Acupuncture is a 2000-year-old Chinese treatment involving inserting needles into specific body points. The needles are single-use and completely sterile. Research undertaken by a variety of professionals has now provided the benefits of acupuncture for many different musculoskeletal conditions.
The alignment of your muscles & joints affects your posture and how you move. Altered biomechanics can cause pain, stiffness, muscle imbalance and weakness. Advantage Physio can assess this and, through various techniques, attempt to help your alignment. Techniques such as taping, mobilisation, massage, orthotics, strengthening and exercise can help to improve your biomechanics.
Using machines to treat your injury areas, electrotherapy has a healing effect on your body by improving blood circulation to that area. Electrotherapy stimulates the surrounding cells combating inflammation and stimulates muscle tissue for relaxation. We can use ultrasound, electroacupuncture, TENS, and interferential for various injuries to reduce pain and speed recovery.
Do you sit or stand all day? Are your computer, mouse, chair, and table all in the correct position? Advantage Physio provides an ergonomics assessment to modify your environment to fit you. Having the correct ergonomics specifically designed for you is essential if you hold a sustained position for long periods of the day.
Each individual and injury will need the correct exercise prescription and progression to speed rehabilitation and recovery. Once you are better, prevention exercises may also reduce the reoccurrence of injury and keep you at the peak of fitness.
K-tape – that colourful stretchy tape you will often see on sportsmen and women. K-tape helps with proprioception, control of movement, swelling and posture.
Manipulation involves the clicking of joints to help improve muscle spasm, movement, alignment, and pain. It’s a standard treatment used by a chiropractor or osteopath. Physios undertake training to use this treatment when needed. Please note – this is not as painful or scary as it may look! Most videos of manipulation on social media have been greatly enhanced.
Depending on the type of injury, many massage techniques can be used, including sports massage, myofascial release, effleurage, and trigger point release. Massage helps with muscle spasms, swelling, muscle tears/pulls, recovery speed, and pain.
Mobilisation involves physios pushing gently on your joints, with the aim of improving movement and reducing pain or muscle spasms. Mobilisation treatment is a lighter, less intense version of manipulation.
Orthotics are most commonly thought of as shoe supports. Orthotics can help with the alignment of feet, including under pronation or excessive pronation. Everyone is different and will require specific treatment or orthotics to support them. Advantage Physio will thoroughly assess you before seeing if you could benefit from an orthotic.
Pilates are exercises that strengthen your core stability muscles and help control movement. Improving core stability can improve posture, biomechanical alignment, strength, stability and reduce pain and muscle spasms.
Many injuries seen in a physio clinic are caused by problems with posture, core strength, balance, flexibility, or movement control, all of which Pilates can help. It’s much more than just a ‘plank’! Our Pilates instructor’s and physios work alongside each other to get the best of you.
Posture is imperative in modern-day life when we find ourselves in sustained postures all day long. Poor posture can often contribute to the pain you may be feeling, which is why physios are so focused on correcting this when we can. A posture assessment can assess sitting posture, standing posture or dynamic posture (how you move).
My wife and I have used Paul and his team many times. Whether it be little aches and pains or injuries from rugby, they always get us sorted in a very friendly and professional manor. Would highly recommend.
I cannot recommend them enough, and especially Alex, who was helping me regain full motion after an ankle fracture. Always smiling, understanding, kind, he knows and enjoys what he is doing. I am more than grateful for his help.
Sometimes it’s necessary to immobilise a body part to protect it. At Advantage Physio, we can order and fit the appropriate splint, brace, or support. Splinting can allow the injured area to recover, enabling the physio to focus on the right rehab treatment for your injury.
There are various taping techniques to help your rehab and protect you from injury. A session may vary from helping to sit correctly to supporting a joint so you can finish that race or game of tennis.
This treatment works with a little (phone-sized) machine that can help to ease the pain. It interferes with the pain signals getting to your brain and aims to reduce the amount of pain you may be experiencing.
Manual traction is a relaxing procedure that assists movement and reduces pain and muscle spasms. A gentle traction force is applied through a joint, most commonly the spine, to reduce pain and muscle spasms.