Please ensure you download our treatment timetable below where you can find all dates and times for every available treatment. Preferred times may not always be available, Kathryn will contact you to confirm.
“Whatever the cause, those aches and pains embedded within muscles and joints can be soothed with physical therapy.”
I specialise in treatments for
If you are struggling with aches and pains, physical therapy could be just what you need. I can’t promise a cure but I have worked with all the above conditions. If you exercise regularly, are incredibly active in your everyday life or simply sit at a desk Monday-Friday, chances are, your body is suffering from it.
Help me understand the problem
Kathryn understands that you are an individual, tailoring treatment specifically towards you. The initial consultation is a chance for you to decide whether or not physical therapy is for you and for Kathryn to get a better understanding of how best to help you. Treatments are always discussed and agreed with clients prior to the session commencing.
Certain contraindications to treatment may be highlighted during the initial consultation including; open wounds, varicose veins, thrombosis, tumours, melanoma, haemophilia or infectious skin diseases. If this is the case, it will not be possible to continue with the treatment.
In order to ensure that your condition is treated as effectively as possible, Kathryn utilises a range of treatment techniques including manipulation, mobilisation, soft-tissue massage, dry needling, trigger point therapy and stretching. This is coupled with guided specific rehabilitation to educate, retrain, activate and strengthen the particular areas of your body to help alleviate symptoms and prevent injury recurrence.
Release the tension
Deep tissue massage forms the basis of all treatments. It is focused on regaining normal muscle and soft tissue flexibility to assist recovery from, or to help prevent injury. Soft tissue tension affects the normal positioning of the joints and associated nerve tissue and is often responsible for movement imbalances, postural dysfunctions and musculoskeletal pain.
Deep tissue massage works by increasing blood flow to the tissues, assisting with scar tissue breakdown, and encouraging lymphatic drainage of swelling and waste products. The effect of this is normalised soft tissue flexibility and improved joint mobility.
Need a more subtle therapy?
Should you want an alternative to the firmness of a deep tissue massage, you could try a hot stones session instead. This is a specialist massage that uses smooth, flat, heated basalt stones which warm and relax your muscles, allowing deeper pressure to be applied during your massage. Benefits of hot stone massage include:
• Relaxing tense muscles • Aiding pain relief • Alleviating depression • Promoting sleep • Improving circulation •
Hot stone therapy is not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, varicose veins, migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, decreased pain sensitivity, recent wounds, areas of weakened or inflamed skin, tumours, metal implants, recent chemotherapy or surgery or who are on medication that thins the blood.
Support for a problem area
Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Application can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions. Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding or restricting your movement.
Kinesiology taping provides a passive lift to your skin via its elastic properties. This vacuum effect allows your lymphatic and venous drainage systems to drain and swollen or bruised tissue more effectively. It is also thought that this same principle can assist the removal of exercise by products like lactic acid that may contribute to post-exercise soreness.
Reduce the pain
With this technique a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle is inserted into the muscle to help reduce pain and improve function through the release of myofascial trigger points. This can also assist in the relief of associated nerve symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness and headaches.
A myofascial trigger point, also known as a knot in the muscle, is a group of muscle fibres which have shortened when activated but have not been able to lengthen back to a relaxed state after use. These sensitive nodules in the muscle become so tight that they compress the capillaries and nerves resulting in the muscle being unable to move normally, obtain oxygen and nutrients, or flush out waste products. The remainder of the muscle can also tighten in response resulting in discomfort and decreased mobility.
Relax mind, body and soul
The most relaxing of all treatments offered, Indian head massage is great if you are suffering from stress related tension and headaches. It focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, often using circular massage strokes to improve hair and scalp condition. It originates from an Indian holistic treatment known as Ayurveda in which it is believed that the mind and body are intrinsically connected. It is believed that Indian head massage can not only reduce headaches and neck tension, but it can also improve emotional wellness too.
Let’s make a plan
I aim to improve a person’s quality of life through individualised assessment and exercise prescription. Using exercise and stretching to balance muscle strength, weaknesses, lengths and tightness around the joints, the aim is to prevent re-occurrence or additional injuries due to the body over-compensating. Clients will be given personalised exercises for them to complete in order to enhance the benefits of the treatment and ensure a swift recovery.