Marie Pearcey DC FMCA
Jacob Nowinski DC MMCA
Jeremy Pearcey [VTCT]
Imogen Majsai   [ITE]
GCC registered
MCA accredited
BUPA, HSA, PPP registered

MON: 9am - 6pm
TUE: 9am - 6pm
WED: 9am - 6pm
THU: 9am - 6pm
FRI: 9am - 6pm
SAT: 9am - 2pm
SUN: Closed
Also available for
home visits

(01273) 733177 info@hovechiro.co.uk

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Hove Chiropractic Clinic Ltd
2 West Way,
East Sussex

What to expect

Most of us have collected extra tension through the course of our lives, either from injury or surgery, our repetitive activities, or attitudes we have acquired along the way. These injuries and tensions form a pattern in our bodies. Exercise, and our mother's nagging to 'Stand up straight!' may help, but most of this patterning happens below our conscious awareness and becomes part of "who we are". These patterns become written into our muscular tensions, or skeletal form, and into our connective tissues.

The KMI approach is to free the binding and shortening in these connective tissues, (the "fascial network"), and to re-educate the body in efficient and energy-sustaining (as opposed to energy-robbing) patterns.

This process happens over a series of sessions. The KMI process has 12 separate and progressive sessions, although the actual number you need may vary. To begin these sessions, your KMI practitioner will talk over your history and help you set realistic goals for the process. He or she may take pictures of your body posture to have a record of where you started or may just examine your postural pattern with you in front of a mirror.

Most KMI sessions are done in underwear. Your comfort is paramount, but we need to get directly to the tissues that are restricting the free flow of movement. Much of the session work is done on a treatment table, though some moves are done on a stool or even standing.

The practitioner will contact tissues and ask you to move, thus freeing old restrictions and encouraging the tissues back to a freer place called for by your body's inherent design. You and your practitioner can work out how deep or how gentle you want the progression to be.

The sessions progress through the body: the first four sessions are generally more superficial, freeing the tissues on the front, back, and sides of the body and freeing the shoulders and arms from any binding to the trunk. The middle four sessions address the "core" of your body, working into the central stabilization muscles closer to the spine. The last four sessions integrate "core" and "sleeve" into your habitual movement (and address specific problems you bring to the table), leaving you with a lasting and progressive change.

What makes KMI different?

1) Although many people come to KMI and Structural Integration because of some kind of pain or restriction, the intent of this work is to get to the condition behind the immediate problem.

Eg. Many shoulder injuries are caused by the lack of support from the rib cage. What is the point of fixing the immediate problem if you don't at the same time moderate the cause? The KMI series is designed to progressively build support and balance throughout the structural system, so that there is a whole new 'frame' underlying your posture and movement, which can keep old injuries from coming back and help to prevent new ones from happening.

A KMI practitioner may or may not address right away the area where you are having pain or restrictions - the roots often lie at some distance from the presenting problem. It may take several sessions. In this way, KMI more resembles classical acupuncture or homeopathy or osteopathy - where the symptoms were secondary and building the 'constitution' is primary.

2) KMI work is not imposed on the client. The work should be on this side of the pain threshold, and the client and practitioner work out where the pressure and intensity level should be for maximum benefit. No good will come of 'grinning and bearing it' through an entire series.

3). The client moves during the application of the manual therapy. If you are lying passively on the table for most of the session, you are not getting the best work you can get.

4).Your KMI practitioner wants to hear about how the process is affecting you - physically, emotionally, in your exercise or other performance activities. Letting your practitioner know what's up is very helpful in getting the best work for you.

5). The KMI series is a project, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The idea is to create the conditions where the client is independent and stable on their own, not to create a long-term dependency on the therapist or continued work. Of course people come back for more work, but not on a continuous basis. This work does its best in short, intense periods of work, followed by longer periods of absorption. We want you, within a reasonable period of time, not to need us any more.

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