Depending on who you choose to see, we use a combination of McTimoney chiropractic and the more traditional Diversified adjustments or Osteopathic Treatments to restore function and movement to painful joints. Muscles within the affected area often also react to the injury causing them to cramp. To help with those painful spasms we use a mixture of soft tissue massages. This helps to release the cramp within the muscle and greatly relieve your pain.
Unlike other forms of chiropractic, McTimoney uses faster speed as the basis for effectiveness rather than increased tension around the joint. It therefore does not create the "crack" or popping sound some patients say they dread. McTimoney is considered to be one of the gentlest forms of chiropractic care.
Because the body functions bio-mechanically as a “kinematic chain” rather than individual pieces within a whole, McTimoney chiropractors assess and treat regional areas of your entire body rather than solely focusing on symptomatic areas.
The McTimoney method of chiropractic was developed by chiropractor John McTimoney. Like any form of chiropractic, the primary goal is to ensure joint mobility, function and alignment remain at optimum levels.
First, you will be examined to see how easily your joint moves and determine the underlying cause of your problem. Then you will rest in a comfortable position on your side, your belly or your back. McTimoney is considered a "short-lever" technique because the adjustment is performed as close to the joint as possible without utilising your body weight to create additional tension.
McTimoney is recognised for being a precise, gentle and whole-body approach to chiropractic care, making it especially appropriate for people of all ages. According to the McTimoney Chiropractic Association, approximately 150,000 new patients will visit a McTimoney Chiropractor each year and 8,000 patients receive McTimoney Chiropractic each working day (2015).
Diversified chiropractic uses specific manipulation to free joints in the spine or other areas of the body that are not moving properly. First you will be examined to see how easily your joint moves – this helps pinpoint the location and severity of dysfunction.
You will then be positioned so a very quick, specific and gentle adjustment can be delivered. This may be on your side, your belly or your back. Diversified is considered a “long-lever” technique because your own body weight is often utilised to help create gentle tension around the joint.
You may hear a “crack” or “popping” sound with the adjustment – this is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping within the joint’s fluid as pressure is released. It does not cause you any harm; nor does a lack of sound indicate the adjustment was unsuccessful or ineffective. The aim of the technique is to improve the way a joint interacts in order to increase mobility, encourage muscle relaxation and improve overall function.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths are primary healthcare professionals who specialise in diagnosing and treating MSK conditions. MSK conditions can arise for a variety of reasons such as sports injury, normal ageing processes, postural habits and repetitive behaviours or they can be a symptom of syndromes such as fibromyalgia. MSK problems primarily affect muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons.
Osteopaths make a diagnosis by discussing your medical history and examining you. Problems often arise due to imbalance elsewhere in the body, for example knee pain that has arisen due to hip or back problems. Osteopaths take a holistic view of the way your body is functioning to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
Osteopathic treatments are varied and may include ‘hands on’ manual therapy techniques such as massage, stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation as well as cranial methods. Frequently osteopathy includes offering postural, ergonomic and lifestyle advice as well as exercise suggestions to help you take control.
What does osteopathic training involve?
Osteopaths hold either a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy (a BSc Hons, B.Ost or BOstMed) or a masters degree (M.Ost). Courses usually consist of four years of full-time training or five years part-time. A degree course includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics, plus at least 1,000 hours of clinical training. Once qualified , an osteopath must apply to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) in order to practise in the UK. The title ‘osteopath’ is protected by law and only qualifed, registered and insured osteopaths call themselves by this title.
Soft Tissue Massage
Why does it help with Chiropractic?
Headache, as well as pain in your back, neck, shoulder, hips, elbows or knees is often caused by one of your joints not moving the way it should. This results in difficulties in the nearby muscles and ultimately changes the way you use your body. Specific joint adjustment, massage and simple exercises can have amazing results in restoring overall function within your body! Even arthritic pain can benefit from treatment.
I use a combination of trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and Graston technique using a massage tool to work the knots and pain out of cramped muscles. This in turn helps restore better movement and function to the injured area and greatly relieves your pain.
Graston Technique is very effective following surgery or trauma, to help recover from the development of scar tissue, chemical depositions and adhesion – all of which keep the tissue from moving normally. Smooth tools are gently drawn across the affected area to remove these restrictions and, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, help regain normal soft tissue function.
How Graston Technique was developed?
Graston Technique® is grounded in the works of Dr. James Cyriax, an English orthopaedic surgeon. He noticed although his patients were considered fully healed post-surgery, they often experienced a decrease in their freedom of movement or continued muscular pain. He discovered surgery or trauma led to the development of scar tissue, chemical depositions and adhesions – all of which kept the muscle tissue from moving normally. He developed massage “tools” to remove the restrictions and help regain normal soft tissue.
To receive Graston Technique, you will then rest in a comfortable position and a hand-held tool will be used in a form of cross-friction massage to help release the restrictions. The tools are individually designed and always use a wide base of contact – this means the massage is comfortable to receive.
Treatment is often followed by stretching exercises to promote re-alignment of the tissue fibres so that they behave more like normal, healthy tissue. You may also be given exercises to complete at home.
At each treatment, you will be re-examined to determine your progress and identify specific movements or positions for that particular treatment’s focus. Historically, the Graston Technique® has had positive outcomes in 75-90% of all conditions it is recognised to treat.
Common Causes of Vertigo
One of the most common causes of vertigo, or the sensation that the room is spinning around you, is BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). This condition causes calcium particles (otoconia) which are naturally produced and housed in the inner ear to become dislodged and move into one of the three semi-circular canals of the ear. The semi-circular canals are an important part of the system which contributes to maintaining balance.
BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
If you are experiencing BPPV, you will probably notice an intense spinning sensation when you turn your head, tip your head back or roll over in bed. It will typically be short lived, but can be severe enough to make you feel nauseous or even vomit.
The session to treat your vertigo will begin with a thorough history and neurological examination to ensure the proper diagnosis is made. If your vertigo is not due to BPPV, you will be provided with advice and a detailed GP letter which will direct you toward best medical practitioner for your needs.
If BPPV is confirmed, you will be treated using the Epley maneuver. This will involve a series of changes to your head position which encourages the calcium particle to reposition itself in a non-reactive part of your ear. Epley maneuver has a 90% immediate success rate for most patients. Repeating the maneuver on a second visit will help resolve the BPPV in another 5% – there is no charge if the second visit is required.
Examination and treatment will often trigger the vertigo – therefore it will be advisable for you to have someone drive you to the appointment.
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