Other Therapies


Massage is the oldest form of physical therapy. The first written references to it are found in Chinese and Egyptian texts dating back nearly 3000 years BC. In our stressful modern lives it can play a vital role in reducing physical and emotional tension and their symptoms.

The aim of a massage therapist is to relax the soft tissues, increase the delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax.

In a typical massage therapy session the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired result. Oil or powder may be used to reduce friction on the skin.

Massage may bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation and aid general wellness. It can also be used in support of other therapies to assist in the rehabilitation of muscular injuries. Amanda Lewis is the practice massage therapist. For more information see our ‘Practitioners’ page


People come for counselling because they want to overcome barriers to moving forward in their lives. Couples come for counselling when they want to improve their understanding of their relationship; how they can transform how they are both with themselves and with their partner and how, together, they can form a more satisfying relationship. Registered MBACP (Accredited) Counsellor and Psychotherapist Roger Whitton is available at Cricklade Osteopathic Health Practice on Friday evenings; please call him directly for an appointment: 07747867895. For more information see our ‘Practitioners ‘page.


Ultrasound is widely used to speed up tissue repair – particularly in muscle and ligament injuries. Top footballers, Wimbledon players and Olympians are all likely to receive ultrasound treatment to get back to fitness as quickly as possible after injury. At this practice we find it particularly useful for shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle sprains and strains, as well as some neck and back problems when combined with other treatments and specific rehabilitation advice.

Acupuncture/Dry needling

Acupuncture can be especially useful for short term pain relief and reducing tension. Kelly Haines has trained to practice western acupuncture/dry needling and, when suitable, includes it as part of her osteopathic treatment. For more information about acupuncture or any further advice on acupuncture treatment, please call the practice on 01793 750504.