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Massage therapy 

A collaborative approach for optimal results

Massage therapy has a rich and diverse history that stretches back thousands of years, with its origins rooted in ancient civilizations across the globe.
The practice of therapeutic touch can be traced to ancient cultures in Egypt, China, India, and Greece. In ancient Egypt, wall paintings depicting massage scenes have been discovered, suggesting its use as a healing modality. The Chinese developed a system of massage known as “Amma” or “Anmo,” which became an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for promoting health and restoring balance in the body’s energy pathways (meridians). In India, Ayurvedic medicine incorporated such techniques as a vital aspect of holistic healing to enhance vitality and well-being.
The Greeks also embraced massage therapy, with Hippocrates, the father of medicine, advocating the use of rubbing and kneading for therapeutic purposes. Over the centuries, these practices evolved and spread across cultures, adapting to various medical philosophies and beliefs. Today, they continues to thrive as a widely recognized and respected practice, integrating traditional knowledge with modern scientific understanding to promote physical and mental wellness.

In the realm of alternative medicine and holistic therapies, Osteopathy, Physiothrapy and Chiropractic have long been recognized for their efficacy in treating musculoskeletal conditions and promoting overall well-being. These disciplines focus on realigning the body, alleviating pain, rehabilitating certain joints or muscles, and restoring natural healing processes.
However, when combined with the therapeutic benefits of massage, the healing potential can be amplified, leading to greater synergy in the treatment process.


Massage historical paper

The role of massage therapy

Massage therapy, with its roots dating back thousands of years, is known for its relaxing and rejuvenating effects. While often regarded as a luxury, it also holds therapeutic benefits that can complement the effects of chiropractic treatments in several ways:

Muscular relaxation: it helps release tension in the muscles, which can contribute to chronic pain and joint misalignment. Relaxed muscles facilitate more effective adjustments and manipulation during osteopathic and chiropractic sessions.

Improved blood circulation: it enhances blood flow to affected areas, promoting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients while aiding in the removal of waste products. This improved circulation supports the healing process initiated by osteopathic and chiropractic treatments.

Reduced inflammation: by reducing muscle tension and promoting circulation, it can help reduce inflammation in injured or overworked areas. This is especially beneficial for patients with conditions like arthritis or repetitive strain injuries.

Pain management: chronic pain often results from musculoskeletal imbalances and nerve irritation. The combination of massage, osteopathy, and chiropractic care can provide multi-faceted pain relief by addressing the root causes of discomfort.

Stress reduction: mental and emotional stress can manifest physically as tension in the body. Massage therapy’s ability to induce relaxation can help lower stress levels, promoting overall well-being and aiding the body’s healing response.

Enhanced joint mobility: it can improve joint mobility by loosening tight ligaments and muscles, making it easier for osteopathic and chiropractic adjustments to achieve greater results.

Patient comfort: integrating soft tissue therapies into osteopathy and chiropractic treatments can create a more comfortable and nurturing environment for patients, leading to increased satisfaction and compliance with treatment plans.


Which one?

Here are some popular types of massage and their respective benefits:


Aim: The primary goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body and promote overall well-being. Techniques: It involves long gliding strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, and gentle stretching. Effects: Swedish massage improves blood circulation, eases muscle tension, reduces stress, and enhances flexibility.

Deep Tissue 

Aim: Deep tissue targets the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissues to address chronic pain and muscle stiffness. Techniques: Slow, deep pressure is applied, along with focused techniques like stripping and cross-fiber friction. Effects: Deep tissue massage helps release chronic tension, breaks up scar tissue, improves mobility, and alleviates pain caused by conditions like fibromyalgia and sports injuries.


Aim: Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance, prevent injuries, and aid in post-event recovery. Techniques: It combines elements of Swedish and deep tissue , along with stretching and joint mobilization. Effects: Sports massage improves flexibility, reduces muscle soreness, promotes faster recovery, and helps prevent sports-related injuries.

