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PAIN !!! Relief!!!

Pain Relief Clinic - Isle of Man 

Everyone suffers pain some time or another, from sports sprains, trips, falls and lifts, but many suffer each and every day in abject chronic pain!

Learning to live with pain is not easy to do and relief is the minute by minute constant thought from these sufferers. Pain is of course very personal and the differing types of pain are many, ranging from constant aches to intense focalized pain. Many pain sufferers go the quagmire of severe depression and their whole life experience suffers to the point of almost being suicidal.

We have helped almost 100% of our patients and clients who have come to us suffering from the most horrific and abject pains, most of which is Sciatica, Frozen Shoulder, Chronic Back Pain, Knee Pain, Wrist and Elbow Pain among many and completed our therapy and followed our special exercises!

If you have found that long term and expensive trips to many therapists, Physiotherapist, Chiropractors and others cannot help any more, then for lasting relief, try us for Pain Relief that Works!

Do you suffer from horrific pains of Sciatica, Frozen Shoulder, Chronic Back Pain, neck and shoulder pain, Knee Pain, Sprains, Wrist and Elbow Pain among many.

At the Chempaka Pain Clinic and Inner Sanctuary on the Isle of Man, we actually specialise in treating these types of Pain Syndromes using specialist therapy techniques which include an array of specialist modalities.

Despite the variety of pain-management approaches available in today’s ever-expanding bodywork field, the therapeutic goal should remain the same: restoration of maximal pain-free movement within postural balance.

"The neuromusculoskeletal system must be assessed and treated as a whole, with muscle dysfunction considered in relation to the functional status of the whole motor system, including articular and nerve structures. Any change in the statics or dynamics of the distal trunk and lower extremities will, in some way, be mirrored in the function of the upper complex, and vice-versa."

Our Clinic has ultimately developed a highly advanced skill in Pain Therapy and the complete relief of abject pain syndromes. Then the treatment goes into advanced facial correction and skeletal alignment to get the body back into its proper form and correcting years of postural abuse in a lasting treatment together with training in gait and correct walking.

Our Clinic's very successful treatment protocol and techniques have helped hundreds of people, even coming from as far away as Jersey and of course the UK..

Dr. Stephen's highly developed skill in Intramuscular Stimulation, Myofascial release, Neural and Trigger Point Pain Therapy together with specialised Skeletal Alignment and Manipulation is sometimes augmented with Low Light Laser Therapy, Ultra Sound, Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Auricular Therapy, herbal and Vibrational Therapy, besides other ancient Chinese treatments.

Film Stars, Diplomats, Executives, office workers of all kinds, Police Officers, Ambulance and Careworkers, Firefighters, Builders, fishermen, housewives, and other equally hard working men and women have come to us and found that we helped them beyond their wildest dreams!!

These folks have often greatly suffered for up to 20 years in some cases, even with ongoing treatment from Doctors, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors and still live in pain and therefore, are ecstatic to find that we can not only help them get pain relief after only one session, but find that total relief is possible by returning and following up and carrying out our specialised exercise programmes.

We have an astounding 97 percent success rate on first time visits and 100% for those that follow up with therapy and resolutely follow our exercise protocols.

That is the revolutionary message of our breakthrough system for eliminating chronic pain without drugs, surgery, or expensive physical therapy and when followed has the gift of being Pain Free and we are proud to be able to utilize our system to help our patients carry on to regain their proper design form by teaching them the movements and then giving them homework to continue the treatment by themselves.

Many therapists work primarily with the muscles, bones and joints, (and TCM acupuncturists work with only traditional TCM protocols) as that is what they were all taught at their various schools and so tend to focus their studies and treatment only on those aspects.

However, it truly requires a broader understanding of the whole body and skeletal structures and have the experienced touch to be able work effectively on a remedial level and one that really works.

Unlike some therapists’ “one-routine-fits-all approach”, at Chempaka Inner Sanctuary and the Pain Relief Clinic, we explore posture, gait, lifestyle, stress factors, and individual needs and preferences, as well as the origin of aches and chronic pains to enable us to select the perfect personal treatments for your needs.

