Specialised Focussed
Physiotherapy

What we do?

We have designed new advanced and innovative programs to assist you in your physical health journey

Our Physio are challenged to think outside of the box, to not be restricted but innovative. Everything is on the table. Be creative we say! We have also gone so far as to invest in expensive equipment to support our goals. Just watch this space for more.

Why we do it?

We want Physiotherapy and Physiotherapist to be equipped with the best treatment plans, knowledge, technology and infrastructure to serve you. We love seeing our clients healthy, active, and moving without pain doing the things they love most.

What we offer?

Realtime ultrasound

Real Time Ultrasound allows visual feedback of muscle size and activation patterns. This is the future of rehabilitation and is very specialised.

Real Time Ultrasound enhances patient understanding and gives you the ability to see how to activate certain muscle groups. This is of eminence help in our ShapeWaves women’s program and pelvic health. RTUI enables an image of the deep spinal muscles, abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles to be viewed on the ultrasound screen in “real time” to determine whether the correct spinal muscles are working as they should be for your protection.

The physiotherapist can explain the findings displayed on the screen and discuss their relevance to your problem. It is an effective form of visual feedback to teach, correct and retrain poor or incorrect muscle contractions. It enables identification and isolation of the correct muscles for contraction and to determine the adequate contraction strength required for optimal outcomes.

Shockwave therapy

Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves applying a series of low-energy acoustic waves via a gel medium to an injured area of your body. FamilyPhysio has a state-of-the-art appliance design in Switzerland the Storz, Mp200 for a professional and safe application.

It has found to be an effective adjunct to muscular injuries as well as acute and chronic tendon issues. Shockwave increases the blood flow to the injured area, breaks down scar tissue and helps de-sensitive the nervous system therefore reducing the amount of pain you experience.

It is recommended to receive a total of 3-6 sessions, which is applied by your physiotherapist once to twice a week.

Dry needling

A form of needling or acupuncture, it’s used with 1 needle and involves moving the needle up and down in the muscle to removed knots in a tight muscle looking for a twitch response.  It takes a much less time and can be uncomfortable for a period.

Heat and stretching is used to reduce the pain after treatment. Needling is used for a wide variety of conditions particularly in overuse sports injuries and chronic myofascial pain including facial pain, headaches, and low back pain.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based on a western acupuncture approach this requires several small needles, usually between 3 and 8 to be inserted in specific points around your body.  This can be used to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.

Acupuncture is the use of fine filamentous needles which are inserted under the skin. It is no longer thought to be alternative therapy but is described as a complimentary therapy. Combined with physiotherapy it is incredibly useful for many musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.

Recent research has provided us with good evidence that acupuncture can be effective and because of this research, the medical profession accepts it as a valid treatment modality for many conditions. The World Health Organisation reviewed controlled trials and in 2002 stated that it could be used effectively to treat the following: Migraines and headaches, Facial pain, Temporomandibular (TMJ), dysfunction, Knee pain, Low back pain.

Cupping

Cupping therapy or suction cup therapy is a form of treatment in which cups are placed on specific locations of the skin. Therapists do this to create suction or vacuum inside the cup that encourages healing of a broad ranges of medical ailments, loosening of the muscles and sedation of the nervous system.

From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to promote blood circulation by lifting the body’s connective tissue, loosening any adhesions, and restoring blood flow to areas of the body that have been restricted. In this way it is good for deep tissue repair as the cups suction is often four inches into the tissues, causing the tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, activate and clear the veins and skin, clear stretch marks, and improve the appearance of varicose veins.

Cups are generally left in place for ten to twenty minutes. The skin will redden due to the congestion of blood flow. The cups are then removed and what appear to be bruises are often left the more stagnation there is.

Pre and post-surgical care

At FamilyPhysio we see and treat ACL reconstructions, ATFL reconstructions, Total Knee joint replacement, Total Hip joint replacement, Rotator cuff repairs, Hip and knee arthroscopes and Spinal surgeries.

Pre-Surgical Care:

You may not know, but it is vitally important to get your body prepared for surgery to give yourself optimal chance of a speedy recovery. It is our experience that those who have the best muscle strength around the joint being operated on do the best post op.

We are happy to give you an exercise plan to work towards building strength for your recovery.

Post-Surgical Care:

It is all about pain management and early mobilisation. Early mobilisation during surgery rehab means to get the joint moving as soon as pain allows after the surgery. It is vital that you have some support and guidance during this phase.

Our physios know what levels of pain are acceptable and how hard to push you to get the best results. Often there is little support following surgery, so give us a call we will help you through it and get back to living the dream.

Body balance assessments

Sore neck? Aching lower back? Tight chest? Feel like your body is constantly breaking down for no reason? A Body Balance Assessment may be your answer.

The reason we are often unaware of these positional imbalances is because they are often stemmed and adopted over time either through adaptation, previous injury or even in child development. The first step to finding these imbalances.

As different positions get adopted during everyday tasks, we get changes in our bony alignment and muscle integrity. When these structures are then placed under load, they are more easily susceptible to breaking down and therefore our chance of injury is increased.

Many problems can arise from this such as cartilage and bony degeneration, ligament and muscle tearing as well as fractures.

If you feel a Body Balance Assessment might be something you would like to know more about, whether you sit all day in an office, are an elite athlete and anywhere in between, come down to see Our Physios here at FamilyPhysio for an assessment.

 

What are some things I would expect to cover with a BB Assessment?

 

  • Sitting position
  • Standing position
  • Dynamic positions
  • Muscle strength and balance

Strapping

There are a number of different types of strapping, and these are used on both muscles and joints to offload, improve posture and prevent injury.  You can also be taught to self-strap. Check out our videos on our Facebook page.