Trigger Point Therapy

Aim: Trigger point therapy focuses on specific points of muscle tension, called trigger points, to alleviate pain and discomfort. Techniques: Pressure is applied to trigger points to release tension and restore normal muscle function. Effects: This type of massage can reduce localized pain, improve range of motion, and address referred pain from trigger points in other areas.


Aim: Thai massage aims to balance the body’s energy flow and promote overall relaxation and flexibility. Techniques: The therapist uses their hands, knees, legs, and feet to perform yoga-like stretches and rhythmic pressure on energy lines (Sen) in the body. Effects: Thai massage increases flexibility, relieves muscle tension, improves energy flow, and enhances mental clarity and relaxation.


Aim: Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique that focuses on stimulating the body’s acupressure points to balance the body’s energy (Qi). Techniques: Pressure is applied using fingers, thumbs, palms, and elbows along the body’s meridians and acupressure points. Effects: Shiatsu massage promotes energy flow, reduces stress, relieves headaches, and improves overall vitality.

Hot Stone 

Aim: Hot stone aims to relax muscles and induce a sense of deep relaxation. Techniques: Smooth, heated stones are placed on specific points on the body, and the therapist may use them to perform gentle massage strokes. Effects: Hot stone massage enhances muscle relaxation, improves blood circulation, and calms the nervous system.


Aim: Aromatherapy massage combines massage techniques with the use of essential oils to enhance the therapeutic benefits. Techniques: The therapist incorporates essential oils, selected based on the client’s needs, into the massage session. Effects: Aromatherapy massage promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood, and addresses specific health concerns based on the chosen essential oils.

Collaborative approach

To harness the full potential of this complementary synergy, it is essential for practitioners of each modality to work together collaboratively. This collaborative approach can include:

Treatment planning: developing a comprehensive treatment plan that includes a combination of osteopathy, chiropractic adjustments, and massage sessions tailored to the patient’s unique needs and condition.

Timing and frequency: determining the appropriate timing and frequency of each treatment to ensure they complement each other rather than overlapping or conflicting.

Patient education: educating patients about the benefits of this collaborative approach, empowering them to actively participate in their healing journey.

The integration of massage therapy with osteopathy and chiropractic treatments offers a powerful and holistic approach to musculoskeletal health and overall well-being. By addressing the physical, emotional, and energetic aspects of healing, this complementary synergy creates a more profound and lasting impact on the patient’s health. It is important to remember that each individual’s response to these therapies may vary, and seeking professional advice from qualified practitioners is crucial to ensure safe and effective treatment. Embracing this synergistic blend of ancient wisdom and modern science opens up new possibilities for healing and reaffirms the profound interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit.


1) What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy involves manipulating the body’s muscles and soft tissues to promote relaxation, relieve tension, and improve overall well-being.

2) How can it help with lower back pain?

Massage can help alleviate lower back pain by improving blood circulation, releasing muscle knots, and reducing inflammation in the affected area. Paired with chiropractic adjustments, it’s a winning combo.

3) What conditions can massage therapy address?

Massage therapy does not address specific conditions, but it can definitely help reducing the discomfort caused by musculo-skeletal conditions and postural issues.

4) How do I book an appointment?

Booking an appointment is easy! Visit our appointments page to schedule your session and start your journey to better health.

5) Is massage therapy suitable for everyone?

Yes, massage therapy can benefit people of all ages and backgrounds.

Your well-being  and your results are our priority at Alive Chiropractic. Book your appointment today and embark on a journey of health and vitality!

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At Alive Chiropractic, we offer a variety of services to cater to your specific needs. From chiropractic care, to targeted treatments for various conditions, our approach is centered around your holistic health.

