This is a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation, or mobilization, and used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain.
Manipulative therapy is also used to:
- increase range of motion
- reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation
- induce relaxation
- improve contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability
- facilitate movement
- improve function
All this optimises conditions for correcting posture and performing strengthening exercises
Dry Needling is a form of therapy adapted from Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese system of medicine dating back to 1600 B.C. Traditional Chinese Medicine revolves around a persons Qi, or energy force, which transports itself through the body via designated channels called meridians. Dry
needling however, uses Western based anatomy and physiology to select the points, known as myofascial trigger points, found in designated areas in muscles throughout the body. Many of these points correspond with those used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. By placing a needle into the trigger point the restriction in the soft tissue can be reduced and an endorphine reaction, which helps with pain relief, has also been reported.
Dry Needling can be used to treat conditions such as joint pain and osteoarthritis, inflammatory conditions, headache and migraine, post surgical pain, back pain, as well as acute and chronic trigger point pain.
Strapping, or taping, is a rehabilitation technique that is used to facilitate and compliment the body’s natural healing processes.
Strapping varies in many ways; from the type of tape used, to the direction of placement & tension applied.
It can provide support and stability to muscles, joints and all forms of soft tissue. It has been shown to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.
Strapping is often used in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatments and modalities during the rehabilitative process, to support or maintain a postural correction and to facilitate a reduction in pain.
Strapping is regularly used as a preventative measure, and can lessen the likelihood of acute injuries occurring. Many top athletes, eg. tennis players, prophylactically tape their ankles to minimize risk of injury during training & competition.
Rigid strapping is often used to support and stabilise ligament and joint injuries.
Kinesio taping can be used to improve swelling, as well as to activate or to off load muscles.
Lastly, Dynamic taping is good for supporting an injured area, and is particularly effective in maintaining correct postures.