Types of Physiotherapy
- Joint mobilization and manipulation -Joint mobilization is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a 'target' synovial joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect. Mobilizations are a commonly used, hands on technique that aim to address joint stiffness and pain. It helps to increase the range of motion of an injured limb, as well as to align the articulating surfaces of a joint and to reduce joint play. Manipulation is the application of a high velocity thrust to a specific joint.
- Manual traction- A gentle force is applied to the neck or back. Traction helps people who have problems with their discs in the cervical and lumbar spine. It is a gentle technique that relieves pressure on the spinal nerves. It can limit pain, muscle spasms and tension.
- Soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy- This treatment is a specific type of massage which aids in relaxing muscles, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, improves the healing time of strained ligaments and muscular tissue, reduces the inflammation of joints, improves range of motion and joint flexibility, decreases spasms, improves oxygen flow and helps to relieve muscle tension. A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that is painful. It is called a trigger point because it "triggers" a painful response. The therapist will locate and deactivate them using finger pressure.
- Deep transverse frictions- It is a deep massage technique that helps prevent or destroy adhesions and helps optimize the quality of the scar tissue. It also helps to evacuate pain triggering metabolites.
- Myofacial release- is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia. This type of therapy promotes flexibility and mobility of the body's connective tissues.
- Acupuncture- Acupuncture treatments involve the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians (detailed lines mapped along the human body) to clear blockages and encourage the normal function of the individual.
- Dry needling- is the use of a solid needle for therapy of muscle pain, sometimes also known as intramuscular stimulation. Dry needling utilises a solid, filament needle, as is used in the practice of acupuncture, and relies on the stimulation of specific reactions in the target tissue for its therapeutic effect. The use of this solid needle has been found to be very effective in the relief of pain in muscles and connective tissue. Analgesia produced by needling a pain spot has been called the needle effect. This technique can be used for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction as well as to deactivate trigger points. Dry needling may be a useful addition to standard therapies for the relief of pain.
- Taping- is a bracing method, utilizing an inelastic medium to inhibit the movement of a joint or group of muscles. K-taping is to lift the skin and the surface fascia with it. This theoretically promotes blood flow in and out of the deep fascia as well as innervating the underlying musculature.
- SpiderTech Kinesiology Therapy- the application of Kinesiology tape to modulate pain and myofascial dysfunction. This type of therapy provides the continuous care necessary to reduce discomfort and swelling. It helps restore strength to an injured area and can improve the mobility where range of motion has been restricted. It effectively helps accelerate your recovery.
- Electrotherapy - for pain and swelling Different electrotherapy modalities may be used to enhance tissue repair and provide pain relief following injury, and are invariably used in conjunction with hands on treatment. Examples include. Ultrasound, Interferential Therapy, TENS, Laser, Acuscope (micro current), Muscle Stimulation.
- Iontophoresis - A method by which ionized medication, e.g. the steroidal anti-inflammatory dexamethasone prescribed by a licensed physician) is driven through the skin by an electric current so that it reaches deep tissues. Iontophoresis is used to treat acute and sub-acute inflammation. It is a painless and sterile procedure.
- Phonophoresis - is the use of ultrasound to enhance the delivery of topically applied drugs. Phonophoresis has been used in an effort to enhance the absorption of topically applied analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents through the therapeutic application of ultrasound. It is most commonly used in the treatment of localized physical injuries.
- Rehabilitation programs - for improving strength, balance, co-ordination, proprioception, endurance and flexibility as well as promoting personal responsibility for health and physical conditioning.
- Corrective and preventative exercise- to help patients achieve better alignment and function. A regular regimen of moderate exercise can greatly reduce your chances of re-injury. Keeping the muscles strong and flexible will protect you against further injury.
- Education- regarding your condition, its causes, management and prevention.
- Ergonomic advice- Advice about correct trunk posture (maintain the lumbar lordosis or "neutral spine") can improve spine/head/neck alignment and result in a less fatigue when sitting at a desk or standing for prolonged periods of time.
Our private treatment rooms as well as our bright and clean open concept facility allow both therapists and patients to interact with regard to treatment and injuries.
Whether you have a long standing complaint or a recent problem, our experienced physiotherapists will be able to help. From Olympic athletes, the weekend warrior or simply wanting to get fit, we are used to dealing with people from all sporting backgrounds and of all ages.
With any musculoskeletal injury, establishing and understanding the cause of the problem is crucial. Following a detailed assessment, our therapists will devise a treatment program to not only address the current symptoms but to prevent future re occurrence of the problem. Your rehabilitation will be focused towards the specific demands of your sport and lifestyle.