Physiotherapists are trained in a range of massage techniques which are often used within a treatment session. Massage can improve flexibility, reduce swelling, improve athletic performance and enhance recovery.
Western Acupuncture (Dry Needling)
Dry Needling is a form of therapy adapted from Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese system of medicine, where fine needles pierce the skin into selected points to correct imbalances in the body. Dry needling uses western based anatomy and physiology to select the points, known as myofacial trigger points, found in muscles throughout the body. Many of these points correspond with those used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Stimulation of trigger points using Dry Needling can desensitise these trigger points, promote healing and enhance production of endorphins. Dry Needling can be used to treat conditions such as joint pain and osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis and disc pain, headache and migraine, back pain, as well as acute and chronic trigger point pain. Dry Needling is an efficient technique for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction.
Electrotherapy is a physical therapeutic treatment whereby electrical stimulation is applied to nerves and muscle- motor fibres via electrode Pads placed on the skin. Electrotherapy serves to interrupt, alter or induce specific electrical impulses in order to affect the perception of pain and/ or facilitate wound healing and muscle rehabilitation. This is achieved by reducing localised inflammation; increase blood flow; stimulating muscles and triggering the release of endorphins.
Aquatic Physiotherapy is a form of physiotherapy treatment conducted in a heated pool. It is performed under supervision by physiotherapists with specific training in aquatic physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist will specifically design exercises to help regain or enhance the physical well being. The effects of turbulence and buoyancy, combined with warm water, helps reduce pain and muscle spasm. Patients do not need to be able to swim in order to benefit from aquatic physiotherapy.
Aquatic physiotherapy can help strengthen muscles, mobilise joints, relieve pain, promote relaxation, improve general fitness, and improve balance and coordination. Aquatic physiotherapy can offer specific relief to people with arthritic problems, back and neck pain, sports injuries and work related injuries.
Active physiotherapy can tailor a fitness program to suit your needs at the gym of your choice.
Medical evidence shows that if you keep physically fit by exercising regularly you increase your chances of living a healthier life, feeling well, looking well, staying mobile and independent. Exercise tones muscles, increases circulation, increases strength and prolongs mobility. Our physiotherapists can assess you physically and give advice on the best forms of exercise. Your physiotherapist will teach you how to adopt good postural and exercise habits to prevent future movement problems. Physiotherapists encourage elderly people to keep active with sensible exercises suited to their age and physical condition.
Increasing your fitness level means being able to do more with less effort. Incorrect exercises can be worse than no exercise. The right exercises needs to be done correctly and regularly. Your progress needs to be monitored. Exercising at the correct intensity will decrease the risk of injury. We can advise you of this level and thus minimise future injury risks.
Walking - a basic pleasant effective activity, brisk enough to increase your heart rate.
Swimming - an excellent form of general exercise, wonderful for bad backs or stiff joints. For those who can not manage the cold or normal swimming conditions, aquatic physiotherapy pools are recommended. Active Physiotherapy provides supervised structured aquatic physiotherapy sessions.
Cycling - a low impact choice with little jarring on joints - an outdoor social activity or indoors on an exercise bike.
Osteoporosis - A common problem for older women is osteoporosis - a condition which involves a loss of bone density. It often affects the spine, causes shrinkage in height, poor posture and backache. Research has shown that exercise is important in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Active Physiotherapy provides a casting and splinting service using synthetic casting material rather than 'plaster of paris'. Fibreglass casting alone is not water proof. Active Physiotherapy uses 'Gortex' underlining to provide a complete water proof cast that you will be able to swim and bathe in without the hassle of having to put plastic bags around your cast. Some injuries may not be suitable for this type of casting but a normal fibreglass cast can still be a lot more comfortable than a heavy and thick 'plaster of paris' cast. Our physiotherapists can discuss your specific needs when you book your appointment.
Active Physiotherapy has physiotherapists that have experience in post spinal and brain injury rehabilitation. The complex nature of these injuries requires a holistic approach encompassing many different physiotherapy techniques. Active Physiotherapy utilises aquatic therapy, manual therapy as well as an extensive in house gymnasium to perform the desired holistic approach required.
In many post operative conditions, physiotherapists play a key role in enabling patients to successfully manage their own recovery process. Active Physiotherapy provides an in-patient service to Calvary Hospital 6 days per week to assist in maximising the patient's functional ability and overall recovery.