We use hands-on treatment and movement strategies for a wide range of health problems or musculoskeletal conditions that can be accompanied by pain, discomfort and/or changes in ability to move or be active.
Acute Pain or Injury
Acute pain could involve areas like low back, shoulder, neck, headache or 'sciatic' type symptoms.
Whether the pain is from a known injury or unknown reason, if no further assessment or referral is needed treatment can start immediately with gentle, discrete manual and movement techniques to reduce pain and ease mobility that might arise from adaptation and compensation for the pain.
Graded take-home pain management strategies and movement techniques will be given to help maintain healing momentum.
The good news is that acute usually pain resolves as healing progresses.
Persistent (Chronic) Pain
Persistent pain states might accompany diagnosed conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraines or undiagnosed and unexplained musculoskeletal or visceral pains.
Whether or not there is an underlying diagnosis the experience of persistent pain is often complex, multifactoral, not predictable and a challenge to treat. Knowledge about the neurobiology of pain, combined with manual and physical therapies and meaningful movement strategies have been reported as helpful in managing or changing the persistent pain experience.
There is a caveat though; Persistent pain can be challenging to manage and slow to change and requires patience and, more importantly persistence. We can offer a realistic timeline and program for meeting progression goals, with contingencies for flare-up, take home movement and coping strategies, educational resources and, as needed, communication with other healthcare professionals to help with that change.
General Aches and Pains
Sometimes we just get sore, tense or feel uncomfortable. Often there is no specific reason and it might just be an accumulation from a stressful week at work, helping a friend move, too much or not enough activity or other combined life stressors.
Aches and pains usually come and go, but sometimes they become "normal" and don't go as quickly as we would like, or they move around from one body part to another for no apparent reason. It doesn't take much to get used to them being there and, at some point, they can start to become a problem for day to day activities.
Patterned muscular tensions and habitual movements that might be repetitive and unconscious, but adaptive in some way, may be a contributing factor. Manual therapy combined with movement strategies can help to interrupt and change habitual patterns without having to start up, or stop, the activities you really want to do.
Common conditions may include, but are not limited to:
- Joint aches, pains or sprains
- Musculoskeletal tensions
- Low back pain
- Sciatic pain
- Arthritic aches and pains
- Muscle or fibromyalgia pain
- Pregnancy discomforts
- Impact injury like whiplash
- Post-operative recovery
- Stress related symptoms
- sleeping difficulties
- digestive issues