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Physiotherapy at Momentum

STRENGTH, MOBILITY, FUNCTION, LIFE

PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICES

Momentum provides the region’s most comprehensive range of effective, evidence-based physiotherapy services. These treatments include:

Effective recovery is essential to your long-term function following an accident, injury or surgery. Our rehabilitation programs are tailored to your unique needs and will maximise your function and performance. We go the extra step by supplying you with the right tools to keep you at your peak into the future.

We also offer “tune up” programs for those wishing to improve their strength, performance or everyday function. These programs are useful when returning to activity after a long break, or when looking to prevent recurrence of an injury. They are also ideal for the management of long-term injuries, neurological conditions, and for amputees.

Education is crucial to effective recovery and prevention of further injury. Your physiotherapist will provide you with information about the diagnosis of your injury, how long it may take to recover, activities that are encouraged and activities that should be avoided in order to support your rehabilitation. Part of the plan that is developed will aim to provide you with the information required to manage your injury safely and effectively when not at a physiotherapy session and how to achieve the best recovery possible or how to best manage your particular condition.

Early movement and mobilisation is important for many injuries.  Most injuries require some form of exercise therapy to restore optimal function.  Our Physiotherapists will demonstrate and provide exercises to optimise the healing and recovery of your particular injury.  These exercises may combine stretching, strengthening, stability and postural exercises, self-massage techniques, and motor control exercises.  These programs are targeted to you and your injury.

Exercises will most commonly be performed one-on-one with the therapist in our clinic, but we also offer group classes, home-based programs, and hydrotherapy pool programs.  Our team of physiotherapists are highly qualified in development of individual exercise programs for injury recovery, rehabilitation, as well as fitness and health development.

Mobilisations involve passive movements of joints by the therapist to increase range of movement, ease pain, restore normal movement and optimise joint function. This can include mobilisation with movement or utilisation of an appropriate aid to help with the mobilisation.

Taping can be used for a variety of reasons including protecting an injured area, reducing or controlling swelling or to support and stabilise an injured area. There are a variety of tapes that can be used: both rigid tapes and kinesiology tapes which have some stretch properties. Your physiotherapist will choose the right tape for your injury and your activity levels.

Some injuries require the use of a medical brace (orthosis) or boot.  Our physiotherapists are able to recommend and fit a provide a range of orthoses and aids for injuries or functional support.  Physiotherapists are also able to provide treatment plans for use of these devices by recommending activities and timeframes for wear.

Dry needling uses acupuncture needles to manage injuries.  They can be used to ease pain, release tight tissue and promote healing in certain circumstances.  This therapy is offered by Toby Conroy, who holds is qualified in dry needling techniques and also a qualified instructor of dry needling therapies to other health professionals.

Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy treatment that is conducted in a heated pool using hands on techniques and specially designed exercises under supervision of a physiotherapist. Hydrotherapy can help to relieve pain, mobilise joints, develop balance and co-ordination, strengthen joints and promote relaxation. These exercises can be performed safely using the resistance of water to strengthen and improve stability. The temperature of the water increases circulation, reduces muscle spasms and helps to relieve pain. Hydrotherapy can be especially beneficial for complex conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

WHY PHYSIOTHERAPY?

Physiotherapy employs a scientific, evidence-based approach to treatment, with a focus on targeting and developing the body’s own capacity for improved function and mobility.  Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and strength and improves quality of life.

Physiotherapists are highly qualified health professionals who work in partnership with their patients to help them get better and stay well.  Using advanced techniques and evidence-based care, physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders.

Physiotherapists work closely with GPs, surgeons and other health clinicians to plan and manage treatment.   This can occur in a wide variety of settings, including direct patient care (injury prevention, acute care, rehabilitation, maintenance of functional mobility and strength, chronic disease management, and occupational health) or indirect services such as health promotion or patient and carer education.

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