An initial consultation consists of an initial history assessment along with an observation of posture and bio-mechanical alignments. This can include Muscle testing, Neurological testing, Range of Motion (Active and Passive) and Palpation. An Initial consultation is 60 minutes and subsequent consultations are determined by the therapist as needed. The number of consultations varies client to client depending on the condition present.
During a consultation the therapist may use different techniques, some of these techniques are used via hands-on; Myofascial release, Trigger Point Therapy, Friction, Muscle Energy Technique and Muscle stretching. While other techniques require equipment such as Dry Needling and Thermal Therapies.
A Treatment Plan will be designed and individualised for each client, this plan will be explained to you in detail. It will include take home exercises/stretches required and advice on personal management for you to perform between consultations to help your condition improve.
Myofascial Release – This is used to release disruptions in the fascial network that links every organ and tissue in the body. This Fascial tissue may be tight due to poor posture, old sporting injuries or tight muscles. Releasing this Fascia will allow the muscles to move freely and help correct posture which will help decrease muscular pain.
Trigger Point Therapy – This technique is used to eliminate Trigger Points or (‘Knots’), very useful in targeting muscular pain and dysfunction.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) – Used to increase joint range due to muscle dysfunction through the use of light contractions by the client in very specific directions.
Friction Massage – Reduces adhesions between fascial layers and muscles and promotes healing in tendon pathologies which decreases pain perception.
Myofascial Cupping – Cupping involves the use of suction cups to stretch fascia and stimulate blood flow to particular areas of soft tissue to dramatically reduce pain and increase range of the muscle.
Dry Needling – The use of acupuncture needles which vary in size depending on location, inserted into the Trigger Point causing an inflammatory response. Blood flow increases in the area affected causing the toxins to be flushed out and relaxing the muscle which decreases pain.