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It is really hard to travel through life without having an injury.
That really big "KaBoom!" or
"bad fall", surgery or
infection that results in prolonged pain and extra scar tissue.
These injuries could be the cause of persistent pain and weakness,
in other parts of the body
months and years later.
Scars that respond well to treatment are:
C section scar where the belly skin contour looks "pulled in" when you are standing.
Melanoma or sun cancer dissection scar that differs in tightness to the skin on the other side.
Hip replacement scar on the side of the leg.
Back surgery scar through the abdomen which changes the belly contour when standing.
Fractures that required surgery and are sensitive to deep pressure long after bone repair.
Deep cuts from childhood that required stitches.
My training as an Occupational Therapist allows me to analyse tasks and an individual's performance.
I have additional skills in soft tissue treatments, pain management, posture and core stability retraining, movement and breath retraining- as well as being
a positive motivator.
My skill is in seeing and feeling the body's changes.
"The leg bone is connected to the thigh bone and the thigh bone is connected to.....(the rest of the body)"
Because of the connections within the body and the persistent lack of stretch in scar tissue, it is important to treat injuries with "first aid" principles and then both
medium and long term secondary injury prevention strategies
" First Aid" treatment solutions
Use ice and compression to reduce swelling.
As early as possible introduce scar tissue treatment to reduce it's impact and adhesions with the surrounding muscles and skin.
Recovery of full easy movement should preceed strengthening exercises.
Retrain local muscles to work well
Retrain the bones to be in the right place (eg ribs should be inline with the belly, not sticking out)
Have a home based "beginning to pain" strategy.
Use scar tissue treatments over the first 12-18 months or until the scar is not painful when pressed deeply.
Have smart achievable goals for returning to work and fun activities to prevent further injury.
Live well into older age - make an appointment to reduce the impact of injury NOW.
Injury management does require hands on assessment and treatment.
Arrange an appointment in my rooms: contact Denise Stewart by email.