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CLINICAL DIRECTOR
 

Peter is the Clinical director and founder of the Art of Healing. His approach to treatment is to provide Total Healthcare and offer an extensive and holistic approach for his clients and patients. To this end Peter has completed training in Western Medical acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medical and Japanese acupuncure, myofascial release techniques and functional movement as well as completing apprenticeships in Japanese Seitai bodywork and the Evolve movement method.
 
Peter works extensively with professional athletes including members of the Premier League, Olympic squad members and professional combat athletes.

MASSAGE THERAPIST

Florence Hall is a specialist massage therapist qualified in deep tissue, therapeutic massage and pregnancy massage. She uses a combination of deep tissue massage, active release and assisted stretching in her treatments and offers a highly qualified approach to musculoskeletal and mental wellness.

Florence offers a safe, non-judgemental environment and delights in working with people from all walks of life, with all kinds of bodies, to relax, tune in and let go of their pain.

Have you experienced pain in the arms and hands?

Have you noticed numbness and tingling in the arm and hands?

Then you may have Thoracic outlet syndrome. Our expert Morgan tells us about Thoracic outlet syndrome, (also known as TOS) and how we can help with the condition.

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is the name given to a collection of disorders that are directly linked to the compression of the Brachial plexus, subclavian artery, Subclavian vein or any combination of these (These are the nerves blood vessels that supply the arm).

Within the neck and shoulder region, soft tissue abnormalities can occur which can create tension and load the neurovascular structures within thoracic outlet, leading to TOS.

The three main culprits for causing Thoracic outlet syndrome are the scalene muscles on either side of the neck, the pectorals muscle and the 1st Rib.

There are 3 main types of Thoracic outlet, these include:

Neurogenic TOS.

This is caused when the brachial plexus is compressed within the Thoracic outlet and accounts for 95% of TOS cases. Symptoms of this would purely be numbness/tingling and sometimes sharp pains that travel down the arm and into the hand.

Vascular TOS.

This occurs when one or more veins (Venous TOS) or arteries (Arterial TOS) are compressed. In this case the pain may also be associated with weakness in the hand/arm or even discoloration of the hand itself.

Nonspecific-type TOS.

A sub category of Neurogenic TOS and is Disputed by doctors but is distinguished from classic NTOS by a lack of objective findings on neurological examination.

How can we help with Thoracic outlet syndrome?

Manual therapy has been demonstrated in current research to be an effective way of improving the soft tissue abnormities that cause Thoracic outlet syndrome and will help in reducing the numbness, tingling and pain in patients with TOS.

At The Art Of Healing we pride ourselves on our bespoke approach to treating Thoracic outlet syndrome. We use a mixture of osteopathy, manual therapy, dry needling and the latest in orthopaedic and medical research for rehabilitation. These techniques have helped hundreds of patients at our clinic who have suffered with TOS.

We offer guaranteed same day hands on treatment with our expert team to give you relief from your symptoms and develop plans for future progression.


If you think you are suffering from Thoracic outlet syndrome and are looking for expert advice and treatment, we may be able to help. Book an appointment here, contact our team at info@theartofhealing.uk or Call us on 0203 146 6755.

Do you suffer with pain and tenderness around the outside of the elbow?

Have elbow pain when picking up or gripping objects?

Is it painful or stiff when stretching out the hand and fingers?

Then you might have tennis elbow, our expert Morgan tells us about Tennis elbow, (also known as lateral epicondylitis) and how we can help with the condition.

Tennis elbow is a painful condition of the elbow, where the extensor tendons (tendons that pull the hand and fingers up) pull on their origin site (the lateral epicondyle), which causes pain and tenderness around the area.

Tennis elbow is considered an overuse injury, caused by repetitive extension of the wrist and therefore is found more commonly in the dominant hand of that person.

Although it is reported that 50% of tennis players have presented with Tennis elbow at some point in their careers, other jobs that involve lifting and gripping heavy objects such as construction workers can also suffer with Tennis elbow.

How can we help?

Manual therapy has been demonstrated in current research to be an effective way of improving the soft tissue abnormities that cause Tennis Elbow and will help to reduce the numbness and tingling pain in in patients.

At The Art Of Healing we pride ourselves on our bespoke approach to treating Tennis elbow, which uses a mixture of osteopathy, manual therapy, dry needling and the latest in orthopaedic and medical research for rehabilitation.

These techniques have helped hundreds of patients at our clinic who have suffered with Tennis elbow.

One of our must successful modalities for treating Tennis elbow is our shockwave therapy. In
research, shockwave therapy has been found to help repair damaged tissue and reduce
inflammation. Shockwave therapy has a 70-80% success rate for those suffering with tennis elbow, even in those who have had the condition for a number of years.

We offer guaranteed same day hands on treatment with our expert team to give you relief from your symptoms and develop plans for future progression.


If you are suffering from Tennis Elbow and looking for expert advice and treatment, we may be able to help. Book an appointment here, contact our team at info@theartofhealing.uk or Call us on 0203 146 6755.

Are you suffering from back pain?

Have you recently been diagnosed with a herniated or slipped disc?

Looking for advice on the best way to recover from a herniated disc?

Morgan Thompson – our general practice and clinical osteopath, helps to explain the causes, and how to heal a herniated disc.

