Chiropractic is a primary health-care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves, especially related to the spine. When there is misalignment of the spine, it can interfere with the nervous system which may lead to painful symptoms and mobility issues. The aim of the chiropractor is to ensure that the joints are aligned and moving freely allowing the nerves to work at their optimum. Some problems of the musculoskeletal system can be caused by accidents, stress, lack of exercise, poor posture, illness and everyday wear and tear. These problems may cause pressure on the nerves in the body.
Many conditions and complaints can be effectively treated by chiropractors; from those commonly associated with chiropractic such as low back pain, through to the management of migraine pain, minor sports injuries and nerve entrapment.
Chiropractic can help to relieve:
- General Acute and Chronic Back Ache
- General Joint Aches, Pains and Stiffness
- Mechanical Neck Pain, stiffness and soreness
- Neck-related Headaches
- Prevention of Migraines
- Muscle spasm / Cramp
- Hip / Knee Osteoarthritis
Sports massage can be used to aid sports people and non-sports people alike. It covers the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues e.g. muscles, tendons and ligaments. Other benefits of sports massage include improving circulation and lymphatic flow, sedating and stimulating nerve endings, assisting in the removal of metabolic waste and improving muscle tone and elasticity.
A treatment can include deep tissue massage, stretching and post treatment advice including exercises to perform at home.
Remedial Massage Therapy is a deep tissue massage designed to aid the body in recovering from strains, sprains and general muscular-skeletal complaints and it works well alongside Chiropractic treatment.
It can be used for relaxation purposes and is great for revitalizing the body’s balance helping to relax muscles which can help to prevent fatigue, stress and anxiety.
Whether you have a specific injury, an ongoing issue or are just looking for something to help you improve your current fitness and possible training, sports massage can help you.
Pilates and Yoga
Pilates is great for improving strength and flexiblity as well as your posture or even relieve back pain. You don’t have to be young, flexible or a girl – Pilates is for everyone no matter how fit you are.
Yoga brings the body and mind together and is built on three main elements – exercise, breathing and meditation. You don’t have to be super bendy to be a yogi, nor really strong. Whether you already do another sport or are just looking for a new and different activity to practise, yoga is ideal.
Yoga and Pilates both improve muscular and postural strength.
Kat is a Yoga and Pilates teacher as well as a running coach and uses her unique knowledge of the body in her sports massage work. She offers one to one tuition, private classes, workshops and retreats.
For class timetables, fees etc please go to Kat’s arnava yoga studio site.
Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.
It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care.
Physiotherapy treatments offered include:
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Sports injury management
- Chronic musculoskeletal condition management
- Manual therapy and electrotherapy
- Acupuncture and dry-needling
- Running biomechanical assessments
- Home-help programmes
- Strength and conditioning
- Training plan reviews
Strength and conditioning is vital to a healthy body and it helps to restore the normal movement patterns needed to allow the musculoskeletal system to function normally.