Our aims and beliefs

Consultation

Gail or Mike will ask you detailed questions about your symptoms and how they are affecting your life.  You will also be asked about your general health including any previous illnesses, surgery or injuries.  These questions are important in helping to establish a diagnosis and to rule out anything more serious that may need referral to a medical doctor.

Physical Examination

To find the cause of the problem an examination is necessary.   This may include observation of the body, movement patterns, range of motion, palpation of the joints and muscles,  muscle testing, specific neurological and orthopaedic tests.

Explanation

After the consultation and examination enough information will have been collected to allow for an explanation of your problem and  for a treatment programme to be outlined.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and decide whether or not you wish to go ahead with treatment.  If after examination it is decided that treatment is not appropriate an explanation will be given and with your permission a referral made to another health care professional eg your GP or an Orthopaedic surgeon or for further investigation eg x-ray or scan.

Same day treatment

For most people treatment will begin immediately after the explanation.  However, if this is not appropriate Mike or Gail will explain why and with your permission arrange for a referral to another health care professional such as your own Doctor or to an Orthopaedic surgeon or for further investigation eg x-ray or scan.

Treatments include spinal manipulative therapy (adjustments), soft tissue work including trigger point therapy, massage and stretches, dry needling (acupuncture), kinesiology taping, cranial therapy and exercise prescription.

Subsequent visits

Subsequent visits consist mainly of treatment. Depending on your progress, the initial treatment plan may be revised or updated, and the focus move towards prevention of future episodes of pain. You will gradually enter a more rehabilitative part of the treatment, consisting of home exercises, ergonomic and lifestyle advice.