OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIVE TREATMENT (OMT)
Just as structural engineers are trained to understand the mechanics of bridges, dams and highrise buildings,osteopaths undergo lengthy training in order to understand and correct structural faults in the human body.
Osteopaths use a variety of manipulative techniques to help patients. We use our hands for assessment and treatment. OMT includes different forms of soft tissue stretching, trigger point release, many forms of deep tissue massage, fascial release techniques, rhythmic passive joint mobilisation and thrust techniques to restore joint movement and alignment.
We use a range of other techniques to complement osteopathic treatment and help speed up recovery.
LOW-LIGHT LASER THERAPY (LLLT)
Low-light laser therapy (LLLT) is a treatment using light therapy to improve tissue repair and to reduce pain and inflammation to the area where the beam is applied. It is effective for a range of sports injuries, arthritis, back and neck pain and other joint pain.
When people are looking for a speedy recovery, LLLT is likely to be one of the treatments of choice. Hence it is often used in elite sports environments such as Premiership football and rugby teams, Formula 1 and Olympic teams. It is used by the US and British military to get their servicemen back on their feet.
Recent research has strongly supported the use of LLLT for many conditions:
- The British Journal of Sports Medicine, Jan 2001, in a review of surgical and conservative treatments for frozen shoulder (Favejee MN, Huisstede
BM, Koes BW) found "strong evidence for the efficacy of LLLT".
- International Association for the Study of Pain, 2010, found "strong evidence" for the use of LLLT on myofascial pain syndrome.
- The British Medical Journal, June 2011, (Bisset L, Coombes B, Vicenzino B) recommended the use of the LLLT for tennis elbow.
- The American Physical Therapy Association, 2010, recommended LLLT for Achilles tendonitis.
- The Lancet, Dec 2009, (Chow R, Johnson M, Lopes-Martins R, Bjordal J) found LLLT reduced pain in acute and chronic neck pain immediately after
treatment and for up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment.
For more information: Laser for Pain Relief - download PDF brochure from Thor Laser website.
INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS) ACUPUNCTURE
Western medical acupuncture is a form of therapy where fine needles are inserted. It is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology.
As part of our range of treatments, we practise a form of western acupuncture called dry needling or IMS. This involves using a needle to treat contractures in muscles (which, if they refer pain, are known as trigger points). This stimulates a neural response which can lead to the contracture relaxing and a reduction in pain and increased mobility.
I completed training courses aimed at doctors, osteopaths and other qualified healthcare professionals with the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Don't worry if you really do not like needles, we can treat you without acupuncture.
For more information: visit the British Medical Acupuncture Society website.
Functional exercise trains us to become strong and flexible in movement patterns that we use in everyday life or sport.
In its simplest form, we might rehabilitate a loss of ability to perform a certain task by designing exercises in which that task, or part of that task, is copied.
However, functional exercise can also involve a series of more complex biomechanical exercises, aiming to improve mobility and strength for specific sports or to help posture and prevent injury. Functional exercises are devised to increase flexibility, strength and stability. They may use resistance in the form of bodyweight or various types of training equipment.
Core stability training has rightly become an important part of fitness and rehabilitation. We adopt a functional approach to training the core, using it to stabilise us, whilst performing other movements, its purpose in life. If we need our core to be strong to protect us, in a standing or sitting position, we must train it in those positions. Functional concepts recognise that training the nervous system to be efficient is as important as increasing the size of the muscle.
Functional rehabilitation also recognises the need to train the body through all 3 planes of movement, as we need all of these in life. Often conventional training concentrates on the sagittal plane (forwards/backwards movement). Functional exercise also utilises frontal plane (side to side) and transverse plane (twisting/rotational movements).
This is the brightly-coloured tape you will have seen adorning the bodies of elite athletes in so many different sports. Whether it is Premiership footballers, Wimbledon tennis stars or Olympic athletes, strips of tape protecting injured joints will be on show.
What it does:
- relieves pain by supporting and compressing affected area.
- supports muscle through movement.
- removes lymphatic congestion.
- supports weak muscles.
- helps improve proprioception (sense of joint position) and improves movement patterns, eg. helping the patella to track properly as the knee bends.
Kinesiology tape is very light and elastic. It is designed to have properties similar to our skin. Although widely used by sports people, it may help anyone suffering from muscular or joint pain. It provides support and encourages proper joint alignment and posture whilst allowing free movement. This tape is often effective at pain relief by unloading stressful forces from painful joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons.
Therefore, whether you are an athlete trying to return to your sport, or someone looking for a painfree day, kinesiology tape may help.