are the backbone of all assessments and treatments that Robin provides to her patients.
Clear dialogue and mutual understanding offer up the conditions for healing, via:
Education and awareness.
Movement training and re-patterning.
These three aspects are woven within the high standard of one-on-one physiotherapy care that Robin offers, ensuring that her patients are active players in the process, fully committed and engaged.
In fact, this is the only way results can be maintained longterm.
Likely, you’ve been living in your body, in this posture, performing these tasks, for a number of years.
Let’s face it, old habits are tough to break. And pain can be scary.
Robin believes that education is the first step to autonomy, empowerment, and holistic health. She enjoys teaching her clients and small groups about their bodies and health and why what-they-do-every-day matters. During treatments, she encourages questions and demonstrates exercises clearly. She uses books, props, imagery, and information sheets to ensure that her clients understand why they are experiencing pain and dysfunction and what they can do about it, both now and for prevention in the future.
Manual therapy is a general term that applies to any technique that involves the therapist placing her hands on the client. It is used to restore mobility to physical structures like joints, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves. As necessary, the therapist can also use her hands to assist in relaxing or activating muscles.
Robin often works hands on with her clients. As the body and condition dictates, she utilizes different techniques in order to increase the freedom and efficiency in your tissue and joints. Kinesio tape may be employed if useful and self-releasing exercises, which could include the use of props such as bands, balls and dowels, are also used to ensure the mobilisation of tissues is occurring when she is not present.
Robin believes that for humans, the bipedal creature that we are, the best way to negotiate asymmetry is through an efficiently moving body. Her keen eye and knowledge of functional anatomy will ensure that you are rectifying problems rather than aggravating symptoms with your rehabilitative exercise routine.
If inefficient movement patterns are reinforced through repetition, there may be an irritation of structures and worsening of symptoms. In other words, it was likely not the exercise that increased your problem, but the way in which the exercise was performed. In many situations, subtle refinement of exercises is helpful.
Robin intuitively integrates mindfulness and imagery into her physiotherapy practice. Feeling a difference in the effort required to move and support your body is beneficial prior to gaining any amount of strength or mobility.
Research teaches us that the nervous system is a key player in affecting movement change. When our nervous system integrates a new movement pattern, like a clean and jerk in the gym or a downward dog in our power yoga class, we feel both stronger and more capable. Though our muscles often get the credit for this quick gain, it is the awesome plasticity of the nervous system that should be thanked.
Robin integrates mindfulness and imagery into her physiotherapy practice for this reason. Feeling a difference in the effort required to move and support your body is the first requirement, followed by increasing freedom of motion, and then working on strength.
Understanding what to bring your attention to rather than simply doing more, harder, will help to change your pain, posture and movement patterns quicker than you thought.
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