The reason that I became interested in "Strain and Counterstrain" is quite simple. I picked up a chronic low back injury playing rugby whilst I was at University and consulted Doctors, Orthopaedic Specialists and Physiotherapists, all to no avail.
As a Doctor of Medicine I had learnt that rest, followed by physiotherapy, together with analgesics, was the best treatment. Osteopathy was considered a form of complementary therapy and yet it succeeded in treating my problem where other therapies had failed.
This compelled me to try to find other ways to treat musculoskeletal injuries more quickly and efficiently. I found that osteopathic methods were far removed from anything else that I had learned, and so I trained to become a fully qualified medical osteopath at the London College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having done this course I found that even though it produced great results in a far shorter time, it was still only effective in about seventy five per cent of the conditions presented.
I was then lucky enough to meet and subsequently to have been taught the technique of ‘Strain and Counterstrain’ by a great Medical Osteopath, Dr Douglas Longden. He adapted the techniques of Dr Larry Jones’ Strain – Counterstrain to suit himself, and passed that knowledge on to me. I can truly say that it has changed my approach to musculo-skeletal medicine and my understanding of injuries, whether they are picked up in everyday life, or on the sports fields of the world.
My extensive experience of over 20 years and continued study has enabled me to develop a unique treatment as a Medical Practitioner in the Muscular Skeletal field. This specialised technique, diagnosis and treatment, can be applied to the whole of the musculoskeletal system and restores normal function.
The technique that I specialise in is called STRAIN - COUNTERSTRAIN therapy which is based on Tender points and Acupuncture meridians and which involves no forceful movement, thus returning the muscles and joints to there normal position. Along with the normally accepted orthopaedic approach, this technique enables many more chronic conditions to be treated. It simply attempts to reverse the strain caused by the original injury, allowing the joints to relax, thus relieving the pain, correcting the problem and beginning the healing process more quickly. This technique does not involve cracking of the joints or any forceful movements. As I use clothes as a medium to feel for tender points, you don’t even have to undress!
Summary of Counterstrain Treatment Method
Find the tender point. Establish baseline tenderness assessment. Reduce the tenderness by placing the patient in a position of maximal comfort. Hold the position of maximal patient comfort for 90 seconds. Slowly return the patient to a neutral position. Re-test the tender point.
As an osteopath I can treat you for many more problems than you may be aware of.
I treat people of all ages from babies and children, pregnant women, young and middle aged people and the elderly.
Treatment can be given for both sudden injury problems & chronic conditions, such as arthritis and restless leg syndrome, spinal troubles and migraines to name just a few.
I can also treat people with sports or repetitive strain injuries. The quicker a problem is treated, the quicker the healing process can begin.
If you think that I may be able to help you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
The quicker you can treat an injury, as long as there is no fracture, or the ligaments are not completely ruptured, the more quickly the healing process can be initiated.
I have been lucky enough to be in a situation where access to acute trauma was present, and that the people who were injured needed to be treated and restored to health as soon as possible. I was one of a number of doctors on call with the game show called “Gladiators”. Most of the injuries were minor in that they were strains and sprains. However, when you are recording two shows a day it is imperative that the gladiators are kept as fit and injury free as possible. I was in my apprentice years then, but I still had the nickname of “Witchdoctor” given to me by the gladiators, because they came in injured and in pain, and went out feeling better and in no pain.
This with only one session of Strain Counterstrain! I was truly amazed because I had been taught that RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) was the most appropriate therapy for minor injuries, but as I mentioned, with two shows a day this was not a place for doing nothing. Since then I have seen injuries that when treated early and effectively, do not adhere to the inflammatory pattern that you would expect, and that the recovery of normal function is much quicker. I think this premise is true for all injuries, but only time and research by people who are experienced in this type of trauma, will show what I believe to be true. The more quickly you can treat your patient after they have injured themselves, the quicker they will recover their health and the less pain they will suffer.
As well as working with the ‘Gladiators’, I have also been Doctor to England Rugby Union Football Under 16’s & 18’s, and I have been Team Doctor at Worthing Rugby Football Club since1998 up to this day.
"You reduced the pain considerably and by a second treatment removed it completly."
"After two visits to you...I am virtually pain free."
"I am just so gratteful I feel normal again."
"Thank you very much for the work you did on my back and hip. It was greatly appreciated."
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