“The scope and practice of the sports and remedial massage therapist includes the assessment of the soft tissues of the body to help prevent and manage dysfunction, injury, pain or physical disorders. This is achieved by the physical manual manipulation of the soft tissues with supportive advice on exercise and training. Sport and remedial massage is not just for sports people but can help EVERYBODY.”
(The Institute of Sport & Remedial Massage)
The skilled application of soft tissue therapy is extremely effective for the release of muscle tension and the restoration of balance to the musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly this can help with injury prevention that might otherwise lead to overuse injuries which are the result of an accumulation of trauma or tension in the muscles from regular activity.
Most people are unaware of muscle damage until they are serious enough to cause discomfort or impede performance, eventually resulting in altered posture and leading to biomechanical and functional problems. Identification of soft tissue problems is a key task for the therapist who, using a combination of techniques, aims to help the individual maintain or return to a much better state of physical health.
These benefits can help to relieve many conditions and long term causes of discomfort such as: