- Joint mobilisation
- Soft tissue myofacial release
- Deep tissue massage
- Manipulative techniques
- Friction techniques
- Personalised exercise programme
- Electrotherapy (ultrasound / interferential)
Joint mobilisation This is the amount of movement that occurs at a joint, either spinal (neck or back), or peripheral (knee, foot, hand etc) Joint mobilisation is a gentle hands on therapy that involves gentle repetitive movements usually of a joint that has become stiff and is causing pain. There are grades to which a joint can be mobilised, ranging from small oscillatory motions to deeper movements at the end of the range of a joint. This can helpful in any joint area for example the neck, the back, shoulder, feet and hand and can increase movement in that area, increase blood flow to the tissues to promote healing and also reduce pain. Mobilisation of a joint is extremely effective when combined with other soft tissue and muscular stabilising techniques.
Joint manipulation is similar to that of joint mobilisation, however the joint involved is taken beyond the end of its normal range in order to provide more movement there. Manipulation usually involves a sudden movement performed at high speed and this is mostly effective with neck or back pain however other joints may also be manipulated. The therapist should always discuss manipulation with you before it is carried out and should always be followed with advice on correct positioning to optimise improved functioning of the joint.
Soft tissue myofascial release
Soft tissue myofascial release (MFR) involves deep slow strokes of the therapists hands to an area of tissue that has become tight. MFR is very effective and can be quite relaxing, it can reduce pain and improve movement in tissues that have become restrictive. Poor posture, trauma, injury or surgical procedures can cause tissue to become restricted and this technique can improve flexibility and postural awareness.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage is a technique where pressure is applied deep into the muscles to promote blood flow, lengthening of tight structures or relaxation of tight muscle bundles.
A deep transverse friction technique involves the therapist pressing deeply into the injured tissue and then rubbing briskly across the muscle fibres until the tissue heats up and becomes warm or hot, sometimes as a result of this a numbing of the local tissue also occurs. Friction techniques can help with pain, and reduces thickened scar tissue.
Used as an adjunct to complement hands on treatment, physiotherapists may use electrotherapy to help with pain relief, inflammation reduction and management of scar tissue of conditions related to the muscle, tendon or bone.
Ultrasound: used on both chronic and acute injuries or conditions this type of electrotherapy uses high frequency sound waves that gently vibrates the surrounding area from deep within the tissue aiding with the healing process.
Interferential Therapy: this type of electrotherapy involves passing a gentle medium frequency electrical current through the tissues. The electrical current mainly relieves pain by acting directly on nerve fibres causing a release of endorphins and interfering with the bodys pain gate mechanism. An increase in circulation to the area also promotes healing of tissue.
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- Back pain / Neck pain
- Whiplash injuries
- Ligament, muscle and joint problems
- Tennis or golfers elbow
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Knee injuries
- Sporting injuries
- and many more...