Rather than treat symptoms in isolation, it integrates the WHOLE person – body, mind and soul – to leave you pain free and feeling nurtured and relaxed on all levels.

Our specialised Massage (incorporating Sports Massage) also helps those that have been injured in their chosen sport and helps ensure that they can get back into shape in the quickest time possible.

 A muscle knot is a knotty patch of polluted tissue: a nasty little cesspool of waste metabolites, besides a nodule of muscle fibres caught in contraction within its sheath. No wonder they hurt, and no wonder they cause so many strange sensations: it’s more like being poisoned than being injured. Garden variety back pain is the best known symptom of the common muscle knot. However, knots also cause an astonishing array of other aches and pains, often in areas quite distant from the actual source knot and misdiagnosis is common.

When you say that you have “muscle knots,” you maybe talking about Myofascial Trigger Points. There are no actual knots involved, besides the localised nodule of muscle fibres caught in contraction within its sheath, but it is also a very complex chemistry within the contracted muscles and in the sheath. Although their true nature is uncertain, the dominant theory is that a trigger point (TrP) is a small patch of tightly contracted muscle, an isolated spasm affecting just a small patch of muscle tissue (not a whole-muscle spasm like a “charlie horse” or cramp). However, that small patch of knotted muscle cuts off its own blood supply, which irritates it even more causing isolated pain and radiating pain, often not even in the same area — a vicious cycle called “metabolic crisis.” The swampy metabolic situation and toxic centralization is why you have so much pain and can’t seem to isolate its source.

Even worse is a collection of too many nasty trigger points which is called Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS). Individual TrPs and MPS can cause a truly spectacular amount of discomfort — far more than most people believe is possible — as well as some surprising side effects. Our Trigger Point diagnosis and treatment helps locate and treat those points which often bring instant relief to other areas that “appear” to be the cause of the pain.

Muscle knot pain can be savage. Over the years I have met many people who were in so much pain from muscle dysfunction that they could hardly think straight. Is muscle pain “trivial”?

Not if you have it!

About 23 million persons, or 10 percent of the U.S. population, have one or more chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system. In the UK the figures are just as alarming and here on the Isle of Man we are also seeing a large percentage of the population living in chronic pain.

Musculoskeletal disorders are a main cause of disability in the working-age population and are among the leading causes of disability in other age groups.

Over 90% of our patients are "medical throw-aways" who come to our Clinic as a last resort after conventional medicine appeared to have failed.

Pain is increasingly recognized as a major health problem, which includes children and adolescents and will suffer chronic pain in their lifetimes.   

Epidemiological surveys carried out in many countries indicate that this is becoming more widespread.

People suffering chronic pain are at substantially increased risk of depression, anxiety, physical deconditioning, poor self-esteem, social isolation and relationship breakdown. Their reduced physical function and mobility can lead to loss of independence and they may not be diagnosed and treated for social anxieties that may have contributed to, or result from, their condition.

Accurately diagnosing and fixing pain is a rare talent and not something the average therapist learns how to do properly and most massage therapists do not know and do not learn in school. Most teachers can’t do it so it is only natural to assume that their students won’t graduate with that skill either.

If you are not experienced with having pain or can only relate to what you read in advertisements for different therapies then that statement might surprise you, but I can assure you it is very true.

Of all the things medical science has achieved over the years, successfully dealing with chronic pain is one area they have made very little headway at all. In fact I’d even go as far to say they have gone backwards over the past 50 years because they have introduced machines and surgery to do a job that can only really be done properly with skilled hands.

Not only have people increased the pressure on their body enormously with bodybuilding, fitness programs and sports, but they have combined that with much lower nutrition levels and a more sedentary lifestyle for the majority of their day. The big mistake most therapy’s make in their approach to fixing pain is that they only focus on the area of the body that hurts.

They treat symptoms, looking at the body as a sum of parts working independently of each other rather than as a whole where every different part of the body is working in unison. When you think about it, this is the approach of probably every form of therapy you can think of, especially conventional medicine.

