Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is a combination of different techniques and strategies to help restore normal movement and improve function. Our Physiotherapists will assess you and will come to a joint decision on the best course of treatment and management for your specific ailment. This may include teaching you specific exercises, practising particular movements, finding alternative ways of accomplishing a task and coping with life’s daily challenges.
We commonly see problems such as back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, frozen shoulder, plantar fascitis and many others.
- Lower limb conditions
- Upper limb conditions
- Sports specific injuries
- Vestibular physiotherapy
- Chronic pain
Exercises will be prescribed and tailored to you for your individual needs. This may include:
- Strengthening of specific muscles or muscle groups
- Stretching of muscles and joints
- General mobility
- Sport-specific rehabilitation and movements
- Pilates-style core and whole-body strengthening
- Balance and coordination exercises
What is it? A term used to describe hands-on treatment. The techniques below fall under manual therapy.
Soft tissue release
Muscle energy techniques
Desensitisation techniques to aid the reduction of pain (all the above)
Kinesiology or stability taping
Manual therapy is not always administered where other treatment options are more suitable for the diagnosis.
Soft Tissue Massage
Soft tissue massage is a technique that is less intrusive than deeper tissue massages, such as a sports massage. These massages are more appropriate for those older or on blood thinners/other medications that may interfere with our ability to perform deep tissue work. They employ varied pressure, depth and duration to the muscle to achieve the desired result.
What are the benefits of a soft tissue massage?
- Improved range of motion and flexibility
- Releases endorphins
- Decreases muscle spasms and cramps
- Improves oxygen flow
- Decreases blood pressure
- Increases haemoglobin production
- Eases stiffness and pain in people living with arthiritis
- Reduction in fibromyalgia symptoms
- Stress reduction
Soft tissue massage is excellent for anyone with general aches and pains, provided they have no underlying health concerns.
- Education and coaching around your specific issue
- Advice and guidance on the management of an injury or problem
- Knowledge and advice around the management of pain, including chronic pain
- A holistic approach to physical, emotional, and social wellness within the scope of physiotherapy
- Referral or signposting to internal or external services such as group classes