Manual therapy is a combination of ‘hands-on’ massage, mobilisation and joint manipulation techniques targeted at improving movement and function of joints and muscles in the body. This is designed to compliment exercise therapy in reducing pain and disability.
The Evolt 360 body scanner works by measuring bio-impedance to accurately determine body composition including body fat, skeletal muscle mass, water and bone mass. Body composition scanning is a good way of measuring progress especially if undertaking a new health and fitness journey. It is also a great way to monitor athletes both in and out of competitive seasons.
We use a combination of taping methods used to create stability in compromised joints as well as provide important biofeedback such as with the kinesiology taping method. Taping is useful as a means of supporting increased function when recovering from an injury and as a protective measure for sporting activities. Our therapists are experts in sports taping.
Electrotherapy uses a combination of devices such as Ultrasound, Interferential and TENS. This is utilised as an adjunct therapy modality to support manual and exercise-based therapy.
The McKenzie Method which is sometimes referred to as mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) is a classification system used extensively in the treatment of lower back pain. Treatment using the McKenzie method is dictated based on the classification of the lower back injury. Please click here for further information on the McKenzie Method.
Clinical Pilates combines the work of Joseph Pilates with Movement Based Classification and Treatment pioneered by Craig Phillips. Clinical Pilates involves a thorough assessment as regular reassessments with goal-based progression to treat injury and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. Clinical Pilates may utilise mat work as well as Pilates reformers and trapeze tables. Our Physiotherapists are DMA Clinical Pilates trained.
GLA:D is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Research from the GLA:D program in Denmark shows symptom progression reduces by 32%. Other outcomes include a less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and fewer people on sick leave.
GLA:D participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program. This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities.
By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.
Remedial Massage is a hands-on, complimentary therapy that aims at treating muscles that have become painful, tense or injured. Remedial Massage aids in assisting the natural healing process of your body by increasing blood flow. It can also be used for the prevention of injury, stress relief, sports recovery and assistance in general athletic performance.
The pressure used during a massage can be tailored to each individual depending on preference. Our Remedial Massage therapists can also provide advice on posture, stretching and exercise. Please check with your private health fund to see whether you are covered for a rebate.
Dry Needling is a skilled intervention involving the insertion of thin needles into the skin to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points. Typically used to treat pain and overly hyperactive muscles. Dry Needling can be a fantastic treatment option for those struggling with soft tissue dysfunction.
At PhysioLife, we believe that movement and exercise is the key to good health. As part of our treatment, we endeavour to provide exercise guidance and practical ways for you to get moving again as soon as possible during your treatment. This will often be from your first session regardless of the severity of the injury. This is a proven way to improve how well you do as a patient and to regain that confidence that is so commonly lacking.
At PhysioLife Heidelberg, we have the Recovery Pump recovery pants available for hire during all business hours. Typically used for between 30 and 60 minutes the Recovery Pump compression pants, assist the recovery of the leg muscles by varying pressure on the legs thereby improving the local blood flow. Recovery Pump recovery pants are commonly used by NBA players, AFL footballers and Runners.
For many surgical procedures, the most important part of the recovery process is what happens after surgery. Physiotherapists are specifically trained to provide care across the entire process of the rehabilitation. This means assisting you before pre-surgery, on the day of surgery and right back to return to play or regular activities. This involves specific goal setting and curating a plan for you to return to the important activities in your life as soon and with as much confidence as possible.
Sports rehabilitation with a physiotherapist involves an investigation into the mechanisms that may have caused the injury in the first place. Proper rehabilitation in sports requires a certain degree of focus on the prevention of the recurrence of the injury. The causes may be found to be load related, strength related, or technique related. In sports rehab, we address any causative issues and ensure that our patients leave better athletes than when they first presented to us.
At PhysioLife, we strongly support local sports clubs and organisations. The majority of our physio’s work regularly with local sports teams. Our associations vary widely but include match day coverage, injury assessments at training and full-time sports injury support to teams. Feel free to get in touch if you feel like your club may benefit from an association with PhysioLife.