TotalMSK Musculoskeletal / MSK services
The company operates mobile Musculoskeletal / MSK and sports injury clinic services. Our focus is on putting the patient's interests first, by identifying and treating the cause of a problem, not just the symptom (see Why Choose TotalMSK). Injuries often create pain, affect how we move and our enjoyment of day to day life. Our Musculoskeletal / MSK Therapists use multiple techniques to assess and treat you the individual patient and your pain/symptoms. Treatments typically involve a combination of advanced Musculoskeletal / MSK soft tissue techniques. Training in multiple MSK techniques and advanced myofascial release techniques enables our practitioners to treat a wider range of sports injuries and musculoskeletal related conditions. One can read further details about specific types of sports injury via the Blog.
News regarding latest Coronavirus (covid-19) lockdown Thursday 31st December 2020
TotalMSK's Musculoskeletal therapy services have ceased operating as of Wednesday 30th December 2020. The decision has been challenging, but in light of the more easily transmissible version of the covid-19 virus, the decision seems prudent.
Mobile MSK Service | Oxford | Reading
There is a limited private patient service which covers Oxford and up to 20 miles from Caversham in Reading. The company also operates a mobile Musculoskeletal Therapy Corporate Wellness Clinic service covering Reading, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxford and South Oxfordshire (though this service is not operating during the current ovid-19 situation).
Musculoskeletal therapists commonly treat various Injuries / conditions :-
- Musculoskeletal & Myofascial pain affecting the:-
- Neck, Shoulders, Back Pain (see article), Ribs, Elbows, Arms, Hands, Hips, Knees and Feet, (including Sports and Work injuries).
- Musculoskeletal aches and pain associated with pregnancy
- Joint stiffness & discomfort.
- Pubic Symphysis, Coccyx, Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) syndrome.
- Stiffness or reduced range of motion.
- Migraines or tension headaches (some types).
- TMJ or Jaw Pain.
- Neurological conditions.
- Disc related pain, Nerve impingements, Sciatica, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports injuries (see articles)
- Shin Splints, Achilles Tendinopathy, Tennis elbow, Golfer's elbow, Plantar fasciitis, Rotator cuff injuries, Patella tracking, Bursitis, Runners/Snapping Hip/ ITB issues, ankle injuries and more...
Musculoskeletal Therapy to restore movement and address pain
Our primary role as Musculoskeletal Therapists is to restore "normal" or near "normal" functional movement. Moving and exercise are far more important than most people realise. Muscle contractions caused by movement are needed to help move blood through veins and lymph through the lymphatic system. Furthermore, joint structures such as cartilage rely on activity to squeeze nutrients and waste products in and out of tissues. The evidence shows that activity is important for both musculoskeletal health, immunology and health in general.
Restrictions in movement can occur due to specific medical conditions, injury, "lack of use, misuse, overuse and abuse" (Leon Chaitow, Osteopath). Our bodies also have to contend with other constant forces in day-to-day life such as gravity. These factors can cause restrictions in movement and changes in tensional forces throughout the body (see Biotensegrity article for further details). Changes in tensile forces (as during pregnancy) can result in discomfort, pain and sometimes other types of symptoms. Unresolved injuries frequently lead to adaptive changes either near or far from the original injury site. Over time these adaptive changes can lead to the irritation of other areas far from the initial injury site.
Stress and Pain
Although many may not realise it, pain is a “stressor” and stress has both a physiological and psychological impact on health and wellbeing. Pain is also frequently associated with reduced mobility and dysfunctional tissues. By helping to restore more normal pain-free movement, our MSK therapists can help reduce the stress associated with pain and reduced mobility. The articles on the human stress response have further details on “stressors”, what happens within the body and self-help strategies (see the articles on Stress, Wellbeing and the Workplace).
Our Musculoskeletal Therapists utilise a combination of the gentle advanced musculoskeletal techniques, myofascial release methods and prescriptive exercise. Such an approach helps our MSK therapists address both the structural and functional changes impacting "normal" movement.
Patient's can be safe in the knowledge that all of our therapist's hold relevant professional registrations and or memberships. Our principal practitioner Terry Davis MSMA holds memberships and registrations for Massage Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Health Council (CHNC) and the Sports Massage Association (SMA). He is also BTEC Level 5 Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy qualified and holds numerous other soft-tissue therapy qualifications. Furthermore, he has also taught at Advanced Diploma level (Myotherapy / Musculoskeletal Therapy) in Australia, including theory, practical and advanced Myofascial Release techniques.