Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of the neuro-muscular system. This involves the nerves, joints, and muscles of the …. read more
Sports therapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders. They treat pain and injury through hands-on …. read more
Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With …. read more
Chiropractors specialise in the treatment of the neuro-muscular system. This involves the nerves, joints, and muscles of the body. We treat hands on, assessing poor functioning joints, muscles and nerves that have resulted in pain and mobility problems. This is through non-invasive means, which means no drugs or surgery. We are best known for treating neck or lower back pain but in face we treat all the joints in the body from the TMJ (Jaw), spine, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees to the feet. Our treatment involves skilful realignment alongside lifestyle/ergonomic and nutritional advice with a realistic exercise programme. Being a primary healthcare profession, you do not need a medical doctor’s referral, chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat.
Some of the conditions we treat:
Headaches (Cervicogenic Meaning from the Neck)
Neck Pain and Stiffness
Mid and Lower Back Pain
Shoulder Pain including Rotator Cuff Injuries
Joint and Muscle Problems (Aches, Spasms, Stiffness, Pains)
Minor Sports Injuries
Foot Pain such as Plantar Fasciitis
At your initial chiropractic appointment Andrea or George will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms and how they are affecting your daily life. You will also be asked about your general health including previous illnesses, surgeries, or injuries. These questions will help to establish a diagnosis and to rule out any other underlying causes that may need a referral to a medical doctor.
This will be followed by a physical examination which will enable the chiropractor to establish the cause of your pain. They will observe your movement patterns and carry out specific orthopaedic and neurological tests. It may also be necessary to take your blood pressure, look into your eyes or ears depending on your symptoms.
We will then discuss with you our findings and make a treatment plan especially for you, whether it is simply to get out of pain and stop it returning or to keep healthy once you are right, the decision is yours.
Your chiropractic treatment may include manual therapy (adjustments of your spine and other joints in the body), joint mobilisation, myofascial release, medical dry needling, ultrasound, cranial work, trigger point therapy, kinesiology taping, postural advice, and home exercises.
If you are unsure if chiropractic treatment is right for you, we are happy to offer a 15-minute free consultation, either on the phone or in our clinic.
Sports therapists are experts in musculoskeletal disorders. They treat pain and injury through hands-on treatment and rehabilitation. Sports Therapists undergo an intensive three-year degree course which focusses primarily on the musculoskeletal system and on restoring, maintaining and maximising movement to relieve pain and increasing quality of life.
A sports therapist will;
- Assess and diagnose injuries
- Deliver a personalised treatment plan to maximise movement and physical independence
- Teach patients how to reduce pain and manage chronic injuries
- Implement rehabilitation programmes
- Teach patients how to stay fit and well
The treatment, to aid recovery include:
- Massage, body work and mobilisations
- Electrotherapy modalities
- Varied stretching techniques
- Biomechanics analysis
- Patient education
- Exercise programme
The regulating body of Sports Therapy is The Society of Sports Therapists (SST), who describe the profession as:
“An aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work.”
Sports therapists generally have more exposure to sporting environments at an undergraduate level making them ideal for preventing sports injuries through specific strengthening programmes
A massage therapist is someone who treats patients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of their patients.
Massage therapists typically do the following:
- Talk with clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results
- Evaluate clients to locate painful or tense areas of the body
- Manipulate muscles or other soft tissues of the body
- Provide clients with guidance on how to improve posture, stretching, strengthening, and overall relaxation
Massage therapists use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes feet to knead muscles and soft tissue of the body in order to treat injuries and to promote general wellness. A massage can be as short as fifteen minutes or could last for more than an hour.
Massage therapists may use lotions and oils, massage tables or chairs, and medical heat lamps when treating a patient. They may offer patients information about additional relaxation techniques or exercises to practice between sessions.
Massage therapists can specialize in many different types of massage, called modalities. Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, and sports massage are just a few examples of modalities. Most massage therapists specialize in several modalities, which require different techniques. Usually, the type of massage given depends on the client’s needs and physical condition. For example, therapists may use a special technique for elderly clients that they would not use for athletes. Some forms of massage are given solely to one type of client; for example, prenatal massage is given to pregnant women.
Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy.
According to Chinese Medicine, for a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness.
In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.
During your first consultation, the acupuncturist will discuss your medical history with you, as well as general health, lifestyle and any previous injuries or operations.
The case history is very important for her to make a detailed diagnosis of your condition. Before treating you, she will explain her findings thoroughly and advise you how long it might take to get a satisfactory result.
Who has acupuncture?
Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
What can it do for me?
Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.
Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask your practitioner about other patients’ experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
The counsellor’s role is to facilitate a healing environment which respects the client’s own values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It helps you manage problems by helping you recognise how your thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour. CBT combines a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (the things you do). It aims to break overwhelming problems down into smaller parts, making them easier to manage.
CBT has become one of the most popular forms of talk therapy and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for common mental health conditions, like depression and anxiety. During the treatment, your therapist will work with you to help you focus on the “here and now”. They will help you recognise how past events may have shaped your thinking and behaviours, teaching you how to not only adapt your thoughts but manage them.
What is CBT?
CBT combines two approaches for a practical and solution-focused therapy. The therapy is very active by nature, so you may be expected to take a proactive role and complete tasks at home.
The idea behind CBT is that our thoughts and behaviours influence each other. The premise is that, by changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life. The therapy examines learnt behaviours, habits and negative thought patterns with the view of adapting and turning them into a positive.
Unlike some other therapies, CBT is rooted in the present and looks to the future. While past events and experiences are considered during the sessions, the focus is more on current concerns. During a CBT session, your therapist will help you understand any negative thought patterns you have. You will learn how they affect you and most importantly, what can be done to change them.
CBT looks at how both cognitive and behavioural processes affect one another and aims to help you get out of negative cycles. The emphasis on behavioural or cognitive approaches will depend on the issue you are facing. For example, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, the focus may be on the cognitive approach. If you have a condition that causes unhelpful behaviour (such as obsessive-compulsive disorder), the focus is likely to be the behavioural approach.