Conditions Treated

The following conditions are just a selection of the ones that I commonly treat on a regular basis. If your condition is not listed below, please let me know so that we can discuss your problem asap.

Conditions treated:

WHIPLASH

Whiplash usually occurs during an automobile collision, the scenario is that while traveling along, you may collide with a vehicle in front of you that stops suddenly or (more commonly) you have to stop suddenly and the vehicle behind you runs into you. See image below.

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What happens is that as the rear collision occurs, our body goes forwards and our head is thrown backwards, jarring our neck C1 – C4. Depending on the force of the crash, the severity can range from a Grade 1 (moderate muscle soreness) around the neck, shoulder and upper-back areas. Grade 2 (severe muscle damage, sometimes termed wryneck/torticollis) including shoulder and upper-back areas. Grade 3 (a grade 2 plus damage to the vertebrae/spine and usually includes concussion). See image below.

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Treatment:

My approach to the treatment of Whiplash is first of all to check that my client has had a thorough medical examination, i.e. x-ray, MRI scan and by their doctor or specialist, this is essential as I would not treat this condition without this evidence.

After performing a series of specialist tests, my choice of treatments would be mainly Myofascial Release (MFR) and a selection on Remedial Massage techniques. This is based on having experienced a 95% success rate.

FROZEN SHOULDER

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis, is a term used to describe fibrosis and thickening of the synovial membrane or cling-film (that surrounds the joint). From an early age our joints (especially the shoulder) begin to develop slight folds and wrinkles within the cling-film around our joint, due to more and more movement. Over time these folds become deeper and thicker (likened to a new leather jacket, over time the shoulder area becomes more wrinkled), when our joints are over used or stressed these wrinkles become stiffer, causing inflammation and pain. See Image below.

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The actual cause of this condition is unknown, symptoms include: pain within the shoulder joint, especially when the arm is raised to 90○ clients often comment on finding difficulty pinpointing the exact point of pain.

Treatment:

Treatments that I use is a combination of Myofascial Release (MFR), Remedial Message, Joint Mobilization, Ultrasound and Corrective Exercise Therapy.

TENNIS ELBOW –

Tennis Elbow can be a very painful and debilitating condition. Pain is felt on the out-side of the forearm near the elbow. See images below. Pain usually is progressive, beginning with an annoying discomfort, to specific pain and loss of strength.

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In my experience, the cause of this problem is (surprisingly to some) within the forearm, upper-arm and even as high up as the shoulder or neck. These muscles become tight and even stick together due to over-use, under-use, injury or stress.

The problem lies within the Fascia, which is the cling-film-like skin/tissue that surrounds our muscles (and everything else; nerves, bone, internal organs), from head-to-toe, back-to-front. (See image below)

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In its normal state this tissue leaks out a fluid (like-egg-white) that acts as a lubricant between our muscles, so as they move on each other, they slip n slide, allowing ease of movement.

As mentioned above, during injury etc, this lubricant dries out, causing sticking-together-of-muscles, producing a pulling effect on the nerves, hence… lack-of-movement, PAIN, INFLAMMATION and tightness!!

Treatment:

The treatments that I use are a combination of: Myofascial Release and Remedial Massage, Strength & Conditioning, Exercise Therapy and Electrotherapy.

BACK PAIN –

There are many types of back pain, including: Herniated Disk (Slipped disc), See image below. 

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Sciatica (see below), Muscle strain, Lumbago, Osteomyelitis (or OM is infection and inflammation of the bone or bone marrow. It can be usefully sub-classified on the basis of the causative organism pyogenic bacteria or mycobacteria and the route, duration and anatomic location of the infection). Cervical Spondylosis, Lordosis, Kyphosis (see images below)

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Treatment:

My approach to the treatment of Back Pain is first of all to check that my client has had a thorough medical examination, i.e. x-ray, MRI scan and by their doctor or specialist*, this is essential as I would not treat this condition without this evidence.

I use is a combination of Myofascial Release (MFR), Remedial Message, Joint Mobilization and Corrective Exercise Therapy.

*Chiropractic referral may be necessary.

SCIATICA

Sciatica is a real pain in the rear – a debilitating term, with symptoms described as pain in the low-back (axial type) area, and hip/glutes (but) area (appendicular type), caused by the Sciatic nerve becoming inflammed. See Image below.

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 The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body (travels from the neck, all the way down to the foot). There are 2 types of Sciatica. One is when pain is within the low-back area, known as Axial Type and two is because the nerve goes in between a muscle called the Periformis within the hip/but area, known as Appendicular Type (see image below). A possible cause of pain in this area is that the periformis becomes shortened and very tight, pressing and rubbing on the nerve, causing irritation, hence inflammation, commonly called Periformis Syndrome.

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Treatment:

Treatments that I use is a combination of Myofascial Release (MFR), Remedial Message, Joint Mobilization, Ultrasound and Corrective Exercise Therapy.

 

KNEE PAIN-

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There are many types of Knee pain, including: Lateral/Medial Collateral ligament damage, Cruciate  ligament damage, Osgood Schlatter Disease, Meniscus Damage, Runners knee and Dislocation.

Treatment:

My treatments include; Electrotherapy (Ultrasound), Corrective Exercise Therapy and Remedial Massage.

PLANTER FASCIITIS –

Planter fasciitis is inflammation of the tendon/fascia in the sole of the foot. (See image below)

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In my experience, the cause of this condition is usually within the calf (But can reside within the hamstrings, glutes or even as far away as the mid-back) See tennis elbow (Fascia) above for more detail.

Treatment:

The treatments that I use are a combination of: Myofascial Release and Remedial Massage, Strength & Conditioning, Exercise Therapy and Electrotherapy.

 

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