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.

MORE Frequently asked questions

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. 

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

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