Edoardo Elisei DC

Alive Chiropractic LTD
1C Crown Gate Square


olly morency
olly morency
09:16 21 Nov 23
An excellent service; Edo helped me with corrections for my back, and advice on how to improve my health span with breath work and improved movement. Strong recommend!
Moira Priestley
Moira Priestley
20:18 15 Oct 23
I found the treatment I received very beneficial. My sciatica has eased a lot and I am sleeping much better. I would highly recommend Alive Chiropractic.
Ben Boughton-White
Ben Boughton-White
06:04 15 Oct 23
A fantastic chiropractic experience!Dr Edo provides a whole body approach to resolving chiropractic issues. His care plan to help solve your unique issues is fantastic, short and simple adjustments rather than long sessions of big adjustments has worked brilliantly for me. Communications are easy and booking ahead is brilliant for me and my schedule.I can’t recommend Alive highly enough!
Benny Clifford
Benny Clifford
15:53 25 Sep 23
Dr Edo has been a great help in getting me moving again, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands in his field of work. Top man!The reception is also very welcoming. I very much recommend this place!
Jane Bygraves
Jane Bygraves
12:30 14 Sep 23
I have a better range of movement and am moving more freely after a course of gentle, thorough treatment with Alive Chiropractic. My energy levels have improved.
Sarah Spadon
Sarah Spadon
18:48 10 Sep 23
I’ve been adjusted by Dr Edoardo for a number of years now, since I’ve been under care I’ve never had any problems but most importantly he helps me keep my nervous system healthy through maintenance care which allows me to be more in control in all of my day to day activities and keeps my mind healthy. His adjustments are gentle and precise and he is really kind and makes you feel at ease in any moment. Highly recommend!
11:05 10 Sep 23
This is my first experience with chiropractic ever, and it has been life changing! I have a slipped lumbar disc and I was in lots of pain and had very limited mobility. I saw Edo for a few appointments and not only did my back get better, it has stayed that way since! I am doing the exercises he prescribed and now I am only seeing him for maintenance and I feel better than ever, more relaxed and aware of my posture overall . He is a good listener, very informative, professional and communicative.
Isabella White
Isabella White
07:15 08 Sep 23
A wonderful experience so far with Dr Edo at his clinic in Poundbury. I have come away from my first six sessions feeling so much more aware and in tune with my body, and I have experienced noticeable changes in my body and mindset also.Dr Edo is professional, knowledge, and believes firmly in his work which he is clearly passionate about. I feel he has an empowering vision, cares deeply, and has a refreshing balance of western and eastern understanding. Because of this, Dr Edo has a deeper, holistic approach by taking into account all aspects of one's lifestyle (diet, exercise, mental/emotional state) in sessions. For someone like myself who values a holistic perspective on health, Dr Edo's approach is invaluable and helped me relax and feel at great ease. Sam in reception is lovely and you instantly feel welcomed when coming in for a session also. Thank you to you both. Highly recommend!
Chris Copeland
Chris Copeland
20:59 16 Aug 23
Dr. Edo has a very calm temperament and his knowledge aids in your own relaxation, which is a help when your own flexibility, mobility or posture are far from relaxed. Sam, the Chiropractic assistant, is the first person to greet you when you arrive and will explain the fundamentals of the practice. The practice is clean, modern and has ample road side parking. The whole experience has been a success and I am now able to move without pain, the new mobility gained will enable me to get on with life and have new experiences and adventures, for this I thank you.
Sonya Hendry
Sonya Hendry
18:21 16 Aug 23
I have been coming to see Ed at Alive Chiropractic since opening. Visiting regularly is enabling me to have a more comfortable and mobile life. The ambiance and warm welcome, along with total professionalism means so much.
Alison Michele Williams
Alison Michele Williams
20:49 30 Jul 23
A great, professional, friendly service. A whole rounded approach to better well being and healthy body.Thank you!
Tessa Aindow
Tessa Aindow
16:58 13 Jul 23
Brilliant experience. My back has improved so much and I don’t have the same aches and pains. Dr Edo is very professional and gives great advice and exercises to help alongside the adjustments at the clinic.
