Frequently Asked Questions
If you are still not sure if our service is right for you here are some answers to your questions.
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Everyone who has experienced musculoskeletal pain, niggles, chronic immobility or post trauma rehabilitation issues should consider a focused soft tissue approach. This is the most overlooked element of many other therapies and yet potentially so helpful. It can be utilised as an adjunct to current treatments or an alternative. There are a number of people who turn to soft tissue therapy as a last resort and find it to have been the missing piece of the puzzle all along.
Yes. Unless you have a very complicated history and/or assessment preliminary treatment is essential to help us gauge how best we might continue.
This is determined by how we (you and your therapist) feel you respond to some experimental treatment in your first consultation.
We offer a discounted package of 5 (first consultation plus x3 follow-up and a review session) as we feel that if by your review session you haven’t experienced enough change or benefit we may have to consider other options.
Not everyone need even bother with these five sessions however, with most people we can estimate a likely treatment plan after the initial consult and it may well be less than 5 for everyday niggles, aches and pains… plenty of our regulars pop in for one session as and when they feel a ‘top-up is required’.
We do recommend:
- At least a couple of check-ups a year for moderately active people.
- Regular monthly check ups for very active people.
- Weekly to fortnightly for people in training, usually for a specific event OR for people trying to get on top of a specific chronic injury or trauma in its early stages.
For these people, once the initial issues have been overcome, maybe through a combination of soft tissue therapy and other rehabilitative therapies such as physio and chiropractic or even surgery, they will be able to reduce to monthly or even annual check-ups.
This is not Physiotherapy and your Soft Tissue Therapist is not a ‘Physiotherapist‘.
Soft Tissue Therapy is a discipline in its own right, bringing together long established soft tissue techniques from all fields of practice, combining them with the latest developments in manual therapy reseach, neurophysiology concepts and fascia science. Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy & Sports Massage is not a replacement for other specialist treatments but may be a good alternative depending on the needs and feelings of the individual patient. Remedial Soft Tissue Therapy may work exceptionally well when used alongside other specialist treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathy and may therefore be an excellent addition to any rehab programme or treatment protocol unless specifically stated otherwise.
Your therapist should display an open and enthusiastic attitude toward any other treatment you may be receiving and be more than willing to liase with your GP, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath or any other health care practitioner, complementary or otherwise. Referrals to other specialists are always made where necessary and you can rely on your therapist to refer you to a relevant and high standard practitioner where needed. RESTORE will only refer to the very best practitioners available based on their reputation (which must be outstanding) and our experience regarding their handling of past referrals.
Patients are advised to wear normal loose clothing or sports kit. It is not always necessary to be in any state of undress unless specific soft tissue work is required. All patients are requested to come suitably equipped with a pair of sports shorts, leggings or running/cycling tights and appropriate sports tops or normal upper body clothing. Plain sports shorts and/or treatment gowns can be provided and are considered essential for all female patients.
No, sorry. Only Healthshield or Westfield Health will pay out for Soft Tissue Therapy and Sports Massage. Allthough some individuals’ private company health cover will sometimes accept an invoice from us. Always worth a try.