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FAQs - Clinical Massage

What is clinical massage?
Clinical massage is a method of massage therapy that creatively combines and applies a range of advanced bodywork techniques to achieve a specific outcome – usually to get people out of pain or reduce it significantly enough to improve quality of life.

How does clinical massage differ from sports massage?
Many of the techniques used in clinical massage therapy are the same as those used in sports massage, but they are applied to a different type of patient (namely the general public as opposed to an athlete or sports person) in a different type of way.

Techniques include deep tissue work, soft tissue release, myofascial release, hot and cold therapy, acupressure, trigger point therapy and stretching. These are combined creatively to provide the most effective treatment for the individual.

Another feature of clinical massage is the emphasis on self-care. The therapist will discuss lifestyle issues if appropriate or teach the patient to do exercises or relaxation techniques at home to ensure that they are fully involved and in control of their recovery.

What sort of conditions can be treated?
Conditions that can be effectively treated include: 
stiffness/pain in the low back, neck and shoulders (including sciatica and frozen shoulder) 
RSI conditions (eg: tennis elbow)
carpal tunnel syndrome
migraine, headaches and jaw pain
leg, knee and foot pain (including plantar fasciitis)
and many more (just ask!)

People with long term medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, ME, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS and depression can also benefit.

How many treatments are required?
It depends on the condition and how long it has been present. To achieve a specific outcome think “fix in six”, but usually 2 – 3 one hour treatments will produce a significant effect or even solve the problem. Chronic conditions such as frozen shoulder can take more than six. For long-term medical conditions and illnesses such as fibromyalgia, cancer or HIV a long-term approach with treatments every month or fortnight is beneficial.

Who can benefit from clinical massage?
Everyone! Our bodies are our most important resource and we need to look after them. Inviting the listening touch of a trained intuitive bodyworker who takes an holistic approach to their work is on of the most rewarding investments a person can make. While a clinical massage treatment will focus on a specific problem the therapist still treats the whole person and one outcome should always be an increased sense of wellbeing and relaxation.