The STABILIZER is a simple device that registers changing pressure in an air filled pressure cell – allowing body movement, especially spinal movement, to be detected during exercise. The STABILIZER is principally used for exercises that focus on the protection and stabilization of the joints. The STABILIZER is used to monitor and provide biofeedback during exercise in order to retrain the deep muscle system and improve back and neck pain.
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and is a safe, noninvasive, drug-free method of pain management. TENS is predominately used for nerve related pain conditions. TENS machines work by sending stimulating pulses through electrodes across the surface of the skin and along the nerve strands. The stimulating pulses help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. TENS can also help stimulate your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers, called “Endorphins”.
Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality that has been used by physiotherapists since the 1940s. It uses sound waves that pass through the skin and cause a vibration of the local tissue. It has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The increase in local blood flow can be used to help reduce local swelling and chronic inflammation and reduce pain.
Kinesiotape is a thin, stretchy tape that can be applied in various ways to benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.
The tape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy.
Massage can be used effectively either on its own or in conjunction with other physiotherapy modalities. Your physiotherapist will be able to specifically target your problem areas in the massage relieving tension, pain and stiffness. Therapeutic massage also promotes relaxation and can aid in prevention or recovery from injuries.
Manual Therapy is a term used to describe how the therapist manually works on the structures causing the problem for the patient. The therapist uses his or her hands to assess the tissues, muscles, ligaments causing the pain and will manually mobilize the area until tension and adhesion is gone or at least eased. As soon as tension and pain is diminished a more natural movement pattern will take place and the recovery process will speed up.
Osteopathic treatment is a holistic approach that involves the identification, assessment and treatment of the body’s structures using a gentle, hands-on approach. This fundamental technique is called osteopathic palpation. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems and regain an overall balance in the system. Joint manipulation may also be an integral part of Osteopathy.
Craniosacral therapy is the articular, neurological and muscular connection between the sacrum and the cranium. Within this connection is our central nervous system where all our nerve signals originate. In a number of conditions it is relevant to focus on this connection and mobilize and ease any possible blockages. This form of Craniosacral Therapy is based on known anatomical connections.
Trigger points are often small patches of tightly contracted muscle, which causes a cut off of the blood supply leading to discomfort and pain. Trigger points can cause direct pain, complicate injuries and mimic other problems (referring pain elsewhere in the body). Apart from pain, trigger points may cause numbness, tingling, weakness, or lack of normal range of movement.
Through manual techniques the physiotherapist is able to break the self-sustaining vicious circle that has kept the muscle contracted. These techniques aim to increase the circulation, thus enabling oxygen and nutrients to again flow and restore muscle balance.
Exercise Therapy is used to strengthen your muscles and improve your overall function. This is often a very important part of a recovery from an injury and/or as an aid in injury prevention. The physiotherapist will specifically tailor the exercises according to your needs and your specific problem.
A treatment technique utilised by physiotherapists whereby an acupuncture needle is inserted into a muscle. The aim is to deactivate painful or problematic myofascial trigger points – which are hyperirritable spots (commonly known as “knots”) within a muscle.