Many clients like to ask:
- what is included in the consultation and assessment?
- Why do you need 2 hours to complete it?
- Why are you assessing my feet when the pain is in my shoulder?
- How many sessions will I need?
These are just some of the frequently asked questions I receive on a weekly basis.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE CONSULTATION/ASSESSMENT?
Before you arrive you would have filled in a detailed injury history form, which I would have spent some time analysing to start identifying the true cause of your injuries/pain etc.
When you arrive we will go into greater depth regarding your injury history in case there are some unanswered questions. Dotting the I’s and crossing the Ts so to speak.
The biggest assumption people make is where the pain or injury is located in the body this must ultimately be the true cause of their problems.
When in fact, especially with long term pain/injuries we are realising more and more that the site of pain/injury is usually due to another part of the body experiencing a previous trauma and so causing the site of pain/injury to compensate. Hence the pain/injury.
Once we believe we have identified the true cause, it is vitally important to clarify by first assessing the nervous system to finds points of heightened sensitivity (are these points of sensitivity located at the point of the initial trauma?), and then through hands on mobility assessments.
These mobility assessments will assess if the client is able to access full range of motion in all 3 planes at all appropriate bones/joints.
3 PLANES OF MOTION??
Almost each and every bone/joint within the human body moves through 3 planes of motion when experiencing gait (walking)
- Sagittal plane (bone tilts forwards/backwards)
- Frontal plane (bone tilts left/right)
- Transverse plane (bone rotates left/right)
An inability to efficiently access the planes of motions at all of the appropriate bones/joints means that other bones/joints have to take on greater responsibility leading to certain muscles overworking and usually leading to pain/injury.
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
Finally, once we have all of the above information, we can see that the initial trauma we highlighted as the cause is also highteneded through the nervous system and is showing signs of restricted mobility in either 1,2 or all 3 planes of motion.
This then give us the starting pointing point for rehab.
HOW MAMY SESSIONS DO I NEED?
This is the question I always feel a little bit embarrassed to ask…………….because the honest answer is I don’t yet know.
There are so many variables to take into consideration:
- coordination (
- the amount of time daily you can commit to completing the exercise program (within reason the more often you compete the program with faster your nervous system and body will adapt)
- how quickly your nervous system and body adapt to the program
- how stressed you are (stress leads to the nervous system perceiving a threat and so becomes heightened and tightens muscles to brace itself for ‘fight or flight’
- are you tired during the treatment session
However, if i was to look back over the last year, i would say on average a client would need approximately 12 sessions – sometimes its more and sometimes it’s less.
If you are keen to resolve your movement issues and would like an assessment then please fill in the injury history form by clicking on the link and i will contact you by email to book you in.