My physiotherapy practice is based on getting you moving again. Exercise is an integral part of the recovery process for the majority of conditions that I will see in the clinic. It is rare that you will be instructed not to exercise in some way, it may just look different for a short period of time.
I have a strong focus on education and love my clients to understand the process of what we are doing and why in a way that helps them direct their own treatment. We will create goals and come up with a plan so that we are both working towards the same outcome, and that you understand the process to get the results you are after.
Manual therapy is an umbrella term for any technique that a practitioner may use when their hands are touching the client. This includes the assessment process when I will be checking range of motion, strength, and palpating joints and soft tissues. During treatment, manual therapy includes techniques such as mobilization or manipulation of joints, soft tissue techniques, and guiding and facilitating different movements.
Continued education has helped me develop a range of specific and safe manual therapy techniques that can help my clients in many ways.
I use a variety of techniques in my treatment and have received further training in manual therapy, acupuncture, and dry needling.
These techniques are useful parts of your physiotherapy care; and depending on the individual and condition, can be used to reduce pain, help you move, and reach your goals.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective tool that can be used within physiotherapy to complement our treatments. The insertion of small filiform needles into specific "acupuncture points" of the body, stimulates the release of endorphins that have an important role in the bodies' natural pain-relieving mechanisms.
The therapeutic effects of acupuncture include:
Improved body function
As a Physiotherapist, I have completed additional training that allows the safe use of acupuncture in my treatment plans when appropriate.
Dry Needling (DN) is a skilled intervention performed by a physiotherapist, that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points (TrPs) for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. The goal of DN is to release trigger points and relieve pain.
Myofascial Trigger Points (TrPs) are a hyperirritable spot, usually within a taut band of muscle. The spot is painful on compression and can give rise to referred pain. They are commonly referred to as "knots". TrPs are associated with changes in the muscle that can cause shortening, weakness, and pain.
For more information, please visit the Integrated Dry Needling website, or contact me to discuss if this would be a useful treatment for you.
If you have any questions about my services or treatments please let me know.