Regulation & Research

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Professional regulation for myofascial release

Pain Care Clinic is regulated as a complementary therapy practice. All its therapists are fully qualified and insured to provide specialist myofascial release treatment. We belong to several professional bodies that require minimum standards of training and recognised qualifications and which have systems for dealing with complaints and disciplinary action. These include:

  • The Royal Society of Medicine
  • The Fascia Research Society
  • The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council
  • The Complementary Therapists Association
  • The Federation of Holistic Therapists.
  • The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies
  • The Association for Soft Tissue Therapists.

Myofascial release research

Scientific research into complementary therapies, including myofascial release, is becoming more common. This is because of their success and because of the growing awareness of the limits of medical treatment. Universities, research institutes, and charities and patients’ groups, which have first-hand knowledge of the issues, are often behind this research.

Pain Care Clinic are enthusiastic supporters of this research and actively engaged in the world of fascia research.

The Advertising Standards Authority

Dictionary definition of treat

Dictionary definition of treat

Dictionary definition of help

Dictionary definition of help

The UK marketing industry has its own system of voluntary regulation, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ASA is made up of, and funded by, representatives from the advertising and marketing professions. The ASA has issued a code of practice and ‘help note’ on health-related marketing. This code of practice does not represent the law. However, it purports to prevent complementary therapists without scientific ‘substantiation’ from using the words ‘treat’ and ‘help’ in relation to medical conditions.

As the ASA only accepts random double-blind experiments on animals and/or humans as scientific substantiation, it favours pharmaceutical companies (with big advertising and marketing budgets) and ignores other recognised forms research that prove the effectiveness of complementary therapies. It also ignores the experience of millions of people around the world who have benefitted from complementary therapies for millennia. In doing so the ASA is at odds with government-approved qualifications under which complementary therapists are trained to treat specific medical conditions.

We believe that the ASA’s position is unjustified. However, we must comply with its code of practice or risk expensive legal action and/or having this website shut down.