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At Integrated Manual Medicine, we have a passion for the ongoing well-being of our patients. Rather than simply treating pain symptoms repetitively over your visits, we look beyond your presenting complaint and try to identify what is causing your body's pain and dysfunction by Integrating Acupuncture & Manual Therapies
For example, it may be a combination of postural problems, repetitive strain or micro trauma. We would provide knowledge on how you can combat the recurrence of back & joint pain beyond the clinic with the goal of achieving ongoing whole-body health. This is our commitment to treating the causes of pain for long term and ongoing relief, not just temporary relief of symptoms.
Corrective exercise aims to help create and support the correct movement patterns to help your spine, joints and muscles be more efficient at handling loads. Corrective exercise also creates fewer movement compensations so you won’t be “wasting energy” because of inefficient movement.
Our priority is to take a long-term view in restoring the optimal function and efficiency of your kinetic chain based on individual assessment, results and needs.
Corrective exercise selection should prioritise ease of completion and convenience. Daily strategies and maintenance of the human movement system will be helpful in maximising health, fitness and recovery with the primary goal of maintaining a level of health and wellness. Part of maximising the health of your joints and muscles is maintaining the quality of your movement.
Hypertrophy refers to an increase in muscle size through exercise. Corrective exercises should be easy to apply and a natural part of the preparation sequence. We focus on decreasing impingement in joints that will be working hard and activating muscles that will contribute to hypertrophy.
Movement preparation for strength and conditioning, practice and competition must include sequences that optimise flexibility, neuromuscular efficiency, movement quality and be performance specific. Moving with higher quality and efficiency positively impacts performance on the field and court. We provide targeted flexibility and strengthening strategies to optimise movement and body control.
Many sportspeople can benefit from occasional corrective exercise workouts placed within their mesocycle to maintain kinetic chain health and performance in the midst of high-demand ADLs (activities of daily living) and movement patterns.
After a patient has completed treatment and has been cleared by their healthcare provider to return to exercise, our goal is to optimise efficiency in movement and restore function.
Pain in the maturing population is often unrecognised and untreated. Ineffective pain management can have a significant impact on the quality of life in older adults, leading to a loss of function and movement.
Manual therapy acupuncture and corrective exercises provide a gentle and non-invasive option for mature patients, which may be frail or have ongoing health conditions like arthritis or mobility issues, for example.
As we age, our spine starts to deteriorate and excessive strain may be felt over our joints and muscles. Many put up with aches and pains believing it to be a natural result of ageing.
Whilst manual medicine treatments are not able to cure arthritis or eliminate joint and muscle restrictions permanently, treatments especially using acupuncture can certainly ease pain, reduce stiffness, and improve joint mobility. This allows patients to maintain and return to a degree of independence in daily activity and prevent secondary disabilities.
When older patients start to experience joint and muscle pain and stiffness, they find themselves becoming less active and consequently lose their level of fitness. This loss of mobility and fitness can make simple daily tasks more challenging and increase the likelihood of injury.
Regular treatments using acupuncture & gentle techniques can keep joints loose and mobile to maintain their optimal capabilities, resulting in enhanced movement in daily activities such as bending down and getting up from seated position, improved functional independence, and decreased pain associated with the common effects of ageing.
Additionally, Integrated Manual Medicine will provide patient exercises that our patients can do daily at home to keep themselves as mobile as possible.
Injuries unfortunately occur as part of everyday life, ranging in severity from an awkward twist to more serious accidents. Every presenting complaint and mechanism of injury is unique and different. Integrated Manual Medicine will take a comprehensive case history and perform a thorough assessment of the extent of the injury. Subsequently, a holistic treatment will be tailored to the individual to enable recovery from injury as soon as possible.
When patients are on the road to recovery, having the tools and information to manage their injury to avoid re-occurrence of the same injury and prevent future injuries is of utmost importance to the individual's well-being. Integrated Manual Medicine will provide strategies and take-home exercises to achieve optimal ongoing health and movement.
During pregnancy, the body adapts to carrying huge amounts of additional weight, sometimes up to 20kg made up of the growing baby, fluids and placenta. Moreover, many physical, hormonal and emotional changes take place throughout the entire duration of the pregnancy.
This is an amazing and beautiful transformation of the body but can impose significant physical stresses on the musculoskeletal system, organs, and tissues of the body. Treatments during pregnancy are safe, gentle and non-invasive, and can help ease the physical discomforts of pregnancy, prepare the body for the demands of labour, and in recovery after birth.
During pregnancy, the body undergoes significant bio-mechanical changes. For example, whilst the hormone relaxin is useful for the dilation of the cervix and prepares the uterus for labour, it can compromise pelvic stability, and cause both lower back pain and referred pain to the sciatic distribution, leading to impaired function of the pelvic bones, coccyx or sacrum.
Left untreated, the resulting tension in muscles and strain within the ligaments and bones of the pelvis may lead to ongoing discomfort during pregnancy, impaired movement, and difficulties in labour. Manual medicine treatments may improve comfort and quality of life as the maternal body adapts to the physiologic and structural changes of pregnancy.
Following birth, the new mother’s pelvis and body are vulnerable to lasting strains from the forces involved in labor, and the ongoing demands of a newborn including lifting, nursing, and carrying the baby in an already weakened state. Unresolved childbirth stresses can remain for many years and disrupt spinal and pelvic mechanics, and may manifest in the form of ongoing back problems, period problems, stress incontinence, constipation, headache and more.
By re-aligning the spine and pelvis, manual medicine including acupuncture can assist in the relief of pain caused by the strain of birth and pain associated with caring for a newborn. Treatment can also help restore the body's balance, removing tension and assisting new mothers to cope with broken sleep and breastfeeding.
Research show that although back pain may resolve in two weeks, recurrence for low back pain can be as high as 50%, following the initial episode.
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Integrated Manual Medicine
140A St Asaph Road Brockley London SE4 2EN
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