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Mobilisation shares a similar theoretical approach to manipulation, however it is a slower paced and more gentle technique. It typically involves delivering a pressure or force to a bone structure that is not moving well and is causing pain. When a joint is 'stuck' or hypomobile, mobilisation will encourage it to move freely and decrease your pain by giving it a gentle 'push and shove'.
Acupuncture has ancient Chinese origins and is based around a unique theoretical concept. Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles in specific locations throughout the body. These specific locations have been determined over many centuries of practice. Acupuncture can assist the flow of energy through specific channels and have many neurophysiological effects, one of which is decreasing pain. Additionally, it can stimulate the release of your body's natural chemicals and help increase the speed of healing.
Dry needling uses the exact same needles as used in Acupuncture, however the theory and technique is very different. Dry needling involves the use of very thin needles to stimulate the relaxation of the muscles through targeting the trigger points that release muscle tension. This will provide relief both at the treatment site and in regions away from the problem area that are supplied by the same nerve distribution.
Manipulation is a technique whereby a high velocity - low amplitude force is quickly applied to a spinal segment to re-adjust its position, improve its movement and have a positive neurophysiological effect on your level of pain. Manipulation is typically regarded as a Chiropractic technique, however, Julian has been accredited with the skills to manipulate the entire spine.
Massage is a well recognised treatment technique aimed at desreasing the tension and tightness in muscular aches and injuries. Although it is a greatly beneficial technique, it may not fix a problem if there is an underlying joint issue. This is where the combination of massage and mobilisation from a physio may be more successful.
The tailoring of exercises to suit your specific condition or injury is very important to assist your full recovery. The addition of strengthening or stretching exercises to your treatment will help to restore the natural balance and symmetry of movement in your body. Additionally, if specific exercises are not continued after an injury has resolved, that exact same injury may become a recurrent problem in the future.
This is a treatment technique in which the patient's muscles are actively used on request, in a precisely controlled and calculated position, in a specific direction and against a distinctly executed Physiotherapists counterforce. By actively contracting a specific group of muscles, It helps to reposition a skeletal structure that is sitting out of position, by creating a pulling force.
This approach to Headache relief is taught by a well renowned Physiotherapist Dean Watson. Dean's belief is that the first three cervical vertebrae at the top of your neck become misaligned, causing them to become very sensitive, only taking the smallest of triggers to set off a headache response. You may think that your headache is caused by a glass of wine, or a square of chocolate, but often it is your neck. Certain foods, stress, your menstrual cycle, and many other things just tip it over the edge, but if you cease these and your headaches continue, your neck is likely the true cause. His techniques involve treating any misalignment of the top three vertebrae of your neck with slow and sustained pressure.