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Treatment Options

Here at Leura and Wentworth Falls Physiotherapy we offer a variety of different treatment options and usually will use a mixture depending on what we think is appropriate for your specific complaint. Some of the techniques we use are explained in some detail below:

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is essentially the “hands on” aspect of treatment. It encompasses a wide range of techniques such as joint mobilization, joint manipulation, mobilization applied with active movement, overpressure applied with active movement and soft tissue massage.

McKenzie Spinal Assessment

The McKenzie method of spinal assessment, also known as MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy), is a specific way of assessing complaints originating from the spine that was pioneered by Robin McKenzie. The method uses primarily self treatment strategies and attempts to keep manual therapy to a minimum.

Posture Correction

Poor posture is a common contributing factor to both back and neck pain. We are able to assess your posture, in both standing and sitting, and help you to make adjustments it in order to help you to overcome your complaint.

Massage Therapy

Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues in your body such as muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues. It can be applied either superficially or deep, and can be performed using the hands, forearms or elbows depending on what tissue is being targeted.

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy utilises high tech equipment such as ultra sound, laser and interferential units to aid in the healing process. These tools are mainly used in the acute stages of recovery and are often removed from treatment in favour of move exercise based programmes as the patient becomes more mobile and pain free.

Dry Needling

Dry needling uses solid needles to assist in the reduction of muscular pain. The needles are inserted through the skin into trigger points in muscles or other areas of thickened tissue in order to restore its normal function. Dry needling is different to acupuncture in that although it uses similar needles, dry needling is used on local changes in tissues and does not follow specific acupuncture points or meridians.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is exercise based treatment performed in a heated swimming pool. It is usually not swimming but more specific exercises individually tailored to help assist in the rehabilitation of your specific complaint. If required we can accompany you to the local swimming pool and develop an exercise program for you to perform either supervised or independently in your own time.

Balance and Strength Training

We generally use some form of balance and strength training as part of all conditions that we treat. Whether we are improving your balance and strength in your lower limbs after you have sustained an ACL injury or if we are improving your core stability after a period of low back pain, it is a very important part of any rehabilitation. We will teach you the most appropriate exercises to perform in order to achieve the best results and progress these as required.

Gait Assessments

All our physiotherapists are able to competently assess your gait. If your gait is contributing to your presenting complaint we are able to identify which aspect of it may need to be altered and provide you with specific exercises and advice that will help restore your gait to its normal cycle.

Orthotics

Orthotics are used to treat a wide range or conditions such as plantar faciitis, shin splints and osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. When indicated, we are able to assess the biomechanics of your foot and provide you with a pair of orthotics that are specific to you. They will help to restore the normal biomechanics of how you move and ultimately help to resolve your complaint.

Falls Prevention Programs

Falls prevention programs are specifically designed to reduce to risk of falls in the elderly population and a very effective in doing so. The program is entirely exercise based and primarily aims to improve the clients’ strength and balance in a safe environment. Initially these exercises are provided in a supervised manner and as the clients’ ability and confidence grows they are progressed to more challenging tasks.

Taping and Bracing

If you have sustained an injury that has compromised the stability of a joint, we are able to supply you with the appropriate brace or tape the joint to provide the additional support required. Taping and bracing increases the stability at the joint which in turn will help control any pain experienced and also reduce the risk of further injury.

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