My philosophy is to effectively manage injuries, reduce pain and allow people to return to their normal level of activity, whether that is leading a normal life or returning to high level sport.
My belief is relatively simple. If the body moves well, it will not hurt very much. If I can identify faulty movement patterns, with a mixture of treatment and patient understanding and if I can manage to alter them, most pain and injury will resolve.
I have a particular interest in long term back pain. I believe in the psychosocial model of back pain management, developed by Prof Peter O’Sullivan. Back pain is often over medicalised and over investigated which makes the problem become more of an issue than it really is. I have great results in managing long term back pain by getting patients to move normally again and trying to remove the fear of doing further damage.
I have also looked very closely at the area of re-educating running gait. I treat many people who have injured themselves by running. Quite often the root of the problem is that nobody gets taught how to run. The long term fix is to run well and again the body won’t hurt too much.
To try to re-establish good patterns of movement, I only use soft tissue therapies. I use my hands for “manual therapies” and I use Graston Tools to focus on fascial layers and areas of poor movement. I use Acupuncture needles in a Western style, to give pain relief but also to improve movement and reduce tissue tension. Finally and probably most importantly, I use exercise and education to give patients a method of self-help and to maintain improved patterns of movement.
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