What to expect...
We are all unique and no two set of symptoms are the same; sessions with Neil can, therefore, be very different depending on your needs as a patient.
Neil uses many traditional techniques with the patient on the treatment couch but also believes strongly in the effectiveness of creating the correct movement patterns, whether that be standing, sitting or on the floor.
Here is a quick summary of the disciplines that Neil incorporates during his sessions...
Osteopathy is a primary healthcare discipline that uses medical diagnosis and treatment to treat musculoskeletal injury and dysfunction. Osteopathic techniques, including soft tissue massage, joint articulation and joint manipulation, promote the optimum environment for the body's natural healing process.
Our bodies respond best to authentic movements and environments. In order to make a positive change in a patient's posture or movement patterns, it is often important to challenge the body in an authentic active position (i.e. not on the treatment couch). By creating body positions whereby the muscular and nervous systems are active, the body can respond far quicker. So be prepared to stand, lunge, reach and twist, with Neil's guidance of course!
Neil uses medical acupuncture or "dry needling" as a useful tool during treatment to allow for the appropriate changes in soft tissue tone and texture. The needle is targeted directly at tight areas of muscle in order to release tension and, thereby, allow for further movement and function in the area. Needles are only used briefly and, usually, one at a time.
Please don't hesitate to contact Neil to discuss whether his approach is suitable for your needs.