The Dry Needling Approach

In recent years, the practice of Dry Needling has become increasingly more integrated into a physiotherapists existing skillset and treatment approach. However, there is still some confusion around what Dry Needling is and how it can help in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions.

Dry Needling is the technique of using fine needles (the same as those used in acupuncture) to target certain tissue abnormalities to elicit a local physiological response, such as:

  • trigger points
  • regions of high muscular tone
  •  fibrous thickening (scar tissue)

The reasoning behind which tissues are targeted and the specific application of the Dry Needling technique used is based on the physiotherapist’s assessment of the location and nature of biomechanical restrictions which may be contributing to your pain or dysfunction.

 

IMG_7281-copyIf your physiotherapist thinks that you may benefit from this treatment technique, then the process and reasoning behind its use will be discussed with you in your session and any queries or concerns you may have can be addressed or clarified before choosing whether or not you would like to trial this approach.

Remember Dry Needling is not for everyone and any application in practice will be as a collaborative decision between you and your therapist!

At Physionorth, we use sterile single use quality needles to perform both dry needling and acupuncture treatments.

Our Physiotherapists Jaquie, Linda, Anna, Stacey, Brianna & Lauren are all trained and qualified to use the technique of Dry Needling.

 

Call our friendly receptionists on 4724 0768 for appointment bookings.

Physiotherapy Services

Our appointment times are longer than most other clinics and our treatment approach allows for more hands-on manual therapy to release overactive muscles, loosen up joints, retrain weak muscles and teach you how to improve your posture and move with symmetry.

Our therapists only see one patient at a time, their focus is solely on you, we use fewer machines and treat our patients as a whole!

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cam_6763-copyWe specialise in the treatment of conditions such as:

Back, neck & shoulder pain

Headaches

Knee & ankle pain

SIJ & hip pain

Pre & post-pregnancy treatment

Jaw (TMJ) pain

Postural problems

Pre & post surgery rehabilitation

Complex injuries

Women’s Health treatment

Connect Therapy (Whole Body approach) 

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Located just one street back from the beautiful Strand at 1/57 Mitchell Street in North Ward; Call our friendly receptionists on 07 4724 0768 for appointment bookings.

What is Massage Therapy?

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Neck massage Physionorth

 So, What is Massage Therapy?

 It is the manipulation of superficial, deep and connective tissue. It is utilised to speed up the body’s natural healing process and to enhance repair and function of muscles. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, and the cardiovascular and lymphatic system ALL benefit from massage therapy.

Why? To help manage:

  • Chronic pain and dysfunction
  • Relax and relieve the stress of daily life
  • Prepare for childbirth
  • Increase blood flow
  • Help you recover from exercise

Our Massage Therapists Silvia, Rebekah and Maddison are experienced in a range of massage styles, including:

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  • Swedish: a relaxing massage using light to medium pressure
  • Myofascial: a slower technique that uses a gentle pressure to stretch deep connective tissue and muscular fascia
  • Remedial: involves a deeper pressure and aims to assess and find cause of pain to target specific areas for treatment
  • Sports: a deep tissue massage for pre and post sporting events
  • Pregnancy: helps reduce swelling, decrease back and neck pain and keep you moving freely. At Physionorth we have special pregnancy pillows to allow mum to be to lie on her stomach comfortably during treatment.

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Massage appointments are available Monday – Saturday (excluding public holidays). Call our receptionists on 4724 0768 for appointment bookings.

Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture is deeply rooted in traditional Chinese History and is now coming to the forefront of the ancillary healthcare market. Government Registration means that Acupuncture is now recognized as a scientifically proven healthcare option.

At Physionorth we blend Traditional Chinese Medicine with evidence-based Western Acupuncture.

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Our Acupuncturist Rebekah can tailor your treatment to your specific requirements. Traditional Acupuncture treats common musculoskeletal complaints such as:

  • Shoulder Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Osteo Arthritis
  • Plantar Fasiciitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Pregnancy Pain

It is also effective in treating long-term chronic pain syndromes such as:

  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Constipation
  • Sleep Disorders

Acupuncture is also an effective tool in post-operative recovery, and often the first port of call as it is the gentlest form of treatment and can facilitate healing and reduction of scar tissue.

IMG_7300-copyWestern Acupuncture Vs Traditional Acupuncture What’s the Difference?

