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Physiotherapy Techniques

Using advanced techniques, physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life.

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is a hands-on approach that involves different techniques. When a specific joint is injured, the physiotherapist will often use manual therapy to help aid in the healing process.read more»

Whether it’s an overuse injury such as tendonitis or a sports injury, the physiotherapist will identify the joint and soft tissue structures that may be injured, and if there were underlying areas of restriction that may have contributed to the injury.  There are numerous techniques such as mobilization of soft tissue and joint restriction that will aid in the rehabilitation process.

NeuroKinetic Therapy

NeuroKinetic Therapy is a sophisticated form of manual therapy that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing. read more»

The science of motor control theory states that the motor control center in the cerebellum stores all the coordination patterns of the body. It is directed by the limbic system and the cerebral cortex to not only create movement patterns (such as when a baby learns to stand), but also to create substitute movement patterns when we are injured.
When a muscle is under working for whatever reason, the motor control center will find a substitute muscle to perform the function. If this pattern is allowed to remain in the motor control center, dysfunction and pain will follow.
We also know from motor control theory that if the body fails to perform a specific function, the motor control center is open to new learning for approximately 30 to 60 seconds.
Manual muscle testing allows us to find muscles that are weak or dysfunctional in relationship to other muscles.
NeuroKinetic Therapy is an excellent modality in rehabilitation and manual therapy because it not only identifies the cause of pain and dysfunction, but also corrects it very quickly and quite painlessly.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a form of therapeutic approach in which fine solid filament needles are inserted in specific points on the body to relieve pain and improve function. read more»

As nothing is injected in body except needle, the procedure is called “Dry Needling”. These needles are the same as acupuncture needles. Dry needling (mainly understood as myofascial trigger point needling) is not all the same as acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine). The principles of assessment and treatment techniques are quite different.

Dry Needling helps in reducing pain and initiate healing process. Our body perceives needling as another injury and blood rushes to the site, which flushes out the pain producing chemicals and helps in healing process. Dry needling is not the only treatment options, it is just another tool in the hands of your therapist.
Most commonly people experience soreness at the needle site, which may last between few hours to few days. Also you may notice a little bruise near the needle site, which will fade away in few days. Some report initial increase in symptom followed by great relief, while others report immediate or gradual relief from pain over few days.
It is a common belief that longer needles hurts more. This is not true. Your therapist has been specifically trained in various dry needling techniques and will choose appropriate needles depending on your condition, target tissue and your body size. Upon insertion you will feel pinprick, deep muscle ache or muscle twitches. Research shows that these twitches are desirable and help in untangling muscle fibers. These sensations are transient.

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion.  It is also used for preventative maintenance, edema and to treat pain.  It is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process.
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The method stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “kinesio.”  Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc.
Kinesio tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems, and everything in between.  Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring injuries, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.