Osteopathy is an extremely safe, ‘hands-on’ form of complementary and alternative medicine, that focuses on the body’s relationship between organs, joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Osteopaths spend four to five years training at University where they develop finely tuned skills of palpation, or touch, to find and assess areas of tension, strain or weakness and imbalances within the body.
Sports podiatrists specialise in biomechanical assessments, sport/exercise related injury & mechanical issues of the foot, ankle & lower leg. Injuries to the foot, ankle & lower leg are often multifactorial in nature with poor run mechanics, footwear, reduced range of joint motion, muscular imbalances & increased mechanical stress above the levels at which soft tissue structures can tolerate just some of the factors that can lead to pain, eventual breakdown & injury.
Sports massage is a type of therapeutic treatment that can be beneficial for anyone (sporty or non-sporty) who may be suffering from muscle tension, pain, injury or reduced flexibility. A common misconception is that it is only appropriate for athletes, this however is not the case. It can also be effective for people suffering from day-to-day aches and pains, helping to decrease stress, muscular tension, ‘knots’ or adhesions alongside reducing recovery time from injury.
Physiotherapy treatment with our therapists is very much hands-on with a focus on all of you, not necessarily just the bit that is hurting.
Conditions commonly treated by Physiotherapists are back pain and neck pain including headaches, all joint injuries but commonly shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, hip, knee and ankle joints, muscular tears and strains, nerve injuries.
Medical acupuncture, or dry needling is a minimally invasive treatment whereby a very thin acupuncture needle is gently inserted into an area of muscle called a myofascial trigger point. This is a local, contracted, hyper-irritable band of muscle that can refer pain to other areas of the body and/or produce a local muscle twitch. These trigger points can sometimes be felt as pea-sized nodules of tissue, that can be uncomfortable to press into.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, one which we slip into on average every seven minutes. It is when our mind wanders, daydreams or focuses on something like watching television or a good book. It is the state that we are in when we are driving along a familiar route ‘on autopilot’. Although we feel nicely relaxed in this state, it is in fact a time when our brain is working extremely hard, much,much harder in fact than when we are concentrating on something like a maths exam!