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releasing the stress…easing the pain
How I Can Help
With over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings and training in a variety of therapeutic modalities, I integrate traditional with alternative in my treatment approach. I provide a holistic approach to pain relief through a variety of gentle, profound modalities in a relaxed, supportive environment. Central to my approach is seeking out and treating the underlying cause of the symptoms, rather than merely treating the symptoms.
How The Process Works
Here’s what you can expect if we work together.
1. Initial Contact
You’re ready. Its time to take action to relieve your pain. You contact me to book an appointment.
I undertake a full medical history and assessment to establish a baseline for treatment and a plan of action.
3. Treatment Begins
We begin a course of treatment which progresses at your own pace. You are in complete control of the treatment process.
4. Healthy New You
You’re discharged from treatment with your health transformed and your passion for life rekindled.
Some successful treatment outcomes to show what’s possible.
My story - from traditional to alternative.
I felt so frustrated playing golf. I had a handicap of 9 but I’d been told by countless people that it ought to be much lower. And I knew only too well that I wasn’t playing to my full potential. During practice rounds I’d strike the ball straight down the fairway and sink the putts, but during competitions when it mattered, I’d slice the ball into the rough and I’d developed the dreaded ‘yips’ when putting. My rounds in the low 70’s turned into rounds in the high 80’s. I was in despair. I also developed a niggling pain in my left hip.
I started to analyse what was happening to me on the golf course when things weren’t going well and I noticed that, subconsciously, my body was going out of alignment. My shoulders were rotating 30 degrees counter-clockwise to my hips, which explained why I was slicing the ball and missing the putts, as I was cutting across the ball. I tried using muscle energy techniques (MET’s) on the tee before I drove off to correct my alignment, but this was never going to work. The MET’s didn’t maintain my body alignment and it was impractical to have to lie down at the side of the tee to perform the MET’s. A better solution was required.
I thought I’d found the solution when I attended a Fitness for Golf seminar at The Belfry. As part of the seminar, all attendees were given a pair of top-of-the-range custom orthotics by TOG Orthotics. (A custom orthotic is a device designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position, with the aim of bringing the feet and body into proper alignment). I spoke to Sheryl, the chiropractor promoting the orthotics, about my problem when I played golf and she convinced me that orthotics would be the solution. I was so impressed with the technology and the concept that I bought a TOG Gait Scan to use in my practice. I also couldn’t wait to get out onto the golf course to see whether the orthotics would help me get my game back on track. Alas, they weren’t. My golf was still inconsistent.
I then stumbled across a book called ‘The Malalignment Syndrome: diagnosis and treatment of common pelvic and back pain’, by Wolf Schamberger which described what was happening to me when I was playing golf. One of the solutions recommended to treat this problem was Craniosacral Therapy (CST). I’d vaguely heard of CST and remembered seeing CST courses advertised in the physiotherapy journal. I had a look at the courses available in my current journal and there was a CST course taking place in Perth, Scotland the following month. I phoned up to enquire about the course and there were still spaces available so I booked onto it. The course was a real eye opener for me. We were taught to simply trust what we were feeling when diagnosing and treating, rather than analysing and trying to figure out what was going on, as I’d been taught to do in my traditional physiotherapy training. We partnered with one another to practice the techniques we were learning and so, in effect, we were giving and receiving treatment throughout the course.
When I got back from the course I had a golf knockout competition to play, and I was interested to see if the treatment I’d received on the course had had an effect on my posture. It had. Now when I wore my golf shoes with the orthotics, my shoulders rotated 30 degrees counterclockwise. I took the orthotics out of my shoes and my alignment returned to normal. I called Sheryl in a state of panic, explaining that I was just about to play golf but since coming back from my course the orthotics were now knocking me out of alignment. I asked her what she advised from both a personal and a clinical point of view. She advised me to carry on wearing the orthotics and not to treat anyone with CST that I’d supplied orthotics to. I wasn’t comfortable with this advice. I played my match, but without the orthotics, and won.
