There are numerous and varied approaches to Physical Therapy. Through the years, a practitioner learns a wide range of techniques and accumulates clinical knowledge to cultivate their own unique style of Physical Therapy. An integrated and experienced practitioner offers a safe and effective approach to health. Treating all sorts of physical conditions, whether muscular, tendinous, nervous or rheumatic in nature. A well informed, experienced therapist has much to offer in the way of health, pain management, lifestyle and general well being.
It is imperative that the therapist you seek is highly versed in Western Biomedicine and understand C.T, M.R.I. and X-ray reports, be able to discern the wide variety of possible complications and conditions, to allow for a safe and effective treatment.
Proper diagnosis of your condition is essential for successful treatment. Painful conditions may arise from local tissue, or radiate from other parts of the body. Sciatic pain may appear in the leg, but in fact, lumbar or pelvic issues are the cause. A simple shoulder pain may appear local in nature, but may actually emanate from gallbladder disease. An experienced practitioner must be able to discern such risks and send for further investigation when required.
With over eighteen years of clinical experience, I have adopted particular world views on Physical Therapy. These include; Western Remedial Massage, Japanese Shiatsu, and Chinese Tui Na. They are non- invasive, very effective and clinically safe.
Remedial Physical Therapy
Remedial Massage Therapy is a Western based approach to Physical Therapy. It involves a deep understanding of Anatomy, Physiology and general Western bioscience.It is imperative for a practitioner to approach the physical state of the body with an understanding of the wide range of possible physical conditions and come up with the correct diagnosis. Consideration must be given to the myriad of possible complications. Conditions may arise post-operatively or as a result of long term neglect of trauma and injury.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET):
Muscle Energy Techniques are a Physical Therapeutic approach that is governed by a strict and linear diagnostic process. It is successfully applied to most sciatic and lumbar conditions. The process requires a deep understanding of the sacrum’s orientation within the ilium, and its alignment, or lack thereof with the 5th Lumbar vertebrae. Once the relationship of the sacrum, ilium and L5 is clear, appropriate corrections are applied. This approach to spinal adjustment is gentle, and NO manipulation is carried out. The body is placed in a position that isolates a single muscle. The patient uses minimal resistance, to activate the isolated muscle, which mobilizes the intended vertebrae back into place. Realigning the spine, which in turn reduces local nerve pressure, treating referred pain, eases muscle tension and pain caused by skeletal misalignment. The Thoracic and Cervical spine can also be realigned in this way. Gently, safely and effectively, treating one spinal segment at a time.
Japanese Shiatsu and Chinese Tui-Na have proven to be very successful in the treatment of long standing physical conditions such as; Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel, Frozen Shoulder, Wry neck, Headaches, and other debilitating conditions that impede ones quality of life.
Traditional Shiatsu and Tui-Na are oil free in nature, and are often performed over cotton to reduces friction. Without the oil, a practitioner has greater control in the use of pressure points. It allows for soft tissue manipulation in ways that oil does not.
For thousands of years Oriental Medicines utilized pressure points therapy to treat the body as a whole. More recently, “Trigger Point Therapy” and “Dry Needling” have been used in a Western context. Sadly, these disciplines have been taken out of their original context with only a fractions of the oriental wisdom being adopted. While the very acceptance of these techniques are a further testament to their efficacy, a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner still utilizes these techniques in the way they were intended, holistically.
Cupping and Gua-Sha
Glass cups are applied to the skin as a flame within the cup creates a vacuum. Historically, Ancient Egypt, China, Africa and Europe are all known for their use of cupping. Cups induce negative pressure that stimulate muscle fibres, nerve fibres and create a strong body/brain feedback loop. They act on fascia, and resolve long standing injuries by invigorating blood flow. Gua-sha is a Chinese scraping technique. It relieve pain through removing blood stasis, and achieves brilliant results.