Here are some common questions about Soft Tissue Massage.
Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Soft Tissue Therapist?
All manual therapies.
All trained to a high level of knowledge in human anatomy and physiology.
There are many similarities but all different.
Available on the NHS (subject to availability) & Privately.
Treatment includes Musculoskeletal, Neuromuscular, Cardiovascular & Respiratory systems.
Physiotherapy is approximately 60% hands-on with observation and ultrasound. Focusing on the problem area presented with rehabilitating, stretching and strengthening exercises to correct movement and improve function.
Osteopathy is not available on the NHS, only privately.
Treatment concentrates on the musculoskeletal system.
Approximately 90% hands on with observation. Focusing on the body as a whole to restore muscular imbalances using massage, passive joint movement, and thrust techniques (“cracking”) to realign the body.
Chiropractic has limited availability on the NHS so most appointments are private.
Treatment of the muscular system and nervous system.
Focusing on neck and back pain with a combination of manipulation and adjustments of the spine, X-rays, scans, blood tests, advice on self-help, therapeutic exercises and lifestyle changes.
*Soft Tissue Therapist:
Not available on the NHS, only privately.
Treatment of the musculoskeletal system.
Approximately 90% hands on with assessment and observation of the musculoskeletal system as a whole. Focusing on over/underuse and dysfunction due to lifestyle and injury; aiming to improve the symptoms and the cause with deep tissue massage, neuromuscular techniques, passive and active stretching. It also ‘steals’ relevant movement patterns from physiotherapy and some joint manipulation from osteopathy.
A *Soft Tissue Therapist is the referral to a qualified therapist registered with the Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage (ISRM). Whilst the terms “chiropractor”, “physiotherapist” and “osteopath” are protected, anyone can call themselves a massage therapist, so please do research who you are seeing before your visit.
What should I wear?
Will the room be private?
How many treatments will I need?
How long is each treatment?
Should I talk?
Are there any reasons I cannot be massaged?
Acute inflammation, open wounds, bone fractures, joint dislocations, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins (immediate area), infectious skin diseases (bacterial or fungal), fever.
Treated with caution:
Melanoma, bleeding disorders (haemophilia) Type 1 diabetes, pregnancy – 1st trimester, high blood pressure.