We offer a broad range of physio treatments. This means we can find exactly the right type of treatment for you as an individual. Your programme of care will be designed to help you regain mobility and freedom from pain as quickly as possible. It may include physiotherapy treatment techniques such as joint mobilisation, electrotherapy, deep tissue frictions, steroid injections or exercise prescriptions.
Joint mobilisation techniques can help people with locked or stiff joints. Your physiotherapist will assess and mobilise the problem joint, using repetitive movements at just the right level of pressure. There are 4 levels of pressure, ranging from low (grade 1) to high (grade 4). Joint mobilisation can help to loosen your joints, relieving your pain and discomfort.
Joint Mobilisation With Movement
Joint mobilisation with movement can help to encourage the normal movement of joints, such as finger or elbow joints. You physiotherapist will sustain pressure on the problem joint as it moves. This can help to stabilise the joint or encourage normal or full movement again.
Soft Tissue Mobilisation
These types of physio treatments are used on soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Treatments can include:
- massage – a soft, relaxing and smooth technique is used to help increase blood flow and relax the muscles. A deeper, more vigorous technique is used to release spasming, relax tight muscles or improve alignment and movement.
- muscle energy techniques – on request, your physiotherapist will move your muscles in a precise position and specific direction. This helps to increase movement and reduce stiffness and pain.
- proprioceptive neuromuscular techniques (PNF) – this is an advanced form of flexibility training, which involves the contraction and stretching of muscle groups.
- trigger point release – direct pressure is put on to the problem muscle or ‘knot’ for a few seconds and is then removed. This can be uncomfortable, but as the treatment progresses, your discomfort will reduce. The technique works to reduce general muscle tension and pain.
- deep tissue frictions (DTF) – this is used to break down scarred or thickened tendons. Your physiotherapist will use 2 fingers to apply direct pressure on the problem tendon. The treatment can sometimes cause pain and numbness, but will produce immediate improvements in movement and pain afterwards. It is commonly used for tendonitis conditions.
Exercise As A Physiotherapy Treatment
Exercise is a very important part of any physiotherapy treatment process. It can help you to maintain the improvements achieved through your treatment, increase movement and improve your strength, flexibility, balance and function. By using exercise to improve and maintain your recovery, you can help to prevent injuring yourself again.
We offer a range of highly effective electrotherapy treatments. These include:
- therapeutic ultrasound – used to help soft tissue healing and to break down scar tissue. It is a pain-free treatment that uses high-frequency vibrations.
- interferential – used for muscle stimulation and pain relief. Pads are put on your skin in the problem area.
- low level laser therapy (LLLT) – this treatment uses a low level laser or LEDs to alter cellular function. This treatment is useful for the short-term treatment of acute pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, tendonopathy and some chronic joint pain disorders.
- biofeedback – this is used to measure muscle contraction strength and muscle stimulation. It is used widely for stress incontinence to provide exercise and rehabilitation.
- tens machine – a portable device that can be used at home, at work, or when you’re out and about. It reduces pain levels and can even be used for labour pains.
This type of physiotherapy treatment is used on locked, stiff or misaligned joints. Your physiotherapist will first take the problem joint to its most comfortable end range. He or she will then produce a quick, high velocity thrust to the joint. This is known as a grade 5 thrust and you can sometimes hear a cracking sound as it is done. The process works by releasing gases from your joint and reducing the pressure. This can immediately improve your movement and reduce your pain.
This is used for pre and post-operative, sports, back to work and work-specific rehabilitation. It usually takes place in a rehabilitation gym environment and can include work with exercise machines or functional or work-specific apparatus such as steps and walking bars. The equipment you use is designed to replicate functional, work or sports activities. Your rehabilitation work can help you return to work or sports or give you more independence at home.
You may be offered acupuncture as part of your physiotherapy treatment. This is widely used to treat lower back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Your therapist may use a variety of techniques to treat your condition these include:
- western acupuncture – where very small needles are used to stimulate the body’s pain-relieving mechanisms.
- acupressure – where your practitioner will apply sustained pressure to an acupuncture point using their finger. This technique does not involve needles.
- electro-acupuncture – where the needle is applied as normal and then supplied with a tiny electrical pulse.
Diagnostic Ultrasound Scanning service
This is a type of scanning that produces images of the inside of your body, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and soft tissues. By looking at the images it produces, your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your problem or injury. Ultrasound can also be used in real-time soft tissue rehabilitation, allowing your physio to show you how your soft tissues are working. Ultrasound is safe and non-invasive, using high frequency sound waves to create the images.
Sports massage is used before, during and after a physical or athletic event. It can help to drain away toxins that build up during exercise, remove lactic acid, decrease tension, improve soft tissue flexibility, help with injury recovery and also injury prevention. As well as a sense of relaxation, it can reduce blood pressure, improve blood circulation and blood flow, improve flexibility and reduce pain.
Taping And Strapping
These physio treatments can be used to stabilise muscles and joints all over the body. Taping and strapping can be used to prevent injuries or help you recover from injuries. This can either be for short periods (such as playing sport) or for longer periods to maintain consistency. Taping and strapping can be used to change body mechanics, helping to decrease your pain, improve your alignment or improve sensation and performance.
To find out more about our physio treatments or to book an appointment, please contact us.