THERAPY & SERVICES
Benefits of Physiotherapy:
- Relief from chronic or acute pain, whether the result of sudden injury or cumulative stress injuries.
- Recovery & functional restoration of physical abilities after injury.
- Pre surgery strengthening and post surgical recovery (management of pain) and rehabilitation (restoration of physical abilities).
Manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing the above hands-on techniques for the purpose of modulating pain, increasing range of motion, reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation, inducing relaxation, improving tissue repair, extensibility and or stability, facilitating movement and improving fuction. Manual Therapy involves the physiotherapist’s use of his or her hands to mobilize the joints of the spine and extremities, create movement in nerve tissue or facilitate the activation, flexibility and normal tone of muscle. Several different techniques can be used to restore normal motion (not too much, not too little) and regain control of that motion. This allows each region of the body to move fully, efficiently and safely.
Manual Therapy Techniques:
Manipulation involves a small movement directed at a specific joint with the aim of restoring movement and or reducing pain.
Mobilization involves a slower controlled process of joint or soft tissue (muscle) stretching intended to improve bio – mechanical elasticity. (i.e. to restore or improve range of motion and function.)
Exercise therapy involves eliciting motion of the body or its parts in order to relieve symptoms and improve function. Specific stretching, strengthening, and stabilization exercises are a critical part of the rehabilitation process for most musculoskeletal injuries. Continued exercise is an important component of injury prevention.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) or Dry Needling
IMS is a needling technique that helps to reduce adverse tone in tight muscle bands or trigger points that contribute to pain and dysfunction. By targeting localized areas of tightness with the needle insertion a reflex relaxation is produced in the muscle. This helps to relieve pressure on tender joint structures and in the muscles themselves which in turn influences pain and inflammation produced by the adverse tightness. Special assessment is done to determine if this modality of treatment is appropriate for you.
Athletic Taping and Bracing
Taping and bracing injured joints and body parts protects those areas from further re-injury and allows for an earlier return to activity. It also can supply support to an area, which will allow muscles, which have tightened or sprained to relax thus facilitating an earlier return of motion.
Physios at Treloar Physiotherapy Clinic have the knowledge and skills to apply the taping and bracing in a manner best suited to achieve the above goals. If taping is all that is required we charge a lower fee than if treatment is involved. This charge will vary with the complexity of the taping involved.
Electrotherapy treatments including:
- Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TNS)
Clinical Pilates is taught by a Registered Physiotherapist in one on one sessions and is used in conjunction with traditional physiotherapy treatments. Clinical Pilates is particularly beneficial when treating:
- Back and neck
- Muscle strains and imbalances
- Pre and post-natal weakness, aches and pains
- Anyone wishing to strengthen their core which results in increased overall strength
- People with poor posture, chronic tension and fatigue
- Anyone who wants to practice a non-impact strengthening and stretching program
Benefits of Chinese Acupuncture
Chinese Acupuncture is often incorporated into the physiotherapy treatment. Chinese Acupuncture can provide instantaneous pain relief, reduction of inflammation with no side effects and making it easier to tolerate other modalities used to treat the patient’s injury. The combination of modalities can accelerate a return to normal movement. In addition Chinese Acupuncture is a holistic treatment method and may improve mood, energy and sleep patterns. The benefits of Chinese Acupuncture for stress, insomnia, smoking cessation and reduction of pain are suitable for men or women.
Chinese acupuncture can also help with a wide variety of women’s problems associated with hormone fluctuations including symptoms associated with menopause or other gynaecological problems.
Benefits of Dry Needling or IMS
Chinese acupuncture relies on careful palpation of what are called “Ah Shi” points, which often correspond to both trigger points and/or motor points in the myofascial tissue. Chinese acupuncture tends to use the lower gauge needles necessary for puncturing contraction knots with a high degree of precision.
Dry Needling, a lighter style of acupuncture, tends towards very shallow insertions of higher gauge needles. Most acupuncture styles, especially those with lighter techniques, require a detailed knowledge, not only of western anatomy, but also of the channel networks and connections. Thus, while some forms of acupuncture are not at all the same as dry needling, the term dry needling can refer quite specifically to what is now called Myofascial Acupuncture, Tendinomuscular Acupuncture, or some version of Sports Acupuncture.