Doctors prescribe a drug for s symptom. Physiotherapy advocates things like ice, a manipulation, stretching or strengthening the area where the symptom is felt.

A chiropractor or Osteopath adjusts a joint where the symptom is felt or triggered from. A masseur rubs the area that feels tight or sore and doesn’t know what to do if there is nerve involvement, so refers back to the Doctor, Physiotherapist or chiropractor.

And so the cycle continues and the poor pain sufferer keeps pouring money in to keep the wheels turning. It is often a case of: if they don’t fit the standard mold, refer them to their doctor which effectively puts them on a medical merry go round of drugs, PT and in many cases surgery, all of which are often unnecessary, often ineffective and rarely in the best interests of the patient.

Chronic pain over time causes stress and depression.

You might then be surprised to know that a huge contributing aspect of a body developing pain or problems is stress.

So the wheel keeps turning in a Catch 22.

When the stress levels are high the muscles become tighter and more inflexible, causing Trigger Points and pain that seems never to go away, which further causes more stress and then the circulation is affected and over time the muscle fibers become dysfunctional, while the body compensates, which causes slight posture changes and more muscles are doing the wrong work which they shouldn’t be doing, which causes more compensation, while the posture now really starts to seriously suffer and the patient can’t go back to normal and the pain just keeps getting worse!

One of the biggest problems I see today is that people don't maintain their body at a level that will keep up with their chosen lifestyle and as a result their body begins to break down with injury and illness from the stress that builds up. Everything that causes stress to the body will bring it that much closer to developing further problems.

This is why being able to recognise and properly deal with the root cause of someone’s stress is also such an important part of the therapist’s job of restoring wellbeing and taking away pain.

The fact that the body is connected and one area relies on all other areas in every way for both movement and support seems lost and the average massage therapist and others.

This specialized knowledge just wasn’t taught in their courses and most are indoctrinated the same way, perpetuated onwards.   

 There are however, a variety of therapies that have evolved around the phenomenon of placing a special pressure, for a sustained period of time, onto an area of excessive soft tissue tension.

For thousands of years the Chinese have had this very knowledge, while Western man was still dancing around standing stones to cure people. Acupuncture and Acupressure points often coincide with the more modern Trigger Points foundation and a concise knowledge of both is rare in a therapist. Intramuscular Stimulation and Neural/Nerve treatment derived from a mixture of old and new. Add to that Myoskeletal Alignment and Manipulation Techniques to get the body back into its natural alignment. 

This is where our clinic flourishes, having the in-depth knowledge of all those therapies, added with specialised body stretching has cured hundreds of agonised pain sufferers.

The effects of Intramuscular Stimulation, Acupressure, Myofascial release, Skeletal Alignment TPs’ and MET can be quite dramatic. 

As our Doctor is also a trained Psychologist we are also able to help ease stress and together with refined concentrated exercises and using specialized stress therapy to fight this final battle in being pain free!

Everybody knows that not every therapy works for every person in every situation which means one of our therapist’s key skills is to know which techniques, exercises and lifestyle changes are also required to treat a particular individual’s problem.

To do this properly, a specialized therapist needs to have a good understanding of the different options that are available and what sort of results each one will be able to achieve. Similar to what you would expect a G.P. to do rather than simply hand out a drug prescription. However, going back to our discussion on Trigger Points.

They certainly do exist but are generally dormant, if the body is in a good physical and emotional state, they will then all remain very calm and remain dormant. However, if someone has health problems, or is injured, strained or repetitively does something for long periods of time, or is under stress of any kind, then some or many of these Trigger Points WILL develop and activate.

Most times any pain or aching the person may actually feel is not a trigger point at all but a referred pain that stems from it, or them. 

The average person is not even aware of most of these points until a proficient therapist goes immediately to these points in a specific order and exerts a certain kind of pressure on them and then they suddenly feel pain there and are often very surprised at the number of places the experienced therapist finds.

