We treat a significant number of people with ankle problems, on a daily basis. This is perhaps not surprising if you consider that ankle sprains are by far the most common of all injuries.The specifc underlying cause of your ankle pain determines what treatment will work for you.
The most common ankle pains are those that are caused by tendinosis, micro-tears, weakness, overuse, poor alignment and scar tissue. All of these issues are caused by movement issues. At our clinic we generally find that combinations of treatment for ankle sprains and ankle pain is what works best.
Arch & Heel Pain
Effective treatment for arch pain & heel pain usually involves a range of soft tissue therapies and rehabilitation exercises to prevent reoccurence. The main goals of treatment for arch pain & heel pain are pain relief, increased blood flow, collagen regeneration and scar tissue resolution. The most common technique that works for people is scraping of the scar tissue with a blunt scraping tool, other techniques that can bring relief are things like acupuncture.
There are many different tissues in the back and spine that can be a source of pain. Bones, tendons, ligaments, fascia, discs, nerves can all generate the pain signals we associate with back pain if they aren’t in a happy and un-injured state. Deep muscle, deep fascia and weight bearing joints are easily the most common sources of back pain. These particular tissues are generally the first targets for treatment in most cases of back pain. When it is done in the right way, working with the movement and blood flow of soft tissues & joints can bring meaningful improvements in back pain episodes, and even in stubborn cases of back pain.
Deep muscle and deep fascia (connective tissue) in the back pf the hip are by far the most common source of hip pain. No surprise then that these tissues are the primary target of effective treatment in most instances of ‘normal’ hip pain, meaning there is no major injury of disease process in the hip (which there usually isn’t thankfully).
When it is done correctly, working with the soft tissues of the hip can bring rapid improvements in pain for most of the hip pain sufferers whom we see. Others also require stretching of the hip joints and the scar-iliac joints. The trick to helping people with hip pain is to take a flexible and open minded approach to their pain, what works brilliantly for me may not work at all for you.
The specifics of how we treat your knee pain will be largely unique to you. The type of treatment you will receive depends partly on what part of your knee is hurting. The knee is made up of bone, joint cartilage, strong ligaments, meniscus, tendons, muscle, bursae and a very unique patella bone. Any of the above can become inflamed or damaged in a life spent stomping around on concrete and paving slabs, and thats even before we talk injuries.
Thankfully even the most stubborn knee pain cases are usually not driven by ireperable damage to the knee. This means that the usual mixture of pain treatments mostly for the soft tissues of the knee frequently bring alot of relief.
There are many different ways to have success treating neck pain, and it’s just as well because we definitely don’t all respond to the same treatment stylesf. For example some people find that acupuncture for neck pain is completely life changing while others don’t get any relief from acupuncture for their neck pain at all. This inevitably means that the key to quality care of neck pain is in many cases is working with a team who are willing to take a sufficiently flexible approach to your treatment, trialling a number of different therapies to see what works best on your specific case.
Successfully treating plantar fasciitis is not always easy. This challenge is in part due to the fact that it’s difficult to give necessary rest to this part of the body (the plantar fascia), we literally stomp on our poor plantar fascia 10,000 or more times a day. This may be why it is so common to find that you need to try numerous practitioners and treatments out before you find success with treatment for plantar fasciitis pain.
We find that the most successful methods for treating plantar fasciitis pain are those that break up scar tissue. Failing that it does become more about finding ingenious ways to create ‘rest’ for your plantar fascia without having to put your life on hold.
If you are looking for ‘relief’ of your shoulder pain its more than likely you will find that there is combination of treatments that will work for you. We specialise in exploring combinations of therapies that work well together, to bring the quickest and most long lasting relief of your shoulder pain. If you want full ‘resolution’ of your shoulder pain however you may need to go beyond just getting ‘treatment’ and graduate to rehabilitation.
‘Resolution’ of shoulder pain becomes a possibility when we are willing to look at and work on the underlying weaknesses, postural issues and lifestyle choices that are creating the shoulder pain. Shoulders only hurt if they have good reason to hurt, addressing those reasons is the key to lasting resolution.
RSI, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow & Wrist Pain
RSI, tennis elbow, golfers elbow and wrist pain in virtually every instance are all caused by microscopic degeneration in the connective tissues of the forearm and wrist. Bad pain episodes are usually triggered off by stress. They key to successful management of RSI, tennis elbow, golfers elbow and wrist pain is to work on stimulating blood flow and breaking up scar tissue in the connective tissues. Once the pain is under control you then have the option of exercises to prevent re-occurence, and of course stress management if it is needed.
Headaches & Miagrains
It is a little known fact that a significant number of tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines come from deep in the tissues of the neck. In the same way that problems with the lower spine can cause leg pain and sciatica, problems with the upper spine can refer pain into the head. Perhaps this shouldn’t be too surprising that fact that most headache sufferers also suffer with a stiff neck.
Releasing stubborn patterns of muscle tension and joint stiffness in the neck is an excellent way to work on reducing your headaches. At our clinician we specialise in combining different kinds of therapies that work well together for reducing headaches.