At Massage Derby we use an array of treatment techniques


Deep Tissue Massage – A traditional yet powerful method of affecting the fluid balance, network of knots, and the tone of your painful muscles and tendons.

Inhibition – A proven method that works in one of two ways: it briefly restricts your blood supply and stimulates your body’s healing mechanism, or discourages your motor nerves from firing so frequently.

PNF/MET – Here your own strength is used to relax and lengthen tight muscles. After a short phase of muscular contraction, there is a window of opportunity where the therapist can passively lengthen your tight or contracted muscle. This contraction-relaxation does not occur naturally in day-to-day living.

Articulation – Your joints are gently moved to stimulate the absorption of synovial fluid which feeds your restricted or damaged joints. If your joints are not moving properly then they will suffer from reduced nutrition.

Manipulations/HVTs – These techniques are direct joint adjustments that allow the muscles around your spine or joint to relax, thereby allowing a proper supply of blood to enter the joint. These high-speed, low-distance thrusts often create a pop or a crack that is completely normal and considered healthy when used appropriately. Often considered to be the main therapeutic tool of chiropractors, these are effective methods but are all the more effective when combined with articulation and massage. 

Soft Tissue Release (STR) – The technique involves applying precise force during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The aim is to appeal to the autonomic nervous system in a way that leads to the spontaneous release of the injured muscle, thus regaining the original resting length of that muscle. The result: fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue, the targeted muscle(s) return to the proper resting length, muscle imbalances are corrected, associated pain is decreased or eliminated altogether, and muscle performance is improved. Results are often obtained quickly and permanently.

Ultrasound (US) – Much healthy debate rages regarding this method of affecting tissues.

In 2012 the Journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders published good quality research in a paper entitled The Effect of Continous Ultrasound on Chronic Non-Specific Low Back Pain (NSCLBP). In this research paper, 50 patients were randomized into two groups. The first group received therapeutic ultrasound (US) and exercise whereas the second group unknowingly received a placebo ultrasound plus exercise. After the intervention was administered three appropriate outcomes measures were used to compare the two groups. Measures were taken before and after the ultrasound and after one month. Results: Both groups experienced significant improvements in function, the range of motion and pain. The group which received the therapeutic ultrasound recorded significantly greater improvements in function and range of motion. 

It is unclear if the therapists delivering the placebo actually knew they were delivery a sham treatment. 

For up to date information regarding Ultrasound see www.electrotherapy.org

For guide discussion by Dr. Tim Watson of Hertfordshire University on Ultrasound see Link.


Will Treatment Hurt?

There may be a brief period of discomfort when we engage with your muscles and tendons. We will monitor this discomfort. The pressure of our fingers assists how your body recognizes injuries. Too much discomfort will cause you to guard, that means our pressure is excessive and the muscles go into a over toned state to resist the pressure! This is to be avoided.

Will I be sore after treatment?

Your treatment is aimed to improve how your body moves and works. Where you experience tightness, pain, loss of freedom and loss of mobility the initial repair process will initiate what is known medically as the Inflammatory Phase, where when we correct either the position of your body or cause change in your tissues your immune system recognizes the change and briefly directs white blood cells into the area to facilitate the repair process, that may take up to 72 hours. You may experience at this time soreness and tiredness. This is often experienced like after a gym workout with soreness that passes in time as the body heals and gets stronger.

Should I train after treatment?

By train we mean return to the physical activity that you love and have stopped because you were in pain. Vigorous exercise like digging, circuits, weights, sprinting etc done on the same day may cause the return of your pain.

Why? As we adjust your body and moderate the length and strength of your muscles, the Nervous System, that operates the body is only updated when you sleep or meditate. Until you sleep the operating programme of the body is not ready to train.

As we sleep or meditate the special repair cells called Glial cells that are only found in the nervous system are able to maintain or repair the brain. 

Do I need a series of osteopathic treatments?

It is likely that your coming for treatment has been weeks, months or maybe even years in the building. Pain in our bodies is a culmination of damage, tiredness, diet, stress, exercise, daily postures and the affects of medication, where the body tries but fails to adapt. Often our aches and pains resolve naturally on their own.

At university, we were instructed that as a rule-of-thumb for every month that you have had the pain will require one treatment.

Osteopaths are required by law to be honest and clear in our communication with clients. We can ultimately be struck off the register of osteopath’s.