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Podiatry

Correct alignment and function of the foot is fundamental to achieving optimum performance and reducing the risk of injury. The use of custom made insoles can assist in this by restricting or improving the function of the foot and ankle. They work alongside the other treatments prescribed by your therapist.

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The Bite and the Sacrum

Problems with the temporomandibular joint can produce symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, pain at the jaw, the cheeks, the eyes or the face, clenching or grinding the teeth at night or under stress. It can cause a change in pressure of your bite and pain in your teeth.

The movement and balance of this joint is dependent on a number of things. This includes the correct alignment of the lower part of the body in particular the pelvis and sacroiliac joint. By working with the pelvis and lower back we aim to create a stable base for the rest of the body to work . Treatment often requires a combination of therapies and practitioners and success is more likely if we work in partnership with your dentist.

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Effects of Growth

Children’s tendons and ligaments are generally stronger than the part of the bone they insert into. With trauma therefore it is more likely that the bone will be damaged before the tendon or ligament.

During growth spurts a child’s musculoskeletal system is at its most vulnerable as the imbalances of strength and flexibility and the changes which will be occurring in the bones, will be at their maximum.

Repetitive stresses which occur at this time can give syndromes such as Osgood- Schlatter’s, Sinding-Larson and Seiver’s. Although these occur in different places in the body, their mechanism of injury is similar.

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Leg Length Differential

People with a misaligned pelvis can often have an apparent leg length differential. When there is a difference in leg length it is common that the mechanics of the foot become altered giving problems such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles pain. It may be that insoles are required however we would advise a podiatry assessment only after alignment of the sacroiliac joints and lower back has taken place.

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Pelvic Alignment

Pelvic misalignment and instability is a major cause of back, buttock, hip and knee pain as well as many other related musculoskeletal issues.

When the pelvis is out of alignment then the spine does not sit correctly. The resultant forces can compromise the lumbar discs and cause neurological symptoms. Uneven weight transference can cause irregular wearing of a hip joint …and so forth.