With so many options it can be a challenge to choose a physiotherapist in Melbourne. For reliable professionals with extensive experience you may want to visit QV Physiotherapy. Right in the heart of the city, QV Physiotherapy offers a variety of services in 30 minute sessions that are all designed to give the patient maximum care and attention. Here are some of the services offered at QV Physiotherapy.
Manual therapy is usually used to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability. This hands-on technique commonly involves kneading of the muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation. Manual therapy is commonly divided in to three categories: massages, manipulation and mobilization. A massage is basically repetitive rubbing or kneading of the myofascial tissues to improve circulation. Manipulation is the science of applying sheer and rotational force on joints. It is often associated with “popping” sounds. These sounds are created by bursting gas bubbles that form in the joint cavitations. Mobilization is much gentler and is the clinical equivalent of stretching. Joints and myofascial (soft tissue) are stretched to improve bio-mechanical elasticity. QV Physiotherapy offers the following manual therapy options:
- Trigger Points Therapy
- Myofascial Release
- Muscle Re-education
Dry needling involves inserting a filiform needle (used for acupuncture) or a hollow hypodermic needle into the skin and muscle directly onto a “trigger point”. There are two ways to treat trigger points. One involves inserting a local anesthetic onto the trigger point and the other involves mechanical, and therefore “dry”, pressure. Trigger points contain “contraction knots” that contribute to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. Although the mechanisms are not well studied and certain, dry needling seems to alleviate pain by treating trigger points.
Electrotherapy refers to the use of increase energy to assist the body’s natural healing response and pain reduction. The energy used may be electrical, sound, magnetic, light and temperature. This type of therapy has short short-term benefits and will provide the greatest benefit when it is used as an adjunct of an already existing physiotherapy program. This is to say that electrotherapy is not a solution in itself but rather it reduces pain and inflammation to allow the patient to continue with his physiotherapy program. QV Physiotherapy uses ultrasound to relieve pain and swelling.
Physiotherapy rehabilitation aims to restore a patient’s functional independence so that they may be fully integrated into the work, activities and lifestyle that they are used to. The goal is to help a patient to be able to live life with very little to no physical assistance, whether at home, work or leisure. In rehabilitation it is also the physiotherapist’s responsibility to focus on the patient’s own goals to improve any disability and encourage the patient along until the goal is achieved. At QV Physiotherapy they have quite the repertoire for rehabilitation:
- Muscle Strengthening
- Conditioning Programs
- Stretching Programs
- Core Training and Pilates
- Balance Retraining
- Post-surgical Strengthening