Our Services & Treatment Options
Available Treatment Options:
Soft Tissue Mobilisation
Soft Tissue Mobilisation (STM) is a form of manual physical therapy where your licensed Physiotherapist (PT) uses hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments and fascia in order to break adhesions and optimize your muscle function.
Adhesions are your body’s attempt to heal a soft tissue injury with a lengthy inflammation process, resulting in long strands of collagenous scar tissue. These new tissues pull against one another, forming trigger points of pain.
Goals of STM:
– Break down or reduce adhesions
– Improve range of motion
– Lengthen muscles and tendons
– Reduce swelling and edema
– Decrease pain
– Restore functionality
It is now commonly recognized that pain and dysfunction cause an inhibition of important stabilizing muscles around the muscular system.
It is also common for pain to cause muscle over-activity or “spasm”.
Exercise therapy is a proven method for the alleviation of this type of pain.
Sports injuries can happen as a result of poor warm up and cool down, using wrong technique or equipment, or just pushing the body too hard. They can be acute or chronic.
Acute sports injuries occur as a result of a sudden impact or awkward movement.
Chronic sports injuries develop over time due to overuse of the same muscle groups.
Most sports injuries do not require surgery. Physiotherapy can help speed up recovery by reducing joint swelling and preventing joint stiffness. Early treatment will also help minimise tissue damage and provide for a quicker return to your sport or exercises routine. Chronic injuries can be prevented and treated by identifying the cause.
Acupuncture / Dry-needling
Pain relief can be achieved through the reflex relaxation of an active trigger point through insertion of an acupuncture needle. Controlled clinical trials show that relaxation of musculoskeletal, myofascial and visceral structures can be caused by the reflex inhibition of small diameter peripheral nerve endings. Pain caused by active trigger points has been recognized for over 50 years in medical science.
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in reducing pain, through the reflex inhibition mechanism and the release of endorphins from certain deep centers of our brain and central nervous system. Endorphins can be described as our bodies’ “natural pain reliever”
Intracranial restriction (adhesions inside the head) or a lack of nerve tissue motion, may require CranioSacral mobilization techniques.
This gentle central nervous system treatment allows for the restoration of normal nerve mechanics and can be effective in the treatment of headaches, spinal pain and whiplash injuries.
TMJ / Jaw Physiotherapy
The Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) or jaw is a complex mechanical joint system which allows us to chew, speak, yawn and perform many other daily functions. The jaw is intimately related with the neck, inner ear, teeth and the base of the skull.
Common complaints we hear from TMJ patients are jaw pain, clicking, difficulty opening the mouth and painful chewing.
Research has shown that TMJ pain and dysfunction is common in clients who also have neck pain, thoracic pain, low back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia or who have been involved in whiplash injuries in the past.
Did you realize that your spine and abdominal organs are connected?
The abdominal organs (viscera) are connected to your spine via ligaments and nerves and can act as a pain producing structure in people who have spinal pain. If you have spinal pain and suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or have had operative procedures to your abdominal or pelvic area (eg hysterectomy, gall bladder removal), the chances are these two seemingly unrelated problems could be making each other worse.
Also, sustaining direct trauma to the abdomen or trunk (for example…falling off a bicycle or being tackled in rugby) could cause altered visceral motion and lead to pain and dysfunction in the musculo-skeletal system.
A recent study of over 38,000 Australian women has highlighted a strong association between back pain and gastrointestinal problems in women of all ages. Further research is currently being undertaken.
Restriction in your abdominal or pelvic cavity, such as old scar or adhesions, may require to use visceral mobilization techniques in order to release the scar and any associated soft tissue. This gentle technique allows for a deeper release of musculoskeletal structures that may be involved with your internal organs.
Gentle treatment techniques release tension, scarring or restrictions through ligaments and connective tissue around your abdominal organs to restore normal motion and reduce pain in both the gastrointestinal tract and the adjoining musculo-skeletal system.
Women’s Health is a specific type of physiotherapy for the assessment and treatment of bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, pre and post urogynaecological surgery and any concerns during or after pregnancy.
Physiotherapists can treat problems with incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction, often helping to avoid surgery. They also treat men’s and children’s pelvic health conditions.
We offer a holistic physiotherapy approach to help women with pain and discomfort during and after pregnancy, as well as guidance for post-natal recovery, strengthening and return to exercise.
Pre-natal & Post-natal Physiotherapy
During pregnancy and in the months after giving birth, there are a number of changes that occur within the body, and it is common to experience a wide variety of musculoskeletal symptoms:
– Back pain and SIJ dysfunctions
– Pelvic pain and pubic symphysitis
– Abdominal pain or weakness, especially after Caesarean births
– Postural problems due to the weight of the growing baby, and/or positions when breast-feeding
– Pelvic floor weakness
– Ligament and muscle strains
– Abdominal muscle separation
– A variety of other symptoms including headaches, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.
Neonatal & Paediatric Physiotherapy
Neonates and infants can experience varied difficulties following the birthing process.
These can be mechanical dysfunctions such as torticollis or an asymmetrical head shape.
Problems such as difficulty breast feeding, difficulty settling, excess vomiting and colic are commonly seen.
Here at Ashfield Physiotherapy, we are creating a working model of neonatal mechanical function and have found excellent success in managing the above symptoms.
We will work with your GP, specialist or midwife to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.
For the majority of our clients/patients, our clinic in Ashfield is the primary treatment centre.
Home visits are for clients/patients who physically cannot come into the treatment rooms or who’s home specific exercise program needs to be assessed or updated at home.
Ashfield Physiotherapy requires patients to live in the area and a safety check for our attending physiotherapist needs to be completed prior to home visiting.
Home visits can only be booked over the phone. Home visits include:
- Muskoskeletal conditions
- Cardio respiratory conditions
- Post stroke/brain injury
- Balance/fall assessment followed by strengthening exercises
Please discuss other conditions with the treating physiotherapist when booking appointments.