Wherever it may be. Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain. Pain is pain. We need to do two things: reduce the pain, eliminate the source. If you have been living with pain for some time, it’s time to do something about it. If you are just experiencing a little, nip it in the bud before it becomes a real issue. Learn more below about how we deal with pain.
Everything from a little niggle in your knee when you run, to a full blown ACL tear. Sports injuries need to be accurately diagnosed and rehabilitated fully to avoid future problems. Many people rehabilitate these issues about 90%, leaving weakness and dysfunction to come back to haunt you. If you want a tailored rehabilitation program specific to your needs and goals, get in touch.
Concussions can be very mild, lasting only a few hours to a couple of weeks. Or they can be very severe, lasting months and sometimes even years. They all have one thing in common though, they are an injury to your brain and should be taken very seriously. If you felt/feel any of the following symptoms you should have a comprehensive assessment to determine the extent of the injury:
- Balance problems
- Poor coordination
- Disturbed sleep
- Blurred vision
- Double vision – often noticeable when reading
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to sound – often noticeable in supermarkets
- Slurring speech
- Difficulty remembering things
- Difficulty concentrating – often noticeable at work or school
- Difficulty reasoning through things
- Increased irritability
- Reduced stress tolerance
Vestibular Dysfunction or Vertigo
Do you feel dizzy often? Does the room sometimes feel like it is spinning? If so you may have Vestibular Dysfunction or Vertigo. You don’t have to live with this, even if you have had it for a long time. Vestibular Rehabilitation can help, if you would like to know more you can read this or get in touch.
If you recently had surgery, I’m sure your keen to recover as fast and as completely as possible. I have helped hundreds of people rehabilitate after all kinds of surgeries. Some of the more common examples include:
- ACL reconstruction
- Meniscal surgery
- Knee or hip replacement
- Rotator cuff repair
- Shoulder debridement
- Surgery to repair broken bones
- Spinal discectomy or fixation
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Unfortunately, many people who have surgery do not rehabilitate as fully as they could. Often strength, flexibility and endurance deficits are not addressed completely by the Physiotherapist. It is my mission to tease every ounce of strength and function out of every surgery client I work with. If you want to get the most out of your surgery, you should work with me.
Manual therapy includes various forms of soft tissue release and joint mobilization. These therapies are used to reduce your symptoms. We should see immediate improvements in pain and range of movement when these techniques are employed. The idea is to reduce your symptoms so we can start using exercise and habitual changes to address the underlying cause. In my 10+ years as a Physiotherapist I have learned hundreds of specific techniques for different problems. I’ve also been formally trained in the McKenzie, Mulligan and Maitland approaches to manual therapy.
Exercise is the cornerstone of Physiotherapy intervention. It is our most powerful tool with the strongest evidence base for effectiveness. Active rehabilitation is essential for addressing the underlying cause of your issue. After a diagnosis is made and specific deficits have been identified we will use exercises to make long-term changes to the way your body functions.
Your program could be as simple as a single exercise or as comprehensive as an entire gym program. This will all depend on your problem and your goals. We always negotiate the exercises together and agree on something that will work into your lifestyle as well as address the issues we have identified. No equipment is required, we work with the whatever you have available to you. If you would like to use gym equipment we can arrange to conduct your session in your gym so I can specifically review your technique and your program.
Dry needling is similar to acupuncture but not the same. The same needles are used but in dry needling sensitive areas of muscles known as “trigger points” are needled, often stimulating a “twitch response. The idea is to create a change in the muscle tone and thereby improve range of movement or reduce pain with movement.
Dry needling is incorporated into your Physiotherapy treatment if it is indicated and if you feel comfortable with needles. It is never essential but can be beneficial. The idea is similar to that of manual therapy. We are looking to see an immediate reduction in pain and improvement in range of movement to allow more active participation in an exercise program to address the underlying cause.
If you would like to know more about the Physiotherapy services I offer please do get in touch.