The core of our business is supporting clients who have bio-mechanical issues; simply put this is often described to us as 'I've got a bad back/shoulder/knee' etc. This could be caused by injury, lifestyle behaviour (such as posture, or a certain job type) or some other reason. Our clinical team of Sarah, Nicola and Jack are experts at helping you through the different disciplines of Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy. However there are a quite a few disciplines focused on supporting bio-mechanical issues, so we're keen to explain the differences, ultimately so you can get an understanding of who you need to see at Total Therapy Studios, or provide some context of treatment you may have received in the past.
A Physiotherapist is state registered healthcare professional who is trained to degree-level to work in many areas, including Intensive care, Mental health, Neurology (stroke, Parkinson, MS and brain injury), orthopaedics and trauma, both pre- and post-op and musculoskeletal. In private clinics (such as Total Therapy Studios) most Physiotherapists with specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy which is a specific branch of physiotherapy that requires additional post graduate training. It's by working within this specialism that they'll be able to help you with your bad shoulder that you got on your skiing holiday, or your bad back that started when you picked up the lawnmower awkwardly. They'll be able to assess, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic pain, and issues with movement.
By comparison, a Sports Therapist is a healthcare professional who completely specialises in movement mechanics; literally how the body moves and works. It's the science concerned with internal and external forces acting on the body, and how the body is affected by these forces. In a perfect world, the body will move and work just fine, however as we get older, pick up bad habits, or move as we're not supposed to (like picking up that lawnmower awkwardly) things can go wrong. And this is how a Sports Therapist can help, again assessing, diagnosing, and working with you on solutions.
So as you can see, there's a considerable amount of overlap. And generally it means that with most issues, either our Sports Therapists or Physiotherapists will be able to help you.
Essentially ALL musculoskeletal therapists, (including Osteopaths, Chiropractors etc) will all have their own way of testing joints and muscles for range of movement, restriction, pain and dysfunction. They'll all treat and rehabilitate muscles and joints to alleviate pain and any restriction using manual therapy techniques (soft tissue, massage and mobilisation, manipulations or electrotherapy) and will design and share with you appropriate exercise and rehabilitation programmes. More often than not, it really comes down to the therapist and therapy style that suits your needs best. There's such a large overlap across all these therapies, due to additional training, interest or specialism within that field.
At Total Therapy Studios, the clinical team will often work with similar issues, but the stage of pain or dysfunction, previous treatments, or what you are looking for may influence who is best suited to your needs. Ultimately we work together as a team, and that's one of the benefits about having multiple disciplines (such as Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy) under the same roof. In most cases, any member of our clinical team will be able to help you, however you can also relax knowing that you'll be in the hands of a team of specialists, all working together.
At Total Therapy Studios, we're pleased to offer Paediatric Assessments to our younger clients between the age of 6 and 18.
We're often approached my parents and carers concerned about their childrens health and movement. In this day and age, many children are taking part in sport and movement, often at quite a competitive level. We're asked about chronic pain, flexbibility, and a whole range of unidentified issues. In many cases, parents are unsure as to whether to take their child to a general practitioner, but would like advice as to what's normal.
Jack Boatwright, one of our highly qualified Sports Therapists, will be able to help. With his warm and engaging manner he'll work with you and your child through conversation, and will assess to see how their body is working in terms of gait, movement and range.
We also offer 20 minute Paediatric first asssessments at a reduced price, so you can come in to see how Jack can help your little human.
Sports and remedial massage is hands-on therapy that aims to reduce areas of restriction or tension in the muscles and fascia which may be contributing to pain and dysfunction. These treatments are much firmer, and are very different to holistic massage in that they can sometimes be uncomfortable as the body is treated back into function.
A highly qualified and experienced sports massage therapist will be able to feel and treat restrictions in muscles. They'll use a range of advanced techniques both deep and superficially to reduce these restrictions, stretch the tissues and restore tone and circulation to the area. This in turn then allows the tissues to reset and rebalance.
Over the years we adapt poor movement patterns and our muscles become very stiff and fibrous depending on levels of inactivity or load. Sports and remedial massage is a valuable tool, and often is key to getting the muscles and tissues to respond much faster to other treatment such as mobilisation and exercise. This is why it's often used in conjunction with sports, exercise and Physiotherapy.
A sports and remedial massage therapist will not diagnose, treat or rehabilitate pain or injury, however it can be a important component in pain management and recovery. Along with the correct movement, sports and remedial massage it's an excellent preventative and maintenance therapy which helps keep your muscles and tissues loose and bouncy, and delays the restrictions and fibrous material forming which ultimately lead to stiffness, pain and injury.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a science based approach to Hypnotherapy. It takes recent understandings of how the brain works and utilizes the best insights and techniques drawn from a range of different therapeutic schools. Some of these include: Hypnosis, Cognitive theory, Positive Psychology, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and EMI. You can read much more about cognitive hypnotherapy on Uschi's website - www.uschimartin.co.uk
Please note we offer FREE no-obligation 20 minute consulations with Uschi so you can have a chat to see how she can help before committing to starting treatment.