Western Acupuncture: uses a selection of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture points that have been scientifically proven to have effects on the nervous system and endocrine function of the body. They are clinically proven to reduce pain and increase white blood cells to facilitate cellular repair.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture: still acts on the nervous system, increases white blood cells and reduces pain, however, the body is considered as a whole and a full consultation is required to assess the constitution before treatment. It is important in Chinese Medicine to identify the root cause of the Pathology and not just treat the symptoms. This is why Traditional Chinese Medicine is often effective in treating conditions that do not respond to conventional treatment.

The risks of Acupuncture and Dry Needling are minor and your therapist will explain these in full prior to treatment. Single use sterile needles are used at Physionorth. Rebekah Rogerson is our registered Acupuncturist with the CMBA (Chinese Medicine Board of Australia) with a BHsc (Acupuncture).

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Acupuncture bookings are available on Monday & Wednesday’s.

Call our clinic on 4724 0768 to book an Acupuncture treatment with our fully qualified Acupuncturist Rebekah.

Visceral (Internal Organ) Manipulation

Visceral manipulation is a unique form of very gentle manual therapy that addresses the viscera (internal organs) and works with our own body’s ability to heal itself and achieve balance. We are a web of interconnected tissues and each one of our organs relies upon movements that occurs within and around all other organs.

When there is an adhesion between two tissues or organs there is a lack of free movement, resulting in a decreased function (due to an alteration in the actual structure) of the organs themselves and restricted musculoskeletal movements.

Adhesions can develop due to many factors:

  • Trauma,
  • Dehydration of tissues,
  • Surgery,
  • Infections,
  • Inflammation,
  • Posture
  • All forms of physical and emotional stress.

visceralVisceral manipulation can help with various issues such as:

  • chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • back, hip and knee pain
  • post-surgical scar tissue
  • acid reflux and heartburn
  • Crohn’s Disease and IBS
  • liver disorders and much more.

Our massage therapist Silvia is now trained in Visceral Manipulation 1 and is having great results treating the above issues.

If you have a history of any of the problems listed above and think Visceral Manipulation can assist you, please contact our friendly receptionists to make an appointment on 47240768.

Neural Manipulation- What is it?

Rebekah, our Acupuncturist/Massage Therapist, recently undertook the level one workshop of a 4 level Program in Neural Manipulation with The Barral Institute Australia.

Neural manipulation looks at the relationship between the hard bony components that encase the nervous system and the impact they have on the softer neural structures ( Brain, spinal cord and nerves)  in traumatic circumstances.

Brain duraOur brain is encased with a membrane called the Dura. It is like a skin on the brain and covers the spinal cord as well. Parts of this membrane have connections to the bony structures such as the vertebrae and the Cranium (Skull) . The neural tissue is then surrounded by a shock absorbing fluid known as Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) that allows for the brain to be suspended so that it does not contact the bony structures (and give you concussion every time you look down to tie your shoes).

Upon impact, such as whiplash, a fall or a blow to the head. The soft tissues of the nervous system are forced into the harder structures leaving an impact on the soft tissue and a cellular memory of the event – Like a shock wave that has nowhere to go. These Points of connection between the two often suffer extreme force and then thicken or harden in response, preventing the free movement that the Nervous System should have.

This causes the messages that the brain usually send to be impaired and thus some of the nerves may become fibrous and pain or blockage results.

Neural Manipulation sessions are very gentle but may have a profound effect on the body, as such, we allow for 3-week intervals between sessions to allow time for your body and the nervous system to adjust.

To find out more, or book an appointment with Rebekah, contact our friendly reception staff on 47240768.

Cupping Therapy

CUPPING onCupping therapy is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM), it has been used for centuries in Ancient Chinese culture and now has been integrated into mainstream allied health. Now days you will find Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists all often use cupping in their treatments.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is the application of a hollow vessel to the skin via a vacuum seal. This may be achieved with a glass cup and the use of a flame or the use of plastic suction cups and a vacuum pump to remove the air.

Either way the process achieves a tight pulling sensation of the skin and the underlying fascia of the muscles. Whilst the suction is applied space is created between layers and movement of blood and lymph is encouraged through the area.

Depending on the ailment being treated, the therapist may leave the cups in stationary positions for up to 15 min or alternatively they may use a lighter suction and slide the cups throughout an area of congestion. This is to encourage greater movement through the area and facilitate movement along those particular fascial lines (lines of tension).

Why Use Cupping Therapy

From a traditional Chinese medicinal viewpoint, cupping moves Qi and Blood. Where there is areas of stagnation and accumulation of cellular waste and debris eg from poor posture, excessive gym work or maybe an old injury.

