Whats the difference between Sports Massage and Sports Therapy?
You cannot massage a sport, only a person who happens to do sport as part of their lifestyle. It is just massage with an emphasis on the techniques that may help athletes recover from, and prepare for sport.
Some ‘Sports massage’ training courses can be completed in a week or weekend and can often give the impression that they are something more than this, but in reality their training only covers this very limited scope of practice of standard massage techniques without understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal system.
Sports Therapy = Soft Tissue Therapy
Soft tissue therapy (STT) is the assessment, treatment and management (Read detailed descriptions and techniques used here) of soft tissue injury, pain and dysfunction primarily of the neuromusculoskeletal system.
You do not have to participate in sports to get musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, it can be due to daily stresses and lifestyle, it can be caused by your occupation, your posture and structure etc.
Soft Tissue Therapy Courses are typically a year long course to BTEC Level 5, this is one module off a degree level, and only not a degree because there is no dissertation involved as this time is spent gaining practical experience.
So the final point in this article, why call myself ‘CS Sports Massage & Soft Tissue Therapy’, well when many people are looking for a deep tissue massage most people think of and look for Sports massage, not many people search for Sports Therapy or Soft Tissue Therapy! To get the biggest audience and access to clients I needed to include Sports Massage as thats the most commonly used term in the industry and as per the above information it is not easy to differentiate without an understanding of the qualifications.