Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still not sure if our service is right for you here are some answers to your questions.

Is Sports Massage just for sports people?

No. The term ‘Sports massage’ was used historically to define the application of massage to athletes in a sports specific environment before its application and style became popular for everybody. Everyone loves a deep massage, right? As the profession developed and improved so too did the diversity of people benefiting from it. Therapists who developed with the advancement of the profession have since taken on the new official title of Soft Tissue Therapist with true ‘sports massage’ once again becoming a specialty within a broader context. While the term sports massage still hangs on the therapy is now far more comprehensive and relevant to anyone who cares to give it a try.

What does a Soft Tissue Therapist actually do?

The Soft Tissue Therapist brings together muscle release techniques from all other therapies and together they form the mainstay of our treatment approach. This may range from various facilitated stretching and active release techniques through to acupuncture and kinesiotaping… with every kind of massage and muscle release method in between. This can include orthodox Sports Massage or lymphatic drainage massage where applicable. Whatever is required to achieve the ultimate aim of muscular rebalancing while avoiding the need to manipulate or ‘crack’ joints. Of course, every soft tissue therapist is different with different specialisms and different ongoing educational interests. Although following the same basic approach and staying within the remit, each soft tissue therapist will have their own favored approaches and skill set. Some prefer to stick with good quality Sports Massage. Others are so called ‘problem solvers’ striving for an ever deeper understanding of the causes of muscular imbalance and compensation. At RESTORE our emphasis is placed upon motor control and learning. We look at how reflexes and brain dictated compensations are strategising your movements.

What are the 'Soft Tissues?'

Soft tissue refers to everything in the body that is not a bone! As soft tissue therapists we focus on the assessment and treatment of these soft tissues. Assessment is not diagnosis. Only your GP or Chiropractor can offer you an official diagnosis. Soft tissues include ligament, tendon, muscle, fascia (connective tissues), skin and the viscera (organs) although only those trained in visceral manipulation will be concerned with the organs. Your Soft Tissue Therapist will NOT use joint manipulation as may be used in Osteopathy and Chiropractic as this is not within the remit of soft tissue therapy.

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We are managing the situation in line with Government and and Governing body guidelines in the following ways: 

Additional to daily clinic cleaning routines at the start and end of each day; all floors, surfaces, door handles, window latches, card machine and light switches etc… will be disinfected between every patient additional to the treatment bench, consultation chairs, your therapists face visor and any tools that have been used.

Any consumables will be safely disposed of and replaced between patients.

The clinic will be relatively empty with all Kinesiotape, acupuncture needles and any other treatment tools stored away in sealed boxes and only opened when needed.

All towels, treatment gowns and bench covers will be removed (see below). We can also reassure our customers that despite no legal requirement to do so we have conducted a full risk assessment.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES:

  • PRE-TREATMENT SCREENING QUESTIONAIRE
    As per guidelines issued by the Government and our registering body the ISRM, we are required to ask you to complete and sign the attached COVID-19 screening questionnaire and the updated data protection form on page 2 for every appointment you attend.
    Please print off and fill out the form attached to the automatically generated email prior to attending your appointment. It will be added to your notes and re-signed with every visit.
    Alternatively, the form can be electronically filled, signed and returned by email and we will print it for you. This will minimise time spent in close contact performing paper work tasks on the day.

ON THE DAY:

  • STRICT TIMINGS
    There will be 15min between appointments to allow for cleaning, airing and disinfecting.

    Please be on time for your appointment rather than early as guidelines require us to prevent patients from having contact with each-other.

    There will be no functional waiting room at this time. Please also ensure that you leave the clinic room on time after your appointment is done.

    As per our standard clinic policies; If you are late, the session still falls within the scheduled appointment time. You will still need to leave on time to allow for a reasonable gap.

  • NO WAITING ROOM
    The waiting room will be empty and there will be no chairs. Patients will be required to wait at the first door to be greeted.

  • HAND SANITISING
    BEFORE ENTERING PREMISES Client and Therapist shall sanitise hands and should don face coverings.

  • TEMPERATURE SCREEN
    When you arrive we will meet you at the front door and take your temperature with a laser thermometer. Please be assured that each day prior to attending the clinic your therapist is required to do the same.

  • PAPERWORK
    For current patients we will simply need to re-sign the ‘COVID-19 screening questionnaire’ each time you attend.

    For new patients, a full consultation with the associated paperwork will be required as normal. Depending on the complexity of your consultation and initial assessments we can no longer guarantee that there will be a significant degree of treatment performed on that same day.

    New treatment programmes will now be modelled on the standard Chiropractic or Osteopathic format of first consultations proceeded by follow ups for treatment.

  • MASKS & VISOR
    Patients are advised to attend their appointment wearing their own masks and to take them away afterwards. Your therapist will also be wearing a mask for the duration.

    Government guidelines for “close contact workers” stipulate that masks must be worn by both parties throughout the appointment and that the therapist will also be required to wear a visor once the appointment actually begins. Don’t be alarmed, I may look like a cyberman but it is still me in there!

    We will have a supply of masks in stock should you find yourself short and we do ask that you take any mask away with you for safe disposal at the end of the session.

  • TOWELS, TREATMENT GOWNS, CLOTHING AND COUCH COVERS
    There will be no towels or treatment gowns available.

    Please attend dressed in suitable sports clothing, leggings or loose trousers and normal exercise tops.

    Couch paper will be used as normal but we will not use couch covers. We are opting to wipe down the bench with disinfectant between each patient instead.

  • TOILET AND WATER
    The facilities will be available as normal but we ask that you bring your own drinks if required. We cannot supply you with water.

  • PAYMENT
    No cash please. Payments can be made by card, our Paypal-me link (below) or BACS if you have not already paid online via the booking system.

  • LATE CANCELLATIONS FOR FEELING UNWELL
    No cancellation fee will be charged.
 

If you have previously had COVID-19 and have now recovered; treatment may proceed, unless:

• You were hospitalised
• You are still taking medication following the illness

In this situation you will need to seek approval from your GP before treatment can take place.

Treatment can proceed once GP approval has been granted. Please book in after this.

IF YOU ARE EXHIBITING ANY SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT BOOK IN. CONTACT YOUR GP OR 111.


Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms:
• high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If “the patient and household are COVID-19 SYMPTOM FREE & NOT in the High Risk Group” you are welcome to go ahead and book your appointment in the diary below as normal.

On completing your booking you will receive 2 emails. The regular confirmation PLUS another email with a COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire and visiting protocols document attached.

You will be required fill and sign this questionnaire and read the attendance protocols carefully prior to your attendance.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we can no longer allow partners or chaperones to attend the clinic. Please arrive alone for your treatment. This means we can no longer treat under 16’s.

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.

Due to COVID-19 we can no longer supply towels or treatment gowns. please arrive dressed appropriately. 

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.

Due to COVID-19 we can no longer offer 1 hour first consultations. All sessions will last for 40min for new patients and follow-ups alike. 

For new patients, a full consultation with the associated paperwork will be required as normal. Depending on the complexity of your consultation and initial assessments we can no longer guarantee that there will be a significant degree of treatment performed on that same day.

New treatment programmes will now be modeled on the standard Chiropractic or Osteopathic format of first consultations proceeded by follow ups for treatment.

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.

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. 

See the below video for an excellent explanation of our treatment approach...

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