This includes joint mobilisation, manipulation and massage. After a thorough physical examination, manual treatment can be used to address stiffness in joints, tightness in soft tissues or abnormal neural mobility. Manual treatment is usually accompanied with exercises for you to work on at home.
Myofascial release or MFR is a specialist soft tissue technique that works on the “soft tissue skeleton of the body”. The Myofascial system surrounds, wraps and connects the muscles through the body and can lead to dysfunction. MFR works on the whole body helping restore balance and function.
Kinesio Taping (KT)
KT can be useful in the re-education of muscle function. KT can both inhibit and promote muscle activity and can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and aid rehabilitation.
Exercise is an integral part of physiotherapy and involves the accurate prescription of exercises that will address your problems. Exercises may be needed to stretch or release tight muscles, strengthen weak muscles or mobilise restricted neural tissue. Victoria will work with you to create a bespoke exercise programme that will address your problems but also fit into your lifestyle.
There are several electrical treatments that fall under the heading of electrotherapy and Victoria may suggest the use of ultrasound, interferential or TNS. These modalities can assist in the resolution of inflammation, reduce pain and improve function.
Pilates is an exercise method based on the work of Joseph Pilates. Victoria has been trained in Pilates since 2004 and utilises it to address poor core stability, muscle weakness or tightness and postural correction.
Posture and Gait Correction
Many problems that patients present with are as a result of faulty movement patterns or postures. Victoria will assess your postures and movement patterns, this may include driving or working positions, walking or running gaits and sporting movements. Videos may be taken and any abnormal patterns identified and a plan for addressing them made.
Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals. Victoria is a registered acupuncturist and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist (AACP), she will usually combine acupuncture with manual treatment and exercises to address your problems. The needles used are sterile and single use.