Doctors can have an incredibly powerful influence over the treatment a patient receives. Natural remedies are often barely mentioned in Western medical education, although this is slowly changing. However, I have found in my practice in York that, if patients do try massage therapy, they often find, as well as pain relief, there are a number of positive “side-effects”. These include improvements in mood, tissue repair and a feeling of relaxation. Massage provides a more holistic way of treating pain. If the patient is more relaxed and in an improved mood, they may well feel more optimistic about their pain diminishing. Massage is particularly effective when the pain is tension related.