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Douglas Aitken
Sports and Remedial Massage

Having worked in the Health and Fitness industry in Edinburgh for several years, Douglas’s interest in Sports and Remedial Massage arose from his own personal struggle to find a solution to his own injuries. These resulted from many years of competing as a bodybuilder at British level and from participating and teaching martial arts. He is qualified in Swedish, Sports and Remedial Massage, Advanced Remedial Massage and Manipulative Therapy having trained at the Scottish Massage Schools and is a registered member of the Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation (SMTO).

Dougie uses numerous massage therapy and manipulation techniques to offer the best treatment possible. Myofascial release (MFR), neuro- muscular techniques, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques (MET) and manipulations may be used as part of Douglas’s treatments.

These treatments are complimented with active, passive and resisted stretching which help the body emphasise the releasing work and increase the muscle and joint flexibility. He continues learning and developing new skills by attending new courses and workshops which enables him to provide the best treatment to his clients.

In 2012, Douglas completed his Advanced Remedial qualification in Edinburgh, which has enhanced his massage therapy skills. There are numerous massage techniques attained during his studies with emphasis on joint examination and specific techniques added to enhance his massage treatments including joint mobilizations. In 2019 he completed training in Manipulative Therapy. This knowledge opens a wide range of injuries and conditions that he can treat.

Beside working with sports related conditions, he has also worked with patients suffering from degenerative conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Doug often treats “over-use” injuries which can cause wear and tear throughout the body. This is common with any continual pattern that the body is exposed to relating to work posture, sporting competition/ training and disabilities that can create imbalances in the soft tissues and joints during movement and prolonged static positions. Massage therapy has helped these patients manage their symptoms, relieving their pain and helping them gain more range of motion, ultimately improving their quality of life.

With his history in bodybuilding and martial arts Douglas has the strength as a Remedial Massage Therapist and the ability to adapt to a wide range of people. This includes athletes of all levels, office workers/ professionals of all ages. His pressure can be applied to suit everyone’s preferences and needs, and the variety of techniques he is trained in allows him to provide the best massage therapy treatment for ideal results.

Specific interests and qualifications

  • Manipulative Therapy
  • Advanced remedial massage
  • Sports massage
  • Swedish/ relaxation massage
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