Treatments and Services to help you Walk, Run, and Play Free
Treatments & Services to help you Walk, Run, Play Free
Acupuncture & Dry Needling
Acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles that go back nearly 2000 years. It looks at pain, illness and loss of function as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of traditional acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium or balance. At Live Free our chiropractors use acupuncture and dry needling as a stand alone therapies or in addition to other manual therapies to provide the best possible care for the patient.
Ultra-fine single use disposable sterile needles are inserted into specific points along the body. Needling may provide pain relief, relaxation of muscles, improved sleep, improved circulation, increase energy and reduce swelling. Current research has supported the benefits of acupuncture for problems such as tension type headaches, low back pain, nausea, migraines and osteoarthritis especially of the knees. If unsure whether acupuncture can help, call us to discuss which therapy might best suit your needs 0208 780 0898. Our acupuncture/dry needling therapists are Nicole and Kathy
Active Release Techniques®
ART® is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be addressed with ART. Dr. Leahy started Active Release Techniques® over 30 years ago when he was working with elite athletes as a way to treat soft tissue disorders so they could get back to peak performance as quickly as possible.
Every ART® session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART® provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. There are over 500 specific moves unique to ART® allowing providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. To learn more visit www.activerelease.com. Our ART® Therapist is Nicole.
KINSTRETCH: A movement enhancement system that develops maximum body control, flexibility and USABLE ranges of motion.
The KINSTRETCH system is one born out of scientific research. All of the movements and training techniques have been selected based on a meticulous and rigorous investigation of evidence, conducted by physical conditioning and medical experts, as it pertains to body control, injury prevention, joint health, and physical longevity.Unlike many training systems, KINSTRETCH practice is complete with a self-assessment system allowing you the ability to monitor your own body for dysfunction that may be causing pain, loss of performance, or that may be putting you at an increased chance of injury.
All certified KINSTRETCH Instructors are also certified in Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)® making them extremely knowledgeable in human movement, biomechanics, and body control development. That means that your KINSTRETCH instructor is highly trained in spotting, and correcting dysfunctions in your body as you practice. Nicole is Live Free’s Certified Kinstretch Instructor and to learn more about Kinstretch visit www.kinstretch.com
Functional Range Assessment (FRA)®
Functional Range Assessment is one of the courses provided by Functional Anatomy Seminars which is a system of assessment, therapy and mobility training created by Dr Andreo Spina in Toronto, Canada.
FRA specifically provides a framework to directly assess joint health, dysfunction and compensations that are present in so many of us in our modern worlds. It also looks at and assesses the nervous system and the control it provides over our frame as often the issue is not only a lack of motion or mobility but also a lack of control or neurological integration and feedback. FRA focuses on the specific ranges of motion in each joint both in a passive and active context within the context of our central nervous system. To read more about FRA click here. At Live Free our FRA therapist is Nicole
Functional Range Release ®
Functional Range Release® is a comprehensive system of soft tissue assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation that was designed using the most current scientific knowledge to ensure the highest quality care. FR® not only functions to treat injuries, but is also used to improve the quality of a person’s movement, as well as to promote joint health and longevity.
Certified FR® practitioners undergo extensive training in soft tissue palpation, treatment and rehabilitation as well as a detailed look at the scientific literature pertaining to tissue health and injury.
FR® providers are masters at the art of palpation and are efficient at locating and defining your problem, translating into better treatment application. Once the abnormal tissue is located and defined, FR® practitioners utilize specific manual release protocols to correct the problem. This will include reducing abnormal tissue tension, improving healing, increasing range of motion/flexibility, reducing pain, and improving function. In addition to this manual treatment, they teach you take home exercises specific to your particular condition that will expedite the healing process and ensure that the problem does not recur.
FR® used in combination with FRC® is a complete system that addresses dysfunctional tissue, aberrant motion and biomechanical dysfunction. Together FR® and FRC® provide a complete framework for optimising joint health and movement. To learn more about Functional Range Release visit www.functionalanatomyseminars.com. Our FR® therapist is Nicole
Functional Range Conditioning ®
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC®) was developed by world-renowned musculoskeletal, and human movement expert Dr. Andreo Spina. FRC® is a system of joint health, and mobility training based in scientific principles and research.
Mobility refers to the amount of USABLE motion that one possesses across a particular joint. The more mobile a person is, the more they are able to maximize their movement potential safely, efficiently, and effectively. The FRC® system has been shown to improve mobility, flexibility, movement, health and strength of joints, balance and body control, decrease injury rates and improve athletic performance.
