PHYSIOTHERAPY & CHIROPRACTIC
Detailed knowledge of both how and why the body moves as it does enables our physiotherapists to assist in the recovery, rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.
Whether it’s a minor acute hamstring strain or a complex chronic lower back problem our aim is the same. Follow an evidence based process to assist with your immediate recovery and identify any potential underlying causes to alleviate long term discomfort. There is an overriding three step process that is used including an assessment, treatment and then a plan for your return to sport.
Knowing what would be the most effective method of treatment requires an accurate diagnosis.
Without a proper diagnosis you’re simply treating the symptoms. Whilst this might improve in the short term, the problem almost always reoccurs. Being able to accurately diagnose the cause of your injury and treat/manage accordingly is what separates the top practitioners.
Chiropractic is one of the techniques our physical therapists use as part of an evidence based approach to treatment. Whether your practitioner uses Chiropractic, active release technique, dry needling, a combination of the three or another type of manual therapy is based on what’s deemed the most effective for your problem.
Using a variety of assessments to provide a diagnosis is the first part of the process. The next step is to ensure you understand the problem and more importantly how long the recovery will take and what is involved. This begins to form your management plan which is likely to include treatment and possibly some simple corrective exercises.
If you would like one of our practitioners to assist you in recovering from your injury, whether it’s acute or chronic, you can arrange an appointment online or call the number at the top of the page.
Getting an accurate diagnosis is arguably the most important aspect to your treatment by a physio. It determines everything from the type of treatment required and expected recovery time, right through to developing an exercise plan to reduce the chances of a recurrence.
Our physiotherapists choose from a wide range of neuromuscular skeletal assessments in your initial consultation based on your presenting injury and symptoms. Not following an evidence based diagnosis protocol often leads to misdiagnosis. This can significantly delay your recovery time and restrict your ability to prevent the injury occurring again.
Treatment by your Balance Health and Performance physiotherapist may include the use of:
Manual therapy for soft tissues
Dry needling for trigger points and pain relief
Both rigid and sports taping for pain relief and injury prevention
Biomechanical assessment and correction of movement
Muscle strengthening and conditioning
Return to Sport
Whether it’s a sport or your everyday activities, this is the end goal of injury rehabilitation. We want to see you healthy and active, not spending too much time in a treatment room.
Pilates is one of the most efficient low impact physical fitness routines that improves shape and energy levels, with noticeable improvements to flexibility, strength, endurance, breathing, and balance. The movements in the workout correct spinal and pelvic alignment. It helps you control your body’s movement accurately.
Many physiotherapists and chiropractors suggest Pilates to assist injury prevention and promote recovery.
“physical fitness is the first pre-requisite of happiness”
– Joseph Pilates
Strengthen your core. Your deep abdominal muscles, pelvic stabilisers, and the multifidus muscle that support the spine are given a lot of emphasis during the workout. This makes them stronger, improving balancing and flexibility. You will start to develop lean, elastic, and flexible muscles. The mobility in your joints will improve. This reduces the risk of injury.
Increase your stamina and prevent injuries. Pilates can help improve your stamina. With this type of exercise, you will build up your energy and be able to enjoy your day more. You will feel lighter and stronger. Your physical ability will improve and the risk of injury will go down.
Mastery of balance and Movement. Focusing on your movement teaches an unconscious awareness which helps you maintain balance. You will start to move more gracefully and develop good posture. Many people report an improvement in concentration.
Easy on your body. While Pilates is a total body workout, it is easy on your body. Most of the movements are calmly, allowing you to relax. Since the impact is low and there is only partial weight bearing, it is helpful for many people recovering from an injury.
Be challenged. Pilates is suitable for all fitness levels. There are simple moves to begin, as you master them you transition into more challenging positions. This allows the exercise to match your fitness level and improve with you. As you feel and see your body strengthen you can set new challenges for yourself.