Our skilled therapists will apply this special pressure on these points in a strict order of protocol and then follow by MET, deep and soft tissue massage to eventually neutralize the points correctly and ease all direct and referred pain.

At our clinic, we generally follow by acupuncture to assist in bringing back balance and harmony to the body. In order to deal with a patient’s pain, quickly and effectively, it is crucial that the body is looked at in a holistic way.

This includes evaluating the general health and strength of the muscle tissue, the mechanics of the individual’s body as to any imbalances that may exist, the lifestyle of the patient we are treating and of course the motivation of the patient as to their willingness to put in the required effort to help themselves and support the treatment we are providing.

Our therapists provide the tools, treatment and support but the patient also needs to take an active role in their own recovery for the ultimate results to be achieved. Being Pain Free!  

Myofascial pain syndrome is a common painful muscle disorder caused by myofascial trigger points.

A “muscle knot” is a trigger point: a small patch of muscle tissue in spasm

This must be differentiated from fibromyalgia syndrome, which involves multiple tender spots or tender points. 

These pain syndromes are often concomitant and may interact with one another

Chempaka Pain Relief Clinic

So what is Myofascial (Trigger Point) Pain?

According to Doctors Janet Travell and David Simons in their widely acclaimed medical textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, myofascial trigger points are tiny contraction knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked.

The Physiology of a Trigger Point

The part of a muscle fiber that actually does the contracting is a microscopic unit called a sarcomere. Contraction occurs in a sarcomere when its two parts come together and interlock like fingers.

Millions of sarcomeres have to contract in your muscles to make even the smallest movement. A trigger point exists when over stimulated sarcomeres are chemically prevented from releasing from their interlocked state.

A Microscopic View

The drawing is a representation of several muscle fibers within a trigger point. It’s based on a microscopic photograph of an actual trigger point.This particular trigger point would cause a headache over your left eye and sometimes at the very top of your head.

Letter A is a muscle fiber in a normal resting state, neither stretched nor contracted. The distance between the short crossways lines (Z bands) within the fiber defines the length of the individual sarcomeres. The sarcomeres run lengthwise in the fiber, perpendicular to the Z bands.

Letter B is a knot in a muscle fiber consisting of a mass of sarcomeres in the state of maximum continuous contraction that characterizes a trigger point. The bulbous appearance of the contraction knot indicates how that segment of the muscle fiber has drawn up and become shorter and wider. The Z bands have been drawn much closer together.

Letter C is the part of the muscle fiber that extends from the contraction knot to the muscle’s attachment (to the breastbone in this case). Note the greater distance between the Z bands, which displays how the muscle fiber is being stretched by tension within the contraction knot. These overstretched segments of muscle fiber are what cause shortness and tightness in a muscle.

Normally, when a muscle is working, its sarcomeres act like tiny pumps, contracting and relaxing to circulate blood through the capillaries that supply their metabolic needs. When sarcomeres in a trigger point hold their contraction, blood flow essentially stops in the immediate area.

The resulting oxygen starvation and accumulation of the waste products of metabolism irritates the trigger point. The trigger point responds to this emergency by sending out pain signals.

Referred Pain

The defining symptom of a trigger point is referred pain; that is, trigger points usually send their pain to some other site. This is an extremely misleading phenomenon and is the reason conventional treatments for pain so often fail. It’s a mistake to assume that the problem is at the place that hurts!

Travell and Simons’s research has shown that trigger points are the primary cause of pain 75% of the time and are at least a part of nearly every pain problem.

Trigger points cause headaches, neck and jaw pain, low back pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. They are the source of the pain in such joints as the shoulder, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle that is so often mistaken for arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, or ligament injury.

Trigger points also cause symptoms as diverse as dizziness, earaches, sinusitis, nausea, heartburn, false heart pain, heart arrhythmia, genital pain, and numbness in the hands and feet. Even fibromyalgia may have its beginnings with myofascial trigger points.

Luckily, the pain and other symptoms caused by trigger points occur in predictable patterns. When you know where to look, trigger points are easily located and deactivated with simple techniques of specially applied massage and manipulation.

