Physiotherapy 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.
Mesotherapy 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.
The 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.
CBT can help you to change how you think (‘Cognitive’) and what you do (‘Behaviour’). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now.
When does CBT help?
CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger, a low opinion of yourself or physical health problems, like pain or fatigue.
How does it work?
CBT can help you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to see how they are connected and how they affect you. These parts are:
• A Situation – a problem, event or difficult situation
From this can follow:
• Physical feelings
Each of these areas can affect the others. How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also alter what you do about it. There are helpful and unhelpful ways of reacting to most situations, depending on how you think about them.
Hypnosis is a natural process which generates a wonderful feeling of calm and well-being as well as a state of heightened awareness. During this time it is possible to harness the power of the subconscious mind in order to help many symptoms and conditions.
People are totally in control of their own mind and can converse normally. Hypnosis helps individuals by allowing them to focus attention in a very special way, causing their objectives to become clearer, while obstacles often simply disappear.
Common concerns that are addressed through hypnotherapy include such behaviors as nail biting, smoking and substance control, to emotional challenges such as depression, anxiety, panic and phobias, to performance enhancement in athletics, academics, and the creative arts, to health and wellness issues of pain relief, surgical and trauma recovery, sleep management, allergy control, weight management, fertility and childbirth, acute and chronic disease management, grieving and palliative care. The boundaries of its usefulness are as expansive as the human imagination.
Emotional Liberational Breathing
ELB is an integrative, mind-body based technique that enables people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences, especially stressful experiences, by paying attention to thoughts, feelings and body sensations to become directly aware of them, and better able to manage them.
Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. Professor Williams says that mindfulness can be an antidote to the tunnel vision that can develop in our daily lives, especially when we are busy, stressed or tired.
“It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour,” he says.
“Awareness of this kind doesn’t start by trying to change or fix anything. It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.”
Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.
“When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh many things in the world around us that we have been taking for granted,” says Professor Williams. “Mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings that we experience and to see how we can become entangled in that stream in ways that are not helpful.