Each of our physiotherapists specialise in the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems. These typically include joint, muscle, ligament, tendon and nerve injuries. The below list outlines some of the main conditions that we treat each day, but if your condition is not on there then please give us a call, it is likely that we will be able to help.
This is a common physiotherapy treatment technique used to mobilise spinal and peripheral joints to improve range of motion, reduce stiffness and pain. There is plenty of evidence to suggest joint mobilisation helps to reduce spinal and perhipheral joint pain and stiffness by stretching the joint capsule, releasing tension within the soft tissues around the joint and breaking down scar tissue that may have developed within the joint. Joint mobilisations will also be used when a joint has stiffened up as a result of poor body mechanics or prolonged static postures. It may be that your upper back has stiffened up after working at your desk with a poor posture. This could cause the joints in your spine to stiffen, lose mobility and consequently lose their hydration. Through mobilisation of the joints in your spine, the tissue will become stretched, the joint surfaces will be stimulated and the joint capsule will release more fluid, allowing the joint to move freely and more efficiently.
Acupuncture has been widely used as a treatment modality in physiotherapy and can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods.
At Primecare Physiotherapy we provide specialist Acupuncture services throughout most of our clinics. Acupuncture is a specialist treatment method used to treat a variety of injuries/conditions. If you have been recommended acupuncture or feel it would be an appropriate treatment approach for your illness then give us a call and we can book you in for an assessment. A physiotherapist fully qualified in acupuncture can then complete an assessment and discuss the possibility of using acupuncture as a treatment tool for your problem.
Acupuncture sessions typically last 20-30 minutes depending on the patient's reaction to the treatment. The number of sessions required will depend on an individual responses to treatment.
Massage is used in used in both the sporting and non-sporting world to treat a wide number of musculoskeletal injuries. We provide a number of different massage techniques to suit a patient's injury. Whether it is a deep tissue massage or a sports massage, the physiotherapist can discuss the different techniques with you to ensure the most appropriate technique is used to treat your injury.
Different massage techniques used at our clinics include deep connective tissue massage, sports massage, transverse friction massage, trigger point release and soft tissue release massage.
Electrotherapy can be used in conjunction with other treatment methods to treat your injuries in the form of Therapeutic Ultrasound and Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). Therapeutic ultrasound is used to treat wide range of acute and chronic soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains of ligaments and tendons. TENS is used to alleviate pain and isy effective in conditions that cause high levels of continuous pain which cannot be readily treated with other techniques.
Trigger Point Release
A Trigger Point is essentially a "knot" in a muscle or fascia that is locally painful and may refer pain to a distant site. For example there are TP's in the shoulder/trapezius muscle that refer pain up the posterior neck and into the head, specifically around the temple and jaw. This TP is a major cause of tension headaches. Releasing it and other's around the head and neck will likely stop the occurance of tension headaches.Trigger Point therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release.
The results and benefits of Trigger Point Therapy are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. You can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving Trigger Point Therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Tape is often applied by physiotherapists as part of a treatment program to provide further joint stability, off load painful tissues, alter muscle activity and improve joint proprioception. There are thousands of different taping techniques and it is important to ensure you use a correct technique for your specific injury. Correct application is dependant on a specific diagnosis and it is important the correct technique is used to prevent further injury. There is little conclusive evidence to identify exactly how taping works but what studies do seem to agree on is that it can help reduce pain (particularly with anterior knee pain) and it can help reduce the risk of injury (ankle sprains).