In case of injury e.g. bruising, sprains, strains to any part of the body:

Remember PRICE

Protect from further injury - stop doing what you were doing!

Rest stay calm, lying down is usually best, wait for any spasm to subside

Ice apply anything cold for 10 minutes

Compression use a support bandage or cushions as needed.

Elevate an injured limb to reduce swelling.

Seek advice if necessary.

An NIS consultation involves a prioritised set of treatment protocols that evaluate your neurological circuitry and the body functions they represent.  

In simple terms this could be thought of like a list of 'checks' similar to one a mechanic would use when you put your car in for a service. The protocols evaluate all the causes that may have translated themselves into symptoms and the practitioner is merely the facilitator in getting the patients brain to recognise the data.

What happens at your NIS consultation?

1.  We discuss your problem

Your osteopathic consultation takes a full history of your current problem and your past medical history in order to firstly check that osteopathic and NIS treatment is the most suitable choice for you.  

It is important that we don't just look at what is hurting now:  the brain regulates all body functions.  A disturbance in the information transfer between your brain and a particular muscle can therefore cause a dysfunction in the related part of the body.  If it affects the joints of the lower back, for example, the result could be lower back pain or pain potentially anywhere along the kinematic chain (feet, ankles, hips or knees).

2.  Examination 

By stimulating the involved body systems through contacting various locations or muscles on your body, the nerve pathways that relate to a particular body system can be checked. Using simple muscle tests, feedback on function is obtained by assessing the muscle’s response.

3. Treatment

The 'somatosensory' area of the brain regulates the connection between the brain and the body.  When a disturbance is recognised under examination by a weakened muscle, the nerve pathway not appropriately being governed by the brain is stabilised by simultaneous stimulation (gently tapping) of the somatosensory area while holding specific contact points. This is known as 'integration'.

 4. Result

Following 'integration' the nerve pathway has better stability and so the consequent affected body function is improved, for example inhibited ('weaker') muscles become engaged ('stronger'). Now the body can adapt to corresponding challenges in a more optimal way which typically means symptoms begin to improve.    

NIS is a completely safe, non-invasive, interesting and comfortable treatment. It does not involve any drugs or manual manipulation and is suitable for all ages.

Consultations and treatment usually last an hour. The first appointment may take a little more time. Results sometimes occur immediately, but usually after a few days.  Depending on the duration and complexity of your problem, several appointments may be required.  Please contact a practitioner to discuss your needs.

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