Clinical massage is an outcome-based treatment using a combination of techniques including deep tissue, trigger point therapy, therapeutic stretching, soft tissue release, hot and cold and myofascial release, aiming to get people out of pain and increase range of motion which can then help relaxation and relieve stress. As a clinical massage therapist my aim is to encourage your body's own healing through manual therapy, exercise and education.
Everyone is different and will be affected by their injury/pain condition in different ways. With clinical massage I work with you to build a bespoke clinical treatment plan based around the Eastern medical approach of treating the person and not the symptoms, putting you back in control of your recovery.
Unlike other therapies, clients are involved in the treatment, initially doing range of motion exercises before the treatment and during the massage giving feedback on trigger points and what levels of pain they are experiencing in order to increase the effectiveness of the treatment. Working slowly and sensitively, I work with the body, using a 'listening touch' to release tension and create more space in problem areas. Working this way means the massage shouldn't be painful - any discomfort will be the 'grateful pain' where the body feels tension before relief.
As well as helping to decrease general tension in the body, clinical massage can benefit conditions such as RSI, carpal tunnel, TMJ, low back pain, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis and headaches and can also benefit chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
Clinical massage therapists aim to 'fix in six' - it can take up to six sessions, but you should start to see significant results within two or three treatments. I also discuss stretches and lifestyle tips to help you, as the client, take control and give you techniques for managing future problems.
As I like to do a postural assessment before the massage to help identify muscle tightness and imbalance, please wear shorts (and a sports bra for women) or underwear that you feel comfortable in for me to do this.
Conditions Clinical Massage can help with:
Shoulder pain and injury
Neck pain and injury
Hip pain and injury
Knee pain and injury
Non-specific low back pain
TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder)