The lower back is a complex structure made up of interconnecting bones, discs, joints, nerves, ligaments, discs and muscles working together to provide a base of support for the body. This complex structure is susceptible to injury and pain and needs to be stable, flexible and strong.
Shoulders are the linchpin of many movement functions and control, and once pain sets in, it can make day-to-day activities extremely painful and difficult to do. There are many possible bones, ligaments, and nerves in that little shoulder capsule that can get damaged, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean that any of them are the cause of your symptoms.
Neck Tension & Headaches
They are frequently caused by joint or muscular dysfunction in the neck, poor posture, emotional tension or a combination of these. Headaches originating from or relating to neck dysfunction can be very successfully treated & prevented by Physiotherapy.
Pelvic Floor Treatment
Your pelvic floor is a layer of muscles that assist in supporting the pelvic organs (bladder, bowel, and uterus in women) and spans the bottom of the pelvis. Common symptoms that you have a problem with your pelvic floor include leaking when you sneeze, run or laugh, pressure or heaviness in your pelvis area, discomfort during sexual intercourse, or pain when you wee. These symptoms are really common issues that people have. BUT they are not normal. There are many things we can do to help, that can be quick and cost-effective, to get you feeling back in control.
Jaw Pain (TMJ)
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a pain in the jaw joint. The TMJ can be found just in front of your ear when you open and close your mouth. There are a variety of reasons why jaw pain occurs and numerous symptoms – for example, you may be getting headaches because you clench your teeth, but you may not necessarily feel pain directly in your jaw.
Treatment includes a variety of options including mobilisation, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, dry needling, clinical pilates, postural retraining, muscle energy techniques, exercise programs, and education.
Hypermobility, or otherwise known as laxity, double-jointedness, loose-limbed or joint instability occurs in up to 25% of the population. In most cases, hypermobile joints remain symptom-free, however, it can sometimes cause other symptoms too including joint dislocation and muscle pain, fatigue, guy and digestive system issues, and anxiety. We incorporate hands-on treatment to relieve muscle tension, with low-impact strength training, such as Clinical Pilates, to build up strength and control in the muscles around your joints, particularly in the core and pelvic stabilisers.
Constipation is a condition where a person has uncomfortable or infrequent bowel movements. Generally, a person is considered to be constipated when bowel movements result in passages of small amounts of hard, dry stool, usually fewer than 3 times a week.
Pelvic Prolapse/Pessary Fitting
Women can have a dropping of their bladder, bowel or uterus into their vagina, it is common in women over 50. Our Women’s Health Physiotherapist provides full assessment, pelvic floor recovery training and can also fit and educate you on the use of a support pessary.
Endometriosis is a chronic disease that occurs when cells similar to those that line the female uterus grow in other parts of the body including the abdominal cavity and the internal organs inside the pelvis such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and bowel.
Arthritis refers to a group of conditions affecting the body’s joints, including the bone, muscle and surrounding soft tissues. The most common symptoms are joint pain, stiffness and reduced function, which can lead to disability and reduced quality of life. Physical activity and exercise is the best treatment regardless of how severe your arthritis is. We create movement programs specific to you and your condition, incorporating Clinical Pilates.
Pain that persists for 3 months or longer, it is considered chronic and can be very distressing. Physiotherapy treatment supports people with chronic pain to improve function, achieve goals and enjoy a better quality of life.
Whether you are an elite athlete, professional dancer or weekend warrior, sports injuries can be a common and frustrating problem. Many sports injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining, such as runner’s knee or tennis elbow, where you have pushed your body to the limit. These injuries can also occur due to under-training or poor training practices.
Your ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is one of four knee ligaments that are critical to the stability of your knee joint. Most often ACL tears occur when pivoting or landing from a jump. Your knee gives out from under you once you tear your ACL.
Fibromyalgia is a common condition in which people experience symptoms that include widespread pain and tenderness in the body – usually neck, shoulders, back and pelvis but can also involve the limbs as well as headaches, dizziness and stomach pain. Fatigue and sleep disturbances are also common. Physiotherapy treatment can assist with managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
It’s common for women to experience pain as the body changes throughout and following pregnancy. This can range from mild aches, to extreme pain in your hips, groin, lower back, hands/wrists, pelvic pain, incontinence and prolapse. While this is completely normal, that doesn’t mean it’s something you have to put up with. Our physiotherapists can help you have a pain-free pregnancy.
Achilles tendinopathy is caused by overloading/overuse or under-loading/underuse of the tendon. Many things can affect the load that is going through the tendon; therefore, it is important to be assessed by a physiotherapist to determine individual causes and risk factors.
Calf strains are a very common sports injury. The calf is commonly injured in sports that require quick acceleration or push off from a stationary position, e.g. hockey, tennis, squash, football and basketball. Another common cause of the injury is when walking or running and you step onto a kerb or uneven ground.
Common issues for dancers include muscle strains and sprains, recovery after stress fractures, overuse and tendon injuries and hyperflexibility.
Walking Issues In Children
During the early years, there can be some obvious abnormalities in children’s gait (walking style). While many of these walking issues are quite common and can correct themselves on their own, some require physiotherapy assessment and treatment.