Good nutrition is vital for health, without it our bodies cannot function properly. Modern diets often lack high quality nutrients and rely heavily on processed convenience foods, quick snacks, and overcooked meals.
Nutritional therapy provides you with the latest scientific research evidence to help you adapt your diet and lifestyle to support optimum health.
The aims of a nutritional consultation are to help you with the causes of your health problems and to educate you about the right food choices to make. The nutritionist carefully analyses your symptoms, diet, lifestyle and health history to devise an individually tailored nutritional programme to meet your special needs. She believes that supplement pills should be used with respect and not as a substitute for healthy eating.
Osteopathy is a well-established and safe system of diagnosis and treatment concerned with the structural integrity of the body as a whole. Any disruption in the body's structure can affect the way in which it functions leading to pain and disability.
Osteopathy uses many diagnostic procedures used in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis. Its main strength, however, lies in the osteopath’s observational and palpation skills, which means that you are uniquely assessed from a postural, mechanical and functional standpoint.
Old and young benefit from osteopathy and some of the conditions osteopaths help to relieve are:
- Back, neck, shoulder and joint pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Postural problems caused by pregnancy, driving or work strain
- The effects of a difficult delivery on babies
- Tension headaches
- Sports injuries
- Muscular aches, pains and strains
Treatment is aimed at addressing the underlying cause of the problem, alleviating pain and restoration of function leading to improved health. To do this osteopaths work with their hands using a variety of specialised techniques which are tailored to meet the patient’s individual needs ranging from soft tissue work to specific joint manipulation. Gentle release techniques and cranial osteopathic techniques are used, particularly when treating the very young or elderly patients. Rehabilitation and general health advice is also provided to help speed up recovery.
Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of complaints and can help you overcome injuries and disease by correcting and improving the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, allowing you to return to a normal lifestyle after a period of incapacity or injury.
Listed below are some of the problems that physiotherapy can help:
Back and Neck Problems – including whiplash, “slipped” discs, wear and tear, sciatica, lumbago, trapped nerves, stiffness and referred arm and leg pain.
Muscle and joint problems – including pain, swelling and arthritic conditions of shoulders, hips and knees.
Sports injuries – including muscle, tendon and ligament strains and tears.
Work related problems – including repetitive strain injuries and postural related conditions.
Rehabilitation after surgery – including hip and knee replacements, abdominal operations and other surgery.
Fractures – to regain full function once the bones have healed.
Women’s health issues – including stress incontinence, ante- and post-natal exercises, advice and treatment for back pain during pregnancy, and post-surgery rehabilitation.
Gait and mobility problems for older people – to improve confidence and reduce the fear of falling. This is an important factor in helping you remain active and independent.
At your initial appointment, Karen our physiotherapist will establish the cause of your symptoms by taking a detailed case history and making an examination. Karen will assess what treatment will be best for you, although occasionally, you may need further tests such as an X ray or MRI, or to see a doctor. The treatment will depend on your individual needs and requirements, and may include:
Appointments can be arranged at a time to suit you and you’re guaranteed a warm, friendly and effective service. Karen can also arrange home visits if you are unable to come to the clinic.
Like all Chartered Physiotherapists, Karen trained for several years in the NHS and passed state recognised examinations before starting to practice. As a Chartered Physiotherapist, Karen undergoes continuing professional development, and she is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as well as being a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.
Podiatry is the profession that deals with conditions affecting the human foot.
Podiatrists are educated to diagnose and treat a wide range of foot conditions.
Podiatry is all about feet and ankles, the parts of the body that take a pounding every day. When a child suffers from "flat feet", he or she might see a podiatrist. When diabetics have poor circulation in their feet, they might see a podiatrist
Caring for a variety of people with a variety of foot- and ankle-related ailments is what Podiatry is all about.
Clinic visits cost £28.00 and home visits from £30.00.
Practitioner: Maurice Leane
Sports Massage is a form of massage typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
It is intended to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. Sports massage can help prevent those injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Sports and therapeutic massage is especially recommended for acute and chronic sports injuries and a range of lingering conditions, including:
- Muscular aches and pains
- Back and joint pain
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Neck stiffness
For minor injuries caused by overexertion and/or overuse of muscle groups, massage can address the core problems quickly and effectively and help prevent future injuries.
Sports and therapeutic massage:
- Improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which reduces inflammation leading to early recovery
- Releases muscular tension, restores muscle balance
- Breaks down fibrous tissue, encourages local circulation and helps to restore muscle flexibility and joint mobility
- Provides holistic relief from stress and tension that hinder healing and compound health problems
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of healing that developed in China about 3,000 years ago and has changed very little over the centuries. It's based on the idea that laws of nature can be used to understand the inner workings of the body.
Your health, like the universe at large, is subject to constant battling between opposing forces such as heat and cold, male and female, joy and sadness, which manifest themselves in your body as too much or too little activity in particular organs. An imbalance between any of these forces can cause a blockage in the flow of your qi (chee) or vital energy travelling through your body along invisible pathways known as meridians.
TCM practitioners typically use acupuncture and herbs to help unblock your qi and bring your body back into harmony and wellness.
Practitioner: Adam Leighton