When you first arrive at the clinic, you will be given a thorough, physical examination. This usually takes about an hour, after which your condition will be formally diagnosed.
Both the diagnosis and treatment require physical contact between Mr Luklinski and the patient. You will therefore be asked to agree to this, by signing a consent form.
During the examination, we will conduct a number of tests to determine (amongst other things):
- The location and severity of your pain;
- Whether you have pain in the buttocks and/or legs, or pain in the arms (radiculopathy), headaches, pins and needles…;
- The extent to which you can bend forwards, backwards, to the side.
The techniques used are entirely manual. Medical equipment is not used. We do not rely on imaging techniques (including x-ray, MRI scans and CT scans) because they are largely worthless in determining the exact cause of pain.
Following diagnosis, Mr Luklinski will give an initial estimate of the number of treatment sessions required. Each session lasts about 20 minutes. Many people are surprised by this, but the treatment is both highly effective, and highly efficient (in medical terms, the clinical efficacy is very high).
In general, spinal conditions are very complex so, even when a scan reveals an abnormality in bone or tissue structure, only a very limited diagnosis can be made. As a result, up to 80% of scans have no clinical value in terms of back pain.For example, virtually all scans are taken with the patient in a fixed position but most conditions are difficult to assess without moving the spine through several degrees of motion.
The treatment itself involves the application of pressure, rotation and manual traction to the spinal joints (again, the techniques used are entirely manual). All aspects of the treatment can be focussed very precisely, and safely, on individual joints and soft tissue. There are no sudden, violent movements. The exact level of force is carefully selected by Mr Luklinski, depending on the nature and severity of the patient’s condition (and the extent to which the patient has improved in previous sessions).
Immediately after the treatment, you should feel considerably better. Your range of movement should improve, and you will feel less pain. During the next 48 hours, your spine will react to the treatment and you will feel sore; however, this reaction is not the same thing as back pain. It will subside relatively quickly. After this, you should only feel the benefits.
Following an initial course of treatment (typically 4-8 sessions), the patient should notice a real, and measurable improvement in their condition. Mr Luklinski can also assess the improvement from a clinical perspective, and give an estimate of any additional treatment required (if any).
You are free to discontinue the treatment at any time, but most (if not all) of our patients are very impressed with the results, and complete their course of therapy. Following this, we recommend that you purchase the Backrack™ the orthopaedic spinal device invented by Mr Luklinski to mobilise the spine.
By lying on the rack and performing a series of exercises, you can reproduce most of the effects of orthopaedic, spinal mobilisation. Provided that you are diligent and follow the instructions given, you can treat yourself, helping your spine to improve and stay healthy.
THE SPINE CLINIC
The Luklinski Spine Clinic
Suite 17, Milford House
7 Queen Anne Street
London W1G 9HN
How do I get there?
The practice is just off Harley Street, on the corner of Queen Anne Street and Chandos Street. There are two entrances (one on each side), and both are equipped with entrance buzzers.
Approaching from Oxford Circus Tube:
Walk up Regent Street, towards Great Portland Place (north);
Turn left down Cavendish Place, towards Cavendish Square;
Turn right into Chandos Street.
The practice is at the end of Chandos Street. Approximate distance: 500m.
The best place to cross over Cavendish Place, is via the pedestrian crossing on the north side of Cavendish Square.
Approaching from Bond St Tube:
Exit the tube station and cross over to the far side of Oxford Street;
Turn right, and walk along Oxford Street;
Turn left into Holles Street, towards Cavendish Square;
Turn right, along the bottom of Cavendish Square;
Cross over the road at the pedestrian crossing;
Walk down the right hand side of the Square;
Cross over the Square on the the north side;
Walk down Chandos Street.
The practice is at the end of Chandos Street. Approximate distance: 750m.
Approaching from Regent’s Park Tube:
Turn left out of the tube station (up the stairs), along Marylebone Road;
Take the 3rd left into Harley Street;
Walk all the way down Harley Street;
Take the 5th left into Queen Anne Street.
The practice is on the corner of Queen Anne Street and Chandos Street. Approximate distance: 900m.
Mr Luklinski is an expert in spinal rehabilitation, with over 40 years of clinical experience. In 1973, he trained with Dr Cyriax (who first developed the principles of Orthopaedic Medicine); four years later, he trained in Perth, Australia, learning the techniques developed by G D Maitland (a leading practitioner in the field of spinal orthopaedic medicine).