At The Livewell Clinic, while the core disciplines form our primary focus, our team of hard working and highly dedicated healthcare professionals also provide a range of additional services to complement treatment and provide you with extra support to enable you to get the most targeted help.
All of our team are trained in Acupuncture (clinically known as dry needling), which is often used alongside other techniques to complement osteopathic/ physiotherapy and massage therapy, or as standalone to target a specific area of pain (a useful addition to other therapies for chronic lower-back pain). It is used to treat myofascial pain and dysfunction and is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles. Note that this is not the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture.
How does it work? It involves sticking fine needles into points on the body. It relieves pain by diverting or changing the painful sensations, which are sent to the brain from damaged tissues and also by stimulating the body’s own painkillers (endorphins and encephalins). This pain killing effect may only last a short time in the beginning, but repeated treatment (approx. 6 weekly sessions) can bring long-term benefit.
Who can benefit? Conditions which respond to dry needling include:
Its common for the elite level cyclists and keen amateur cyclist to get there bikes fitted, but even with this, cycling regularly and for long periods of time can often put pressure on muscles and joints if your posture is still failing you. Adaptive Cycle Analysis (ACA) assesses the individual on the bike and makes modifications to your technique and position, with perhaps slight adjustments to your bike. This will enable you to get the best out of your performance with minimal discomfort to your joints so you’re not left with backache at the end of a long cycle. Our specialist, Danny, is a keen touring cyclist himself and as an osteopath, understands the mechanics and benefits that the service can provide to help make your cycling experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
Livewell’s ACA, is a 60 min appointment broken down into a consultation, both an on and off the bike analysis, as well as advice and treatment to ensure your bike is set up for a perfect cycle ride. This includes;
Bike seating configuration, including adjustment of saddle fore aft and seat height, cleat position and stem reach/drop; to increase your power and efficiency on the bike.
Improving pedaling technique and bike posture; to address flexibility and strength as well as get you cycling more efficiently. As well as educating patients on how to avoid unexpected cycle injuries.
Sorting aches and pains you may experience on your bike, including knee pain, back pain, neck pain and Achilles pain; treating the root cause.
Who can benefit? Anyone looking to get out on their bike can benefit from ACA. Whether you’re just taking up cycling, preparing for a sportif, for charity, in retirement, on the weekends or just for fun, Livewell’s ACA is for you. It is particularly recommended for those cycling frequently either during their daily commute or those pushing to the next level of competive cycling.
Kinesio Taping, or more commonly known as rock tape, is an elastic therapeutic tape made of elastic cotton which helps to support the body’s natural healing process by strapping up and supporting the muscles and joints, while still allowing a range of movement.
For any sportsmen and women out there who understand the importance of providing strong support to the muscles and joints before any big game or competition (or simply to get the most out of training); Kinesio Taping can be highly beneficial if done properly. One of our team will be able to strap you up using Kinesio Tape. You can bring your own or purchase it directly from The Livewell Clinic, please enquire for further details.
Kinesio tapingcan be used as a stand-alone treatment, or incorporated into an osteopathic treatment or massage.
The Theragun is engineered to extract the most from your work-out. The device targets key areas of your body as part of your warm-up, activating your muscles and raising your performance level. After your workout, Theragun’s vibration therapy directly targets specific muscle groups to quickly and effectively relieve soreness, increase blood flow, and reactivate tired muscles.
Theragun can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or incorporated into an osteopathic treatment or massage.