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Soft Tissue Therapy vs Sports Massage

You’ve probably heard of sports massage but it is unlikely that you’ve heard of Soft Tissue Therapy before. Both are useful in their own rights, however they aren’t the same and offer different therapeutic approaches. So this blog is to help you understand what they are, how they differ and which one is right for you. Do you want a deep tissue massage or do you need something more therapeutic?

Sports Massage

Most people think of sports massage as painful massage treatment that is only for sports people. Often people like it because it works more deeply into the soft tissues than a spa style massage. But if you’re not some kind of sports person clearly this treatment isn’t for you! 

In reality sports massage is in fact suitable for anyone! The name is misleading, but aimed to differentiate this type of massage treatment away from the sex industry when it fist came in to popular use in the 80s. Is it always painful? Yes it can be, but an experienced massage therapist will adapt pressure to suit you. So tell them if it is too painful, it’s your treatment that you are paying for!

Many massage therapists may have only completed a weekend course or an online course with no hands on teaching.

Sports Massage blends together massage techniques including:

Often a whole body treatment is given. Pre event and post event sports massages are very popular with serious athletes. It does have its benefits regarding injury prevention and improved circulation but is less helpful in treating minor musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. Simply put when you book a sports massage you’re going to get just that a – massage.

Soft Tissue Therapists

Therapists have completed a higher level of qualification and use advanced techniques as shown below.


  • Myofascial Release
  • Neuromuscular Techniques
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release 
  • Positional Release
  • Sports Massage
  • Remedial Massage
  • Postural Assessment

They are likely to do a postural assessment and assess the range of movement of your joints. By asking you about your work, hobbies and activities they will then help you to understand the cause of your problems. Then the therapist will create a treatment plan, provide exercises and stretches that can be done at home to help you manage your symptoms.

You’re not going to get just a massage but a tailored approach to meet your needs as an individual. I have treated many people who have had sports massage treatments but not experienced the full benefits of soft tissue therapy before.

Benefits of Soft Tissue Therapy

  • Improved range of movement
  • Better circulation of blood and lymph 
  • Faster recovery from injury
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Boosts distribution of oxygen
  • Reduction of muscle tension
  • Improved sleep quality and duration
  • Supports the immune system
  • Produces endorphins
  • Releases scar tissue and adhesions

Who Is It Suitable For?

This therapy is suitable for people who experience muscular pain, tension, restricted movement, minor sprains or strains. This will offer more benefits than a generic sports massage. 

I regularly treat clients from many different industries and sports. Including trades people, retired people, hairdressers, runners, IT workers, walkers, black cab drivers, personal assistants, tennis players, office workers, cyclists and personal trainers

What it can Help:

  • Lower Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Restricted & painful movement through joints
  • Muscle strains
  • Sciatica
  • Pins and Needles in hands
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Arthritis 
  • Headaches

How to Book Your Soft Tissue Treatment

You can call me on 07811 388 339 or email me here. I am based in Derby Road, Gillingham, Kent. Sessions are for an hour and cost £45.00.

Carol Seaborne

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