What is musculoskeletal physiotherapy?
It means the assessment and treatment of conditions affecting your muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage and spinal discs. It can also identify nerve compression, that can cause pain, numbness,” pins and needles” or burning sensation away from the injured site.
Common conditions are injuries caused by sports, work or leisure activities, motor vehicle accidents or simple everyday tasks as slipping, twisting, bending, and lifting a heavy item around the house. Some conditions develop over time. For example: tennis elbow, tendonitis, back pain, stiff neck, and arthritis.
Is it a journey or a quick fix?
In general when you have pain at a certain body part an experienced therapist would always check the nearby joints, muscles and nerves as well as the affected site for an accurate diagnosis. If we find you suffered from a simple sprain or strain you can expect a fast recovery. However if the injury is more severe, there is nerve involvement or if there is a biomechanical imbalance or chronic condition you can expect a longer period of rehabilitation to achieve long term results.
Often when a client comes in with shoulder pain it turns out, that they have a nerve compromised in their neck or their poor posture leads to altered use of their shoulder blades, shoulder joint, and spine causing biomechanical issues leading to pain.
Another example is when looking at the knee pain we find, that parts of the quadriceps muscle are weaker, than ideal causing uneven loading of the entire lower limb. On further assessment we may also find significant changes of the alignment of the feet. In this case treating the knee pain alone would not lead to long term results. We would than consult with a podiatrist, issue a pair of orthotics if deemed necessary and would start client on an individual exercise program to strengthen the weaker parts, stretch the tight parts and improve balance. This process would then lead to significant improvement of the biomechanics, therefor allow for pain free walking, exercising. In case of athletes we do find, that by the end of their biomechanical correction they return to their sports not only pain free, but achieving better results than before.
If you are experiencing any kind of pain please contact us on the form to the right below or call on 0508 749746.
Some common conditions from head to toe:
- Tension headaches
- Stiff neck or wry neck/ Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Shoulder dislocation
- Rotator cuff injury
- Elbow fracture
- Tennis elbow
- Golf elbow
- Wrist fracture
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hand and or finger injuries
- Arthritis of the hand/ fingers
- Back pain / back sprain
- Disc prolapse
- Sacro iliac sprain
Some techniques used throughout your appointments:
- Soft tissue massage
- Trigger point release
- Advice and education on posture/ balanced movement
- Home, pool and/or gym based personalised exercise programs emailed (or printed) for easy following
- Hip sprain
- Contusion of the hip
- Arthritis of the hip
- Hip replacement
- Buttocks pain
- Hamstring strain
- Knee sprain
- Arthritis of the knee
- Knee replacement
- ACL tear
- Shin splints
- Ankle sprain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Flat foot
- Foot pain
- Advice on pain management
- Taping using rigid tape or kinesio tape
- Issuing braces or orthotics when necessary
- Referral for further assessment or treatment : X-ray, Ultrasound, GP, Naturopath, Acupuncturist, Occupational therapist