Whether you have back pain from an acute injury, such as performing heavy lifting incorrectly, a sports injury or motor vehicle accident, or experience postural pain from sedentary activities such as working in front of a computer, our physiotherapists are ready to help. With manual therapies, and the best advice regarding your diagnosis, managing your problem, and exercises to improve your health, we will help you to achieve your best.
Neck pain does not only cause headaches however. Symptoms of neck pain, neck stiffness and pulling of the neck muscles are all common presentations. These can often respond well to mobilisation techniques, manipulation, dry needling, soft tissue massage, taping and exercises.
Pilates exercises are based upon using your core muscles, composed of deep abdominal muscles, the pelvic floor, and spinal stabilisers, that support your lower back whilst you exercise. Building up from a stable core, Pilates exercises are then tailored to create a whole body program as per your goals. In challenging the core muscles, Pilates addresses not only lower back pain and injury, but also problems arising from the neck, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees, and ankles. As you become stronger, exercises are progressed to continually challenge you and continue to benefit your health.
Pilates is also one of the primary conditioning tools in many elite sports including cricket, rugby, athletics and football, where it is used as a muscle conditioning program to prevent sports related injuries.
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The benefits of massage are far reaching, and virtually all of the musculoskeletal complaints we see will benefit from massage. Our Physiotherapists also work closely with our Massage Therapists and indeed many of our patients find a combination of Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy works effectively for them.
Real Time Ultrasound
In acute and chronic back pain, these muscles have been shown to weaken, have poor endurance and strength, and can actually contribute to the length of time a back problem takes to resolve.
An ultrasound provides us with information as to how well the core muscles are stabilising and supporting the lumbar spine, and how efficiently the pelvic floor muscles are working. The pelvic floor muscles assist in supporting the pelvis as well as their function in toileting. There is therefore a strong link between incontinence due to pelvic floor weakness and back pain.
Real time ultrasound is also used by our Physiotherapists to assess how patients are progressing in their strengthening or Pilates programmes.
Dry needling is the use of very thin pins to release trigger points in muscles. A trigger point is a palpable part of the muscle, which is tight due to the muscle fibres no longer contracting or relaxing. Instead they form tight, painful knots under the skin. When the needle penetrates the trigger point, it stimulates the muscle, increasing blood flow and releasing pain relieving endorphins. The needles are very fine, and do not cause any damage to the muscle.
Dry needling is an effective adjunct to treatment as often trigger points are in the deeper layers of muscle tissue, which we cannot loosen with massage or heat. We are able to specifically target key trigger points within the target muscle that are causing the pain, which usually has a lasting effect.
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Our Physiotherapists are also very aware of the importance of getting you back to work as soon as possible. Progression from hands on treatment to rehabilitative return-to-work gym, exercise, and Pilates programmes.