What is Physiotherapy?
Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.
Physiotherapy is the provision of services to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential by promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing.
Physiotherapy involves assessment and the continual reassessment of a client’s function, with treatment interventions aimed at improving those assessed impairments.
A wide range of conditions may be resolved with physiotherapy, including the following:
- Musculoskeletal pain including back and neck pain, headaches, arthritic pain
- Chronic pain
- Sports injuries
- Rehabilitation following surgery, stroke, head injury and for neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease
- Pelvic floor retraining
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
A variety of different Manual Therapy Techniques are employed. These are largely joint mobilisation techniques, soft tissue massage, myofascial techniques, stretches, and other hands-on modalities. Exercises may be given as an integral part of your treatment.
Clinical Pilates is more than just pilates. It takes traditional pilates exercises, and individualises them to each patient depending on their assessed bias. The exercise program can assist with spinal pain and dysfunction, and with upper and lower limb deficits. Clinical pilates can be useful in assisting in the management of Autonomic Dysfunction.
Cognitive Functional Therapy
Cognitive Functional Therapy, developed by Prof. Peter O’Sullivan, is a valuable tool in assisting with the management of chronic low back pain.
Through recent research, we know that only 5-10% of patients will have a specific back diagnosis (such as disc prolapse or nerve compression) as the cause of their pain, the other 90-95% of back pain disorders have no diagnosis based on MRI scan, but the symptoms of pain are real, and they can be extremely disabling.
Additionally, MRI scans on healthy, pain free individuals showed signs of disc bulging or degeneration in over a third of those aged 20-30, and over 60-80% in those aged 50 and over, which shows us that tissue damage doesn’t always correlate with pain.
Chronic pain is pain that has persisted for more than 3-6 months or pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing, and this pain itself may not necessarily be related to ongoing tissue damage.
Cognitive Functional Therapy utilises an innovative management process for people with chronic low back pain. This includes utilising the following strategies to empower to achieve changes in beliefs, fears, and behaviours:
- Stop thinking of backs as “damaged” and requiring protection.
- Pain does not equal structural injury. Movement is good for the body.
- Backs should be trusted to move in a normal way.
- Build a capacity of patients to understand pain and find ways to break the pain cycle.
We have a large gym equipped with pilates reformers, a trapeze table, balance pads and beams, and a Wii with a balance board (for balance retraining).
We are able to offer rehabilitation services for:
- Post CVA (stroke)
- Post-operatively for orthopaedic conditions such as ACL reconstruction, knee and hip joint replacement surgery, hip fractures, ankle fractures, spinal surgery
- Balance retraining and falls prevention
- Post-amputee rehabilitation
- General rehabilitation for medical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Head Injuries
PD Warrior is a program designed for clients with Parkinson's Disease. It uses the latest research on neuroplasticity to create a specific exercise program aimed at delaying the progression of Parkinson's Disease. This is a high effort exercise program, which is tailored to the individual needs of each client. Sandra Langton can now provide assessment and individual treatment sessions using the PD Warrior program. It is never too early to start your Parkinson's Disease treatment.
Sandra Langton has completed the Level 1 Women’s Health physiotherapy course. She can assist with pre and post-natal physiotherapy, and provide assistance with pelvic floor function
Dry needling is a treatment modality that utilises acupuncture needles to relieve Trigger Points in muscles. It reduces painful muscle tightness, and assists in restoring muscle flexibility and control. A copy of our flyer on Dry Needling is available.
Hydrotherapy is physiotherapy in a pool environment. Exercise in warm water is a great way to improve joint pain and stiffness, and allow gains to be made in muscle strength and control. This is of assistance to many conditions such as arthritic hip and knee joints, chronic low back pain, and for stiff shoulders.
Exercise is also useful to assist with falls prevention and balance rehabilitation, to improve pulmonary fitness and for general rehabilitation of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or following a stroke.
The hydrotherapy sessions are conducted by a qualified physiotherapist with training in hydrotherapy.
Sandra Langton is able to assess the exercise tolerance for individuals with a Pulmonary Condition. An individual exercise program and guidance is designed to assist with your Pulmonary Function.
Remedial Massage Therapy can be of benefit for the following conditions:
- Reducing pain
- Reducing muscular tension
- Improving circulation
Our Remedial Massage Therapist uses a variety of techniques, and are very sensitive to the individual needs of their clients.
Health fund rebates are available for eligible clients.
If you are unable to attend our rooms for treatment, Home Visits can now be arranged for residents in the local area. Please speak to our reception staff for further information.
Unfortunately we cannot offer this service with bulk billing, and can only offer this with DVA (Department of Veteran's Affairs) funding under limited conditions.