Frequently Asked Questions.

Here are some common questions about Soft Tissue Massage.

Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Soft Tissue Therapist?
All treat musculoskeletal pain.
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.

Cautionary Advice:
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?
Ideally, comfortable, tight-fitting underwear (back opening bra) or sportswear. However, you will also be draped to conceal your modesty.
Will the room be private?
Yes, however, if you would prefer a friend to come along there is space to sit and wait.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary depending on the individual and will be discussed after your first treatment.
How long is each treatment?
30, 60 or 90 minute sessions.
Should I talk?
The client should feel relaxed.  Please feel comfortable to be silent; there will be background music. If you have a preference of genre just ask.  Please also feel comfortable to ask any questions. It is your treatment…
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.

Will it hurt?
Depending on the techniques used there will be varying amounts of pressure applied. The treatment should be within the individual clients’ pain threshold. This will be discussed and adapted to your specific requirements.
Does it matter if I am hairy?
No. Specific oils will be used to prevent pulling of the area.
What creams and oils will you use?
Depending on the techniques used, skin types and the amount of hair on the area treated, there may be non-perfumed and scented lotions, wax and oils used.
What if I snore or make some other type of noise?
Don’t worry about it! Massage can help you relax and can have a beneficial effect on your digestive system.
If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
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