with Hannah Barnes
This is a specialized form of physiotherapy that assesses for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction that can lead to problems including urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse (POP), pelvic girdle pain, vaginal pain, pain with intercourse, bladder pain, tailbone or coccyx pain and chronic low back pain. Function of the pelvic floor can become a problem at any age but can often start during the pre and postnatal period. It is therefore recommended that all women get pre and postnatal checks from a qualified pelvic floor physiotherapist. READ & LEARN MORE…
Pregnancy and delivery of your baby will cause a lot of changes in your body and the way it functions. This can present in many different ways, but understanding how to manage these changes and optimize your pregnancy and recovery is important for you and your baby. READ & LEARN MORE…
This includes a variety of ‘hands on’ work by your physiotherapist that can include mobilisation of joints, muscles, connective tissue and nerves to improve alignment, mobility and function while reducing pain and stiffness.
Intra-muscular stimulation (IMS) is a form of dry-needling using fine acupuncture needles. Its assessment and treatment focuses on the body as a whole, but in particular, dysfunction at the spine that includes the peripheral nervous system that can drive and influence dysfunction and pain both locally to the area or more distally into the peripheral limbs and around the peripheral joints. This technique is an excellent way to target persistently tight, shortened muscles that can lead to a variety of problems including muscle pain, joint pain, stiffness, nerve pain, numbness or pins & needles type sensations. Gunn IMS is often used in combination with other techniques such as manual techniques and exercise to provide a comprehensive treatment plan.
Pilates is a form of exercise prescription that works on building strength of the core and key postural muscles while improving body posture and awareness of movement control. Pilates is steadily growing in popularity all over the world due to its success in improving injury and rehabilitative outcomes. Clinical Pilates focuses on prescribing a specific exercise program for you as an individual based on a detailed assessment that identifies your specific needs for building strength, core stability and movement control. Clinical Pilates can be performed on either the Reformer, a specific piece of Pilates equipment, or on a mat. Sessions are one-on-one to ensure an individualized tailored program is prescribed.
Problems with the vestibular system can cause dizziness, vertigo (a feeling of spinning) and balance problems. These episodes can last for a few seconds or can be persistent depending on the problem within the vestibular apparatus (housed deep in the inner ear). Physiotherapists trained in the specialist assessment of the vestibular system can assess the causes for the onset of dizziness and treat accordingly to resolve symptoms and regain balance and function.
Concussion can be sustained under a variety of circumstances but usually involves a blow to the head, the trunk or injury to the neck. Concussion can be acute, requiring guidance and management to return to activity and sport safely. In some circumstances, concussion symptoms can persist beyond a few weeks and can be challenging to resolve. This usually requires a more comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation plan to fully resolve what is often diagnosed as chronic concussion disorders.
This forms an integral component of all physiotherapy treatments. Following assessment, exercises are prescribed to optimize your treatment outcomes. Programs are tailored to your individual needs and are progressed through your rehabilitation to successfully return you to full function and activity.
Not just for athletes, taping (K-tape, Leuko-Tape, etc.) can be used to provide proprioceptive input (i.e. messages to your brain) to help correct dysfunctional movement patterns and relieve some discomfort following an injury. Firmer tape can also provide structural stability to an injured joint, such as a rolled ankle. Taping can be used as an adjunct treatment for specific muscular weakness, poor posture, nerve impingement, compromised circulation (from a musculoskeletal injury), bruising (from impact), and scar mobility. Your physiotherapist can assess if this treatment is suitable for you during your assessment.