Physiotherapy is a technique of physical rehabilitation. It focuses on improving motor abilities, balance and posture. Limitations in the musculoskeletal system can be caused by trauma or chronic problems such as over-use injuries, which are usually orthopaedic or neurologic in origin.
Physiotherapy is mainly about functioning. It is an active process, which demands trust and cooperation between therapist and patient, as well as the patient’s responsibility for progress and improving their physical condition.
In addition to traditional therapeutic physiotherapy using corrective body strengthening exercises and therapy to address pain and posture misalignment, Santé offers other muscle manipulation techniques including extracorporeal shockwave therapy, reflexology, and lymph drainage.
Shockwave Therapy Treatment for releasing muscle tension
Shockwave therapy is most suited for people who have chronic (ie greater than six weeks) tendinopathies including tennis elbow, achilles, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, jumpers knee, calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These painful, and often debilitating, conditions are usually the result of sport, overuse, or repetitive strain.
How does shockwave therapy work?
Shockwave therapy is an extracorporeal, non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of low energy acoustic wave pulsations that are directly applied to an injury through a person’s skin via a gel medium.
The concept and technology originally evolved from the discovery that focused sound waves were capable of breaking down kidney and gallstones. Since then medical research has gone on to successfully document the benefits of shockwave therapy in replacing the need for painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications by triggering the body’s own natural healing response.
In comparison to ultrasound waves, the shockwave peak pressure can be approximately 1000 times greater than the peak pressure of an ultrasound wave. Shockwave therapy is its own treatment for a lingering injury, or pain resulting from illness and people often report that their pain is reduced and mobility improved after the first treatment.
Shockwave therapy is known to effectively treat these conditions and many more.
Feet – heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis Elbow – tennis and golfers elbow Shoulder – calcific tendinosis of rotator cuff muscles Knee – patellar tendonitis Hip – bursitis Lower leg – shin splints Upper leg – Iliotibial band friction syndrome Back pain – lumbar and cervical spine regions and chronic muscular pain
Some of the benefits of shockwave therapy treatment:
– Fast and effective pain relief – Mobility restoration – Non-surgical and non-invasive – No need for medication – No risk of infection – No risk of tendon rupture
The patient must first be assessed by our physiotherapist to confirm that they are an appropriate candidate for shockwave therapy. The physiotherapist may prescribe other things they should do in conjunction with the treatment – activity modification, specific exercises, and assessing other issues such as posture, tightness/weakness of other muscle groups etc.
Side effects: After the treatment, one may experience temporary soreness, tenderness or swelling for a few days following the procedure, as the shockwaves stimulate an inflammatory response. But this is the body healing itself naturally so, it is important not to ice the area or take any anti-inflammatory medication after the treatment, which may slow down the results.
With limited side effects from this therapy, the recovery process is minimal compared with that of surgical intervention.
Shockwave therapy should not be used if there is a circulation or nerve disorder, infections or open wounds, tumours, metabolic bone conditions, artificial implants, those with pacemakers, or during pregnancy. People using blood-thinning medications or who have severe circulatory disorders may also not be eligible for treatment.
Foot reflexology focusses on the pressure points in the feet. The concept of putting pressure on specific points on the body dates back to the beginnings of traditional Chinese medicine over 2000 years ago. These can be the actual locations of discomfort, may be associated with “meridians” (energy lines) through the body, or may be the projections of the other anatomical parts of the body. The ear and hand are other major reflexology massage areas.
Benefits of reflexology include improved sleep patterns and blood circulation, reduced anxiety and stress, increased relaxation of tense muscles and reduction of pain in affected areas.
Lymph Drainage massage
Lymph drainage is a treatment using gentle, repetitive strokes to stimulate the lymphatic system. It is a specialised massage that is sometimes referred to as a ‘detox massage’, supporting your body’s internal filtration system to help keep your immune system in check.
Santé offers both manual lymph drainage massage with an accompanying lymph massage machine.
Some benefits of lymph drainage massage include:
– Enhanced body’s immune response
– Reduced anxiety
– Body detox and skin care
– Reduced headaches and stimulation of energy flow
– Reduced inflammation and improved post-surgical healing
– Reduced fluid retention during pregnancy and post-travel lymphatic oedema