- Adjustments and Mobilizations:
Highly specialised manipulative techniques are performed by hand and consist of a high velocity, low amplitude thrust being applied to a specific vertebra in the spine. Adjustments are safe and some patients can experience immediate relief as the normal joint motion is restored and the nerve is relieved from restrictive pressure and irritation. However, some patients require a few treatments to correct the problem.
A gentle technique for distraction of the spine with isolation of the specific vertebra involved. This serves to initiate movement back into the joint and stimulate lubrication and nourishment of the joint. Common conditions treated with this modality include: Failed back surgery, Disc bulges or herniations, Stenosis, Spondylosis (Degeneration), Facet joint syndromes and muscle spasms.
- Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy:
Mechanical pressure pulses that expand as a wave in the body. Shock waves are like sound waves, high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy. An electromagnetic coil generates the waves. General effects of Shockwave therapy include: Destruction of tissue, Tissue regeneration and repair, stimulation of formation of new blood vessels (Neovascularisation), Pain relief, Relaxation of muscles and calcific deposits reabsorption. Common conditions treated with Shockwave Therapy includes: Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff, Radial / Ulnar humeral epicondylitis (Tennis / Golfers elbow), Piriformis syndrome (Sciatica), Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Patellar femoral pain syndrome, Osgood Schlatter disease of the knee, Shin splints, Heel spurs, Achilles Tendinopathy, and Plantar fasciitis.
This technique is used to treat myofascial trigger points (spasms) which forms when a muscle is overworked or injured. A myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable zone within a muscle which has its own pain referral pattern, is tender and taut with palpation, it has a high metabolism and is poorly vascularised.
It is different from acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, whereas dry needling is a Western Medicine technique which requires a medical diagnosis. There is a clear scientific and physiological understanding of dry needling. A fine, flexible, and sterile needle are used, and no drugs are injected. You will feel a small pin-prick when the needle is inserted and you may also feel a muscle ache and a muscle twitch. Dry needling may cause an increase in pain for one to three days, followed by an improvement of overall pain.
A form of mechanical energy where sound waves generate micro vibrations which influences tissues with high collagen content (ligaments, tendons, fascia, joint capsules, and scar tissue). Conditions treated by ultrasound therapy include: joint contractures, Adhesive Capsulitis, acute and chronic Inflammation, Sprains and strains, bursitis, and tendonitis.
- Interferential Current Therapy (IFC):
A type of electrotherapy where two medium frequency currents are caused to interact in the tissues to produce a low-frequency effect. This modality is used for pain syndromes, inflammation, muscle contraction and to increase healing.
Elastic tape used to protect and support damaged tissue, enhance awareness of the injured area, minimize and reduce swelling, relieve pain, enhance proprioceptive feedback of the joint and decrease movement to prevent further injury.