Soft Tissue Therapy (STT) covers a wide range of techniques needed to treat all kinds of soft tissue problems.
Qualified soft tissue therapists manage, manipulate and rehabilitate muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue to try and restore the natural balance, movement and function of the body.
STT works directly through pressure, movement and manipulation of the superficial tissues and indirectly by stimulating the vascular, nervous and lymphatic systems. The effects help to improve the condition of the tissue locally and have wide reaching systemic effects on the body as a whole.
Soft tissue therapists use remedial (curative) massage techniques derived from traditional Swedish and deep tissue massage as well as techniques from physiotherapy and osteopathy. How much of one technique or the other is used in a treatment depends on the nature of the problem. Typical techniques include
- MET (muscle energy techniques) stimulate the muscle’s natural stretch response to release tension
- STR (soft tissue release) creates a deep stretch throughout all the fibres in a muscle
- NMT (neuromuscular / trigger point techniques) desensitizes hyper-irritable points in a muscle
- Fascial Release reduces or eliminates adhesions in the connective tissue surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments allowing increased tissue and nerve movement
- Kinesio Taping
Who is it for?
- Professional athletes
- Amateur athletes
- Social sport players
- Sports teams
- Musicians, dancers, performers
- Anyone who wants to feel better!