Our therapists are not only qualified physio’s but have extra training in either post graduate qualifications and also Pilates rehab. We also do acupuncture, taping, strapping and kinesiotape.
When we assess you we will also look at how your body is adapting to compensate for your pain or injury and apply that knowledge in your recovery or rehab program.
A FULL assessment (recommended) will include:
- A detailed history – what happened, your symptoms/ pain history/ whether it’s an isolated incident or a recurring issue or chronic long standing problem.
We will look at the following in depth in our full assessment to accurately advise you on what your issues are:
- Posture – both static and moving
- Muscle imbalance
- Core strength and stability
- Quality of movement and motor control
- Whether you are moving well through your full range or have limited movement
- Local joint , soft tissue or muscle issues that are impacting or have potential to cause problems
- Correct activation process and where you are deficient.
You will find out or understand:
- How you are currently moving and using your body ( EG loading/over use/fatigue)
- How that relates to your current issues
- What you can do NOW to help yourself
- Our program /recommendations for how you can now progress forward
- We will advise whether you require treatment in the traditional format of mobilisations or release or whether you can start a rehab program alongside those principles to get you moving and on the road to recovery quickly. We take a pro –active approach and prefer to get clients mobile within their available limits consistent with their stage of injury/pain or recovery.
General Posture Tips
Tips to Help Yourself – Some generalised tips – consult your therapist if in doubt as to whether they may apply to you.
What can you do at home to help yourself? Consider –
What posture do you spend most of your day in?
- computer based people will have more neck shoulder and back issues , alongside potential wrist and elbow repetitive strain – look at your work station – can you make it more user friendly? Think about a decent back support / stand up or sit up straight to answer the phone so breaking your flexed posture/ stretch back each time you change programs.
- Manual workers will get more knee and back issues – consider carrying the tools you require only – not your full kit to limit load/ use a roll along trolley instead of carrying heavy weights/ consider knee pads if you kneel a lot. Break up heavier jobs with light ones to give your body a break and some recovery time.
- Stand up during commercial breaks and stretch.
- If you have a favourite side of the couch – swop during commercial breaks or sit on the other side every now and again.
- Set your home computer area up well – we spend a lot of time at computers these days!
- At the traffic lights – sit up and back in your chair – try and keep your weight even over both bottom cheeks.
- Ensure you have the seat and steering wheel adjusted to suit you.
- Sit yourself up in your seat rather than adjusting your rear view mirror down.
- Shopping trolleys – push at arms length rather than leaning into it with bend elbows.
- Get a good trolley that is easy to steer – pushing and pulling can do as much damage as lifting badly.
- Keep your posture as a plum line (side view) from your ear through your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Try and keep your weight even through both feet when standing.
Book in for a full assessment and find out what you can do specifically to help yourself. back to top