Physiotherapy uses physical methods, such as massage, heat treatment and exercise to treat diseases, injury or deformity.
Our physiotherapists are trained to pinpoint the root of your injury/pain and assess, diagnose and treat injuries, chronic pain or illnesses.
OMT (Orthopedic Manipulative Treatment) is a set of hands-on techniques designed to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.
It is performed to decrease muscle spasm and increase strength and joint mobility. Our therapists are trained to practice the following methods of treatment: Maitland Technique, McKenzie Method, Mulligan Mobilizations, Cyriax Approach, Kaltenborn Concept.
OMT is used to treat patients with low back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and strong headaches.
Dry needling is the insertion of sterile single use Acupuncture needles into muscular trigger points. While its primary aim is to relieve muscle pain and cramps, it can also improve flexibility.
Although Dry Needling uses the same needles as Acupuncture, it is not the same technique. Dry Needling is strictly based upon Western medicine principles of treating myofascial trigger points, which are different to traditional Acupuncture points.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Health conditions can disrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing fluid to build up in the body, and cause swelling.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body – reducing swelling and improving circulation.
There are different types of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) including Vodder, Földi, Leduc and Casley-Smith. You should only be having MLD from someone who has been trained in one of these types.
Physiotherapists may decide to include electrotherapy modalities in their treatments to achieve the desired outcomes. The electrotherapy can assist with decreasing acute pain, loosening of tight soft tissues or decreasing swelling and inflammation. Scar tissue treatment and postsurgical treatment can also be done with these modalities.
Your therapist will inform you of the reasons they are using the electrotherapy and what sensations you can expect during and after the session. Some of the treatment options your therapist may choose include:
- Interferential therapy
- Combination of ultrasound and interferential
- Hot wax therapy
- Hot/cold pack
There may be occasions where electrical therapy may be indicated for a patient or condition. The role of electrotherapy is usually to decrease levels of inflammation and swelling, decrease pain levels or improve muscle and nerve function. The main modalities we use for this are ultrasound and interferential (electrical stimulation). We can also use laser for the mobilization of scar tissue and help with post-surgical recovery and the treatment of wounds and ulcers.
The use of Extracorpeal Shockwave Therapy is to help the body to recover from injury and is used on soft tissue injuries of muscles and tendons. These injuries can include tennis elbow, shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis and foot plantar fasciitis. The treatment consists of high powered shockwaves being administered through the injury. This helps break down any scar tissue that has formed and helps stimulate new tissue formation. The treatment is highly effective, but can be uncomfortable at times due to the high intensity.