Purbeck Rehab

The Treatment :Little things really do matter......

In Clinic

Our services focus primarily on two areas: Pain & injury resolution and sport performance enhancement.

At Purbeck Rehab, we use a number of specialised techniques to eliminate pain, improve performance and restore healthy movement. At the heart of our mission is a profound desire to resolve your pain and restore your quality of life in as few visits as possible. Our integrated therapy sessions are like nothing you have ever experienced. We don’t just treat the symptom but try to find the ‘cause’ in your history of previous traumas/injuries and movement assessment.

Lets face it, we all need to move. The little things really do matter. From hanging out the washing, mowing the lawn, brushing your teeth, dancing to music, playing a musical instrument, rolling over in bed, drawing a breath, unclipping a bra strap, lifting a child, hanging, walking, pulling, pushing………..What do all these things have in common?


Emotions can run high when we can’t move to our full potential or perform day to day tasks because of pain. It can leave us with many questions.

Why does the left side of my back hurt and not the right?
Why when I have the muscles on the left side of my back released, does the work not hold?
Why does the tension return?
Why is everyone quick to treat the sight of pain, but doesn’t consider the bigger picture?

Perhaps you haven’t asked these questions yet, but maybe you should!

Pain is a messenger that there is a problem but it doesn’t provide us with the finer details as to where the problem is, or why? Is the sight of pain the cause? Or is the pain a symptom of a greater problem? How can we find this out? What controls movement?

The Brain

It is a common misconception that movement patterns are stored in the muscles. Some people call this muscle memory, and therefore when experiencing muscle pain the therapy involves releasing the soft tissue only (hardware).

In fact, movement patterns are stored in the brain (software). We must integrate therapy to address making change in the movement patterns in the brain if we want to overcome pain and movement challenges.

The body moves in patterns that are responding to a signal of intent sent by the brain. The Motor Control Centre located in the cerebellum (little brain) is where all movement patterns are co-ordinated. It is directed by the limbic system (emotions) and cerebral cortex to not only create movement patterns (such as when a baby learns to stand) but also to create substitute movement patterns when we are injured.

For example, if you wanted to pick up an item from the floor, first the motor control centre receives information from the limbic system (“fill my needs”) and then the cerebral cortex (“take this route”) before passing the information to the spine (“do it”) and the musculoskeletal system (“doing it”).

The motor control centre can learn movement patterns based on your history of movement, repetition, injury, emotion, compensation, failure.

A good example is a child who is learning to walk. Every successful attempt and failure is an experience for the brain to determine the most efficient way to perform the task at hand.

The brain is an organ of survival, always doing its best to take the path of least resistance.

Injury trauma, surgery, body modifications, fatigue, all offer potential resistance to fluidity and balanced movement patterning and therefore compensations must take place and this leads to movement dysfunctions and pain.

Are you sick of chasing the same old symptoms? Tired of spending money on therapy for the same old treatment? Never getting to the bottom of why your pain keeps returning? Never explored an old injury or surgery years ago could be influencing your movement patterns today? Reached performance plateau? Want to learn drills specific for your body to improve performance and efficiency?

Perhaps its time to try something new and have your motor control patterns assessed with Neurokinetic Therapy, PDTR, SFMA and Anatomy in Motion.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Albert Einstein