Acupuncture and Dry Needling
Many practicing physiotherapists with appropriate training possess skills in the area of acupuncture and dry needling (DN). These physiotherapists work in diverse fields such as musculoskeletal, sports, neurology, women’s health, respiratory and animal physiotherapy.
Traditional acupuncture and DN techniques can be easily and seamlessly integrated into a physiotherapist’s existing skillset and enhance their clinical effectiveness, as well as broaden the range of conditions that they can treat effectively.
The evidence base for acupuncture or dry needling in various areas of physiotherapy, has increased substantially over the past decade. In particular, research has grown to provide evidence-based support in the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, tension type and migraine headaches, pelvic girdle pain, knee osteoarthritis, lateral elbow pain and shoulder conditions.
Aquatic Physiotherapy / Hydrotherapy
Aquatic physiotherapy can be used as a treatment anywhere a pool or hydrotherapy facilities are available, it can be used to treat a multitude of different conditions:
- sports injuries,
- post-operative and orthopaedic conditions,
- spinal pain and/or injuries,
- neurological conditions,
- cardio-respiratory problems,
- balance dysfunction,
- women’s health complaints,
- Arthritis and aged care.
Ideally, the aquatic physiotherapist should have a knowledge of the hydrodynamic and hydrostatic properties of water, the physiological effects of immersion, and all relevant water safety procedures.
Broadly speaking, cardiorespiratory physiotherapists work to improve quality of life, maximise independent function, assist with recovery after surgery, and prescribe exercise to improve fitness and strength, educate people about their condition and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy is not all sputum and deep breaths. So extensive is modern physiotherapy’s current knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body that the field has become an important component of modern physiotherapy practices. We all know how a cardiorespiratory physiotherapist has touched someone in our lives.
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy has embraced the greater understanding of pain physiology, neuromotor control of movement, human behavioural and social sciences, as well as developing a high-quality research culture.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have expertise in the treatment of musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) conditions. The treatment begins with clinical assessment and diagnosis, followed by the prescribed therapy.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy helps:
- Totally relieve or reduce your pain.
- Provide you with strategies to best manage your injury or condition.
- Help you to recover quicker and hasten your return to your normal activities.
- Improve your flexibility, muscle strength, quality of movement, proprioception and co-ordination.
- Assist you to achieve exercise or functional goals.
- Improve your fitness.
- Help you to prevent future injury recurrences.
- Prescribe exercises to do at home, work in the gym to enhance your recovery.
Paediatric physiotherapy is a specialty area in the treatment for children from birth until 18 years of age. The physiotherapy is personalized according to the child’s personality, age, and condition. The physiotherapy treatment may include toys or various activities to encourage physical movements that’s being strived for.
Paediatric physiotherapy is available for a range of conditions in the areas of musculoskeletal/ orthopaedic, neurological/developmental, cardiorespiratory and psychological health. The ATP Medical Paediatric physiotherapists examine a child’s musculoskeletal development, their functional capabilities, limitations and the achievable remedy.
ATP Medical’s paediatric physiotherapy is available for a range of issues, including:
- Developmental delay (delayed milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking)
- Your child has an unusual walk or foot posture
- Plagiocephaly and torticollis
- Aches or pains with activity or rest
- To help with recovery after injury or surgery
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spina Bifida and other neural tube defects
- Toe-walkers without reason
- In toeing
- Low-tone/floppier infants and children
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Muscular dystrophy
- Juvenile arthritis
- Developmental coordination disorder
- Other conditions where physical function is inhibited
- Generalised musculoskeletal issues (sore neck, sport injury)
- Children with generalised musculoskeletal issues can also see a paediatric physiotherapist.
Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health
Physiotherapists provide rehabilitation in the management of men, women and children with incontinence and assorted women’s health issues.
Physiotherapists provide antenatal and postnatal education, pregnancy-specific exercise classes, and individual musculoskeletal treatments for pregnancy-related back pain, mastitis and incontinence. In addition to this, they also design and deliver osteoporosis education and exercise classes, and treat women post-mastectomy.
An understanding of the effect of pathology on an individual’s capacity to work, places physiotherapists in an important and unique position in injury management and vocational rehabilitation. This, combined with excellent clinical reasoning ability, refined observation and communication skills and expertise in physiology and biomechanics, enable physiotherapists to provide a broad range of high-level consulting services to the business community, in the areas of injury prevention and injury management.
ATP Medical recognises the need to contribute to the health and well-being of workers using a risk management approach to injury prevention and management, in line with this workplace legislation. ATP Medical works collaboratively with a range of people including employers, employees, other health professionals, engineers and designers to offer a range of measures aimed at reducing health and safety risks for people at work.
These can be grouped into the following categories
- primary prevention—protecting healthy people from developing disease or injury at work through health promotion, training and identification, assessment and control of potential hazards (such as whole body vibration [rough rides], manual tasks, postural stresses and sedentary work)
- secondary prevention—limiting long-term disability and preventing re-injury through early intervention and provision of suitable return to work duties. This includes identification and management of risks such as physical, psychosocial and organisational factors
- tertiary prevention—helping people to manage complicated long-term health problems such as chronic pain, disability and, where appropriate, return to modified work.
Clinical massage therapy uniquely focuses on the treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop, augment or rehabilitate the patient’s physical function. Clinical massage therapy can improve the functioning of joints and muscles, the healing process, metabolism and circulation.
Patients seek massage therapists for a number of reasons, including decompressing tired muscles, reducing stress and supporting general health.
Clinical massage therapy uniquely focuses on the treatment of soft tissue to maintain, develop, augment or rehabilitate the patient’s physical function.
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. These days, Clinical Pilates is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, particularly those of the neck and back.
This is based on literature that demonstrates strong evidence to support the use of therapeutic exercise in the management of patients with injuries, particularly low back and neck pain, however, is also used in the rehabilitation of sporting injuries and for injury prevention. Recent research advocates the retraining of the deep stabilizing muscles for patients with low back pain. Clinical Pilates focuses on the retraining and recruitment of these stabilizing muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility.
Although Pilates can be extremely beneficial for patients with certain injuries it needs to be specific to the individual and not used as a generic tool for everyone. Clinical Pilates (as distinct to generic Pilates classes) identifies this key issue by applying carefully selected exercises to patients with specific injuries. This ensures optimal gains whilst minimizing the likelihood of injury aggravation. If you are interested in commencing Pilates for your injury, it is essential to have a review with a physiotherapist to assess the suitability of a core stability program for you.