The unconscious mind is responsible for 90% of our behaviour. You may have tried to create changes at a conscious-level already, and a reason you haven't succeeded is likely to be because the problem isn't rooted in the conscious mind, but in the unconscious.
This isn’t a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Every person is unique so sessions are tailored to how you specifically experience your problem and how you would like to be better. It can be truly life changing when you discover that with a few adjustments to the way you think you can change many aspects of your life.
Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help with:
- Alleviating isolating anxiety or fear
- Overcoming phobias
- Helping with chronic pain and health issues
- Dealing with emotional pain
- Overcoming addictions
- Building confidence
- Achieve and managing weight loss
- Improving sports performance
If your mind is behind the problem then Cognitive Hypnotherapy may help. It's a ‘swift solution focused therapy’, which means that you may be surprised by how quickly you can notice the positive changes in your life.
Most clients only require a small number of sessions, so please get in touch for a free consultation to find out how Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help you. Uschi Martin is also a certified Hypnobirthing and Hypnotension practitioner (reducing blood pressure naturally).
Acupuncture is part of Chinese Medicine. It is an ancient form of healing, and dates back thousands of years.
Chinese Medicine has a different, yet simple view of how ill health arises in the first place, where our physical health is dependent on the smooth and balanced flow of energy throughout the body. This energy is known as Qi, and when the flow of Qi is disrupted, symptoms develop. These symptoms can include such things as pain, lack of every, a painful or irregular manstrual cyle, headaches and so on. Many things can disrupt this flow, such as trama, injury, poor nutrition and the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into acupuncture points. These points are located all over the body, along which it is believed our energy flows. Needle insertion is pain free, however during manipulation of the needle following insertion, the patient does experience a sensation. This is unique to every patient, but is more of a pulling or dragging sensation as opposed to pain.
Acupuncture treats the whole person, and can do on both a physical and emotional level. Treatment involves taking a full and detailed case, and during this part of the process all aspects of health are explored. As well as the main complaint, we'll look at sleep, digestion, energy levels and any other symptoms. We will also take your pulse and observe your tongue, checking rate and rhythm, and for cracks or movement in the tongue. Valuable diagnostic information is gathered in doing this, which will allow us to create a treatment plan as individual as you are.
This holistic form of Acupuncture is different to dry-needling techniques or Clinical Acupuncture that is used by Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists.
Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy most commonly performed on the feet with small pressured massage techniques. The principles of reflexology lie in the theory that there are 'reflex areas' corresponding to all parts of the body in the hands, feet and face, and these areas are arranged in such a way as to form a map of the body.
When massaged, the areas on the feet, hands or face which correspond to the areas of body that are out of balance will feel uncomfortable or tender and the degree of tenderness will indicate the degree of imbalance. The sensitivity varies from person to person and the trained practitioner will understand the correct pressure to apply and how to interpret the tendernesses felt.
The therapist will work on these areas until the tenderness is reduced, hopefully restoring the balance to the corresponding part of the body and the body as a whole.
Many people have found they have been helped by reflexology and those who have experienced a session would agree that the method is very relaxing and had helped to reduce tension and lead to an improved sense of well-being. It is excellent for people who cannot have their body worked on directly as is often used for people suffering or recovering from illness or ill health.
FACIAL COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE
Facial enhancement acupuncture stimulates the muscles of the face and aids the production of natural collagen in the dermis/skin. It releases tension in the face and by targeting the muscles there will be an overall effect, but being a completely natural method, it will not have the same strong effects as a surgical facelift. We work with the face so that you can start you change from within, allowing a natural process of an improved circulation. This will give a glow and general tightness to the skin, relaxation of areas of the face that hold tension and with some regular acupuncture you should start to see improvements on the lines of the face.
Facial Acupuncture enhances your health as well as gives you long-lasting effects by balancing your internal health as well as your hormones through the acupuncture. It is much more than just a beauty treatment, as it will bring out your inner beauty whilst enhancing your natural features holistically, making you feel good both on the inside and the outside.
You will also receive facial exercises that will target the areas that you may be concerned about. When we strengthen the muscles in our faces, we help the face stay toned and radiant.
We recommend a course of Facial Enhancement Acupuncture sessions with 6-10 sessions on a weekly basis. Each treatment builds up on the previous, strengthening and toning muscles and the skin and helps to bring the natural collagen to fill the lines the years may have brought. After the course is finished you can choose to have some regular maintenance treatments to sustain the results.
