Stretching is an integral part of the hands on therapy approach. Our therapists use specific stretching techniques designed to increase the flexibility of certain muscles and joint in the body. this enable the body to move more efficiently and therefore heal faster and reduce pain and stiffness. There are many types of stretches, here are some of the techniques we use at our clinic.
These are usually done with the patient adopting a position directed by their practitioner in order to stretch a specific muscle. Like bending your head to the side trying to touch your ear to your shoulder – in doing so your should feel a stretch on the opposite shoulder. These types of stretches are also given as part of a home exercise program. Patients perform the stretches in their own time which can assist in managing their pain and improving the recovery process.
These are stretches where another person or device assists in stretching the affected muscle. Like lying on your back and having some lift your leg up until you feel a pulling in the back of your leg. This helps you relax the muscle while stretching.
this involves taking a muscle into a passive stretch and then tensing the muscle while in a stretched position. The contraction is held for a few seconds and then the muscle is taken further into a stretched position. This technique is usually repeated a few times per muscle and is a very effective way of creating more stretching in a muscle over a short period of time.
Other Osteopathic Services
Massage creates a relaxation response in your body, helping you feel better, move better and reduce your pain.Learn More >
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are unique as they have the ability not only to cause pain and muscle dysfunction locally, but they are known for causing referred pain into different parts of the body.Learn More >
HVLA / Manipulation
This is a gentle, safe and effective technique designed to restore the normal movement to a joint (any joint in the body) that is stuck or not moving properly.Learn More >
Counterstrain technique is an extremely effective and soothing treatment that results in a reduction in pain and tenderness in your muscles.Learn More >
MET - Muscle Energy Technique
Muscle energy techniques are a broad range of manual techniques that are aimed at improving joint function and relieving muscular spasm and associated pain.Learn More >
Dry Needle Therapy
Dry needle therapy has been shown to help reduce and in some cases remove these nasty chemicals from the trigger point, helping to deactivate the trigger point and reduce pain and muscle spasm.Learn More >
Rehabilitation & Exercise
Exercise and rehabilitation play an integral part in anyones recovery from pain or injury. Programs are adapted at every stage of your recovery starting with basic stretches and mobilisations that can be done at home or at work.Learn More >
Strapping and Taping and Braces
Strapping, Taping and Braces are often used to help stabilise parts of the body to assist in injury recovery and reduce pain and discomfort.Learn More >
Meet the team
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