Physiotherapists make use of a number of treatment modalities to achieve the best possible outcomes. The type of treatment is prescribed and carried out by the physiotherapist, taking the patient's goals and prior level of function into account. Treatments to address pain may include physical agent modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy as well as various forms of manipulation.
By using the modalities mentioned above and others, we seek to relieve pain and prepare the person to participate in therapy. Massage is a regular part of treatment. This helps to stimulate nerves and muscles disabled by injury or disuse. Exercise and stretching are regular treatment methods to increase mobility and strength. Some of these modalities will be dealt with in greater detail in the pages following. Some of these treatments may not be part of our offering, however we can refer you to someone who can help you.
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Dry needling is a modality that aims to relieve trigger points, however it may not be suitable for everybody. more »
Exercise and stretching programs
Exercise and stretching form an integral part of most rehabilitation programs. Exercise helps to increase energy and range of motion, strengthen the muscles, bring blood to the extremities and improve cardiovascular health. Stretching is essential not only for muscle, but for the soft tissue as well. more »
Joint mobilisation involves performing an assisted and involuntary back and forth oscillation of the joint in order to restore motion more »
Manipulative therapy is the term used for special handling techniques to promote healing of soft tissue. It has its roots in the early years of physiotherapy when it was used as a means of promoting healing and relieving pain more»
Lumbar stabilisation is an active form of exercise in which the patient is taught to find his/her "neutral spine" position and maintain it subconsciously more »
For centuries people depended on massage to improve circulation, ease aches and pains and promote a sense of well being. Physiotherapists also use massage to deliver these benefits and more more »
Physical agent modalities
Modalities such as electrotherapy, ultrasound, TENS are used by physiotherapists as an adjunct to or preparation for rehabilitation. They help to reduce pain, muscle spasm, stiffness and decreased movement more »
Pilates is a form of non-impact exercise used by physiotherapists to treat a variety of conditions and injuries. Pilates may bring faster and better relief to those who are suffering from pain and limited range of motion due to impingement more »
Soft tissue therapy
Soft tissue consists of the fascia, connective tissues, muscles, tendons, fat and organs that lie beneath the skin. When these become injured pain and decreased function are the result more »
Strengthening exercises are not only for body builders and athletes; they play a vital role in rehabilitation, fitness and general health more »
Therapeutic exercise is a form of bodily movement aimed at correcting a physical impairment, restoring normal function and promoting a state of well being more »