Sports massage is one form of soft tissue therapy. Soft tissue therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, i.e. muscles, connective tissue/fascia, tendons, ligaments and joints. Soft tissue therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, soft tissue therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Your body is 70% soft tissue; I specialise in injuries, whether they are the result of everyday activities or from competing (at any level). At times the treatment can be tender due to the therapist needing to work through the superficial tissues into the deeper structures to locate the underlying cause of the pain or tension.
Soft tissue therapy benefits include increased mobility and flexibility of muscle tissue, increased feeling of well-being, relief from tension and stress, correction of muscular imbalances and decreased risk of injury.