Referred pain is felt most often as an oppressive deep ache, although movement can sharpen the pain. Referred myofascial pain can be as intense and intolerable as pain from any other cause, including surgery. Myofascial pain can do a very good job of mimicking a heart attack.

Many Forms of Referred Pain

Some more common examples of referred pain are headaches, sinus pain, and the kind of pain in the neck that won’t let you turn your head. Jaw pain, earache, and sore throat can also be expressions of referred pain. Another is the incapacitating stitch in the side that comes from running too hard.

Aching legs, sore feet, and sprained ankles are other examples of referred pain. Stiffness and pain in a joint should always make you think first of possible trigger points in nearby muscles that have been subjected to strain or overwork.

Pain in such joints as the knuckles, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, and hips are almost always nothing more serious than referred pain from myofascial trigger points.

Massage and manipulation of the trigger point flushes the tissue and helps the trigger point’s contracted sarcomeres begin to release. In dealing directly with the trigger point, massage is the safest, most natural, and most effective form of pain therapy.

With trigger point massage, myofascial pain can usually be eliminated immediately, or within three to ten days, dependent upon the intensity. 

Even long-standing chronic conditions can be significantly improved in as little as six weeks.

Muscles and Fascia

The anatomical charts we use today have really changed in more than a century, but we can see their limitations as we discover more and more about the fascial systems in modern day treatment. It appeared that the ancient Chinese had also discovered overall treatment, rather than just treating muscles themselves.

There is a layer of fatty adipose tissue that forms a single continuous layer surrounding the whole body. It adheres very strongly to the inside of the skin and also binds very strongly to the layer of the deep fascia along its inner surface. 

It is naturally thicker in some body areas like the abdomen and buttocks but much thinner in other parts like the lower arms, legs and over the skull.. This layer of superficial has its own nervous, vascular and lymphatic supply and can be considered as an organ itself. This fine matrix contains elastin fibres, which can stretch, and collagen fibres, which are inelastic but have great tensile strength.

Acting like a body stocking, it is apart of the whole body movement and can have its own distress, just like the deeper fascia, which envelops every muscle, bone, nerve, organ and cell in the body, connecting them all together.

Even muscles do not just end at the bone, which is what everyone thought, but it continues onwards to the other side to assist in the overall movement and check over reaching and stretching one set of muscles too much.

In fact all the muscles are really just chains that continue all around the body and are therefore, connected together. What happens to one set of muscles can also have an effect on other muscles.

We cannot simply treat one set of muscles or Trigger Points, but we have to follow a strict protocol of muscle strings and then also treat the surrounding superficial and deep fascia to allow the “whole” as it were to be freed.

Even the mysofascia is made up of complex systems that envelop the muscles, fibres and cells and more incredibly, the fascia develops in its own special way, according to each individual, but what is always the same is that when movement does not happen for a while, the fascia starts to form tiny fibrous bonds with the adjacent tissues.

We know this through stiffness in our muscles and joints. These easily melt away when movement does reoccur but tend to stick together when we sleep, or habit stops our movement or restricts it each and every day. Then we start to reinforce these unwanted bondings.

Couch potatoes, people working at desks are prone to this and the fibrous bonds start to strengthen and restrict movement. Massage will alleviate these bonds on muscles that have shortened, but when bonded in a stretched system of muscles, it is very hard to separate the bonds.

Without neural innervation, the muscular system is of course useless. We need a complex system of nerves to give the messages all our muscles and then to monitor the progress of what was required.

Many nervous systems carry on without our conscious thought and were learned since we were born, but other systems need our conscious input. These systems work together beautifully when we are fit and healthy, but tend to completely mess up if we have had pain and started to compensate in one way or another in our actions, or even stop working entirely through prolonged disuse.

Not only locally affected muscles are treated but perhaps more importantly Neuromuscular Techniques and Positional Release help the neuromuscular system and restore muscle tone.

