Our techniques

The professional therapists at The Welling Clinic employ a wide range of proven techniques for each individual case. Below you'll find a brief explanation of the most common techniques in use today.

Trigger point therapy

The primary purpose of trigger point therapy is to reduce the pain that results from hypersensitive muscles. Trigger points are identified by gently pressing on the surface of the skin, sensing the texture of the underlying muscle.

A trigger point is like a knot the size of a pea, buried deep in the muscle tissue. It is made up of lactic acid, a normal byproduct of muscular activity, which sometimes gets trapped in the muscle as a result of physical, chemical or emotional stress.

Long lever articulation

This is a method of 'doing your Yoga' for you. It is based on the General Articulatory Technique Process as taught at the John Wernham school of Osteopathy and the European School of Osteopathy. It involves the stretching of specific muscles and ligaments. This leads to the restoration of free movement in the joints and limbs. It can be applied to all of the joints of the body and is of great efficiency in 'straightening' the body. The bones are the puppet, the maucles are the strings which postion and move it around. Thus, the 'soft' tissues greatly dictate assymetries in our body and its' mobility in all of its' joints. It is entirely passive on the part of the patient. It can be applied equally to the neck as it can be to the hip joint.

Myo-articulation.

This reverses deep tension patterns swiftly. It is particularly effective when applied to the forearm muscles in cases of Repetitive Strain Injury and hand/elbow injuries.

For example: if there is carpal bone derangement of the wrist present, it can be very specifically located and ‘undo’ adhesions and re-align these delicate little bones of the wrist. One can ‘track’ the tension patterns along the arm and identify shoulder, ribcage and neck involvement. These can be released using a variety of techniques such as articulation, massage and manipulation where necessary.

Micro-massage

is applied as a pressure point. It is a very precise pressure, accurate to a couple of millimetres. Using this technique on can find the deep points which will release the soft tissue in trouble by feeling the way in to the areas in pain or deep tension and spasm. The body is clay, hard and soft, find the 'lumps' both large and small and make them 'soft' again. It is via this heightened sense of palpation that we can find and change problems with our body for the better.

Spinal manipulation

is a generally painless method of suddenly and accurately 'gapping' the adhered areas of the facet joints of the spine where they are limiting the range of movement of those joints. It is a highly skilled ability which involves many hundreds of hours of development, even after you have graduated. Like any great skill such as playing the piano, effectiveness lies in the subtlety and precision of such manoeuvres. The 'pop' or 'crack' of joints is of great benefit to the joint, because it can restore a normal range of motion to it.

Enhanced Cranial Technique

This particular approach is used where there has been trauma to the cranium. Where there is some distortion in cranial symmetry and reduction in the elastance co-efficient of the cranium there is often an aftermath, sometimes for life, of under-performance of the brain, mind and emotions. Direct blows to the head can impact the sutures which run between the cranial bones, this in turn can produce a degree of premature fusion of the sutures of the skull. This can raise the average intracranial pressure both as an immediate aftermath of trauma and over a long period of time. As a result the brain stem control and activation system which modulate the brains' activation levels will generally respond with a high adrenaline tendency. The sufferer may feel 'fuzzy-headed' or have an inability to concentrate, or to be agitated for no real reason. Children and adults become irritable, emotionally volatile. Learning difficulties in children and adults will often result. (see ICP article).

Additional therapies

Cranio-sacral therapy, ultrasound, and interferential application for pain relief. 
Bone density assessment, hypnotherapy, counselling, homeopathy, massage. PAMM (Power assisted Micro Manipulation).