Holistic Pain Management:
Multi-modalities are used to treat persistent (or chronic) pain. We are qualified to use all the modalities listed below.
Persistent (or complex) pain requires a holistic approach (bio-psycho-social), and requires you and the therapist to work together. Treatment is a team effort and requires commitment. The whole of you needs to be assessed and treated; physical, physiological, mental, emotional, and lifestyle. You are assessed individually.
Acute pain, usually less than 3 months duration, and is well treated by most in the medical profession. We treat acute pain too.
Sports Injuries – Get back on track fast….Treatment, biomechanical analysis and muscular retraining for running, snow skiing, golf, football, netball, rowing , tennis, dance, yoga, gym programs more.
Acknowledged by the Australian Physio Association as a Sports Physio in 1991 A-J has toured with the Australian Ski Team, attending the World Cup, and has been team physio for football clubs and netball. She has given talks on injury prevention for lower limb injuries and back pain.
Biomechanical Analysis of Walking, Running or your Sport.
Is walking painful? Do you tire easily? Be assessed and learn techniques to use gravity to assist you and to tap into your natural elastic potential energy in your muscles. You can do this at any age and any fitness level.
Biomechanics is the assessment of the alignment of your joints and where your centre of mass is. It helps enhance your performance of walking and running. Examining how your joints rotate relative to other parts of your body determines the forces placed on joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and more. Restoring good biomechanics, optimal for your body, reduces the stresses placed on your body and improves performance.
Neuromuscular retraining – includes training your muscular performance, coordination and tone using your mind – the neural pathway from the brain to your muscle. This is a very successful way to correct any movement patterns causing pain or dysfunction. I have found it much more effective than just stretching and very helpful for strengthening movement patterns. It is a tool to change habits, re-establishing good movement patterns. It is changing dysfunctional movement patterns consciously, to become functional.
Peripheral Nerve mobilisation –
frees up the movement of nerves as they travel through fascia (connective tissue), around bony protuberances and joints. Nerves may be caught up in tight connective tissue (entrapment) which may cause them to be hyper- or hyposensitive. Releasing the compression or entrapment of nerves often relieves pain, pins and needles or numbness. It is a non-invasive way to treat certain types of peripheral neuropathy. Stretching or mobilisation (correct technique must be taught specifically to you) of nerves can enhance the mobility of the muscles around.
Nerve irritation often results in muscular spasm; releasing nerves can release tight muscles that do not respond to stretching.
Myofascial Release – Myo (muscle) fascia (connective tissue) release (specific massage technique) relieves tension and restrictions in the body. It can relieve pain and enable us to move in ways we previously could not.
Tension can stay in the body for years! When a restriction remains in the body it causes other areas of the body to compensate and this is where pain gets more complex. Fascia (connective tissue) when tight can become adhered to other muscles causing altered movement in the body. A trained Integrative Physio as we have here at The Physio Yoga Clinic, can determine and release these linkages.
Specific massage releases fascia around muscles to restore normal functional movement. This technique requires excellent anatomical knowledge to release the lines of connection between fascia and muscles that your body needs. This does not need to be forceful, the same results can be achieved with gentle pressure.
Self-release your own fascia – using a foam roller, ball massage etc. We can show you how and where to do it.
Trigger Point Therapy – trigger points are areas in muscle that are hypertonic and hypersensitive and generally refer pain away from themselves in a predictable pattern. They can be released with trigger point therapy by specific massage techniques, or by dry needling and cold laser therapy.
Dry Needling is is not acupuncture, but it is performed using acupuncture needles. It is used to release muscle spasm and pain, it speeds up healing and treatment. It is usually painless.
Cold Medical Laser Works by light rays passing through a crystal of a particular wavelength that the body responds to. It stimulates the mitochondria in cells (energy-giving) and reduces pain sensitivity of nerves. It is completely safe. It is useful for reducing nerve pain, trigger points, and muscle spasm.
Postural correction – over time gravity affects the body and our spine in particular. Having your posture assessed can give you awareness of what needs to change and how to change it. Exercises can help, but even better is to attend Yoga classes. Here at the Physio Yoga Clinic classes are taken by a Physio, and we focus on postural correction.
Joint mobilisation – The therapist moves the joint using low amplitude gentle pressure to stimulate synovial fluid, release the joint capsule tension. Great for arthritic joints or stiffness. Exercises are given to maintain movement gained.
Exercise prescription – specifically for you. Using a program called Track Active we provide you with a personalised exercise program to treat your injury and more. You will be sent your program and instructions for accessing it online. It is available on all your computer devices including your phone, or you may print it out as a detailed document with pictures, number of repetitionss etc.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on myofascial technique to restore movement of the head and neck and fluid that bathes the nervous system providing nutrients and taking away waste products (lymphatic system). It is effective for relieving headaches, jaw pain and spinal pain. It is a gentle technique to relieve acute pain from stress.
It is gentle and very relaxing and often helps with sleep and clarity of the mind.
Emotions are stored in the tissues and can cause pain; stress in the shoulders is an example of this.
Emotions affect our fascia (study to add here) and this creates tension felt in the body.
Breathing Therapy – Breathing is a link between the mind and body. Learn breathing techniques to reduce tension in the body. If you are feeling anxious or agitated breathing can help calm you down – there are many different ways of achieving this. If the mind is relaxed, the body will relax.
Therapeutic Yoga – uses Yoga tools including Asana (physical postures and movements), Pranayama (breathwork), Meditation and mindfulness to change how you operate in your body and mind. It is a scientifically proven method to reduce pain and dysfunction and improve the quality of your life. It is perfect for preventative medicine, keeping you healthy. Come and explore how it can help you.
Education – as part of your treatment we help you make healthy lifestyle choices. We discuss your movement strategies, your environment – work and home, lifestyle – sleep, nutrition, commitments; how you can treat yourself including self-massage techniques, home exercise program, breathing exercises, meditation, and more. It is your choice how little or how much you take away.
A Health Coaching package is being designed – stay tuned!