How I work
Our bodies are rather sophisticated little systems. Everything is connected and everything that has happened to us in the past influences how we feel, breathe, move and perform today. Everything and anything leaves an imprint to our systems; the injuries we have sustained, the surgeries we have had, strenuous or repetitive exercise, static or monotonic work environment, challenging life events, persistent stress or emotional traumas...the list is endless.
Our bodies are super clever and we have an amazing ability to change, compensate, and adapt to anything that life throws at us. This is brilliant, until our habitual compensations are starting to disservice us by reducing our movement options, creating fear of certain movement and positions, changing our beliefs and expectations of ourselves. This is when our bodies are starting to complain.
What am I doing that is different?
You will be assessed and treated as a WHOLE person, not as a particular body part. I am trained in Thoracic Ring and The Integrated Systems Model (ISM Lee & Lee 2011). It is an approach which provides an understanding of how all past injuries, postural and movement habits are connected and have contributed to the current state of health or symptoms. This model allows clinicians to be more effective and efficient with their assessment and treatment in order to help patients develop better movement strategies and habits to help reduce symptoms while improving function and performance.
Yes, your hip can be the reason of your hip pain. Or it could be stemming from that 'fully recovered' ankle injury, sciatica, injured shoulder, pregnancy, postural habits on your desk chair etc. Especially if previous treatments failed and investigations did not deliver the answers.
I will want to know everything about you regardless of where your symptoms or pain are. I will assess and move the whole of you rather than only the effected body part. I will want to know your physical limitations, emotional experiences and beliefs about your body's performance and abilities. Together we can recognise dysfunctional areas in your system and figure out if we need to treat your hip or your old ankle injury to improve your hip pain.
So - how does it looks in practice?
We will start with your story. I want to know everything about your recent complaint, pain pattern, behaviour, aggravating factors, how it is impacting your life, limitations of your abilities, how it makes you feel etc. We will talk about your medical history, investigation, past injuries, surgeries, activities you are doing now or have done in the past. We will discuss and establish what is important for you, your goals and the outcomes you would like to achieve with physiotherapy.
I will then undertake a whole body assessment and look at the way you stand, sit or move depending on your complaint. This means I will not only look at your symptomatic areas, but checking if there are any other areas of your body in dysfunction and determine how they relate to your painful areas. Together, with your feedback, we can identify the most important changes we need to make to your body to move forwards.
Once we have some hypothesis, together we can design your unique treatment plan. I have a wide variety of treatment techniques: soft tissue work, joint manipulations, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, stecco fascial manipulation, acupuncture, taping, posture and gait education, exercise prescription etc. I will use appropriate tools to help you with any restrictions that limits your movement options or creates dysfunctions.
I will guide you through your healing process. I will give you necessary knowledge and awareness to empower you to make the changes in your own body. Most importantly I expect you to be very ACTIVE in your rehabilitation process. You will change because you are making those changes to happen. You will be given your individual exercise programme to fit your lifestyle and levels of activity to reach your goals from a step by step program.