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Our Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy?

All of these treatments are for musculoskeletal pain and involve a lot of hands-on therapy include joint and muscle manipulation.

Physiotherapy is the only treatment available on the NHS and usually focuses on the problem area presented and then follows defined treatment protocols for most conditions. Great emphasis is placed on rehabilitation programmes of exercises and correct movement to regain as much function as possible (for example breathing or range of movement).

Osteopathy is an alternative treatment that looks at the musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints and bones). Osteopaths work from the viewpoint that all body systems are interconnected and that the body is self-healing; so they aim to restore muscular imbalances to allow the body to heal itself, using touch, massage, passive joint movement, and thrust techniques ("cracking") to rebalance the body.

Chiropractic is also an alternative treatment for manipulating the spine and using other techniques to restore full range of spinal movement.

Remedial massage, sometimes referred to as sports massage, focuses on the muscles within the musculoskeletal system. It looks at the way that the musculoskeletal system works as a whole and focuses on the way that a particular person is compensating for injury or dysfunction through their lifestyle. It seeks to address both the symptoms and the causes of those symptoms. It involves deep tissue massage, neuromuscular techniques, passive and active stretching.

How many treatments should I have?

The answer will depend on each individual case, but our aim is to help fix the cause as quickly as possible as well as relieve the symptons. We will also advise on how to prevent future problems to give you the best value for money.

What should I wear?

Something that is comfortable, and also that you are comfortable to be seen in. We need to see your body to be able to fully assess you, so lycra gym shorts (and back fastening bras for ladies) are ideal. We will always manage your modesty carefully with towels etc., but if this will make you uncomfortable, we can also work through your clothes. If this is the case, please give us a call to discuss the best clothing options for your treatment.

I am already receiving other treatment; can I still have a massage?

Absolutely. Soft tissue treatment is often a good supplement to other skeletal treatments such as osteopathy / chiropractic. Your current practitioner may already incorporate soft tissue treatment into their treatment, so ask them for more details if you are unsure. Similarly, if we think you would benefit from skeletal treatment alongside your massage, we will recommend someone.

Do I need a full hour of treatment?

We always recommend a full hour for the first time you receive treatment for a new problem area. This allows us to fully manipulate the whole area. After which we can provide shorter 35 minute sessions to work on a specific element that may need stretching.

How often should I have a sports massage?

This depends on your budget and time available. Ideally individuals would benefit from massage once a month to help prevent injury, but realistically every quarter will help. Even once a year is better than nothing.