Soft tissue therapy is a term that appropriately qualified massage therapists are using to describe their work as the techniques used during treatments may extend beyond pure massage strokes. These include neuromuscular technique, soft tissue release, myofascial release and muscle energy techniques. Level 5 therapists are introduced to these techniques during their training and then can go on to do more advanced training in them after they qualify.
Massage is part of soft tissue therapy and helps to relieve muscular aches, pain and tension whether caused by sporting activity, repetitive or stressful daily activities, injury or illness and prolonged inactivity. It benefits both acute and long standing conditions. Massage is also helpful where there is mental and emotional tension as it promotes relaxation and a sense of well being. It is suitable for everyone of all ages and occupations. Remedial massage is a term sometimes used to describe the use of specialist techniques tailored to the needs of the individual patient. It can help with postural, accident and work related muscular problems such as whip lash, headaches, sciatica, RSI and back and neck stiffness or pain. It is beneficial alongside other treatments to ensure good recovery from surgery and injury.
Treatment includes postural and movement assessment to identify underlying factors; exercises and stretches may be recommended alongside massage to achieve lasting benefit.