PhysiotherapyPhysiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well being (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2002). Physiotherapy effectively treats pain and stiffness in your joints, muscles, nerves and soft tissues. I will take the time to discuss all aspects of your problem and perform a thorough physical examination. Treatment may consist of hands-on therapy to relieve pain and restore movement. You will be taught specific exercises within a treatment session and be given an exercise programme to help correct altered movement patterns, (undo ‘bad habits’ created by pain). Physiotherapy offers a unique approach to ensure that your symptoms improve in the long term by helping you to alter movement patterns which may have caused your problem to linger or re-occur.
MesotherapyMesotherapy can be used to effectively treat muscle soreness and inflammation due to injury and to speed up recovery time. Overuse of the muscles can cause inflammation to the muscle, which can be extremely painful and healing can be a lengthy process. Normally anti-inflammatory medication is prescribed to help with the healing process but this takes time. Mesotherapy allows you to choose the depth at which you want to apply the medication to the inflamed muscle. This will speed up the recovery process and get your patient back to full activity. Mesotherapy can effectively treat musculoskeletal problems including tendinitis, arthritis, sprains, muscle strain, spinal disorders and back pain. The benefit of Mesotherapy for treating pain is that patients no longer need to rely on high doses of daily pain pills which can eventually lead to liver and kidney damage. Mesotherapy involves the delivery of small amounts of FDA approved medications (non-cortisone, non-steroid) via local injections instead of ingesting or injecting intramuscularly or intravenously much larger dosages of medications, which are filtered in the liver and kidney and travel throughout one's body. Mesotherapy treats pain so effectively, many patients experience pain relief immediately or within two or three days. Some people may need maintenance therapy several times a year. The injections are virtually painless compared to trigger point injections or other therapy, for example some doctors uses FDA-approved, non-cortisone, non-steroid, anti-inflammatory medications to treat pain. Mesotherapy, of course, is not a "be-all, end-all" solution. Patients also require physical therapy to rehabilitate and strengthen their muscles and joints.
Alexander TechniqueThe Alexander Technique is a gentle and respected way of looking after ourselves in life and changing some of those things we feel stuck with, such as backache, headaches, Repetitive Strain Injury, poor posture, anxiety and stress. It teaches us to change our habits and reactions in order to improve our health and wellbeing. Medical trials in conjunction with the BMA have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique for back pain, neck and shoulder pain and other issues in both the short and long term. For over a century the Technique has benefited people from many walks of life. It can increase our effectiveness in the workplace amongst our colleagues or in our interaction with the public, in the performing arts and sports as well as at home at the computer or the ironing board, when driving the car or pushing a pushchair or wheelchair. It enhances and maintains our balance and mobility at all stages of life. It can be very helpful for those of us living with long term debilitating disease. The Technique is taught in individual lessons: I will use words and touch to give the student a new experience of ordinary everyday activities such as sitting, standing and walking. Through the lessons students acquire skills that they can bring to every activity and every area of life to increase their sense of wellbeing, lightness, clarity and effectiveness.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy), as with other talking therapies, works towards building a trusting, explorative and collaborative relationship between therapist and client. In CAT the therapist helps the client to identify their current problems and how they affect their life and wellbeing. They do this by thinking about current repetitive, unhelpful patterns and make links with events and relationships from early life. During therapy the client and their therapist think about how patterns can hold us back and stop us doing or being the way we would wish. They also work towards discovering choices and exits from these patterns that can move us towards making a change for the better. Another important part of the therapy is thinking about and planning how you can continue to make positive changes after the therapy has ended.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)What is CBT? It is a way of talking about:
• how you think about yourself, the world and other people.
• how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings.
• A Situation – a problem, event or difficult situation
From this can follow:
• Physical feelings