Michael began his studies in January 2000, training in the art of Remedial Massage at the Northern Institute of Massage. Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. A remedial therapist must have knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to determine where, and how best to treat patients. Once he had received his Diploma, Michael enrolled onto the Advanced Remedial Massage Course. This taught advanced techniques. A further course followed in the use of Orthopedic Physical Examinations. There are many physical tests, or 'special tests', that are used by clinicians in physical therapy during an examination. These tests are used to rule in or out specific musculoskeletal problems.
In partnership with Rebecca, Newport Complementary Health Clinic was formed in 2002.
Year on year Michael has continued to build on his solid beginnings. Adding many more forms of therapy to treat the musculoskeletal system. From this continuous education he has become an accomplished therapist. Able to adapt his treatments to suit every kind of symptom a patient may present with.
Over the years Michael has attended many courses and seminars, including:
Manipulative and Mobilisation Techniques
"Rather than sit back and work with the tools I had, I strived to know more about how the body functioned, or better still, why it did not function as it should. Further training with The Northern gave me a deeper understanding of functionality and neurology. I trained in electrotherapy, Positional Release Therapy (PRT), Trigger Point Therapy (TPT), Soft Tissue Release (STR) with Mary Sanderson and specific joint diagnosis and treatment techniques with Professor Graham Smith amongst other courses. The knowledge gained from these courses, allows me to successfully address a wide range of conditions."
An 8 month course in Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) with The Association of Osteomyologists, allowed Michael greater understanding of spinal and joint dysfunctions and how to treat them, using a very gentle form of adjustment, which the body can easily maintain, allowing for fewer visits to the clinic. "Further studies with the Osteomyologists included Neurological Testing. These tests form part of my initial examination procedure to detect any signs or symptoms which may be related to the nervous system and its functioning."
Having many forms of treatment to pick from means Michael has become truly integrative in his approach to your health and wellbeing.
Conditions addressed by Michael include: migraines, tennis elbow, whiplash, postural pain, restricted range of motion, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve irritation, arthritic conditions, sciatica, pelvic alignment, repetitive strain injury, pain from muscular tension.
"To continually meet professional standards laid down by my associations, I am required to regularly attend Continual Professional Development seminars (CPD’s). Here, practitioners such as myself are encouraged to learn new skills that will enhance clinical practice. Continuing Professional Development includes reading and theory as well as practical education."
Michael is a member of the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) who are supported by the Department of Health. LCSP (London and Counties Society of Physiologists Register of Remedial and Manipulative Therapists). “I adhere to the codes of conduct laid down by these organisations, which give all practitioners strict guidelines on how to work with the general public in a professional and caring manner."