From a physiological point of view cupping helps to free up the fascial restrictions in areas that are less flexible. It helps to move blood and lymph through sections of muscle that may be restricted.

In Traditional Chinese medicine Cupping Therapy is  also used at the onset of a cold or flu. To open the pores and release the cold invasion. Heavy cupping is often used to move the Wei Qi (this is the Energy at the surface of the body considered to fight off invading pathogens) in Bronchial / Chesty conditions.

The Result

Cupping Feels Awesome!

Cupping results in more freedom of movement. It can help to reset postural imbalances and release focal areas of tension.

It does occasionally leave a discolouration on the skin. This is often called a bruise however when touched is often not tender like a bruise. This discolouration is the accumulation of blood and cellular debris that has been moved as a result of the cups. Once drawn to the surface it is easier for the lymphatic system to remove the accumulated waste. Depending on the patient’s Circulation and the intensity of the discolouration the marks can take from 3-5 days to clear up.

Below are some progressive photos of the marks as they resolve after a cupping session.

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5 Days Later

 

Is it right for you?

Cupping is a widely used modality these days however it is not right for everyone. Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medical tool, as such is better used by Accredited Registered Acupuncturists. If you are Elderly, frail or chronically ill, Cupping may not be right for you. It is generally performed as part of a Remedial Massage Treatment or Acupuncture Session.

For any inquires call 07) 4724 0768 ask For Rebekah our Registered Acupuncturist or make a Booking today to discuss your treatment options.

Myofascial Therapy and Headaches

IMG_7318-copyTension headaches are the most common type of headaches and they are generally described as a mild to strong pain that feels like a tight band around the head. Myofascial therapy is a massage technique that provides great long term relief for headaches even where other modalities have been unsuccessful. Continue reading

Jaw Pain and Clicking- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD / TMJ)

• Do you suffer from headaches?

• Is chewing food uncomfortable or painful?

• Do you hear popping, clicking, or crackling sounds when you move your jaw?

• Are you unable to open your mouth freely, smoothly and as wide as you need to while eating or yawning?

If you answered YES to any of these questions you may be one of the many suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

 

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The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body. It is constructed of two bones. The mandible (jaw), and the temporal bone of the skull. A disc sits in the middle of the two bones.  Disorders of this joint are very common.

Causes include:

• Dental work (ie. tooth extractions, implants etc.)

• Clenching or grinding teeth

• Cross bite

• Stress or nervous habits (ie. nail biting)

• Excessive chewing

• Trauma / whiplash injuries

• Blunt force to the face

• Sporting injuries (ie. Volleyball to the face)

• Posture

• Osteoarthritis/ Rheumatoid arthritis

Click here for some great strategies to relieve TMJ pain!

 

 

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders:  Jaw pain

• Clicking

• Popping

• Locked jaw (unable to open and close your mouth)

• Facial deformity/asymmetry

• Difficulty chewing tough food/ big items

• Pain in the ears, temples or neck

• Toothaches

• Headaches

• Pain in the neck

What if my jaw “Clicks/ Pops” but it doesn’t hurt?

 

Clicking in the jaw indicates that the disc between the mandible and temporal bone is out of place. This creates bone on bone contact and over time can lead to arthritic changes in the TMJ. Arthritic changes will reduce the overall function of the TMJ resulting in pain. Early intervention restores normal alignment and function of the joint, thereby creating a nutritious environment for the disc.
At Physionorth we have experienced Physiotherapists who are highly qualified to assess, diagnose and treat TMJ disorders. Our professional background and experience have allowed us to develop a multidisciplinary program based on individual needs and findings. Our physiotherapists are trained to perform specialised release techniques, mobilisations and individual exercises in order to reduce pain and restore normal function of the TMJ.  Based on individual findings, treatment may also address neck disorders and postural education.
Linda Gomercic

Senior Physiotherapist

 

Our Senior Physiotherapists Linda, Jaquie and Anna all specialise in treating TMD, for bookings call our friendly receptionists on 4724 0768.

Dry Needling / Acupuncture

Physionorth has therapists qualified in both Dry Needling and Acupuncture. Dry Needling has gained popularity with Physiotherapists in recent years as an adjunct therapy, to help ease pain and release muscle tension.  Traditional Chinese & Western Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments and is usually used as an intervention on it’s own. Would you like to try Acupuncture, but you’re not sure which type would be suited to you? Read on to find out more Continue reading