What to expect

How Will Treatment Affect You?

Muscular anatomy illustrating how the different muscles interrelate to each other.

 

Before Treatment

We establish that you are safe to treat, take a confidential medical case history and undertake a postural and physical examination. Depending on the nature and location of the pain we may request you briefly undress to underwear during the observation phase of the examination.

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During Treatment:

Treatment seeks to improve the way your body functions. We will observe and palpate how you’re body feels and use the most suitable technique including manipulation, stretching, mobilization, and inhibition. During treatment, some discomfort can be expected which we will monitor.

Work into stiff joints typically is performed gently causing a little discomfort, however as necessary and appropriate osteopathic cracking techniques may be applied that may feel quite strong. We will discuss our treatment before we apply techniques.

Physiotherapist giving cross fiber massage

After Treatment:

Following treatment, you may experience some soreness and aching which should be brief in duration. This discomfort is your body healing itself; gobbling up unwanted cells, fighting any infection and repairing any damage. Such activities require increased circulation and, as such, you will feel a warmth and perhaps a little soreness.

Sports people experience this sensation the day after training with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Interesting to note that DOMs, as we experience post exercise, is not coming from the muscles rather the connective tissues which envelope the muscle.

Collagen fibers bridging the tear between the tendon and tendon sheath.

Dr. Robert Schleip researched DOMs by injecting ink into the tissues that were thought to be causing the pain, to increase the pain. To create the pain they made participants stand up onto a box using the same leg to step down repeatedly placing the Quadriceps under a lengthening (eccentric), contraction that particularly resulted in soreness. What Schleip and the researchers discovered that it was ink into the connective tissues which worsened the soreness, not into the muscles!