Our patients are people of all ages and backgrounds who seek us out because they suffer pain that has impacted their quality of life.
We diagnose the condition of their affected muscles, tissue, and joints and, through manual techniques, provide them with an effective treatment plan including exercises to prevent future pain.
We are honored to have helped so many achieve relief and a healthy return to the active pleasures of their daily lives.
What We Do
BritPT Wellness Solutions Founder Lorraine Kingham enjoys a widespread reputation for her deeply intuitive ability to identify the cause of her patients’ pain. After a comprehensive evaluation, she and her team develop a personalized treatment plan that provides relief and, usually, a surprisingly quick return to the activities of daily life.
Lorraine focuses on “unraveling” her patients’ muscle, joint, nerve, and soft tissue issues so that they can be effectively treated, and provides preventive care to avoid future pain. She works closely with the treatment team to ensure that the patient understands and participates in each step of the healing process.
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While every patient is different, BritPT Wellness Solutions’ proven process is similar for all. It includes a comprehensive patient evaluation, an accurate diagnosis, and a treatment plan designed to most effectively and efficiently provide relief. The treatment plan may include a range of manual therapies, dry needling, and other modalities with the most potential for success based upon the patient’s unique situation. With each visit, the patient is re-evaluated by a PT and the treatment plan updated to reflect the patient’s progress toward recovery. Upon completion of their treatment, patients are given a toolbox to help avoid pain in the future. If patients are unable to continue the preventive steps, or become re-injured, they are encouraged to return to treatment for a tune-up. Quarterly tune-ups are recommended for all patients unless there are other specific treatment requirements.
Identifying the cause of the pain is the most important step in developing the most effective treatment plan. An accurate diagnosis requires comprehensive evaluation of the body. All the painful structures and many non-painful structures are manually palpated, tissue length and strength are assessed, neurological screens are standardly performed, and body type and posture are carefully evaluated. Consequently, patients are examined in sports type clothing to allow easy access to the affected areas.
The evaluation allows us to identify the true source of the pain, and the reasons why it is occurring. A correct diagnosis requires more than the physical examination. It also includes asking questions about a patient’s lifestyle, daily activities, repetitive motions, previous illnesses and injuries, and other factors possibly impacting their pain. Once all these elements have been considered, the diagnosis is made.
Once the mechanical problems have been identified, they are addressed through manual techniques aimed at restoring as much of the original integrity of the tissue or joint structures as is possible, therefore minimizing the potential for future compensations and the problems that these can cause. Exercises for strengthening and flexibility are prescribed for the patient to continue at home between sessions.
While we love seeing our patients, we are even happier when we have determined they are pain-free and have successfully completed treatment. Beyond that the patient is better empowered with a working knowledge of their issue and its causes. We are pleased that for most patients, that occurs after four to six visits for an acute issue. We always encourage them to come back to us first should the pain return or a new injury occur. It’s always a good idea to schedule a “tune-up” as a part of your preventive care program. We recommend quarterly tune-ups to get ahead of any potential sources of pain that may occur.
Knowledge is power, and the greatest gift we can give our patients is a better understanding of their body, how it works in good balance, and how it can be protected from injury. That’s why all patients receive specific instructions based upon the causes of their pain and are encouraged to address any habits that continue to feed the pain cycle. We provide guidance in developing personalized workout programs based upon body type and length vs. strength ratios. When appropriate we will refer our patients to trusted local experts to help develop progressive workout and training programs to reach their personal fitness goals.
Everyone at Brit PT Wellness Solutions is committed to your recovery. We work as a team to help your through the healing process and are in constant communication regarding your progress. You are the center of the treatment team. While we have helped thousands of patients find relief from pain and return to their active lifestyles, in every case, the most successful outcomes resulted with patients who were fully engaged in their treatment plan. We know that at times it is difficult and often uncomfortable to undergo treatment and continue your exercises at home. We ask that you tell us if you are frustrated with your progress and together we can explore ways to help you recommit to your recovery.
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Trigger Point Management Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy involves the treatment of painful, tense areas that are found in muscles and fascia, the fibrous connective tissue that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Myofascial trigger points can be found anywhere on the body and are one of the most common causes for chronic musculoskeletal pain. The goal of Trigger Point Therapy is to release these painful and tense points.
Dry Needling is a very effective form of Trigger Point Therapy during which your specially qualified therapist will gently insert a thin solid hypodermic, sterile needle into trigger points in the muscles and the fascia. Some points will be locally tender, and other areas will be addressed because they indirectly affect the problematic area. Others will be in locations referring into the painful area. The pinprick action stimulates oxygenation of the contracted muscle fibers and the fascia, reducing inflammation, improving blood circulation, and reducing the local tension in the tissue. The action also produces a short contraction of the taut band, known as the local twitch response. The local twitch response is often described by patients as a pleasant "good pain" with a sense of release.
Most patients are pleasantly surprised by the experience, feeling a cramping, pulling sensation rather than a sharp needle. Although there is some discomfort during the process, 85-95% of our patients return and request additional dry needling therapy based upon their satisfaction with the pain relief and increased function it produced. The positive results can be far-reaching, even for chronic pain sufferers with significant X-Ray and MRI changes. Several of our patients who have had multiple level fusions and complex spinal surgery or joint replacements are enjoying less pain and increased movement and function than they have had in years and credit this progress to their dry needling therapy.
Massage is the manual manipulation of soft tissue. At BritPT, we use massage to encourage blood flow after a more progressive treatment such as Dry Needing has been utilized. Your experience at BritPT will be different from that at a massage therapist’s office as it is one component of the overall treatment plan.
Myofascial Pain Treatment
This treatment is directed at deeper connections between the muscular and fascial systems. Fascia contains muscles, divides them, and runs in continuous lines of connection from head to toe in functional patterns. We frequently use manual therapies to identify and release patterns of restrictions and pain along these lines.
Joint extensibility or stabilization
During this type of therapy, painful joints are manipulated in slow movements described as oscillations which tend to “ease” the joint into improved biomechanics. Many patients who have joint issues but feel uncomfortable with the chiropractic approach to their problem may find these techniques to be a more tolerable alternative. The soft tissue aspect of joint restrictions is also addressed with an array of techniques to reduce scar tissue, increase pliability of the tissue, restore the excursion of the joint capsule, and normalize the length of the ligaments where possible. The supportive musculature may also be addressed, and, as a result, the joint will move more normally with its movement massaging the synovial membranes and improving joint circulation, nutrition, and lubrication. These are the factors that slow the formation of arthritis.
Yoga is a wonderful and gentle movement system incorporating stretching and strengthening of the body. There are many styles of yoga, but our small classes are designed to introduce patients and their friends who have had pain and limitations. This is a respectful way of using slow and mindful movements to gain better awareness of how to support the body through practice. Practiced mindfully, yoga is truly the best form of preventive care you can follow to maintain flexibility and balance throughout your life.
We offer guidance on many types of relaxation techniques. The first level of relaxation training is often simply acknowledging the difference in your body before and after sessions in which we remove physical tension and tightness through trigger point management or manual therapies. We may help you learn breathing techniques, guided imagery, or techniques to help sleep and calm the nervous system. Sometimes we use specific techniques such as Reflexercise. Our team focuses on your body and the unique stresses that hinder your attempts at relaxation as they help you find a technique that works best for you.
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The Healing Process
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