Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone has suffered from an injury, or has been affected by illness or disability. Physiotherapists combine their extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and specific manual skills to improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different ‘systems’ within the body.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is based on scientific foundations and provides support for traditional medical methods of treatment work to improve the movement of the joints, muscles, and soft tissue. A Physiotherapist will assess, diagnose, and clinically reason the cause of the problem they are treating. Manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue mobilisation and joint mobilisation and manipulation are used to get the joints and muscles moving better, release any tension and tightness within the joints and muscles, ease pain, and optimise healing to speed up the recovery process.
Acupuncture is also used to reduce pain, stimulate healing, and release trigger points within a tight muscle when appropriate. Specific exercises and stretches are prescribed to correct any muscle imbalance that is primarily the cause or secondary to the injury or condition. This rehabilitation process after an injury will not only improve strength, stability and control, but it is crucial for preventing future reoccurrences of the problem. Self management strategies and a progressive rehabilitation programme can also be prescribed.
Musculoskeletal injuries and conditions that our Physiotherapists treat are:
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Pre and post operative rehabilitation
- Fracture rehabilitation
- Arthritic conditions
- Joint, ligament and muscle strains
- Neck and back pain
- Head aches