Manual therapy is the skilled passive movement of joints and soft tissues. It includes:
– Mobilisation and Manipulation of spinal and peripheral joints
– Muscle Energy Techniques
– Passive Stretching of Contractile Tissue
– Manual Muscle Relaxation Techniques
– Neural Mobilisation
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging for assessment of peripheral joints and soft tissue injuries. This enables us to see live pictures of your muscles and tendons. This is not only helpful in confirming a clinical diagnosis in conjunction with a thorough physical assessment, but can be very useful in retraining muscle activity. The immediacy you get from real time ultrasound means you can see your progress there and then.
Shockwave Therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT) is a clinically proven and highly effective treatment for some chronic (long standing) soft tissue injuries. It consists of a high energy sound wave that passes through the tissues via a hand held probe.
Rehabilitation is an essential part of Physiotherapy and aims to restore you to full pre-injury ﬁtness (if not improved) and prevention of recurrence. It is relevant to to all patients not just the sporty.
Trigger point acupuncture is a Western evolved form of acupuncture where the muscle is palpated to ﬁnd active trigger points. Trigger points are areas of spasm within the muscle that come about as a response to pain but can be self perpetuating and pain evocative. Acupuncture helps to ‘switch off‘ the Trigger points and help to break the cycle of pain and muscle spasm. We often use a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine points and Active Trigger Points to help relieve pain and muscle spasm.
Exercising in warm water offers great advantages in counterbalancing the effect of gravity and allowing much greater freedom and ease of movement. It can be extremely effective in helping to mobilise stiff joints, strengthen muscles and re-educate balance mechanisms.
This is a detailed analysis of your working position to help prevent musculoskeletal pain as a result of working postures. Chartered Physiotherapists are ideally placed to carry out Ergonomic Assessments as they have the required understanding of the biomechanical function of the body and the effect that different postures will have upon it.