The first appointment is 1.5 hours long including the treatment, and follow up treatments last 55 minutes. The needles used are the finest and smallest acupuncture needles specific for facial Acupuncture. Some tiny intradermal needles are also used.
All of the therapies we offer at Total Therapy Studios are holistic in our approach - we don't believe in just treating the symptom but we always look at the cause, whether it be physical or psychological.
The holistic therapies that we offer and have detailed below also focus on nurturing the mind and the body together in one treatment.
A gentler form of full body massage with oil, and flows with almost constant contact throughout. A time for you to enjoy quiet time and relax.
Similar to holistic massage but uses a unique prescribed blend of oils based on your physical and emotional requirements. Aromatherapy massage is delivered in such a way to optimise the absorption of the aromatherapy oil.
Aromatherapy facials are also available.
Hot Stone Massage
Massage that uses the heat of smooth volcanic rock to warm and heat the tissues to sooth and improve circulation.
The pressure can be adapted to a firmer treatment if ia. This treatment is excellent for those with arthritic or circulatory issues.
New to Total Therapy Studios, we're pleased to offer Foot Health services, which cover many of the most common issues that you may have with your feet. We're able to support with toe nail cutting, thickened nail reduction, hard skin and callus reduction, and help with cracked heels.
If you suffer from corns, verrucae, or ingrowing toenails or fungal nail infections, then we can also help with this.
Julie Sweetman, our Foot Care Practitioner is qualified and insured to provide this range of services and many more. A visit to her can support you getting your feet looking good, and feeling good.
Nutrients and other food components influence the function of the body, protect against disease, restore health, and determine people’s response to changes in the environment. In some individuals, diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases and ill health.
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science towards the promotion of optimum health and wellness. A Nutritional Therapist will assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns.
When you book your consultation you will be asked to complete an in-depth nutritional therapy questionnaire. This will provide crucial details on your health, medical history, lifestyle and diet patterns. The therapist will use this information along with a detailed family history to find links between your symptoms and your diet and together you will formulate and action plan towards better health.
At Total Therapy Studios we believe that good nutrition isn’t about what you can’t eat or staying away from food that’s bad for us. It’s about going back to basics and eating good food that we really enjoy to maximise our health in a busy, stressful world.
The result of scars after operations or accidents can be far-reaching, impacting the body in several ways, including reduced mobility, restricted movement and adhesions.
Scarwork is able to improve function and feeling by working gently on the tissue around the scar and integrating it back into the fascial web. The results affect the appearance of scars positively but more emphasis is placed on the increased functionality.
- Developed by Sharon Wheeler, trained by Ida Rolf (Rolfing Technique)
- Around 100 people qualified to do this work in the UK
- Improves functionality and the feeling of scars
- Improved visual effects
- Scar tissue quality responds rapidly and lumps, gaps, ridges, holes etc in the tissue smooth out
- Can remove adhesions leading to improved mobility and freedom of movement
- Scarwork can resolve impaired numbness around the area
- Results are permanent
- All scars, new or old, respond quickly
- Extensive changes are possible with one treatment
- The effects continue after the treatment
- Integrates the scar tissue back into the fascial web
- Can release the trauma of the scar, both physically and emotionally
- Scarwork is suitable for scars of any age
- Can induce a feeling of wholeness again
- The technique is extremely gentle and a light touch is employed
Often serious injury or invasive surgery can leave trauma in the body and psyche. Myofascial unwinding addresses these consequences in a gentle and non-invasive way. It's a light-touch therapy, myofascial unwinding aims to release restriction in the fascial web of the body which can result in profound healing.
Fascia is a type of 3D connective tissue that covers and protects bones, muscles, nerves and organs of the body. There is a layer of fascia directly under the skin and this continues deeper into the body.
Sometimes massage or manipulation can be less effective because the cause of the problem area lies in restriction of the fascial web. This results in the area being anchored by the fascia and it is unable to respond until the restriction is released.
Myofascial unwinding is sometimes incorporated into Scar Therapy as it compliments the effects of ScarWork. The relaxing nature of this light-touch work also blends well with holistic therapies.
Examples of what it can help:
- Neck whiplash
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Trauma from past injury (difficulties giving birth, traumatic injury
- Physical restriction caused by emotional trauma
- Chronic pain of unknown origin
- Frozen shoulder
Given the physical nature of our treatments, in many cases our sports therapists will provide you with a bespoke set of exercies that you can complete to keep yourself moving, and to help with any issues you may have facing. Whilst of course you can do these in your own time - at home, or in the office - it may be that you'd like some support with this, and Tammy Freeman can help here.
That said, we also provide more 'regular' personal training, using equipment onsite such as TRX and kettle bells, or alternatively depending on your need Tammy will take you to the park! All a bespoke solution, depending on your needs.