Spinal & General Orthopaedic Conditions
This includes joint, ligament and muscular injuries and symptoms associated with wear and tear (osteoarthritis). The dynamic interaction of spine, pelvis, hips, scapular, shoulder and extremities needs to be assessed. Imbalances can cause an extensive range of problems including back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms, headaches, leg and arm pain. Treatment of the cause of the condition as well as the injury is required. Corrective postural exercises are required for long term maintenance.
Chronic Pain Management
Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any apparent cause. But for many people, it starts after an injury or because of a health condition, such as Fibromyalgia. Chronic pain can range from mild to severe and it can continue day after day or come and go. Physiotherapy can help you understand and manage your pain, help relax muscle spasm and get you back to being active by giving you appropriate exercises to strengthen your body and educating you in lifestyle management.
Headaches & TMJ Problems
Headaches are a very common complaint amongst patients; it can have many different causes and vary in intensity and presentation. Headaches are often related to poor posture and bad ergonomics, such as sitting slouched in front of a computer for long hours. Many headaches, especially those related to neck and jaw (temporomandibular joint) problems, are effectively treated by physiotherapy.
Rehabilitation After Spinal Surgery
Occasionally in severe cases, spinal problems result in neurological fall-out and surgery is required. Physiotherapy in hospital subsequent to surgery prevents complications such as lung problems and blood clots and exercises are given to facilitate recovery of normal function and strength after surgery.
The neural system centres in the brain, continues down the spine and then branches off into numerous peripheral nerves which run into the extremities.
The mobility of this system is vital for symptom free, full range of movement and dysfunction in the neuro dynamics can cause a variety of symptoms including pain, pins and needles, numbness, tightness, burning and headaches. Restoration of the neuro dynamics is done by manual release of the neural system and exercises to improve the mobility of the nerves.
CranioSacral Therapy originated from osteopathy around the 1900s. Dr William Garner Sutherland detected subtle movements and fluctuations in the body that were not part of, or independent of, breathing or blood circulation. In the last 30 years osteopath Dr John Upledger has researched this further, using more modern methods.
The treatment often involves the head (cranium) and the lower back (sacrum) hence the name ‘CranioSacral’. It is a gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a system called the CranioSacral system – consisting of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Using a soft touch, practitioners release restrictions in the CranioSacral system to improve the functioning of the entire nervous system which improves both physical and emotional well-being. CranioSacral therapy can also be used to relieve colic in babies and problems related to sleeping, learning and behaviour in children and adults.