Physical and structural health
Physical and structural health means that the building blocks (bones, joints, muscles, tendons) and mechanisms (movement patterns) of your musculoskeletal and central nervous systems are working well.
A whole range of problems from top to toe (headaches to neck pain, back pain to plantar fascitis) originate and develop when one or more parts of your musculoskeletal system are out of balance (which can mean that they are weak or even that they are too strong, relative to other parts of your body).
Mainstream medicine often fails to resolve these types of problems. Once the options of painkillers, perhaps some physiotherapy, and exercise (or rest) are exhausted, people suffering with chronic musculoskeletal conditions all to often end up categorised with ‘non-specific back pain’ or similar. Many learn to live with it, having been told that there is nothing more that can be done.
Too many people suffer for years before, in some cases, being considered for a surgical treatment. While surgery can be very successful for some, it does carry its own risks and in many cases, does not fully resolve the problem and may even create a different problem. A knee operation, in the absence of a proper understanding of why it arose in the first place, can result at a later date in hip problems or back problems. Our treatment protocols offer real alternatives to surgery for many patients and, even if surgery is required, working with us pre and post your procedure will help you to achieve a far more successful outcome.
At Core Clinics we have an exceptional record of success in treating a whole host of chronic and complex musculoskeletal conditions. We understand that the place where you experience pain may not be the place where the pain is being originated from. Problems with the structure of your feet can manifest as back pain, for example, and pain can also be ‘referred’ around the body (meaning that although it feels to you like the pain is coming from a particular point, it isn’t).
We have clinicians and therapists in our musculoskeletal team who specialise in different areas of the body (podiatrists for feet and lower limbs, chiropractors for the spine) who understand how problems can carry around the body. We have therapies that impact different sub-areas within your musculoskeletal system – your joints, your muscles, your fascia – which, in combination, deliver exceptional results.
Unpicking the different musculoskeletal aspects of your pain, restricted movement or other physical problems enables us to deliver consistent and significant improvement even for long-suffering patients. By adding in, where appropriate and required, treatments which impact the mental health and nutritional health of patients, we frequently resolve the most complex chronic problems. Depression can manifest as back pain, a poor diet can increase joint pain.
If you suffer with any pain, other physical symptoms (pins and needles, numbness), restricted movement or stiffness in any part of your body; especially if you have tried every treatment and technology to resolve it without success, we can almost certainly help. And, if we can’t help, we will explain to you very clearly why and let you know exactly how we think you can be helped, by whom.
Our physical therapists include physiotherapists, massage therapists and sports therapists, all of whom are experts in the biomechanics your body. They expertly assess and carefully combine different techniques including massage, dry needling, Bowen technique and IDD therapy. Our podiatrist also offers a number of therapies that work directly to reduce pain and regenerate your internal structure (including muscles, tendons and joints).
Chiropractors are experts in biomechanics and neurology. They understand how problems like pain, restricted movement, pins and needles and numbness can be caused and successfully treated.
Dr Stefaan Vossen (DC) our Clinical Director and Dr Marie Vossen (DC) come from one of the largest and most successful chiropractic (and clinical) families in the world – the Meersemanns / Vossens.
Working in collaboration with our podiatrists, phsyical therapists, and others in our team, our chiropractors have an exceptional record in the treament of even the most complex and chronic back pain and musculoskeletal conditions.
Podiatry deals primarily with the health and correction of problems in the feet and lower limbs. Our podiatrist can also help address problems further up the body – for example back pain – which can often be related to problems lower down. Our podiatrists, chiropractors and other therapists collaborate closely to deliver the most effective, customised treatment plan for you.
IDD disc therapy
IDD (Intervertebral Differential Dynamic) therapy is a highly sophisticated, computerized form of traction therapy. It can significantly help people with disc problems (disc degeneration or prolapse), sciatica, and chronic lower back pain. We have achieved particularly good results when combining IDD therapy with chiropractic, physiotherapy and related physical therapies.
Integrated pain relief sessions incorporating shockwave therapy
If you have persistent or recurring pain in your limbs or joints, and especially if you have not been able to resolve the pain by other means (e.g. other physical therapies) we offer integrated pain relief sessions which may include shockwave therapy, specialist physical therapies like Bowen technique or Rossiters, and prolotherapy.
An initial assessment with Stuart Brown will tell you if these therapies are likely to be successful for you and enable him to devise a bespoke plan for you, which will be delivered by Stuart or a member of his team.
Movement reprogramming may also be recommended to help you move better and avoid reinjury or pain.
A referral for podiatry or chiropractic may also be recommended to address any underlying structural issues which may otherwise cause the pain to return.
“Reiki” (ray-key) can be translated from Japanese to mean ‘universal life energy, and it is also the word used to describe a system which can promote stress reduction and relaxation, which in turn can elicit the body’s natural healing response.
Treatment sessions can last anywhere from 40 to 80 minutes, and will typically involve the practitioner using certain hand positions to lightly touch the patient as they lie on a massage table (chair sessions are also possible). A discussion of any sensations that arise during the course of treatment usually serve as an adjunct to it but is not totally necessary.
Anyone who would like to experience deep relaxation and a stress-free space. As such, treatments can also serve as a useful auxiliary to conventional treatments for pain