Connections Physiotherapy

Debbie Shannon - Chartered Physiotherapist


Whole-body approach...

My philosophy

To understand the concept that your body is integrated and linked together, imagine a three-dimensional knitted body shape! If there is a restriction or pull in an area, then there can be long distance consequences, so sometimes where you feel your pain is not the root cause of your symptoms.That's why the practice is called CONNECTIONS PHYSIOTHERAPY.

Often the aim of treatment is to achieve body symmetry. What do we mean by that? People watching is fascinating and if you observe the way people walk and the position of their shoulders, neck and hips, there are often differences from one side of the body to the other. Usually if this goes on for a long time then this can lead to joint irritation, muscle spasm, muscle imbalance and, of course, pain.

How do you achieve body realignment or symmetry?

By using gentle manual therapy techniques we can relax shortened or tight soft tissue and guide the skeleton back to where it should be. There is no forceful manipulation required to get this effect so the patient is always in control of the process. Your body, now in alignment, can relax. Often, you gain more flexibility in your joints and your pain usually disappears. This, of course, allows you to get back to work, sports or hobbies which is the aim of your treatment.


You will be asked many questions to ascertain a clear picture of your health, past and present. You will then be assessed and, on completion of this, Debbie will discuss her clinical findings. With your consent, therapy will commence and this often involves head to toe treatment so don't worry if you come in with a sore hip and Debbie starts with your head or neck!


Each treatment session is approximately 50-60 mins. For some patients shorter sessions are more appropriate.

An average course of treatment can range from one session to three, sometimes more, with an interval of two weeks between each treatment. It just depends on your clinical presentation. Most patients respond very quickly and even after the initial treatment, on walking out the door, they comment on feeling lighter, taller and more flexible.


All of the techniques that are listed below come under the umbrella of hands-on therapy.

Muscle Energy Techniques (M.E.T.)

This gentle technique allows the therapist and patient to work together through specific positioning to cause relaxation and lengthening of muscle groups which in turn allows the skeleton to be free to move back to its original position.

Evolved out of osteopathic procedures from the 1950s. No single individual was totally responsible for its inception however F.L Mitchell Senior is given credit for it. In the physiotherapy world a similar approach by the name of PNF(Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Fascilitation) is used.


The body is joined together by elastic connective tissue that looks like a lycra web. Have you ever looked at a portion of a chicken breast with the skin on? Under the skin is this stretchy web-like substance.

Through falls, road traffic accidents, repetitive movement patterns, surgery that leads to scars and even birth trauma, this flexible material can lose its stretch. This leads to restrictions in your movement and often leads to pain.

Myofascial Release aims to unwind tension in your tissues by changing the viscosity of soft tissue so that by gentle stretching of the tissues they become more pliable and more fluid. A bit like heating up custard - it becomes more runny!


Viscera is just another name for internal organs of the body so this treatment has been described as organ-specific fascial release.

In order to maintain good health, the viscera have to be able to glide and slide in their body cavities otherwise this can lead to aches and pains and sometimes organ dysfunction.

Jean Pierre Barral, a French osteopath and physiotherapist, has developed this approach.


Virtually all of the tissues in the body generate electrical fields when they are stretched or compressed. The pressure and the impulse of this technique creates a far-reaching effect, not only changing the area being treated but also other areas in the chain that are causing the problem.

The impact of this technique is thought to stimulate mechanoreceptors in fascial tissue and that in turn causes relaxation of muscle, fascia and viscera. It basically reprogrammes the neurological aspect of these structures.

Devised by osteopath Paul Chauffour, this gentle technique often has an instantaneous effect on tight, restricted tissue leading to an increase in joint mobility and a reduction in pain. The scientific hypothesis of how this works is thought to be due to neurological and piezoelectric effects.


Acupuncture can be used in the management of pain and inflammation by the insertion of small needles in highly specific areas of the body.

Physiotherapists base their treatments on scientific research and clinical evidence that acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord, producing natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep), serotonin (to promote well-being) and others.

These chemicals assist the body's healing processes and offer pain relief as a pre-cursor to other treatments such as hands-on therapy or exercise in order to promote recovery and improve quality of life.


You will be assessed in the quality of how you move. Sometimes with pain,muscles get inhibited, some overworked and an imbalance can be created without you even realising it and your body moves in patterns that over time can lead to pain and injury. You will be given movement exercises to restore that imbalance so that your nervous system is reminded of how the body moves in efficient ways.


This is an integral part of your recovery. Through exercises, advice on your day to day postures, we will devise a plan that is specifically suited to your needs. This in partnership with your hands on treatment, will help you to achieve the best and the quickest benefits from treatment.


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Debbie Shannon, a Chartered Physiotherapist, established Connections Physiotherapy in 2006 with the aim of providing a quality service to the local community and beyond. Most patients attend through personal recommendation.



The practice is based in Central Strathaven within walking distance from the Common Green so that those coming in public transport from East Kilbride or Hamilton have only a 5 minute walk.

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