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“The pain, to my astonishment, disappeared entirely.”

Esther* had been suffering from back pain for over 20 years when she first made an appointment for massage therapy at The Forge Clinic.

The pain Esther experienced was on the right side of her thoracic spine (upper back) between the inside of her shoulder blade and her ribs. “The pain was so intense in the afternoons that it felt as though I was being stabbed with a knife,” she explains.

Initially Esther’s only relief from the pain was to lie down for an hour on a hot pad or take the painkiller, Ibuprofen.

However, over the years, she tried all kinds of treatments with the hope of easing her chronic back pain. These included physiotherapy and acupuncture on the NHS; private osteopathy; sports massage, and Alexander Technique. She also practised Pilates.

While she felt that Alexander Technique and Pilates were generally beneficial, she says: “No treatment or regime did anything to relieve the pain.”

Thoracic pain is notoriously difficult to diagnose, and this can be frustrating. Every specialist Esther consulted diagnosed her back pain problem as being caused by her career as a writer, which involves spending a great deal of time at a computer. Esther says: “One suggested that I switch using the mouse from my right to left hand. This made no difference.”

In search of some much-needed temporary relief, Esther decided to try a massage treatment at The Forge Clinic and arranged to have a consultation. After a full physical assessment and discussion of her symptoms, we suggested that Esther needed a clinical massage.

Clinical massage aims to treat specific conditions such as an area of pain or an injury with the focus on achieving an outcome of therapeutic benefit.

Esther’s treatment session began with a gentle manipulation of the fascia. This is the fibrous tissue that encloses the muscles, supporting and reducing friction during everyday movement.

During the treatment session, Esther says: “my therapist discovered that the source of my pain, which seemed so specifically located, was in fact coming from my neck, where the muscles, she said, felt like rocks.”

“After that first massage, the pain, to my astonishment, disappeared entirely for one week. For the first time in 20 years I was able to work or garden or see friends or whatever I liked in the afternoons without lying down or taking painkillers.”

Esther has continued to have clinical massage treatment at The Forge Clinic. After four sessions she is pleased with the results. While the pain still recurs occasionally, Esther says it is not as severe as it was and the intervals between what she calls “knife attacks” are getting longer.

*Name changed to protect patient confidentiality

CLINICAL MASSAGE THERAPY FOR PAIN RELIEF IN RICHMOND

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our Massage Therapists, please call 020 8332 6184 or email us at info@theforgeclinic.com. Alternatively, you can book online.

Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please consult your GP.

The Forge Clinic

TESTIMONIALS

What a relief to find someone who is a very skilled practitioner in Reflexology and offers a treatment that is so much more than just a foot massage. My sessions with Giuliana have proved to be an excellent investment in my well-being. They have alleviated stress and guaranteed a good night’s sleep

Belinda

Naomi is a really lovely massage therapist who instantly puts you at ease. She understood my aches and pains and remembered them on subsequent visits. Naomi gave me some great tips as to how to work on my specific problem areas (tight ham strings and hip flexors) and after a massage session with her my legs felt so much lighter!

F. G.

Great sports massage, just enough pressure to be therapeutic without being overly painful. My muscles feel much looser and less painful afterwards. I will definitely rebook for another massage.

Clare

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CLINICAL MASSAGE

“The pain, to my astonishment, disappeared entirely.”

Esther* had been suffering from back pain for over 20 years when she first made an appointment for massage therapy at The Forge Clinic.

The pain Esther experienced was on the right side of her thoracic spine (upper back) between the inside of her shoulder blade and her ribs. “The pain was so intense in the afternoons that it felt as though I was being stabbed with a knife,” she explains.

Initially Esther’s only relief from the pain was to lie down for an hour on a hot pad or take the painkiller, Ibuprofen.

However, over the years, she tried all kinds of treatments with the hope of easing her chronic back pain. These included physiotherapy and acupuncture on the NHS; private osteopathy; sports massage, and Alexander Technique. She also practised Pilates.

While she felt that Alexander Technique and Pilates were generally beneficial, she says: “No treatment or regime did anything to relieve the pain.”

Thoracic pain is notoriously difficult to diagnose, and this can be frustrating. Every specialist Esther consulted diagnosed her back pain problem as being caused by her career as a writer, which involves spending a great deal of time at a computer. Esther says: “One suggested that I switch using the mouse from my right to left hand. This made no difference.”

In search of some much-needed temporary relief, Esther decided to try a massage treatment at The Forge Clinic and arranged to have a consultation. After a full physical assessment and discussion of her symptoms, we suggested that Esther needed a clinical massage.

Clinical massage aims to treat specific conditions such as an area of pain or an injury with the focus on achieving an outcome of therapeutic benefit.

Esther’s treatment session began with a gentle manipulation of the fascia. This is the fibrous tissue that encloses the muscles, supporting and reducing friction during everyday movement.

During the treatment session, Esther says: “my therapist discovered that the source of my pain, which seemed so specifically located, was in fact coming from my neck, where the muscles, she said, felt like rocks.”

