Having developed skills over a number of years we have found the following techniques to be most beneficial to our patients, therefore we use a combination of these; massage, joint manipulation and mobilisation, soft tissue release and soft tissue mobilisation, myofascial release, electrotherapy, laser therapy (LLLT) and medical acupuncture. These manual therapy techniques are commonly used by some physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and appropriately qualified massage therapists.
NECK AND BACK PAIN
The clinic has many years of experience of treating neck conditions. We have carried out assessment, treatment and reporting on neck injuries for a number of medico-legal companies.
We are also very experienced in treating general neck conditions that may be caused by poor posture or working conditions. We also treat headaches related to neck issues and referred pain due to nerve impingement. The majority of treatments we carry out are related to back pain. Treatment methods are very effective when it comes to assessment and treatment of back and neck conditions. Assessment and treatment will be carried out at your first session at no extra cost. Treatment may consist of massage, a wide range of soft tissue release techniques, joint mobilisations and manipulation if required. Also self- help programmes to speed up recovery and stretch and strengthen areas of the body as required in order to help prevent the condition from returning. Other methods of treatment may also be used in conjunction with manual therapy such as medical acupuncture, electrotherapy and laser.
MUSCLE AND JOINT PROBLEMS
Our manual therapy techniques are also very effective at treating muscle and joint problems that may be causing pain and restricted movement in any part of the body. We regularly treat clients for conditions affecting the shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, hands and feet.
ARTHRITIC AND MOBILITY PROBLEMS
Many people that have joint pain and restricted movement due to arthritis can be helped by improving the function of the soft tissue around the joint as much of the pain often emanates from the soft tissue rather than the arthritic joint. Treatment may reduce pain and improve mobility, no treatment can reverse the effects of arthritis but the symptoms can often be alleviated. Soft tissue work and joint mobilisation is often very effective at improving mobility and reducing discomfort in those with compromised mobility.
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain.
LLLT is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia). The red and near infrared light (600nm-1000nm) commonly used in LLLT can be produced by laser or high intensity LEDs. The intensity of LLLT lasers and LED’s is not high like a surgical laser. There is no heating effect. The effects of LLLT are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and increases Adenosine triphosphate (energy carrying molecule) ATP. This improves cell metabolism and reduce inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses however when analgesia (pain relief) is required there is a second mechanism which works best when a strong continuous beam is applied. LLLT is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, neuropathic pain, non-healing leg and pressure ulcers.