Often various activities of our day e.g. desk work, driving and sleeping can overload the body on one side, resulting in a build up of tissue on that side to make it stronger. On the other hand, if you don’t use parts of your body, they can become hypotonic and inactive – setting up soft tissue imbalances that can then play out on the bike.
Soft tissue imbalances coupled with the repetitive motion of constant training can cause the body to lay down restrictive adhesive tissue that binds soft tissue structures such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves. Until these adhesions and hypertonic area are addressed, fluid pedalling technique and power production can be difficult to sustain and injuries and pain can begin to emerge.
A soft tissue treatment will involve an assessment of an individual’s posture, biomechanics, range of movement and neural structures to ascertain the most appropriate type of manual therapy techniques for your injury or painful area. This may include trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy and broad hand techniques.
Soft tissue therapy is not just for injuries: often cyclists can benefit from a recovery type massage post a big race, a challenging event or a hard training session. Even just sitting in the office all day can mean a soft tissue session is needed to reach your potential.
The benefits of a soft tissue therapy session to decrease pain, muscle tension and increase range of motion is certainly not limited to cyclists. Vicki has over 20 years of experience treating the full range of conditions and clients. As a movement therapist, soft tissue therapist and sports coach, Vicki has a passion for her clients to feel better, move better and perform better, whether this involves performing at an elite level in sport or meeting the challenge of moving freely and without pain in their daily activities.
Vicki believes that soft tissue therapy, Pilates and movement science go hand in hand. When there are soft tissue imbalances in the body, it is impossible to work to your full potential, and the combination of stability and strength enhancement along with soft tissue massage help remedy these limitations.