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Back Pain Clinic - The Sogunro Practice in St Albans

About Osteolates


At the Sogunro Practice we believe life’s too short to go through years of pain and reduced quality of life. Many people suffer from the same recurring musculoskeletal issues that result in a cycle of chronic pain from muscle imbalance, scar tissue build-up and in some cases joint damage. Osteolates successfully uses a combination of innovative soft tissue treatment techniques, stretching and Applied Pilates rehabilitation exercise to help clients resolve chronic and acute musculoskeletal issues that other forms of treatments have not been able to solve. Our passion is to get you better as quickly as possible. So book an appointment and get back to your life.

There are 4 main steps to Osteolates treatment:

  1. We assess your issue and decide your treatment plan

  2. We apply specialist treatment techniques to accelerate the recovery process and improve mobility and stability

  3. We teach you Applied Pilates rehabilitation exercises to accelerate your recovery

  4. Throughout the process we give you simple practical advice giving you the knowledge to take control of and manage your recovery

We’ll explain the cause of your issue to you, help you understand the things you do in everyday life to make it worse, and give you advice on how to speed up recovery and prevent recurrence, because we want you to learn how to manage your issue. We won’t send you home with photocopies of standardised exercises because we have an excellent exercise facility here, where we will take you through a progressive exercise plan. And last of all we promise we won’t keep you coming back for endless treatments, if we think you need treatment that’s outside our scope then we’ll tell you.

The types of injuries that we commonly treat include:

  • General injuries: from gardening, lifting young children, minor trips and falls

  • Occupational injuries: repetitive strain injuries, lifting injuries, including prolapsed disc

  • Sports injuries: from recreational and weekend warriors to elite level professional athletes

  • Chronic over-use injuries: eg tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel

  • Muscle tension: stress or tension related pain or discomfort, like chronic neck pain or head-aches

  • Muscle imbalances: stiffness and pain associated with poor posture, eg facet joint syndrome

The key to faster and better results is “Don’t let your condition linger”.  The sooner we see you the better your outcome.
Here are two examples of why earlier treatment can avoid long term pain and dysfunction.

Torn muscle or over-use tendonitis

Firstly it’s important to seek early treatment so that we can stabilise the affected area to avoid further damage and to allow your body to start its natural process of laying down scar tissue to knit together the damaged tissues. At this early stage we may also treat the area around the injury to improve the circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote the healing process.

The next treatment stage involves controlling the growth of the scar tissue to prevent it from forming unwanted adhesions between adjacent tissues and rigid scars within the muscles – both of these are primary causes of chronic issues that persist years after the original injury has healed. We prevent these issues with a combination of manual and electrical techniques to break down excessive scar tissue, alongside prescribed exercise to keep the area mobilised and tissues conditioned.

Tension related pain such as neck or head-aches

Often when people get muscle pain they wait and see if it goes away; often it does, but sometimes it doesn’t. The problem with the “wait and see” technique is that, if the pain is caused by trigger points and these are left untreated, this can lead to muscle and nerve damage and to chronic pain.

Often found in the neck and back, trigger points develop insidiously from seemingly harmless occupational activities (holding a phone between the head and shoulder or sitting in an awkward position in front of a computer), recreational activities (bending your head for a prolonged period of time while knitting or reading), or from acute injury such as whiplash from a car accident.

A trigger point is a patch of very tightly contracted muscle which feels like a hard knot and causes the affected muscle to lose its elasticity. This causes stress on muscle tissue, on tendons and ligaments associated with the muscle, and if left untreated can cause long term symptoms ranging from agonising pain to restricted movement. The good news is that we are very successful at resolving trigger points and rehabilitating affected muscles – but don’t let it linger before you call us!

What types of treatment do we use?

The types of treatment we use will depend on the type and stage of an injury, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Manual STM/STR Therapy, Remedial and Sports Massage

  • Ultrasound

  • Hivamat 200 Deep Oscillation Treatment

  • Interferential Therapy

  • Dry Needling (with Acupuncture Needles)

  • Stretching

  • Kinesiology Taping

  • Exercise Prescription

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