Treatment is carried out with the permission of the patient and the patient can at any point refuse permission for treatment and this will obviously be respected. In most cases if there is any technique that the patient doesn't want to be carried out there is an alternative available. But normally with the right information there isn't a problem.
We will have a chat in the form of an initial consultation or a brief chat if you are returning. We will ask you about your problem and any advice we have given you including stretching and exercise. We then ask you the patient to undress to your underwear. (So good sensible underwear is helpful). Then we look at your mechanics and explain what we are finding and how it may be affecting the presenting symptom/s. Then perform active movements, which are movements of the areas which are affected or associated. E.g. flexing your head forward, backwards, sideways and rotating your head. Then we will perform any tests to clarify the diagnosis and prognosis. Then we can get on with palpating your muscles and joints. At this stage if we are happy with the diagnosis and it is safe to proceed we will continue with treatment. We use our highly developed sense of touch called ‘palpation’ to identify any points of weakness or strain you may be experiencing. We use our hands not machines to carry out a variety of treatment techniques which include:
- Soft Tissue. (Massage)
- High Velocity Thrust. (Increases the movement of the joints)
- Other Muscle and joint mobility techniques. (Functional, Counterstrain, Muscle energy, PNF)
- Cranial (Very gentle movement of the cranial bones)
These techniques improve the function of the body, reduce inflammation and the pain / aching from muscles and joints. They also calm the nervous system.
We explain everything as we go , but we are happy to discuss your treatment at any stage. We feel communication is always the key to making you feel comfortable.