What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the treatment of muscular and skeletal problems using a combination of hands on treatments, exercise, electrotherapy and advice to restore the body’s normal movement and function. A physiotherapist will apply their knowledge and skills to help improve a patient’s symptoms, whilst also addressing the underlying causes. This will incorporate looking at the body’s various systems – neuromuscular (brain and nervous system), musculoskeletal (soft tissues, joints and bones), cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
All techniques used are explained to the client and consent is obtained prior to any treatment.
Manual Therapy is the use of small amounts of pressure being applied to tissue or joints to restore the normal glide and movement of that structure to eliminate pain and stiffness.
Manipulation is the use of a small but quick movement to a joint to restore normal mobility. Manipulation is often associated with an audible popping sound caused by the instantaneous breakdown of gas bubbles that form during joint cavitation.
Gait and sports analysis
This involves looking at how the body is moving and analysing which areas are not functioning correctly. This may be due to muscles that are not working effectively or joints that are stiff or too loose. With an in depth examination of all areas of the body a rehabilitation program is constructed. Video taping can also be used to analyse the movement faults, giving the client a better understanding of where the problems lie, how to address them and prevent further injury.
Sports and relaxation massage
Massage is excellent at improving circulation, breaking down scar tissue and tight bands that form in the muscle. This is beneficial to all the cells of the body as blood is flushed through the system. The blood brings all the nutrients to each cell allowing them to repair themselves as well as encouraging growth. It helps to remove waste products built up during exercises, while releasing the tight bands of tissue that can form. Whether sore, tight muscles have come from sports, sitting at a desk all day or running around after the family massage is a great way to get rid of those aches and pains.
Ultra sound is the use of high-frequency sound waves that can be used to treat deep tissue injuries. It works by stimulating blood circulation and cell activity, deceasing pain by the reduction of swelling and can also help to soften scar tissue.
Kinesiotaping and strapping
Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement. Its unique elastic properties allow it to provide dynamic support, protecting muscles and/or joints, while still allowing a safe and functional range of motion.
Non stretch strapping can be applied to provide support to a joint while soft tissue is in the initial stages of healing and repair.
Postural biomechanics and ergonomics
This includes assessment and education to decrease the risk of repetitive strain injuries caused by improper workplace set-up and/or ill-fitted workstation equipment. This then provides increased comfort and productivity in the workspace at home or in the office.
Visits to the office or home can be arranged or advice can be given at the Physiotherapy Clinic after a consultation.
Pilates and core stability
Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. It is a great way to rebalance the body after pain or injury and return to full fitness.