17 Frederick Street
Tel: 01509 556101 Mob: 07971 192787
Complementary Therapy (ASCT)
The Active School of
17 Frederick Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3BH
Tel 1: 01509 551513 Tel 2: 07971 192787
Massage therapy has a recorded history dating back some three thousand years to the beginnings of human civilisation. Throughout history it has been used by various societies to treat malfunctions of the soft tissues of the human body.
In the late 20th century massage therapy once more began to be used within sport, and from the mid 1980's a number of organisations started offering part-
Sport & Remedial Massage
Many of the graduates of these early courses became full time working therapists (and/or tutors) developing their careers through advanced training and ever-
Soft Tissue Therapy
With a higher level of clinical skill therapists attracted clients with injury problems who were not involved in dedicated sport. With less than 10% of the adult population involved in regular sporting activities, this non-
As the profession continued to develop clinical skills to meet the wider challenges, training courses (particularly the BTEC Course offered by ASCT and the other ISRM schools) have developed and been improved further. The BTEC course was extended to one year and a new textbook was published to establish this new clinical level of Soft Tissue Therapy.
Why Soft Tissue Therapy Evolved
Soft Tissue Therapy has evolved over many years, not just because of our desire and passion to become better therapists but also in response to the changing healthcare needs of the clients who seek our help.
We have seen how the financial strain on the National Health Service has made it less able to fund the treatment of minor and chronic injuries. Although considered only minor in medical terms these are painful conditions that can seriously affect your life, and if left untreated they can lead to much more complex problems later on. But without NHS funding more people have to look to the private sector for help. But even here the private health insurance companies are cutting right back on what they will pay out for treating minor and chronic injuries so even the people with insurance have to pay for this treatment out of their own pockets
We have also seen changes in the training of physiotherapists over the last 10 years which has made it become predominantly exercise-
Soft Tissue Therapy has evolved to fill the vacuum that has developed in the treatment of minor and chronic injuries in mainstream healthcare today. It is on a much higher clinical level than the sports massage we started off with and as well as playing a much more important role in society it also offers a far more satisfying and rewarding life-
What Do Soft Tissue Therapists Do?
A Soft Tissue Therapist can safely assess, treat and rehabilitate acute or chronic minor soft tissue* conditions caused by injury, sport, lifestyle stress or illness. As well as the primary problem they analyse a wide range of other contributory factors so they can provide treatment and advice to help prevent further injury and improve physical well being in the longer term.
*Soft Tissues – mainly the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue.
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