

 

I am a keen sportsman. How can it help me?

 

Whether you are regularly taking part in sports or training for a one off event soft tissue massage therapy can –

- Enhance performance
- Assist in recovery from injury 
- Increase range of movement and flexibility
- Help to prevent injury
- Increase circulation and removal of waste products
- Alleviate tight and shortened muscle groups
- Relieve DOMS

 

Will it be painful?

It is a popular mis-conception that “Sports” massage is painful; however this should not necessarily be the case. Your therapist will work with you to find the best and most suitable techniques for you.

 

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