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It was a knee injury that happened over four years ago. Having been a national level runner for some years I was used to injuries. This one, however, was different. It did not recede with treatment. I had tried various practitioners both in London as well as Edinburgh but none had the answer despite lots of sessions and various recovery exercises.  It was put down to ‘getting older’ or ’wear and tear’.  I wasn’t able to even run for a bus. For someone who used to train twice a day and up to 100 miles a week, this wasn’t how it was meant to be.  Although my competitive running days are long gone, I thought I should at least be able to jog in the park or kick a ball with my two boys. I couldn’t even stand on my right leg without losing balance and was unable to walk in a straight line! My right leg had lost its strength, all from this knee injury. Unbelievable.

Then I met Helen How. Based on a recommendation from my neighbour, I thought she was worth a try. Within the first consultation she had listened and pinpointed the problem. On the second, she used ‘the machine’. I walked out of that consultation room with my knee feeling alive!

Helen had brought back knowledge from her recent visit to the Arsenal Physio Conference and applied it to my knee injury. Never before had my name been mentioned in the same breath as so many well known sports teams. Thanks to Helen, the ligaments and muscles were being switched back on and starting to work again. I continued my prescribed exercises at home alongside my fortnightly treatments for two months…

For our holiday this year, we went mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, running on the beach and generally being active…oh yes, I also ran for a bus. I have lost a stone in weight. If you see a fifty- something man standing on one leg in the middle of Inverleith Park, don’t worry, it’s just because I can!



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 Here is a description of one of the machines called Cefar Compex Rehab 400

Compex’s revolutionary and exclusive muscle intelligence technology, which emerged from our research laboratories, automatically adjusts stimulation parameters to suit the physical characteristics of each user. The result of this personalised system is greater comfort for the patient and greater treatment efficiency.

Mi-Sensor is the interactive link between the muscle and the stimulator. It measures certain physiological characteristics of the muscle to be stimulated, analyzes them, and then adjusts the stimulation parameters accordingly.   Mi-SENSOR can be connected to any of the stimulator’s channels. In addition to capturing essential data, the sensor also serves as a standard stimulation cable.


Mi-Sensor Mi-Sensor usage

Compex’s non-invasive muscle intelligence™ technology ensures that the stimulation parameters used are tailored to each patient and each session. By minimising the energy required to achieve optimum results, treatments are more efficient and patients feel more at ease.


By allowing patients to trigger their own muscle contractions, mi-ACTION ensures that patients take an active part in their treatment. Muscle stimulation can be easily combined with other exercises. By making sessions more interactive and pleasant, muscle intelligence™ is the key to including electrotherapy in your treatment protocols.


By constantly adjusting stimulation energies to ensure maximum effectiveness, mi-TENS eliminates the risk of unwanted muscle contractions that could offset the beneficial effects of TENS-type therapy. With mi-TENS, pain relief protocols are easier to implement and monitor.


Designed to maximise the effectiveness of low-frequency programmes (like endorphin programmes), the mi-RANGE function guides the user by indicating the minimum and maximum stimulation levels for optimal results.

The most common course of chronic knee pain I see in this clinic is anterior knee pain which occurs under and around the knee cap.

There are many theories about the causes of such pain, and many exercises to do to prevent this type of pain. Prevention is important because this is one area of the body which is difficult to operate on.

By looking at these images you can see that the knee is a complicated but clever, hard working joint and deserves to be understood and looked after.

Helen How
Registered Osteopath
14 Craighall Gardens
Edinburgh EH6 4RJ

Helen would like to thank  The Arsenal Medical Team  and Better Preform UK , Cliff Eaton  for this and many other outstanding outcomes as she has integrated compex into her rehabilitation.

Helen would also like to thank this patient for accurately account of his recovery from his chronic knee weakness and discomfort. It is true he could not stand on one leg or run.

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Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ O131 551 1044  £35.00 for one hour – £20.00 for simple follow up conditions.  I like to keep my costs affordable because I look after so many retired clients and as their conditions are wear and tear and they need more treatments than younger age groups.   MRI Scans can be arranged by Helen for £199 – Alliance Medical   Larbert Forth Hospital   This is a realistic affordable price introduced by Alliance Medical throughout Britain.

Helen has signed the 2012  Bupa Agreement and is also covered by most other private health care insurances. Helen has her enhanced Disclosure June 2012

Edinburgh Osteopath Helen How has over twenty-eight years experience of treating patients at the How Osteopathic Clinic (Trinity Edinburgh). Registered Osteopath Helen combines the latest advances in osteopathy with a gentle patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment ensuring that osteopathic treatment at the How Clinic is suitable for a wide-range of conditions including; back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee conditions Helen uses Video Clips exercises educational information and outcome which is sent to your computer smartphone or iphone if you wish Treatment at the How Osteopathic Clinic is tailored to the individual and where necessary uses a combination of osteopathic techniques including, Traditional Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Electrotherapy, Vibrotherapy and Sports Remedial Massage. The holistic approach to osteopathy at the How Osteopathic Clinic, in addition to a full one hour treatment sessions, is designed to alleviate symptoms rapidly and can often significantly reduce the number of osteopathic treatments required. One of the few Osteopaths in Edinburgh and in Britain who uses the unique, gentle fleximatic vibrotherapy or shockwave therapy massage equipment combined with traditional osteopathic techniques in order to to find, feel and palpate those hard fibrotic bands of muscles which accumulate over the years of prolonged sitting, Helen has attended conferences held throughout the country; Helen has been using Shockwave Therapy for over 3 years now for Patella Tendons , Achilles Tendons Plantar Fasciitis and Tendon pain Hips, Upper Proximal Hamstring tendinopathy along with rehabilitation loading Contact Helen How, Registered Osteopath, 14 Craighall Gardens, Edinburgh EH6 4RJ To make an appointment contact Helen on 131 551 1044 or Text /Call 07889304762