// soft tissue therapy
Soft Tissue Therapy approaches musculoskeletal pain by focusing on regaining functional movement through the use of sports massage and other soft tissue modalities. Treatment covers all minor and chronic injuries, whether caused via sport or any other lifestyle factors, using massage and other more advanced techniques.
It aims to identify the underlying causes of injury and offer more long-term improvements in physical well-being and injury prevention. Main-stream medicine may be good at treating more serious conditions but often waiting times for NHS appointments for musculoskeletal conditions are lengthy.
// the elements
Applying a range of assessment methods to determine whether Soft Tissue Therapy is appropriate and devise a suitable treatment plan for the individual client.
Applying a range of soft tissue techniques (including massage) to aid recovery from injury and improve soft tissue condition and joint mobility.
Offering advice on a range of remedial exercises and lifestyle factors aimed at speeding up recovery, preventing injury recurrence as well as improving posture, performance and function.
// advanced techniques
Neuromuscular technique -
Alleviates trigger points which cause pain, lack of mobility or dysfunction. Trigger points have characteristic referred pain patterns, meaning the site of your pain is usually not the primary source.
Joint mobilisation -
Uses measured movements to twist, pull or push bones and joints into the correct position. They can help to reduce pain in a joint or surrounding soft tissue, loosen tight tissues and alignment.
Muscle energy technique -
A technique that uses gentle isometric muscle contractions to relax and lengthen affected muscles in order to normalize joint motion.
Myofascial release -
A release technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure and traction on the skin to relieve fascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Used to increase circulation and release areas that are tight; particularly around joints and where there are adhesions within the muscles or tendons. Helps to create strong, flexible repair during the healing process.
// What to expect
On initial consultation the source of the pain and underlying musculoskeletal dsynfunction will be explored. This may include lifestyle and medical based conversation, as well as a detailed postural and range of movement assessment.
The soft tissue treatment will be individually tailored based on the specific issues presented. These can include a range of advanced sports massage techniques, flossing, cupping, taping and will require the patient to continue prescribed self-remedial exercises between treatments.
Hands-on manual approach for the treatment and management of soft tissue injury, pain and dysfunction. Integrating soft tissue techniques and movement analysis to regain functional movement patterns.
Individuals with musculoskeletal pain from misuse (over-loaded), overuse (too much, too soon) or disuse (poor technique/posture).