Welcome to the MSTPLUS Musculoskeletal Clinic website.
The clinic was setup by Terry Davis to continue the work he started in the UK. Before moving to Australia Terry was well known for his treatments in the Caversham area of the UK. He developed a particular interest in treating sports and work related injuries. Injuries often affect movement, create pain and affect day to day life. There are a wide variety of physical medicine techniques which one can use to treat such issues. Remedial Massage, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Musculoskeletal Therapy and Chiropractic are all forms of physical medicine.
Training in physical medicine techniques can vary a lot from diploma right up to degree level. Hence, the course length and learning can differ a great deal. Therapists also have their own areas of interest, which can affect ones career direction. Most therapists will seek further training in specialist areas of interest. Also, each training provider will have it's own styles and ways of doing things. Course content can even vary a great deal between providers of the same qualification. Such factors shape how each therapist, works, assesses and treats. Which is why each therapist is unique and patients' should try to find what or who works for them. Patients' should see or feel some benefit within the first three or less treatments. If one has not seen any benefit in this time, then the chances are the therapist is not right for you.
Patients' are also unique and this needs considering when assessing and treating. Each patient is unique in relation to biology, social and psychological factors. Such factors affect who we are and the sorts of forces our bodies get subjected too. Tissues within the body change or adapt based on what happens to them. Some types of forces are beneficial for tissues, such as some types of exercise. That said, too much force or overuse can be of detriment to tissues and can lead to problems. A problem in one area often leads to problems in other areas, as the human body is all about movement. Much like anything mechanical, when everything is working as normal there are no issues. Most people think nothing of car maintenance and know that all the parts need to work and move. If the parts are not working correctly then they start to wear incorrectly and break. It can then be expensive to fix the car, as one area affects another. The human body is not much different to a car in that respect. Unlike a car the body learns movement patterns which alter due to injury and which also need to change. It may be possible to treat the initial pain in a treatment or two, but the other tissue changes are likely to remain. As with the car, this often leads to further problems later on.
When treating the body one needs to consider a large number of factors. The following points relate to the three aspects of good assessment and treatment:-
- Patient history (Biological, Social and Psychological aspects)
- Structure and Function (Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, Pathology)
- Movement Patterns (Neurological, Brain)
An initial consultation will cover the majority of these factors. The treatment and after care advice covers the other part of structure and function. Structure refers to bone and joint complexes (parts). Whereas function relates to how each part moves and how that affects the other parts. Movement patterns are more subconscious and learnt behaviour, which can adapt and change.There are lots of different therapy types which can affect structure and function. For treatment to be effective one needs to pick the most appropriate therapy type or 'tool' for the job. A therapist who has trained in lots of techniques usually has more 'tools' in the 'toolbox'. Having more 'tools' often means that it is possible to treat a wider variety of patients'. This does assume that the therapist then knows how to assess and then apply the 'tools' correctly.
Training and experience has taught Terry that some 'tools' are better for structural changes. McTimoney Therapy can treat the whole body and works well on the structure. Functional issues are often treated with soft tissue work and types of Remedial Massage. Gua Sha, Dry Needling and Myofascial Release are also soft tissue therapies. Function and structure are both related and one affects the other and vice versa. Correct movement patterns need to be relearnt after treatment, to help prevent further issues. It is normal to give a patient prescriptive exercises to do as part of the treatment. Patients' need to follow any aftercare advice to gain the best results.