Below are treatment methods in general followed by more specific examples.
(if any condition is beyond conservative care alone, you will be referred to your GP and we will work together to meet your needs)
Manipulation and adjustments
Activator adjustment instrument
Low level laser
Treatment given to the spine and surrounding muscles will always include some massage since the muscles move the bones and joints. I feel that it is important to relax the muscles at the end of the session using manual and vibratory massage to optimise the results. In severe or stubborn cases, the temporary use of a back brace is needed.
Gentle spinal adjustments are given when it is considered to be the treatment of choice and if the patient is comfortable with it. Some patients prefer the use of an adjusting instrument.
Sciatica and other neuralgias caused by nerve impingement respond well to traction techniques.
Gentle traction techniques with massage are often used to remove stress on the involved joints of the spine especially if the patient has severe pain or nerve impingement. Exercises are given to help stabilise joints and postural advice pertaining to both work and leisure time is stressed.
MASSAGE treatments for 30 or 45 minute sessions are available for patients who prefer a purely soft tissue approach or an extended visit.
Women can be treated throughout their pregnancy using massage, gentle manipulation, specific exercises and postural advice. A special treatment table enables the pregnant patient to lie on her tummy comfortably.
Peripheral joints of the body and the ligaments and muscles around them are treated with massage, ultrasound, low level laser and mobilisation techniques. Rehab exercises are given.
Foot and ankle related problems such as plantar fasciitis or shin splints are usually caused by foot pronation (flat footedness). I have had great success using a good quality, inexpensive, off-the-shelf orthotic to correct this along with ultrasound, massage, mobilisation, exercises and advice.
Knee meniscus problems are treated with great success using manipulation with traction. Ligaments and muscles are treated using ultrasound, laser, massage, exercises, advice and occasionally the use of a brace is needed temporarily. Many knee problems are helped by orthotics.
Causes of Hip pain include soft tissue impingement, arthritis, sprains, strains, bursitis, referred pain from the knee or low back and others. Mobilisation, massage, exercises, and advice are used to treat these conditions.
Shoulder problems include bursitis, rotator cuff injuries involving tendons and muscles and it is a common site for referred pain coming from elsewhere in the body. Treatment includes Ultrasound, Laser, mobilisation, massage, exercises and advice on avoiding aggravation.
Hand and Wrist injuries are also very common and are often caused by repetitive strain injures. Advice on how to avoid aggravation is important along with massage techniques, manipulation, ultrasound, laser and exercises.
Elbow and forearm injuries are common such as tennis and golfer's elbow. Ultrasound, massage, manipulation,exercises, advice on daily usage and occasionally dry needling is used. Tennis elbow braces are usually very helpful also.