FRC® System addresses ‘tightness’: So often we find patients coming in with ‘tightness’ in their shoulders, hamstrings or back. The tightness felt by the patient is real but the cause is often not known. Ever had a massage or foam rolled for an hour to find that the ‘tightness’ or ‘inflexibility’ has returned almost immediately? Often this is due neurological tightness or is a compensation for abnormal joint function. What do we mean by neurological? Well our nervous system controls the tension in muscles and many things can increase that neurological drive to a muscle – if you treat a neurological issue with a manual massage technique the tightness will only return. If the issue is an underlying joint dysfunction, then again the tightness will return. FRC® system addresses both neurological tightness as well as underlying joint dysfunction to get to the root cause of your tension. To learn more about Functional Range Conditioning visit www.functionalanatomyseminars.com. Our FRC® therapist is Nicole
Massage therapy uses many techniques to manipulate and relax the muscles of the body. It can be done deeply, therapeutically and in a relaxing fashion to help not only release tension but also calm the mind. Our therapists are trained in different techniques including but not limited to sports, deep tissue, holistic, pregnancy and relaxation massage. Your therapist will assess your individual condition and treat specifically according to your current state of health. They may even prescribe exercises for you to do at home that will help to improve results. Massage can be used for specific conditions or injuries but can also release tension and improve general health and wellbeing. Our massage therapists are Matthew and Cristina. At Live Free we offer the following types of massage:
Sports – Deep Tissue -Holistic – Pregnancy – Indian Head
Chiropractic care during and after pregnancy can provide safe, effective, and drug-free conservative care to relieve pain, by decreasing pressure on the joints, muscles and nerves of the spine and pelvis. Pregnant women are often reluctant to take any over-the-counter pain relief or medication, so they often turn to chiropractic care to help alleviate pains associated with pregnancy. In addition, we can also offer lifestyle advice, especially postural, nutritional and exercise advice.
At Live Free we strive to offer all types of massage and during the long 9 months of pregnancy it can be very beneficial and provide one with relaxation, pain relief from muscle aches and help pregnancy run more smoothly. Our massage therapists have additional courses specifically in pregnancy massage and know when and where to apply pressure with keeping the safety of mum and baby at the forefront. We generally do not recommend pregnancy massage until the 12th week of pregnancy and you can have massage all the way up till your due date and beyond. The further along you are in the pregnancy changes the position to be massaged in, as you bloom we will have to treat you side lying and provide all the pillows, supports to make you comfortable on our massage tables. Our current massage therapist with pregnancy qualifications are Matthew and Cristina.
Physiotherapists are first-contact practitioners with highly developed clinical reasoning skills, who treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Physiotherapy involves a comprehensive assessment and clinical diagnosis of your issue, followed by a course of treatment tailored to your needs and goals. It aims not only to treat the presenting symptoms, but also to identify the underlying cause of the problem, so as to relieve pain, restore movement and function, and prevent further problems in the longer term. Physiotherapy treatment incorporates a combination of manual (hands-on) therapy and exercise-based rehabilitation. Education and advice plays a vital role to help clients understand their problem, and allow them to self-manage both now and in the future. Our physiotherapist is Nicole Oh.
Psychotherapy & Counselling
Both Psychotherapy and Counselling fall under the umbrella term of ‘talking therapies’ where you the client works with a therapist to explore emotions, thoughts, feelings and one’s state of mind. The way we think can have a dramatic impact on not only our mental health but also our physical wellbeing. Our therapists at Live Free use a variety of techniques depending on the person and the individual situation. The focus is on you the client, and providing you with a safe, secure environment to explore your mental health in a way that creates lasting change. Often you will meet your therapist on a weekly basis but each person is unique as is the therapists process. Sessions can be done one to one, in small groups or as couples. Our therapists at Live Free are Sabu and Paula.
Nutritional therapy can be so much more than instruction on how and what to eat. Using inspiration from the functional medicine model of health care, which is an evidence based approach, looking at people as individuals and focuses on identifying imbalances. Our nutritionists use thorough consultation, assessment and diagnostic tools to identify the root cause of your nutritional imbalances. With specific lifestyle and nutritional recommendations together we create a plan is both achievable and that suits your lifestyle. Our Nutritional Therapists are Susan and Isabelle.
Based on the key principle ‘the healing power of nature’, Naturopathy suggests that the body has its own innate ability to heal itself. Therefore, by living in accordance with nature, (eating fresh food; drinking clean water; resting and getting outside into the fresh air and sunshine), the vital force of nature can flow through the body, ensuring optimum health.
Modern living has however disconnected us from nature so Naturopathy today uses testing and other assessment tools to get to the root cause of problems which are preventing this innate healing ability. A diverse range of natural holistic therapies are then used to bring the body back into balance, including Nutrition, Herbal medicine, Homeopathy, Flower remedies, amongst others. Our Naturopath at Live Free is Susan.
Reflexology is a popular and relaxing treatment based on the principle that reflex points on the soles, tops and sides of the feet correspond to areas throughout the body. In this way the feet can be seen as a map of the body. Reflexology works on the reflex points with thumbs, fingers or knuckles, using specialised massage techniques that help to correct imbalances throughout the body. There are approximately 7200 nerves in the body that can be stimulated by reflexology massage. Our bodies do most of the healing and reflexology initiates and stimulates that natural healing process. Our reflexologists are Leo and Dejan.
