Treatments

Physiotherapy

I offer Physiotherapy Treatments in Bishop’s Stortford with the main aim to help people who have been affected by injury, illness or disability through manual therapy, exercise, advice and education. I also help promote healing and wellbeing, whilst empowering patients to help manage their own symptoms, improve their quality of life, reduce their pain and restore their normal function and activities. 

Myofascial release

Myofascial Release is a safe and highly effective hands-on treatment technique. It involves applying light pressure on the skin to facilitate movement within the myofascial connective tissue. As the restrictive tissue, called ‘fascia*, is released so is the pain and, sometimes, emotion. It is a specialist skill developed by John F Barnes an American Physiotherapist. The technique can be used to treat many symptoms affecting our daily lives. I use myofascial therapy in conjunction with other techniques such as massage or acupuncture where appropriate for the patient.

*What is fascia? It is a connective tissue woven around each and every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein in our bodies. It also connects around our internal organs, including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. Evidence suggests that fascia can be damaged by both physical and mental pressures.

Structurally, fascia is similar to candy floss – and is a thin white layer beneath the skin.

Acupuncture

Qualified with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine sterile disposable needles; the treatment is used to release natural chemicals from the brain and spinal cord to help the body heal itself.

Acupuncture is based on sound evidence and research and on the Chinese philosophy to balance the ying and yang to promote well-being. It can also be used alongside other treatment methods.

After a full physiotherapy assessment, acupuncture can be used to reduce pain and inflammation.

Acupuncture is also an effective treatment for headaches and migraines, menopausal symptoms, anxiety and insomnia, irritable bowel etc. The good chemicals from the brain, such as endorphins, melatonin and serotonin, are released to promote sleep, balance and harmony. Sleep is essential for our body to be able to heal and repair itself.

If required, other treatments such as myofascial release, massage or reflexology can be used to speed up and aid recovery.

The use of acupuncture needles can also be used for dry needling techniques to reduce pain and increase joint range of motion

Dry needling

Dry Needling is a technique whereby needles are inserted into a myofascial trigger point known as a ‘hyperirritable knot’ that can refer pain. The myofascial trigger point is released to reduce pain, increase tissue length and improve joint range of movement. Dry needling can be used to treat most musculoskeletal symptoms as it is an effective and very quick treatment. It is a treatment I use during physiotherapy sessions, if required.

Manipulations

Another one of the physiotherapy treatments in Bishop’s Stortford that is offer is thoracic and lumbar spine manipulations which reduce joint stiffness and increase range of movement and mobility.

Kinesiology taping

Kinesiology taping is used to rehabilitate and restore function. It is a technique designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, reduce pain and swelling. It is also used to provide support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the range of motion and it allows healing which helps prevent further injury. It can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. In some cases, it can give instant relief. Again, this can be used as part of one of your physiotherapy treatments in Bishop’s Stortford.

Sports Massage

Used in some treatment of physiotherapy sessions if appropriate; this is a deep tissue massage used to break down scar tissue, increase tissue quality, blood flow and healing. Following treatment, the patient may experience light bruising and muscle soreness for a few days but the benefits are long term.

Reflexology

I qualified in reflexology and advanced reflexology for women’s health in 2007.
Reflexology is a hands-on treatment. Pressure points on the feet are massaged believed to unblock energy meridians. It is often used to induce relaxation and reduce stress which, in turn, helps promote overall wellbeing and improve sleeping patterns. It is a non-invasive treatment so the patient remains fully clothed, removing only their socks.

Pilates with mindfulness

Classes or 1:1

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates who believe that mental and physical health were closely connected.

Pilates is used to strengthen the body, with emphasis on the core, gluteal and postural muscles. It is also used to lengthen muscles and mobilise joints to increase range of movement . Classes are taken in group sessions (see timetable) or 1:1 sessions . Evidence suggests pilates is effective in treating back pain. During these classes you will be given relaxation techniques and information in order to help manage your own symptoms.

Having trained with the APPI and teaching this technique the physiotherapy way provides all participants with overall body awareness and knowledge to manage their own symptoms with good outcomes. I use mindfulness and relaxing music to induce a calm and pleasant experience in order to allow full focus of oneself during this time. My classes with exception to the beginners class are intermediate /advanced and you will feel the benefits of a strong core, whole body workout. The last five minutes are pure mindfulness where we relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in our mind before stepping back out into reality. Although many use techniques taught, during their working week to aid some tranquil moments in their everyday life. Needed for us all.

Pilates with mindfulness

Classes or 1:1

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the 20th century by Joseph Pilates who believe that mental and physical health were closely connected.

Pilates is used to strengthen the body, with emphasis on the core, gluteal and postural muscles. It is also used to lengthen muscles and mobilise joints to increase range of movement . Classes are taken in group sessions (see timetable) or 1:1 sessions . Evidence suggests pilates is effective in treating back pain. During these classes you will be given relaxation techniques and information in order to help manage your own symptoms.

Having trained with the APPI and teaching this technique the physiotherapy way provides all participants with overall body awareness and knowledge to manage their own symptoms with good outcomes. I use mindfulness and relaxing music to induce a calm and pleasant experience in order to allow full focus of oneself during this time. My classes with exception to the beginners class are intermediate /advanced and you will feel the benefits of a strong core, whole body workout. The last five minutes are pure mindfulness where we relax and enjoy the peace and quiet in our mind before stepping back out into reality. Although many use techniques taught, during their working week to aid some tranquil moments in their everyday life. Needed for us all.