Alison is interested in how your body functions, and will be looking at how each area of your body is affecting the rest of your body. This is done by way of assessing joint range and control of motion as you carry out functional movements, i.e., movements you make in daily life, in doing your work, or during sporting activities. To this end, a significant part of the assessment, and treatment, is performed with you upright and moving.
Couch based assessment and treatment provides further information on joint range of motion and the condition of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, connective tissue/fascia), and allows a whole range of techniques to be performed with the patient in a relaxed position.
The main objective of the assessment is to ascertain why the part that is eliciting symptoms is being exposed to strain. This is often because another area of the body, that enables it to perform optimally, is not fulfilling its function. Unless the key problem areas are exposed and treated, symptoms will tend to return sporadically when the injured part is exposed to increased stress for any reason. Alison's in depth understanding of functional biomechanics - i.e., how the altered mechanics at one joint affects the rest of the body - enables her to effectively establish the nub of the problem, and develop a structured treatment program that addresses both the symptomatic area, and the area that is the cause; barring direct injury, these are almost always different.
What to wear?
It's helpful to be able to see the contours of your body, and not work through too many layers of clothing, but it is important that you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. You may wish to bring a pair of shorts, and for females, either a bra, sports bra, or swimsuit, with a thin vest, if you prefer.
Home exercise program
You will almost always be given exercises to perform at home. Your exercises will be tailored to you, and are therefore not amenable to being printed-off. The most effective way of remembering your exercises is to film them being done, so, if possible, bring your smart phone, tablet, or a small camera.
Initial consultation and treatment and follow-up treatments £65.00 (1 hour)