Physiotherapy is a clinical health science that uses physical treatments to promote optimal movement and function of the body.
Women’s Health physiotherapy offers treatment and advice for both pregnancy (Obstetrics) and gynaecological conditions. Shockingly 1 in 3 women will experience a women’s health condition in their lifetime, but unfortunately many suffer in silence because they don’t know that help is available that doesn’t involve surgery.
Whether you are suffering with a musculoskeletal condition during pregnancy such as lower back pain and sciatica, pelvic girdle pain or neck pain or you have developed symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction such as bladder and bowel incontinence, sexual dysfunction or pelvic organ prolapse, we can help you.
The treatments vary with the condition being treated but are non-invasive and often involve simple exercises to retrain certain muscles and specific advice about various lifestyle habits.
Physiolates, previously called Clinical Pilates is a clinical exercise class conducted by a physiotherapist. It involves a 1:1 physiotherapy assessment to identify your specific goals and any injuries or movement impairments that may need to be addressed within the program. It includes the use of real-time ultrasound to assess and teach the correct activation of the deep core stability muscles.
Based on this detailed assessment a comprehensive individualised program is developed, drawing from the repertoire of pilates, yoga, clinical exercise & mindfulness practises. The program is instructed on a 1:1 basis for 1-2 sessions. Once you’ve completed these initial sessions you’ll be able to join one of the scheduled Physiolates classes comprising up to 4 participants.
Physiotherapists use real-time ultrasound imaging to assess and retrain the deep layer of stability muscles in the body. Using this technology patients can achieve a faster and more effective recovery through more targeted rehabiliatation.
It is particularly beneficial in the rehabilitation of lower back injuries and conditions relating to pelvic floor dysfunction such as incontinence.
Manual therapy is a mainstay of physiotherapy treatment and involves manipulation and mobilisation of the joints and massage of the muscles and fascia to help alleviate pain, swelling and stiffness.
This hands on treatment technique will complement your rehabilitation plan or assist with managing pain in cases of chronic pain and disability.
Posture Assessment & Correction
Adopting an ideal posture is paramount to musculoskeletal health. Problems arise when we fail to sit and stand with proper alignment for long periods throughout the day. Over time this causes physiological and mechanical changes in the muscles and degeneration in the joints.
We can help you to improve your posture by first assessing any postural and muscular imbalances and prescribing exercises and treatments to correct them.
We will also give you specific advice regarding ergonomic adjustments that may be beneficial to maintaining good posture.
Incorrect sitting posture is responsible for many neck pain, headache and lower back pain episodes as well as many chronic shoulder injuries. Correcting and maintaining an ideal sitting posture is difficult without a proper ergonomic set-up both at home and at the office.
We can provide a thorough workstation assessment at your workplace or home and provide practical advice and modifications.
Our highly trained physiotherapists use the latest evidence based practice to deliver a high quality of treatment. As part of the management of musculoskeletal & sports injuries your physiotherapist will prescribe exercises specific to your injury and body.
Treatment aids such as braces and taping may also be prescribed as part of your rehabilitation.
Biomechanical & Muscle Balance Assessments
The way you walk and move in your daily life is influenced by your genetic posture type and the lifestyle habits you have adopted. An assessment of your walking and running style or your ‘biomechanics’ can reveal imbalances in your muscular system which may require specific retraining to enhance your performance and reduce overload of your joints and connective-tissue.
Following your detailed assessment your physiotherapist will prescribe an exercise program and advice to address any biomechanical impairments or muscle imbalances that may be present.
Exercise programs aimed at encouraging correct patterns of muscle activation and stretching and lengthening tight overactive muscles is the foundation behind ‘Prehab’, the latest buzzword in the health & fitness world.
Learning to use the correct muscles in the right way can significantly enhance your performance and will lower your risk of injury. Your physiotherapist will individually taylor an exercise program to address your specific muscle imbalances, taking into account your goals and activity levels and will review and progress your program as you improve.
This sports medicine treatment is used commonly by physiotherapists for alleviating musculoskeletal pain associated with muscle spasms and trigger points. The needles used are the same as in acupuncture however instead of being applied into acupuncture points they are applied directly into trigger points within the muscles to elicit a healing response.
It is a relatively painless technique and is a useful treatment for anyone suffering with pain and dysfunction caused by myofascial trigger points, particularly patients with myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia.