About Massage & Soft Tissue Therapies

Sports massage & soft tissue therapy

What are sports massage & 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 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 skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, the connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage. Therapy of these soft tissues requires management, manipulation and rehabilitation to any individual regardless of whether they are involved in a sport or not.

You won’t be surprised to discover that sports massage and soft tissue therapy share a lot of features in common, however.

Sports massage

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. It is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.

Soft tissue therapy

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 sports background, we treat everyone and, secondly, in your soft tissue therapy session, a variety of other techniques may be used by the therapist to provide appropriate treatment. These techniques include:

  • muscle energy techniques
  • soft tissue release
  • assisted stretching
  • deep tissue friction
  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • cupping and acupuncture

At Swansea Body Kinetics, our initial consultation aims to ensure you get the appropriate treatment, whichever is the more suitable.

What happens at a treatment session

During your first appointment, your therapist will go through a detailed case history covering all aspects of the problem you are presenting with. They will also ask you some questions about your general health. Once they have a good understanding of your problem, they will examine you, and you may be asked to perform some simple movements.

They will use their observation skills and hands to find areas of restriction, tenderness, weakness or strain. Once the therapist is satisfied that they understand the problem you have they will move on to hands-on treatment.

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