Our physiotherapists can accurately and skilfully assess the cause of your condition, how to manage the problem in the short and long terms, and then discuss and plan the correct course of treatment for you.
Various manual hands-on techniques to restore normal function and movement of a joint, muscle or nerve tissue involved. The techniques chosen will depend upon the thorough initial assessment as well as the subsequent review assessments of the Physiotherapist of the cause(s) of the problem.
These may include:
- Joint mobilisation Gentle and rhythmic movement of spinal joints or a peripheral (limb) joints.
- Joint manipulation Stronger localised end-thrust movement of the joint. Only used in certain very safe conditions and circumstances.
- Neural or nerve mobilisation and/or stretching Externally applied, gentle and safe movement of a nerve causing the dysfunction.
- Various massage techniques Soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release techniques, dry needling and traditional stretching techniques.
- Soft tissue massage Gentle and deep pressure depending on the condition.
- Traditional Stretching Techniques Passive stretching of a muscle or connective tissue.
- Trigger point therapy Deep pressure to release sensitive, shortened or adhered very small areas deep in a muscle or connective tissue (fascia). The non-medical term is a “muscle knot” even though it truly isn’t a knot but more likely due to changes of the nerve bundles within the muscle.
- Myofascial Release Techniques Very slow and sustained pressure of a muscle or fascia to eventually allow it to relax or release and hence pain.
- Dry Needling This technique is also referred to as Western Acupuncture. It is not Chinese Acupuncture as it is based upon more modern Western medicine’s anatomical and neuro-physiological principles and evidence. Both use very fine needles but placement of these needles is different based upon the above. Dry Needling is another treatment option for deep tissue massage to relax tight muscle and nerve tissue. The needles are placed in the painful, muscular trigger points to produce a local reaction of increased blood flow and production of the body’s natural analgesics called endorphins. The results often are reduced pain, improved muscle length and overall improved function.
Please call one of our physiotherapy practices on: Magill – 08 8333 0322 or Salisbury – 08 8283 3760 If you require further information, or to book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists.