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Physiotherapy

The body wants to repair itself; that’s what it was designed to do.  Physiotherapy treatment merely aims to provide an optimum environment for it to achieve this goal.

Just as every human body is different, so is the treatment plan.  But if there is one thing we all have in common, it is our bodies’ innate ability of self-healing.  With the appropriate support and intervention to the specific cause of dysfunction unique to the individual, the potential of recovery and function is almost unlimited.

Our physiotherapists seek to relieve your pain, improve your movement, restore, maintain and promote optimal physical function, and limit any disabilities resulting from injury or disease.

We will take your health history, observe your posture and movement, evaluate your injury and develop a specific and individualised treatment approach.

Treatment may include, but is not limited to, patient education in health, wellness and safety, manual therapy, soft tissue massage, prescribing therapeutic exercise plans, dry needling therapy, and the application of electrotherapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and interferential therapy.

 

For general physiotherapy, your treatment session with your physiotherapist will be of 30 minutes duration.  On your first visit, we use this time to gather your relevant medical details and your history of injury, to carry out an assessment, and to commence your treatment.  If it’s indicated, we may decide to use heat/cold therapy or electrotherapy for a further 30 minutes following your treatment.

For Vestibular Rehabilitation, your initial assessment and treatment is usually of one hour duration.  This is to ensure a complete and thorough assessment of the complex Vestibular System.  Subsequent treatments are usually 30 minutes.

We know that your time is important to you, and we endeavour to see you as punctually as we possibly can.  You can help us achieve this by arriving on time for your appointments.

 

Your Physiotherapist may use a variety of treatment modalities including:

Manual therapy/ Mobilisations:  This is the use of specific hands on techniques to diagnose and treat joints and soft tissue structures.  These techniques are useful for pain relief and to increase mobility of the structures as indicated

Soft Tissue Massage:  This may be used as part of treatment to enhance circulation to the injured tissues, bringing the healing cells of repair and nutrients to the tissue, while removing the waste products from the injury.  It is also beneficial in the reduction of muscle spasm and tension, and for pain relief.

Deep Friction Massage:  This massage technique prevents the formation of scar tissue, and is used primarily in the treatment of ligaments to promote optimal repair of the injured tissue.

Trigger Point Release:  This is the use of deep pressure to release trigger points (taught bands) within your muscles.

Epley Manoeuvre:  This is a manoeuvre used in the treatment of a type of Vertigo known as BPPV.  Your physiotherapist will guide you through the manoeuvre.  It may provoke some symptoms of dizziness and nausea, but treatment is usually very successful.

Exercise Therapy:  Your physiotherapist may formulate an individualised exercise plan for you if indicated.  This may include stretching, strengthening, balance, and postural exercises.  If you are suffering with Vertigo, your physiotherapist may provide you with specific exercises to strengthen the Vestibular System.

Dry Needling:  Acupuncture needles are used to release trigger points in your muscles.  Trigger points are taught bands indicating dysfunction within your muscles.  They can cause localised and/or referred pain.

Taping:  Tape may be implemented to either support a painful area, provide feedback to correct posture, or restrict/facilitate a certain movement.  Please tell your physiotherapist if you are allergic to Band-Aids.  The tape can usually remain in place for up to 48 hours.  Should it cause you any pain, itchiness, or if the limb feels unusually cold, please remove the tape immediately.

Electrotherapy:  The electrical interventions primarily employed here are Interferential Therapy, TENS, and Ultrasound.

Interferential Therapy/TENS:   This is superficial electrical nerve stimulation for pain relief, to promote the healing process, and to reduce swelling.  Initially you will feel a tingling sensation.  As it is turned up, you will feel a strong but comfortable sensation.  It should not be painful as it will then not produce the desired effect.  Do not move out of position during your electrotherapy as the electrodes may be dislodged and this could cause momentary discomfort.  Treatment duration ranges from 20-30 minutes.

Ultrasound:  Ultrasound waves are transmitted through the skin using a gel.  The ultrasound triggers a reaction, speeding up the rate of healing, and enhancing the quality of tissue repair.  You should not feel any discomfort with the ultrasound.  If you do, please tell your physiotherapist immediately.

You may feel a little tender in the first 24-48 hours following treatment.  This is normal following physiotherapy assessment and treatment.  If you are at all concerned, please do not hesitate to contact us.