They say prevention is better than a cure, the same can be said with regard to injuries.
The best way to prevent any form of injury may be achieved through screening. This may be done through various assessments which may be functional and joint specific. This helps us establish a base line of general well being to which a specific program is developed in order to maintain an overall injury or pain free state.
The program may include anything from developing a stretching routine to your normal activities of daily living, activation exercises in order to help maintain correct posture, muscle and joint specific exercises to help stabilise and strengthen any imbalances and or advice on regular physiotherapy visits to maintain joint movement and an optimal muscle function/lengths.
There are a wide Variety of treatments within the Physiotherapy Spectrum, including:
Prevention is always better than cure. By means of analysis, evaluation, implementation of preventative exercises and/or treatments and education, we try and prevent injuries and conditions arising in order for the client to not have to go through the trouble of having an injury and then having to go through the whole rehabilitation process.
Rehabilitation is the ability to regain and restore something back to its original state/full potential. Exercise may help increasing heart rate, stimulating circulation and blood flow.
Rehab shouldn't be limited to those who participate in sport, it works a variety of systems and therefore people of different ages would benefit.
Physio may prescribe rehab for the following: strengthen, stabilise, mobility, also to help with proprioception, plyometrics, functional training and re-introduction back to sport/work/home.
What is the definition of neuromuscular? Neuromuscular describes anything that has to do with the actual muscle, the nerve that supplies the specific muscle and the junction between the muscle and the specific nerve.
How does physiotherapy help then? During sessions with the therapist, we will try and do the following – maintain independence, maximise the client’s function, prevent and/or decrease pain, increase mobility and strength and ensuring the return to fully functional, everyday living.
Basically, musculoskeletal combines muscle and the skeleton. But, it doesn’t just affect muscle and bone – it incorporates bone, joints, all soft tissue (muscle, tendons, ligaments, cartilage) and the nervous system that supplies both bone and soft tissue. Physiotherapy for the musculoskeletal system incorporates the correct diagnosis of the origin of the client’s symptoms, treatment of the symptoms, treatment of the cause of the symptoms and creating a program that would prevent the diagnosis from re-occurring.
Biomechanics can be devided into two sections, namely kinetics and kinematics. Kinetics is by definition the study of forces acting on mechanisms and how these forces produce or change motion and/or direction of motion. Kinematics on the other hand is the study of the motion of a body, or a group of bodies, without taking into consideration the forces applied to the specific body/bodies. Combine these two aspects and you have the definition of biomechanics – it is the study of the human body, how it moves, what forces create those movements and how external forces impact on the body, its movement and the direction of its movement. Biomechanical analysis and biomechanical physiotherapy therefore combines neuromuscular and musculoskeletal physiotherapy to identify, correct and enhance any diagnosis regarding the movement patterns of the client.
Pulmonary treatments, or commonly known as chest-physiotherapy, is done to enhance the breathing and ventilation of the lungs through inderectly ridding the lungs and ventilation passages of mucus and/or other substances preventing the full functioning of the lungs. This is done by means of hands-on therapy (percussions etc.) and by administaring medication to help decrease the viscosity of the mucus.
Please note that all payments are done by the client on every visit. The client will then submit his/her own claim to the respective medical aid. Cash and Credit card facilities are available. EFT's will be allowed on the therapist's discretion.
Treatment will not be allowed unless the account has been settled, or any prior arrangement has been made.