At the treatment visits we continue the care according to the Treatment Plan explained. We will prescribe exercises and ergonomic advice in order to help prevent possible future recurrences of the problems. These subsequent visits will last between 10 and 20 minutes.
We offer a treatment plan split into 3 phases, you will decide how far you will take your care:
Treatment will aim at reducing inflammation, joint stiffness, muscle spasm and nerve irritation all to help relieve your pain. Initial treatments are often recommended 1-2 times a week until your start felling better.
Ice packs may be suggested to help reduce inflammation and stretching exercises recommended to help mobility.
Keeping active while avoiding heavy exercise usually speeds up your recovery process. Some discomfort may be experienced initially after treatments as stiff joints and muscles start moving again this is often like the muscle ache the day after doing too much exercise.
When your pain is mostly relieved our next aim is to restore strength and coordination to muscles and maintain mobility in the joints. This should help you return to your normal activities without the pain recurring.
Now treatments are less frequent, often every 2-4 weeks. Different exercises and activities are recommended to strengthen weakened areas. Normally your progress is less dramatic through this phase. It is often at this stage that our patients feel better and wonder if there is any more benefit to the treatment. If you continue until the full healing of your muscles and soft-tissues has occurred, a relapse is less likely.
Now the aim is to keep the good movement, strength and coordination that you have achieved. Through check-ups every 2-3 months and compliance with the exercises and advice given, any changes in your muscles and joints can be corrected and treated before you start to experience pain and discomfort, also the rehabilitative exercises prescribed can be reassessed and altered to suit your progress. We think prevention is better than cure!
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