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What is Manual Therapy? And how you can benefit from it.

The 7R Performance Clinic is staffed by a team of experienced practitioners, each with their own skill set, and differing educational backgrounds. Here’s how hands on treatment can help you in your fitness journey.

Manual therapy can take many forms. At the 7R Performance Clinic, we offer a range of hands on therapies from Osteopathy to Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

Each form of treatment work in different ways, however all are united with the same end goal; to reduce pain, improvement your body’s function and improve your overall wellbeing.


Acupuncture and dry needling are two different styles of applying the same intervention. TCM acupuncture gives a diagnosis based upon movement of Qi (energy flow) along meridian pathways in the body. Disruption to point along the meridians, or between meridians can lead to problems and therefore symptoms. Acupuncture needles can be used almost anywhere on the body, from ears and face, to hands and feet.

Dry needling (also known as medical dry needling, medical acupuncture or western acupuncture) places needles at the sites of dysfunction in muscular tissue. This method is direct to muscular tissue and is often used in sports injuries.

Needles can be used to cause disruption to the local tissue, usually around a pain source. It then causes the tissue to inflame, restarting the healing process. Needling can be effective for a range of complaints. All needles are solid (so they don’t inject or remove the fluid in or out of the body) and are single use sterile needles.

Sports Massage

Sports massage has been shown to aid minor sports injuries, improve relaxation and promote sleep. Sports massage therapists apply pressure to muscle tissue with their hands to change the neurological function of the area being treated, whilst increasing blood flow to these areas. Improving blood flow to an area helps healing and recovery.

“I’ve noticed that with regular sports massage, I can recover faster between my workouts and my movement has improved” -Patient

Sports massage can use a combination of more and less firm pressure along the length, or across the width, of the muscle. Other techniques may use static compression and require the patient or therapist to move a joint or muscle whilst they are under pressure.

Both Katie and Jamie, our L3 Sports Massage Therapists are also personal trainers, so they can give you advice on stretching and movement after a sports massage appointment to prolong the benefits of your treatment.

Osteopathy (not just clicking bad backs!)

Most people consider an Osteopath as someone who treats backs and “slipped discs”. But what most people don’t know is that Osteopaths are trained to diagnose and treat the whole body, and look at the causes of your complaint and/or pain, rather than just the symptoms.

“In the sports therapy world and the 7R Performance Clinic, the most common complaint I see is shoulder injuries in the gym, followed up by hip and knee complaints.”

Osteopathy is a broad therapy, however Hannah also blends her sports massage and strength & conditioning knowledge to provide a combination of massage, joint stretching and joint articulation/movement techniques alongside joint manipulation (AKA clicking/cracking) with corrective and rehabilitation based exercise. Other methods Hannah uses include more gentle and subtle techniques to the connective tissues and nerves to help mobilise areas of tightness and restriction, which can also be suitable in pregnancy, in the treatment of children and after surgery.

The range of injuries and conditions that can be treated with Osteopathy is wide, from musculoskeletal pain (such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain) to headaches, to arthritic pain and sports injuries.