This is where our specialized treatment works and when followed by our specialized exercises; will work for an overall cure of not only the pain, but its source.

Chempaka Pain Relief Clinic

At the Pain Clinic and Chempaka Inner Sanctuary we actually specialise in treating all forms of Pain Syndromes and reports of our numerous miraculous cures took in but one treatment are spread by the very patients and clients who have received such treatment.  

In some long term pain syndromes it is often found that the sufferer has shifted body positions to attempt to deal with the constant pain and unknowingly caused further complications by adjusting the body into an unnatural position, or by overly compensating. This compensation in turn causes bones, muscles, tendons and cartilage to deform the body actually causing yet more stress, more trigger point knots to form and thus, more pain and further deformity. In the case of severe deformities we aim to set the body back into its natural position by repeated treatments, specialised exercises and stretching of ligaments and muscles.

We know that poor muscle tone can lead to a variety of injury problems that appear to get worse as time goes on. If only the locally affected muscles are treated (as in many forms of massage) the real problem may remain! Our final specialised techniques are specifically aimed at influencing the neuromuscular system, which restores the normal muscle tone and restores your proper posture. This results in the pain finally for good!

It must also be understood that short-term muscle tone caused by emotional factors are quite normal, but long term depression, stress or unhappiness can become a significant factor in chronic muscle/posture problems.

The resulting compensation by the body's muscles can cause dramatic pain, which aggravates the psyche even more and the cylce is perpetuated. Massage can help in the short term, but of course specialised therapy can help in alleviating this syndrome and stopping the vicious cycle. Please ask for more information on this.

If you have ever suffered chronic pain of any kind you will know exactly what we are talking about but you might not know that many of these pains are completely treatable with our specialised knowledge and treatment.

If you are a pain sufferer you too might marvel at the ending, or easing, of that pain after only one treatment.

What would you give to end that pain?

Clients suffering from chronic pain are confronted by a unique disorder—a personal experience unlike any other physical malady. 

While an X-ray can confirm a broken bone and an infection can be detected by a simple blood test, there are no universally reliable tests available to measure pain levels. Because of this, many common musculoskeletal complaints are incorrectly assessed and treated.

To achieve a noticeable reduction of increased excitability in the neuronal pool, the pain-generating stimulus must be interrupted until the memory burned into the nerve cells has been completely forgotten

For many chronic-pain cases, a serial-type deep-tissue therapy works best when clients are seen twice weekly until hyperexcited receptors feeding the CNS are quieted. This process helps inhibit the chemical activation of pain at the site of its peripheral stimulation and often allows the brain to downgrade the condition and relieve protective spasm.

Dr. Stephen reinforces the body work therapy using IMS and nerve treatment which can return the body to its design way and gain control of the CNS nervous system.

Of course, successful management of chronic pain depends on much more than intellectual knowledge. It must be teamed with keen observation skills, patience, compassion, and a constant reminder that the healer is, ultimately, within each client

Tracy and Dr. Stephen only serve as helpful facilitators in the patient’s brain’s ongoing journey toward optimum health, and as Therapists we must learn to gratefully utilize the body’s innate self-regulatory system to help guide the therapeutic process.

Despite the variety of pain-management approaches available in today’s ever-expanding bodywork field, the therapeutic goal should remain the same: restoration of maximal pain-free movement within postural balance.

Wound Healing

Low-light laser and Infra Red can effectively speed up the healing process in wounds. By reducing inflammation and reducing the proliferation of the wound it is able to get to the healing phase quickly and also manages to reduce the formation of scar tissue.

For Hair Loss

By using a specific wavelength of light, blood supply to the scalp can be improved which will send more nutrients to the hair follicles and encourage the growth of new healthy hair.

Low-level laser hair restoration therapy accomplishes this by enhancing cell activity at the site of the problem. The wavelength used also encourages tissue repair and can help speed the healing of the scalp following hair transplant.

Chempaka Pain Relief Clinic

Contact us for more information on chronic pain and a system of therapy that is specially developed and tailor made for your own very special personal needs.

Pain Free and Happy!