Treatment by a dynamic and experienced physiotherapist
For elderly or those who are more home bound
Comprehensive assessment and treatment sessions, one on one consultation
30-60 minute appointment
Allows for holistic assessment of biomechanical factors, postural/ ergonomic contributors to symptoms
Myofascial Release and Joint mobilisation
What is a trigger point and how does myofascial release work?
A trigger point has been defined as a hyperirritable spot in the muscle. (Travell and Simons). Myofascial trigger points are seen in both acute and chronic conditions. The shortened muscles irritate and increases joint pressure and upsets joint alignment. The shortened muscle band can be instantaneously relaxed by gentle gliding techniques over the myofascial planes.
How will spinal and joint mobilisations techniques help?
Gaining increased range of movements in the spine by mobilisation techniques may help to rehydrate the discs in the spine. Increased movement in joints help to increase fluidity of movement and help to prevent recurrent sprains and injuries. A thorough assessment of posture and joint movements will help to identify movement restrictions in various parts of the body. Contact us for an assessment to identify movement faults.
Alongside hands on treatment, specific exercises to support recovery will be recommended to suit your work, social and sporting demands to enable end stage recovery and return to usual activities.
Women's Health Conditions
Some of the conditions that may be treated include:- stress incontinence, urgency, overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, perineal trauma, vaginismus, pain on intercourse and scar tissue formation and mastitis. Treatment may include use of therapeutic ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation, graded pelvic floor strengthening, bladder retraining, behavioural training, abdominal muscle separation, pilates exercises and advice on diet and lifestyle. Assessment utilises the lastest approaches and is evidence based. We use real time diagnostic ultrasound to visualise the bladder lift and transversus abdominis muscle activation. You can be assured of a sensitive and individualised approach. Self-referrals are accepted.
How does Acupuncture work?
Penetration of muscle tissue with an acupuncture needle stimulates sensory nerve fibres. These fibres exist in abundance not only in the muscle, but skin, blood vessels, connective tissue and bone. Following stimulation of these fibres, stimuli reach the spinal cord, from there opioids (pain relieving substances) dampen pain signals to the brain. This process is known as the ‘Pain Gate Theory’ (Melzack and Wall, 1965), and has since been validated by other authors. Penetrating tense muscles with an acupuncture needle helps to relax the muscles.
Where did Acupuncture originate and what is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture was first introduced to the West in the 1950’s and originated in China over 5000 years ago. Traditional acupuncture uses Meridian lines and points along these lines which represent the organs of the body. Meridians are channels through which Qi energy and blood flows. Imbalances and blockages can result in pain and illness. Western acupuncture incorporates traditional acupuncture in the treatment of many conditions to facilitate or speed up the healing and to produce an analgesic (pain relief) effect during treatment thereby enhancing treatment results.
Is Acupuncture safe?
The physiotherapist will assess you for other pre-existing conditions. We use sterile single-use needles as a preventative measure.
How can Acupuncture/ Dry needling help me?
Acupuncture/ Dry needling can be used in various conditions such as muscle injuries, neck pain, headaches, back pain, osteoarthritis, shoulder, wrist, elbow, knee and ankle pain and tendonitis. Acupuncture is used as an adjunct to other physiotherapy treatment techniques to speed up recovery and to treat longstanding problems.
Acupuncture helps to link 'maps' in the brain to more distal areas e.g. low back or the leg and can help facillitate quicker return to sport and help to recover from long-term pain.
Contact us to find out more about acupuncture and treatment.
Rehabilitation: Strength and Conditioning and Core stability training
Assessment will identfy muscle imbalances and postural deviations. Specific exercises, joint and soft tissue techniques will be used to target these restrictions and muscle imbalances. Individual muscles or muscles located in certain 'anatomical trains' may be identified as problem areas. Certain muscles may need to be released or lengthened whilst others may need strengthening. Anatomy Trains map the whole body fascial and myofascial linkages. Anatomy Trains link the individual muscles into functional complexes via fascial layers. Research into Anatomy Trains have led to new and holistic strategies for physiotherapists to resolve complex postural and movement pattern faults.
Correcting movement and stability faults can result in improved sport performance, quicker sport injury recovery, can help resolve long term pain patterns and can also be used in pre-habilitation. For example, understanding the ‘Superficial Back Line’ as a whole provides insights into hamstring problems that you cannot get from considering the hamstrings alone. The ‘Spiral Line’ shows how to resolve rotational compensations in a way that previously, no analysis of any single muscle can give.
Small group of 3 per class now available. Please enquire for further details and session times available. Mat pilates class, attention to form and core activation provided in small class setting.