Herniated disk healing time

To understand a disc bulge healing time, we must understand the basic disc anatomy. A disc is a rubbery pad between the spinal bones that acts like a shock absorber to cushion the spine. From a bird’s eye view they look like a cross section of a tree, with concentric rings that get smaller the further you get to the centre. In the middle of the disc is a jelly-like centre called the nucleus proposa.

For a disc bulge to happen, the outer layers tear, usually from a combination of flexion and
rotation (biaxial force), this can then allow the jelly like matter to push through the layers and bulge out from the disc and causes the symptoms such as pain, sciatica or numbness and tingling in the foot.

Just like with any injury, healing time can be variable from person to person as people heal at different rates. The NHS quotes that a disc bulge can take between 6-12 months to fully heal. Although Harvard Health sights that 90% of cases will fully resolve within 6 months. This may seem like a long period of time but the discs and spinal joints have to support are weight constantly, even when we are resting or sitting.

How to aid recovery time from a herniated disc

There are however many ways to help with your discs bulge and aid recovery time. Eating a balanced diet that is rich in proteins and anti-oxidants can support new tissue regeneration, which can help with recovery time.

Exercises such as swimming, where the buoyance of the water can take the pressure off the disc and allow you to better move the joints increasing fluid exchange and aiding healing time. However, proper manual and physical therapy can be the difference between successful and unsuccessful; herniated disc healing and decrease the chance of re-herniation.

How can we help

Manual therapy has been demonstrated in the research to be an effective way of improving spinal mobility and reducing pain in patients with disc bulges and can aid in a person’s recovery time.

At The Art Of Healing we pride ourselves on our bespoke approach to treating disc bulges, which uses a mixture of osteopathy, manual therapy and dry needling to reduce muscle tension allow space for the disc.

We also pride ourselves on using the the latest in orthopaedic and medical research for rehabilitation and techniques, such as our new IDD machine (Intervertebral Differential Dynamics machine), which is a successful and trusted cost effective, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment for back pain, neck pain and related problems caused by disc bulges.

As a clinic we have helped hundreds of patients suffering with disc bulges and offer guaranteed same day hands on treatment with our expert team to give you relief from your symptoms and develop plans for your future progression.


 if you at suffering from a herniated disc and looking for expert advice and treatment, we may be able to help. Book an appointment here, contact our team at info@theartofhealing.uk or Call us on 0203 146 6755.

Are you suffering from jaw pain? Frequent headaches, neck pain or upper back pain? Do you grind your teeth at night or clench your jaw frequently?

If so, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, an extremely common condition that affects the jaw, head and neck and is often an underlying cause of recurrent symptoms of pain, headaches and migraines.

Our expert osteopath and sports therapist, Alienor Sandt gives the lowdown and advice on this pernicious problem.

temporomandibular joint dysfunction

Alienor – tell us more about temporomandibular joint dysfunction. What is the joint and what is the condition?

The temporomandibular joint, aka the TMJ, is located at the base of the skull in front of the ear and connects the lower jaw to the upper jaw. It essentially is responsible for opening and closing our jaw, for example when we chew or speak, or yawn.

The temporomandibular joint is basically like a hinge – that can work in two ways. The first way is to simply open and close the mouth, just like a hinge on a door. The second way is a sliding motion called translation, wherein your lower jaw moves down and forwards. This motion helps the joint to move backwards and forwards and from side to side for actions such as eating, yawning and singing – some of the most common.

Since the temporomandibular joint is so important and in constant use, it can be easily injured or put out of alignment.

TMJ dysfunction is an umbrella term for when people have jaw pain, and it can be caused by trauma, infection, teeth clenching, connected tissue disorders and disc misalignment, which by that I mean in the jaw we have an articular disc that lays between the two joints and that can get out of place causing the jaw to click and make a popping sound.

The joint is also a key cornerstone between the head and the neck, and so often it's accompanied by other symptoms, such as headaches and neck pain – which can often be an underlying cause of the TMJ dysfunction and vice versa.

What can be done to help with TMJ disorder?

“We offer a lot of treatment to help TMJ disorder, we can help with the realignment and we can help with the relieving symptoms by working around the joint itself.”

“At The Art of Healing, we use our hands to help with the joint itself and the muscles that have a huge impact on that joint. We work with the head and even the spine and those all around to make sure they are all working as they should be and not causing any pain to the jaw. We also use dry needling which helps the disorder.”

Do you have any success stories you had with TMJ?

“Yes, we have a very high success rate with temporomandibular joint dysfunction here at the clinic, we can help all patients that come to us. It does take time to treat, a few sessions are needed and also the longer a client leaves to get treatment the longer it takes to repair - we highly recommend seeing a specialist as soon as possible.”

One of our patients, David, kindly offered his testimonial for Alienor's treatment for his TMJ

“It's obvious that Alienor is clearly very passionate and good at what she does. From the very first treatment she was able to help me with my jaw and migraine issues using a combination of acupuncture (which I'd never had before) and osteopathy treatment. Alienor is gentle, kind and obviously cares a great deal about her patients. I'm feeling so much better- thank you!”

Find out more how Alienor or our amazing team of osteopaths, physiotherapists, massage therapists and acupuncturists could help with your temporomandibular joint dysfunction - call us today on 0203 146 6755 or book online at www.theartofhealing.uk

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