As a Physiotherapist, I like to use my hands! People can be in pain for so many different reasons, and it is up to me to figure out what that reason is for you. This directs my treatment, but more often than not, a hands on approach is needed, at least in the early stages. Whether it be joint, nerve, muscle, tendon or connective tissue, there is usually an element that requires manual therapy. This can be in the form of joint mobilisation, muscular release, neural mobilisation or connective tissue stretching.
Real Time Ultrasound (RTU)
This is a machine that allows us to see exactly what certain muscles do when we ask them to contract – in real time. It is non-invasive (for example, to look at Pelvic Floor muscles we put the ultrasound head on your lower belly) and it means that you know you are doing the right thing when you do your exercises. The main things we use the RTU for are to assess and guide exercise prescription for pelvic floor muscles and deep abdominal muscles (transversus abdominus).
Ante- and Post-Natal Care
Pregnancy causes fascinating changes to the female body, most of which are incredible to experience, others unfortunately can cause pain, headaches, discomfort, pelvic floor issues (incontinence) or neural symptoms such as pins and needles, burning or pulling type pain. Physio can be very effective in relieving pain and we can give you guidance on what is safe to do during and after pregnancy. We can also help to get your body back on track after you have had your baby.
Post Operative Management
Surgery can be a massive strain on the human body and whilst it is incredible what surgeons are capable of, it takes some time for the body to heal after surgery. We can guide you on what is safe to do at any stage post operatively, as well as use a variety of techniques to reduce pain and give guidance on post op exercises to get your body healing as quickly and effectively as possible.
Acupuncture needles can be used in a variety of different ways. With any technique, blood flow is attracted to the needles, as your body investigates what this foreign object is. Blood flow is integral to healing, so at it’s very least, the needles help the body to heal. They also encourage a physiological healing response, as the body repairs the miniscule wound left by the needle. By inserting a needle into muscle, it encourages the muscle fibers to relax. There are also some less well understood theories as to how dry needling (acupuncture) works, including the Pain Gate Theory and neural ‘resetting’. I get asked about how dry needling works a lot, so for more information, keep an eye on my blog as I have it next on the list to write about in more detail.
- Exercise prescription
- Chronic Pain Management
- Complex pain conditions
- Preventative therapy
- Post Fracture care
- Return to Work/Sport
- Workers Compensation Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Insurance Claims
- Medicare Enhanced Primary Care
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Please call if you have any questions, or require something not written here and I will let you if I can help you, or where to go if I can’t.