The initial assessment consists of a full medical history, subjective evaluation of the current symptoms and objective examination of the painful area and adjacent structures. Any past injuries or illnesses will be noted and a full history of medication taken.
When you attend for the first consultation it would be beneficial if you could bring any recent reports, MRI scans, X-Rays and blood tests.
Initial assessment may take up to 1 hour, treatment sessions are from 20-50 minutes, the time required being at the discretion of your practitioner.
Subsequent to the initial assessment you will be given a diagnosis and outline of the treatment plan. The number of treatments required and the estimated time of recovery will be discussed. Please ask any questions which will help to clarify the diagnosis and treatment. Should you not wish to proceed with treatment please make this clear to your practitioner. Your consent is required to commence a treatment programme.
Following your assessment or during the treatment programme it may be necessary to refer you to another consultant in our team. This may be necessary as a result of your presenting pathology or a deterioration in your symptoms. Your practitioner is qualified to make this judgement.
Most joint and muscle pathologies require a course of several treatments to resolve symptoms. Each treatment elicits a response within the affected tissue, which may increase or decrease pain and inflammation. Successful treatment will restore homeostasis within the tissue. If the treatment course is not completed symptoms may not resolve.
Symptoms which require periodic treatment are often labelled as 'chronic' and therefore unresponsive to a proactive approach. This may be a false assumption. Poor daily posture may irritate spinal structures resulting in pain. This can be quick and easy to resolve. Alternatively, discal damage and altered alignment can stress tissue structure, cause inflammation and affect pain. Correcting vertebral segmental alignment improves the overall health of these structures.
- Assessment of Skeletal, Muscle and Neural Systems
- Joint Manipulation and Mobilisation-Osteopathic and short lever techniques
- Muscle Strengthening and Core Stability
- Manual Mobilisation of Ligaments, Tendons and Connective Tissues
- Cranio-Sacral balance
- Alignment of the jaw (TMJ)
- Myofacial Release and Trigger point techniques
- Dry Needling for muscle imbalance
- Specific core and dynamic muscle retraining programmes
- Closed chain core training of the abdomen