• Becky DeMott Horton

What is Soft Tissue Therapy?

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Although Soft Tissue Therapy has its origins in sports and remedial massage it has evolved to be far more than that. So what is it and how can it help you?

The BTEC level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy was developed by the ISRM ( to give therapists the knowledge and skills required to assess, treat and rehabilitate minor and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and pain.

What do we mean by minor and chronic musculoskeletal injuries and pain?

Examples of conditions that Soft Tissue Therapy can be effective in the treatment of include -

  • Chronic lower back pain

  • Arthritis

  • Tendinopathy (also referred to as tendinitis)

  • Ankle sprains

  • Muscle strains

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Tennis / Golfers elbow

  • Knee pain

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Shoulder pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Neck pain

  • General muscle soreness

  • And many more…

Whether you already have a diagnosis from a healthcare professional or not, your Soft Tissue Therapist will be able to fully assess you and work with you to treat your injury or pain. Soft Tissue Therapists have a vast knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions and you can be confident that, should your condition require a higher level of care such as a G.P. or physiotherapist, they will refer you as appropriate. Soft Tissue Therapy can be effective as a standalone treatment, used alongside physiotherapy or as a continuation to rehabilitation and recovery following discharge from a physiotherapist.

What does treatment involve?

A range of advanced hands-on techniques, including massage, form a large part of a Soft Tissue Therapy treatment, however, that is not all we do. Advanced hands-on techniques have huge value

in the relief of symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries but to achieve lasting recovery it is also vital to treat the cause of the pain. This is where Soft Tissue Therapy becomes more than massage alone; as well as using hands-on techniques, your Soft Tissue Therapist will also be able to give you lifestyle and/or training advice, personalised, evidence-based rehabilitation programmes, strength & conditioning advice and help & support to be more mobile and less restricted by pain and/or injury.

Who is Soft Tissue Therapy for?

Anyone! Soft Tissue Therapists work with clients from all backgrounds and lifestyles. Whether your injury/pain is sport, work, accident, illness or general activity related Soft Tissue Therapy can be of great benefit. Your Soft Tissue Therapist will work with you to understand what your goals are and get you back to the activities that are important to you as soon as possible.

What if I just want a massage?

That's fine too! We understand that sometimes all you need is a deep-tissue, relaxing massage to help you unwind. Just let us know that's what you are after.

If you would like more information please get in contact to discuss how I can help you.

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