Therapies available at The Joint & Back Clinic

As part of your Osteopathic treatment, the clinic may use a range of therapies. These therapies are also available as independent treatments, please request this option when booking.

Sports and Remedial Massage

This treatment is not just for the ‘sports person’ as anyone can benefit from sports and remedial massage, including people in physically demanding and sedentary jobs. These massage techniques use a combination of hands on traditional massage strokes and techniques such as Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Energy Technique and NMT (neuromuscular technique) to relieve pain and encourage release and healing. Muscles not only move our joints, they also stabilise and protect the skeleton and its internal structures. When our muscle movement is restricted by an injury, compromised posture or joint restrictions, massage can effectively break down these dysfunctions. This treatment is designed to work effectively with the patient to bring about optimum performance, provide injury free training and minimise post event injuries.

Therapeutic Ultrasound / Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is a form of medical treatment which uses small electrical impulses or sound wave energy to repair tissue, stimulate muscles and increase sensations and muscle strength. This clinic specialises in Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy which uses sound waves to speed up the healing process. High frequency sound waves are applied to the tissues to accelerate the rate of healing by promoting the inflammatory response, increasing the extensibility of scar tissue and enhancing circulatory processes in injury sites. It is a painless non-invasive procedure. Ultrasound is normally applied by use of a small metal treatment head which emits the ultrasonic beam transmitted to the skin via a contact medium such as a gel. This is moved continuously over the skin for approximately 3-5 minutes. Treatments may be repeated frequently depending on whether the injury is acute or chronic.

Western Medical Acupuncture /
Dry Needling

Unlike traditional Chinese acupuncture which emphasises the use of energy meridians and specific acupuncture points, western medical acupuncture uses needles to activate a number of physiological mechanisms that encourage healing. It is now commonly used with very positive affects by Osteopaths, physiotherapist and medical practitioners for both musculoskeletal and other medical conditions widely within the UK. It is a very cost effective, highly successful and adaptable treatment method with few if any side effects. Depending on the nature of your problem, acupuncture can be applied as a sole treatment method or can be very successfully combined with Osteopathy. Put simply, if a needle is placed in a dysfunctional area, that area tends to become less dysfunctional.

Orthotic and Foot Pain Clinic

There are many conditions that affect the foot causing a range of painful and debilitating conditions that can make weight bearing, walking and any physical activity painful and difficult. More body-wide effects are frequently caused such as back, knee, hip and neck problems as you try to compensate for the dysfunctional foot. As you walk, run, stand etc, your foot transfers your body weight from above to the ground and visa-versa. This transfer relies on the shape of the foot primarily its arches, as well as the anatomical structures of the foot coming in to contact with the ground in the right position and at the right time. When any of these elements does not happen correctly foot pain frequently develops.

Although Osteopathic treatment and exercise rehabilitation of a dysfunction foot is possible, these methods are commonly combined with the use of shoe orthotics. These are specifically constructed and shaped supportive insoles for your shoes that effectively provide support for the foot when static and during activity, thereby taking the strain off the foot and the rest of the body. Orthotics come in a variety of shapes sizes and types, varying from generic pre-formed types to custom made products; this is reflected in the variable cost.

Kinesio Taping Method

While traditional taping treatments restrict the movement of injured muscles and joints, today we know that keeping muscles moving and improving circulation reduces pain and speeds up healing. That is the science that inspired the father of kinesiology taping, Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase, to develop a muscle treatment in 1979 that he named the ‘Kinesio Taping Method’. This taping method gently lifts the layer of skin and attached tissue covering a muscle so that blood and other body fluids can move more freely in and around that muscle or structure.

Dr. Kase lists four major functions of ‘Kinesio Taping’ those being; supporting the muscles, correcting joint problems, removing congestion to the flow of body fluids and lastly activating the body’s own self-healing and pain relieving systems. The method can and is used independently of other therapies. It is commonly seen in use by professional sports people, bodies variously covered in strips of brightly coloured tape. It is sometimes incorporated in Osteopathic treatment as it improves recovery and has excellent therapeutic benefits as long as the tape is attached, usually up to five days following application.

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy its concepts and methods were developed by early Osteopaths of the twentieth century. The cranial bones, sacrum, brain, spinal cord and the membranes around them all possess subtle and differing movements that with practice can be palpated. Any abnormal movements in these and other body structures can found and corrected using a number of subtle treatment techniques. Everything within the body is interconnected which means that most problems can be treated using cranial Osteopathic techniques. In most cases a combination of structural and cranial Osteopathy is used, as together they provide a very effective and gentle treatment method that can be used on a very wide range of patients.