The following day I re-scanned my feet using the TOG gait scan and sent my results to the lab. Mike, a technician at TOG, who I knew well, phoned me immediately. He was calling to ensure that the scan I’d just sent him was mine as it had changed so much from the original scan I’d had done at The Belfry. I’d gone from being a right foot supinator to a pronator. I assured him this was my scan. Unfortunately, my faith in the reliability of custom orthotics had been dented. I decided not to have new orthotics made and I reluctantly sold my TOG gait scan. Although I loved the technology behind the TOG gait scan and the quality of the orthotics, which were truly top of the range, using and prescribing orthotics no longer matched my treatment philosophy of seeking out and treating the underlying cause of the symptoms. It seemed to me, from my case, the orthotics were treating the symptom, not the cause.
So what about my golf you may be wondering? Did I play to my potential when it mattered? Did I reduce my handicap to a low single figure? I carried on playing golf for another year or so, but my game was still erratic. I did a ‘Likes’ and ‘Dislikes’ on golf. I had 4 ‘Likes’ and 26 ‘Dislikes’. I was no longer enjoying playing golf and resigned. My fellow golfers couldn’t believe I was giving up golf, but for me, it was a liberating decision. I felt as though a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I haven’t picked up a golf club since. And my journey continues on.
Excruciating back pain relieved in one treatment.
I’d just returned from my first Craniosacral Therapy course and was standing at the school gate waving goodbye to my daughter. I noticed one of the other mums (Mrs T*) bent over in obvious pain. When walking back to my car, I got talking to Mrs T and asked her how she was. She said that she was in a great deal of back pain, which she’d had on and off for the last six years. She was waiting for an appointment to see an osteopath, but there was a two week waiting list. I explained to Mrs T that I’d just come back from a course and was looking for opportunities to practice my new techniques. I asked her if she’d like to try this new treatment approach and she said yes.
Mrs T came to my practice the following day. She was in so much pain she almost couldn’t get onto the treatment plinth. I started my treatment protocol and mid-way through the protocol, Mrs W announced that her back pain had gone. At the end of the treatment, Mrs T got off the plinth, pain free. We both looked at each other in amazement. “What just happened there? How could such a gentle treatment approach have such a profound result?”, I thought to myself.
From then on, Mrs T and I both greeted each other with huge grins when we saw each other at the school gate. ‘My back’s still fine.’ she’d declare. This was the start of my Craniosacral Therapy journey – my traditional views of how to treat pain were turned upside-down. There was no turning back.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy.
The 'ear pull' technique saves the day.
I felt very relaxed as I was sitting watching my daughter undergo what I thought was going to be a routine infant school hearing test. My daughter was sitting upright, looking alert, wearing a set of earphones and holding a blue brick in her hand. She was instructed to tap on the table with the brick when she heard a sound through the earphones. The test was progressing as I was expecting, my daughter was tapping on the desk with the brick when she heard a sound. But then she stopped. She sat there waiting for the sound. And she sat there. I could see the nurse turning knobs, turning the volume up, but my daughter couldn’t hear the sounds. My relaxed state had turned to one of concern. The nurse confirmed my concerns, informing me that my daughter was unable to hear through her left ear and that she would have to refer her to an audiologist for further assessment.
My daughter received her audiology appointment and we went to the local infirmary where further tests confirmed the nurse’s initial assessment. My daughter was given an appointment to come back in two weeks time for further tests and to discuss possible interventions to resolve the problem. She was also told to wear ear-plugs when swimming.
I really dreaded the thought of my daughter undergoing medical intervention at such a young age and fortunately, I’d been taught a technique on my CraniosacralTherapy course, the ‘ear pull’, which we’d been told may help with ear problems in children. My biggest challenge in administering this treatment was getting my daughter to lie still long enough for me to ‘pull her ears’, but thankfully I managed. At her next audiology appointment, my daughter’s hearing was re-tested and her hearing was now back to normal. She was discharged with no treatment required. Also, my daughter’s reading significantly improved.
What My Clients Are Saying
My sanctuary.K. D.
The pain’s gone.A. W.
The fog lifted.J. M.