Soft Tissue Therapy2024-07-01T14:24:05+00:00

What is Soft Tissue Therapy and how does it work at The Boxgrove Clinic?

Soft Tissue Therapy is a discipline that incorporates a number of different types of treatments. It includes soft tissue treatment, fascial manipulation, sports massage, scar therapy, assisted stretching, cupping and dry needling.

Our bodies are made up of 70% soft tissue which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Soft tissue problems can be painful and they can restrict a patient’s movement. Muscles can become too tight (exercise or stress); soft tissue can become damaged (strain or sprain); muscles can ‘lock down’ when they are under threat (e.g. whiplash).

Whatever treatment you choose, our experienced therapists will work with you to understand what is causing your pain or restriction, help you to understand what actions might be causing the problem and ultimately provide pain relief & improvement with treatment.

Soft Tissue Treatment

A ‘Soft Tissue Treatment’ is a manual therapy. Your therapist will use a variety of techniques to assess the issue and ultimately provide pain relief & improvement with treatment.


Fascial Manipulation

Fascial Manipulation targets the fascia, a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and organs in the body. Issues with the fascia can contribute to musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a specialised form of massage therapy and not only beneficial for professional athletes but also for individuals engaged in recreational sports or physical activities.

Scar Therapy

With scar therapy we can help reduce many of the common symptoms associated with scars using specialist scar massage and fascial techniques and provide you with self-care advice for caring for your scar at home.

Cupping & Dry Needling

Both are effective therapies at reducing pain associated with muscular tension, and improving range of movement. They can be standalone treatments but are often incorporated into soft tissue treatment.

Assisted Stretching

A collaborative approach with a trained professional that allows for a deeper and more effective stretch, helping to release tension, alleviate muscle tightness, and enhance your range of motion.

FAQs about Soft Tissue Therapy

No that’s not necessary. Our soft tissue therapists are trained to evaluate and treat your concerns. However, if you wish to use private health insurance you should contact your insurer before making an appointment as they may require a referral from your GP.

Our Soft Tissue specialists will discuss any symptoms, concerns & expected outcomes with you. They will then suggest a treatment plan and give you treatment which will vary dependent on your individual needs.

Your therapist will be able to determine approximately how many sessions will be required after the initial consultation. The number of treatments required will be dependent on your problem & expected outcome.

We recommend that you wear loose comfortable clothing. We may ask you to partially remove some clothing so that we can access the area to treat. We provide shorts should you need to change. All rooms are warm and blankets provided. We also use towels to maintain your privacy.

We have both male & female Soft Tissue therapists. If you have a preference then please specify when booking.

Soft tissue therapy alleviates discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and chronic pain conditions, as well as injury and trauma. Typical conditions that we treat are whiplash, sporting injuries, headaches and migraines, lower back pain and shoulder pain.

Generally muscles do not hurt unless they are in trouble. Therefore if you are in pain, they may hurt during treatment. However, we do not follow the ‘no gain, no pain’ philosophy so we only work to a pain level that you are comfortable with. At all times we welcome feedback as to the pain levels you are experiencing so that we can adapt accordingly.

A Team Approach

Your specific treatment plan will depend on your individual needs and goals. Our multi-disciplinary approach includes Specialist Physiotherapists, Soft Tissue Therapists, Rehab Specialists, Pilates Instructors and Personal Trainers who work collaboratively, all under one roof, to create a seamless journey from treatment, manual therapy and rehabilitation through to full fitness.

The Soft Tissue Therapy Team

Liney McDonald is a Director and a Soft Tissue Therapist at The Boxgrove Clinic

Liney McDonald

Owner & Director


Jane Haydon is a Stecco trained Fascial Manipulation therapist at The Boxgrove Clinic

Jane Haydon

Fascial Manipulation

(Stecco FM)

Paul Frawley is a physiotherapist at The Boxgrove Clinic

Paul Frawley



Georgina Messages is a Soft Tissue Therapist at The Boxgrove Clinic

Georgina Message

Soft Tissue Therapist

Laura Kingdon is a Soft Tissue Therapist and Yoga Instructor at The Boxgrove Clinic

Laura Kingdon

Soft Tissue Therapist

Sophie Manzano is a Soft Tissue Therapist at The Boxgorve Clinic

Sophie Manzano

Sports Therapist

Charlotte Hayes is a strength & conditioning coach and personal trainer at TheBoxgrove Clinic

Charlotte Hayes

Massage Therapist


“This is an admirable clinic, both in terms of the quality of the professional staff and the friendliness and courtesy with which clients are treated.”

“A truly excellent establishment. Liney and her team have provided me with the best level of physiotherapy I have ever experienced. I cannot recommend them enough.”

“I can particularly recommend Mr Paul Frawley, who excels both as a physiotherapist and a soft tissue masseur. In addition, he is expert in dry needling treatment, which I have found most beneficial. Highly recommended..”

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