Welcome to TotalMSK's website.
At TotalMSK, look to identify and treat the cause of the problem, and not just the symptom. Injuries often create pain, affect how we move and our enjoyment of day to day life. Our practitioners use multiple effective techniques to assess and treat you the patient. Treatments include McTimoney Chiropractic and soft tissue therapies such as Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Gua Sha/IASTM and Dry Needling. Each type of technique and indeed therapist is different regarding methods of assessment and philosophy. Hence, just because in the past one has found a particular therapy to be ineffective, does not mean that will always be the case. TotalMSK currently operates two types of mobile service based in Reading, Berkshire (UK). The firstly, a mobile service is for private patients, which covers up to 20 miles from Caversham in Reading and 20 miles from Cambridge. Secondly, specialist, on-site, Pop_up, corporate wellness clinics covering, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, and Oxfordshire. Patient's can be seen either in the comfort of their own home or within the workplace. Specialist, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly workplace clinics can also be arranged via your company and can run over mornings, afternoons or entire days. Further, details on Corporate Wellness and Wellbeing are available via the Corporate Wellness Pop-Up clinics page.
Conditions successfully treated by our practitioners include:-
- Musculoskeletal pain affecting the:-
- Neck, Shoulders, Back, Ribs, Elbows, Arms, Hands, Hips, Knees and Feet.
- Joint stiffness & discomfort.
- Pubic Symphysis pain, Coccyx pain, Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) syndrome.
- Stiffness or reduced range of motion.
- Migraine or tension headaches.
- TMJ or Jaw Pain.
- Neurological conditions.
- Disc related pain, Nerve impingements, Sciatica, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sporting injuries
- Tennis elbow, Golfer's elbow, Plantar fasciitis, Achilles Tendinopathy, Rotator cuff injuries, Patella tracking, Bursitis, Runners/Snapping Hip/ ITB issues.
Tailored Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Therapies
Each of us is unique, and this needs considering when assessing and treating. We are all unique, biologically, socially and psychologically. Such factors affect who we are and the sorts of forces our bodies are subjected too. Tissues within the body change or adapt based on what happens to them. Some types of loading may prove beneficial, such as some types of exercise. That said, too much load, force or overuse might damage tissues and often leads to other problems. A problem in one area often leads to issues in elsewhere, as each part affects the next. Much like anything mechanical, when everything is working correctly there are no issues. Most people think nothing of car maintenance and know that all the parts need to work and move. If the parts are not working efficiently, there is a tendency early wear, tear, dysfunction or breakage. It can then be expensive to fix the car, as each area affects another. The human body is not much different to a car in that respect. Unlike a car, the body learns movement patterns which alter due to injury. Such learnt movements then need addressing as part of any comprehensive treatment plan.
When treating the body, one needs to consider a large number of factors. As a result, all new patients undergo a thorough assessment before any form of intervention. There are three aspects of the assessment and treatment process, which aid with better patient outcomes:-
- Patient history (Biological, Social and Psychological aspects)
- Structure and Function (Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Pathology)
- Movement Patterns (Neurological, Brain)
An initial consultation will include the majority of these factors. The treatment and aftercare advice covers the other part of structure and function. Structure refers to the bones and joint complexes (components). The functional element relates to how each piece moves and how that affects the other parts. Movement patterns are more subconscious and learned behaviour, which then adapts and changes. There are lots of different therapy types which may be applied to affect structure and function positively. For therapy to be effective, the most appropriate kind or 'tool' for the job needs selecting. A therapist who has trained in lots of techniques has more 'tools' in the 'toolbox'. Having more 'tools' often means that it is possible to treat a wider variety of patients. However, the practitioner then needs to know how to assess and then apply the 'tools' correctly.
One learns from training and experience that some 'tools' are better for structural changes. McTimoney Chiropractors tend to treat the whole body, and the technique works well on the structure. Functional issues involve soft tissues and respond well appropriate therapy such as Sports Massage and types of Remedial Massage. There are many different soft tissue techniques including Gua Sha, Dry Needling (medical acupuncture) and Myofascial Release. Function and structure are both related, as part affects the other and vice versa. Correct movement patterns need to be relearnt after treatment, to help prevent further issues. It is normal to give a patient prescriptive exercises to do as part of the aftercare advice. Patients need to follow any aftercare advice to gain the best results. As a general rule, patients should see or feel some benefit within the first three or fewer treatments. If one has not seen any benefit in this time, the chances are the therapist is not right for you. No two professionals are the same, due to individual interests and training.