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Soft Tissue Therapy is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is applicable not just to sports people but to anybody wishing to guard against or recover from a soft tissue injury.

The techniques used by soft tissue therapists have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results are gained from each massage given. Soft Tissue Therapy may:

  • Improve circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
  • Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
  • Increase or decrease muscle tone
  • Increase or decrease muscle length
  • Remodel scar tissue when required
  • Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation

You do not need to be a sports performer to benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy. The benefits above can also help relieve the many day to day problems, repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension, fatigue, that everyone experiences. Many Soft Tissue Therapists work with a great range of clients in assisting with preventive treatment and injury recovery.

If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example:

  • The conditioning / training phase
  • Pre competition
  • Inter competition
  • Post competition
  • Post travel
  • Injury prevention
  • Injury recovery

Regardless of your experiences in sport or exercise, whether you exercise socially or compete to an international level - Soft Tissue Therapy may have something to offer you.

Members of the SMA will be able to identify anyone for whom Soft Tissue Therapy would be ill-advised or detrimental to their short or long-term well being. They will assess each individual and provide the appropriate massage techniques, and advise on alternative action if required.

Shirley Jarvis-Winkle

I joined our team at The Rushden Chiropractic Clinic in late 2019 as a qualified Sports Massage Practitioner. My strengths include a professional and diligent approach to the application of treatment to my patients, whilst being easy going and approachable to put my patients at ease. I am a local lady who studied at Moulton Northampton college and qualified as a Sports Massage Practitioner in June 2012 and my interests in this field of work comes from a passion for sports and fitness, and a determination to remain active as part of my personal well-being. My aim is to provide treatment and advise to ensure patients recovery quickly and regain mobility so that they can continue to enjoy an active and mobile life.

Along side being a Sports Massage therapist, I also have a passion for Holistic therapy in which I had been doing for a few years prior to re study in Sports Massage. The Holistic Therapies I offer are Hot Stones, Swedish, Indian Head and Pregnancy Massage. The benefits from these treatments are wonderful, relaxing, and beneficial to your Health and Wellbeing.