“After that first massage, the pain, to my astonishment, disappeared entirely for one week. For the first time in 20 years I was able to work or garden or see friends or whatever I liked in the afternoons without lying down or taking painkillers.”

Esther has continued to have clinical massage treatment at The Forge Clinic. After four sessions she is pleased with the results. While the pain still recurs occasionally, Esther says it is not as severe as it was and the intervals between what she calls “knife attacks” are getting longer.

*Name changed to protect patient confidentiality

CLINICAL MASSAGE THERAPY FOR PAIN RELIEF IN RICHMOND

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our Massage Therapists, please call 020 8332 6184 or email us at info@theforgeclinic.com. Alternatively, you can book online.

Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please consult your GP.

The Forge Clinic

“David Silver is an outstanding practitioner. He is clever, sensitive, thoughtful and proactive in enabling me to feel empowered to improve my own health. Would highly recommend him and this practice.”

David

“Rory is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable practitioner, who was very positive about the outcome of our treatments. There was great improvement in my back pain after a couple of sessions and I am now happy to say that I am pain free and confident I have the tools I need to avoid it in the future!

F. C.

“I was very happy with Lara, who is a lovely person. She listens and gently makes suggestions. I enjoyed our weekly sessions and the encouragement she unobtrusively gave. I’ll be seeing her again.”

R.S.

“I have been seeing Mr Phil McNulty for quite a few years- and I must say he has looked after my back and neck problems with great professionalism, integrity and skill. So now I am able to live pain free, considering that I had had 5 back operations previously. Thank you.”

V.T.

“One day prior to going on holiday I injured my back and was just about to cancel when I remembered The Forge Clinic. I visited Tristan Jones and in 45 minutes he had me back on my feet and thanks to him he saved my holiday.”

J.H.

“A session with Julie is informative and interesting with advice that really targets your particular health issue. I cannot recommend Julie highly enough.”

Lynda

CLINICAL MASSAGE

“The pain, to my astonishment, disappeared entirely.”

Esther* had been suffering from back pain for over 20 years when she first made an appointment for massage therapy at The Forge Clinic.

The pain Esther experienced was on the right side of her thoracic spine (upper back) between the inside of her shoulder blade and her ribs. “The pain was so intense in the afternoons that it felt as though I was being stabbed with a knife,” she explains.

Initially Esther’s only relief from the pain was to lie down for an hour on a hot pad or take the painkiller, Ibuprofen.

However, over the years, she tried all kinds of treatments with the hope of easing her chronic back pain. These included physiotherapy and acupuncture on the NHS; private osteopathy; sports massage, and Alexander Technique. She also practised Pilates.

While she felt that Alexander Technique and Pilates were generally beneficial, she says: “No treatment or regime did anything to relieve the pain.”

Thoracic pain is notoriously difficult to diagnose, and this can be frustrating. Every specialist Esther consulted diagnosed her back pain problem as being caused by her career as a writer, which involves spending a great deal of time at a computer. Esther says: “One suggested that I switch using the mouse from my right to left hand. This made no difference.”

In search of some much-needed temporary relief, Esther decided to try a massage treatment at The Forge Clinic and arranged to have a consultation. After a full physical assessment and discussion of her symptoms, we suggested that Esther needed a clinical massage.

Clinical massage aims to treat specific conditions such as an area of pain or an injury with the focus on achieving an outcome of therapeutic benefit.

Esther’s treatment session began with a gentle manipulation of the fascia. This is the fibrous tissue that encloses the muscles, supporting and reducing friction during everyday movement.

During the treatment session, Esther says: “my therapist discovered that the source of my pain, which seemed so specifically located, was in fact coming from my neck, where the muscles, she said, felt like rocks.”

“After that first massage, the pain, to my astonishment, disappeared entirely for one week. For the first time in 20 years I was able to work or garden or see friends or whatever I liked in the afternoons without lying down or taking painkillers.”

Esther has continued to have clinical massage treatment at The Forge Clinic. After four sessions she is pleased with the results. While the pain still recurs occasionally, Esther says it is not as severe as it was and the intervals between what she calls “knife attacks” are getting longer.

*Name changed to protect patient confidentiality

CLINICAL MASSAGE THERAPY FOR PAIN RELIEF IN RICHMOND

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our Massage Therapists, please call 020 8332 6184 or email us at info@theforgeclinic.com. Alternatively, you can book online.

Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please consult your GP.

What a relief to find someone who is a very skilled practitioner in Reflexology and offers a treatment that is so much more than just a foot massage. My sessions with Giuliana have proved to be an excellent investment in my well-being. They have alleviated stress and guaranteed a good night’s sleep

Belinda

Naomi is a really lovely massage therapist who instantly puts you at ease. She understood my aches and pains and remembered them on subsequent visits. Naomi gave me some great tips as to how to work on my specific problem areas (tight ham strings and hip flexors) and after a massage session with her my legs felt so much lighter!

F. G.

Great sports massage, just enough pressure to be therapeutic without being overly painful. My muscles feel much looser and less painful afterwards. I will definitely rebook for another massage.

Clare

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Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment. Call us on 020 8332 6184 or email info@theforgeclinic.com, you can also book online.

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