Osteopathy is a hands-on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the body’s structure and function are intrinsically related. Osteopaths use manual treatment that aims to increase mobility, relieve muscle tension and enhance blood and nerve supply to dysfunctional areas, reducing the body’s inflammatory response and, in turn, reducing pain.
Osteopath’s take a comprehensive case history followed by appropriate examination and testing which helps them formulate the basis for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Osteopathic techniques include; mobilisations, manipulations, stretching, soft tissue techniques, exercise prescription and lifestyle advice.
Osteopathy can help a variety of complaints; from muscular aches, neck pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, sports injuries and headaches, to postural changes caused by driving, work strain and pregnancy. Our Osteopath at Live Free is Sophie.
The Japanese word Reiki means ‘Universal Energy’. Eastern medicine has always recognized and worked with this energy which is vital to well-being and can be activated for the purpose of healing, bringing balance and harmony on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It is a gentle, non-invasive treatment that may be used safely alongside allopathic and holistic health care expanding treatment options.
During a Reiki treatment you will lie comfortably and the practitioner places their hands gently on or over the body allowing Reiki energy to flow to you. There is no pressure, making it ideal for helping the elderly, pregnant women and those recovering from surgery. Reiki can help with stress related conditions, recovery from illness, relief from pain, anxiety and poor sleep quality. Our Reiki therapist is Leo.
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation: a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened awareness. In a hypnotic trance we are more open to positive suggestions to change our behaviour to the way we want it to be. Clinical hypnosis takes our cognitive processes, values and events that are already part of us and utilises them to create positive change. We can experience hypnotic like trances in everyday events when we are daydreaming or on autopilot, often experienced when dreaming about being on a lovely holiday or going on a familiar car journey. The therapist can refocus your attention in a more optimistic and positive state to direct you to positive change. Hypnosis is not sleep and you will always be in control. Hypnotherapy can be beneficial if you are experiencing signs of anxiety, depression, IBS, sleep problems or addictive behaviours. Our hypnotherapist is Paula.
Custom Fitted Orthotics
Foot orthotics or insoles are a liner placed in normal shoes that helps to control the way your foot functions. They can also help compensate for some deformities or anomalies and offer relief for foot and/or lower limb pains.
Our feet were originally designed to walk, run and play on soft natural surfaces such as sand, grass and earth but today many of our surfaces are very hard such as pavement or flooring. These hard surfaces can lead to poor alignment of the feet and can lead to de activation of many foot muscles which in turn can lead to knee pain, low back pain, foot pain and much more. The aim of an insole is to support the feet, correct improper biomechanics and restore balance. Our orthotic specialist is Nicole.
A bike assessment looks at the athlete both on and off the bike, with the aim of treating or preventing injury, and improving performance, efficiency or comfort.
The assessment starts with questioning and physical examination (specific to cycling), followed by observation and biomechanical analysis of your cycling style. The session may then involve making minor adjustments to your existing bike or cleats, teaching you correct riding posture and techniques to offload certain structures, or giving you advice on riding and training. Some off-the-bike work may be beneficial (or even essential), such as corrective exercises for muscle activation, movement retraining, strengthening or stretching, which can be addressed in follow-up sessions. Our cycling assessor is Nicole Oh.
Bioenergy healing is close relative to traditional Reiki. The main difference between Bioenergy healing and Reiki is that Bioenergy practitioners use defined protocols for specific health conditions and that one session consists of successive treatments over 4 days. Bioenergy uses the life sustaining energy of the universe to balance the energy within the body and create healing.
The practitioner does not use his or her own energy, but rather directs bioenergy from the universe. It is said that the bioenergy contains all the information the body needs to heal itself. The bioenergy will be specifically directed to the part of the body where it is needed or removed from areas of excess. In essence, the biotherapist is not the actual healer but rather the client’s own body will heal itself after bioenergy sessions. Our bioenergy therapist is Dejan.
Kinesiology/sports tape is a special tape that has stretch in one direction giving support to structures whilst still allowing for full range of motion. At Live Free we use and supply Kinesotape® which is the original brand of kinesiology tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan over 30 years ago. This ‘stretchy’ tape can be use for many things from swelling and inflammation to functional correction or structural support.
Whether you have sprained an ankle, need support for your next competition or improved sense of awareness to an area Kinesiotape® can help. We use the tape to support you, provide pain relief, activate or inhibit muscles and get you moving through full range of motion and back to sport. Our taping specialists are Nicole and Khalil.
Yoga therapy aims to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge to address specific human ailments especially chronic in nature. Traditionally, the therapist will use yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. Modern yoga therapy covers a broad range of therapeutic modalities, incorporating elements from both physical therapy and psychotherapy. It tries to address the illness or discomfort in a holistic, multi-dimensional way by using non-invasive and complementary tools. It can be used to manage the illness as well as encouraging healing at all levels to deliver physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance. More details on at Vera’s website. Cost of a session 75 minutes (£75) or 90 minutes (£90), full home practice will be taught at the session and a block of sessions can be booked at a discount of 6 sessions for the price of five. Yoga Therapy is done by Vera Dubrovina.