Malwina T
Malwina T
15:56 19 Jun 23
Great and unique treatment. Eased the lower back pain significantly! Changed my outlook on chiropractic treatments and self care. Highly recommend!!!
jill cheng
jill cheng
09:17 16 Jun 23
I visited the clinic after suffering with low back pain for nearly ten years. The chiropractor helped me regain functionality and quality of life. More importantly, he helped me understand and connect some aspects of my life to my body and how it works, strongly recommended 👍🏻
20:41 14 Jun 23
I have known Edoardo since day one at Chiropractic College, and I have witnessed his growing passion for this profession. His long time experience as a Yoga Instructor, combined to his deep knowledge into the Chiropractic art, science and philosophy, will make your journey towards healthy-living a very pleasant experience. Book that appointment and enjoy feeling better!
Paul Ansell
Paul Ansell
12:33 08 Feb 23
All my life I’ve had bad posture and bad back I’ve been to doctors specialists and always same outcome I’ve got to live with it. At the age of 58 I went to this practice and he has done wonders this is the best I have ever been since I can remember. Highly recommend
Zoe Ratcliffe
Zoe Ratcliffe
17:05 30 Jan 23
I attended Alive chiropractor after seeing a special offer they were offering and suffering from a bad back for a long time it felt like a good idea to go see what they said. Since this I have been attending twice a week and the improvements are happening. Edo is very knowledgeable and really wants the best for you he doesn't just care about the back or other pains you may be having but also acknowledges the impact these things can have on you emotionally and personally. I can't recommend this service enough.
Michelle Lambell
Michelle Lambell
21:55 24 Jan 23
Regular sessions with Dr Edo at Alive Chiropractic have made such a big difference to my posture, my way of working at my desk and taught me how to manage my breathing, all of which have led to a big shift in my mindset towards looking after myself and my body.I will happily recommend Alive Chiropractic to my friends.
Paul Nicol
Paul Nicol
08:22 30 Sep 22
I have just finished initial treatment for my back problem. Appointments with the NHS in the past have never resulted in a diagnosis let alone treatment. However at Alive I received a diagnosis and treatment plan on the initial consultation. This set out exactly how I was going to be treated and cost. Following the treatment I could not be healthier or happier. An exceptionally professional service in which Dr Edoardo Elisei seems passionate about what he does. It is more than just a hands on treatment on his 'couch', but a full lifestyle treatment ensuring exercises and diet are in balance to assist recovery and as a preventative for the future. I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
08:05 30 Jul 22
Edo is a great professional, very friendly and knowledgeable. He corrected my posture in only few months, he said this was going to happen and I couldn't believe it, it was so fast and happened, the changes not only I could feel them but also you can see them. He did the adjustments with a lot of care, with a lot of patience he took the time to give the advices and exercises that I could benefit my posture in the future. I totally recommend him.
10:18 18 Jul 22
When I first met Dr Ed I had problems bending, and worst of all I could hardly move my neck. I was a total painful wreck.Ed takes a very holistic approach, encouraging me to lose weight and work on different rehab exercises to reinforce the manipulations and adjustments he made.Here I am some three months on, I weigh a lot less, I have incredible flexibility in my lower back and can now touch my toes and, best of all. I have full flexibility of my neck.Eds holistic approach really works, he is very approachable and easy to chat about things with.One caveat, Ed knows when you haven't done your exercises so don't cheat. :)I cannot thank him enough for the massive improvements in my health and his encouraging me to make little changes for a healthier long term lifestyle.
Elaine Daniel
Elaine Daniel
13:05 07 Jul 22
I saw Edo in March and he was so informative regarding my spinal issues. I have had many treatments from him over the past few months and feel so much better and have more movement and less pain. He provides exercises for clients to help with strengthening muscles which is all part and parcel of chiropractic healing. I would recommend going to see him anytime.
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