How Do I Treat?
I have a wide range of techniques to treat my patients and every individual requires a slightly different approach. Treatment is generally relaxing and pleasant. However, a small amount of discomfort can sometimes be experienced. My overall focus is to address the joint mechanics in conjunction with the muscular and soft tissue structure. During treatment I am looking to:
- Reduce Pain and inflammation.
- Facilitate a healing response from the body.
- Restore joint mobility.
- Improve muscular tone/flexibility & reduce spasm.
- Balance and enhance fluid dynamics.
- Normalise Nerve output and stimulation.
Treatment will involve a mixture of the following, depending on what is appropriate for you and your condition:
- Soft Tissue Massage. Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments and Facia are massaged or stretched.
- Articulatory treatments: a gentle mobilizing movement taking a joint through its range of motion. This can be applied to most joints in the body.
- Specific Manipulation or Thrust: Sometimes described as high velocity technique (HVT). This is the technique most frequently associated with osteopathy and is what can give the characteristic 'crack' or 'pop'. Some patients can be alarmed by this but it is always discussed with the patient beforehand. Some momentary discomfort may be experienced but patients normally say that it is not at all painful.
- Acupuncture: I often use acupuncture as part of a treatment plan. It can be a very effective way of aiding the healing process and in some situations is a valuable part of treatment. If you are uncomfortable with the use of acupuncture, just let me know and an alternative treatment can be delivered. Acupuncture is also offered as an individual treatment.
- Stretch & MET. Various stretch techniques can be used. These range from gentle assisted stretches, through to stronger ‘Muscle Energy Techniques’, which can be very beneficial in increasing muscle length and breaking down muscle scaring.
- High Frequency Massage: This is a relaxing high frequency massage machine that helps to reduce muscle spasm, stimulate blood flow and reduce swelling.
- Ultrasound: A very effective way to stimulate a healing response in a non-invasive way. Due to minimal pressure, this is a pain free way to treat.
- Exercises: It is very likely that I will recommend some exercises to you. This will help you to manage the condition yourself and help to support treatment that I give you. Individual exercise plans are often provided.
It is important to emphasise that you do not have to undertake any treatment you do not like or feel is not helping you.