Neuro muscular Testing and Kinesiology
It all starts with our nervous system. Being able to work with the nervous system is a gift, one that as a therapist I have the deepest respect for.
Neuro muscular testing evaluates how the body responds to a stimulus, its not really about testing muscles. Gentle pressure applied to specific parts of the body (often arms and legs) to see how nervous systems respond to the stimulus. The muscle will either easily be able to resist the pressure, or will give way. This information allows me to build a picture of what is happening in you body.
Our body likes to be in balance, but sometimes things get a little bit out of kilter. When our body believes that there is instability around a joint, it tightens up to protect it, causing pain and reducing mobility in the area to stop you using it and doing further damage. This is when you feel that a muscle or an area of your body is tight; generally it means that you have muscles doing more work than they should to provide stability to your body. This is often why you initially feel great after a massage, but it’s not got to the bottom of why you had an imbalance in your muscles and after a few days that pain is often back again, as your body needed that imbalance to provide safety and stability.
Here in clinic, I am able to to work with your nervous system to unravel these patterns and get to the root cause of what is going on for you.
Training has been undertaken with Jordan Terry, Adaptable Polarity; Joseph Schwartz, Dynamic Neuromuscular Assessment, Dr Kyle Paxton and Dr Ryan Foley of Integrated Kinetic Neurology, Marissa Macias, Nervvy and with the College of Functional Kinesiology
ScarWork treatment is used to improve the health and feel of scars from surgery or after an accident. ScarWork can improve feeling and functionality in the scar and surrounding tissues, creating better movement between the layers of the skin, fascia and muscles. Working on and near the scar will stimulate the circulation, lymphatic and nervous system to encourage renewed healing and promote tissue health. It is a light touch therapy unlike traditional scar massage.
Visually, cosmetic changes may occur: scars often appear smaller, lighter and less prominent but the emphasis is on the underlying tissues changes. Tightness in surrounding tissues is reduced, muscle function in the area can be improved. The work starts with the surface layers and moves deeper intro fascial tissue under the scar.
ScarWork can help as part of a whole body approach to wellness. Locally scars can be tight, rigid, have lumps, bumps and dips, they can also be numb, hyper-sensitive, or itchy; it’s not unusual to find different layers of tissues being stuck together and causing discomfort. They can also have a whole body affect too. In clinic working together we would work both locally and globally to help the body find its balance again.
When can I have ScarWork?
New scars should be fully closed and dry, with no signs of inflammation or infection. ScarWork can start 6-8 weeks post-op or when you have been discharged by your doctor. Also if your doctor is recommending gentle massage for your scar then ScarWork is also suitable.
What type of scars benefit from ScarWork?
ScarWork can benefit all kinds of scars, from very old to new ones. They can be the result of an accident, operation or cosmetic surgery, such as:
Abdominal surgery – Appendix removal or Gallbladder removal
Achilles tendon surgery
I’m one of a small number of ScarWork Therapist with additional training for working with Trauma and scars from Muscluar Skeletal Surgery. Training has been undertaken with Emma Holly, Restore Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a 20 pence peice, practitioners release restrictions in the cranial sacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
CST compliments that natural healing process within the body, but is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.