The Ashworth Practice - Therapeutic massage, massage therapy, manipulation, Chinese medicine. Bromley Park Medical Centre, Bromley, Kent BR1 2JQ

Therapeutic Massage

Massage is the oldest form of physical medicine known to man and can be traced back to the early Chinese medical manuscripts around 400BC.

Today, massage therapy is one of the fastest growing forces in the field of health care.

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body – the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

The therapist’s hands are their most important tool through which they not only treat their patients but also detect physical tension. Your body is palpated during treatment to determine the condition of the tissues and the likely source of any pain, and thus the correct form of remedial treatment.

Your initial session will last 60 minutes, and will take place in a quiet room on a massage table. The patient lies down and towels are used to cover the parts of your body not being worked on. The therapist will use either oils or talc and will work methodically around the whole body.

Massage therapy treats patients through four stages of healing

relief, correction, strengthening and maintenance.

At The Ashworth Practice we may recommend massage as a maintenance approach to patients who have received osteopathic treatment.