What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists have extensive University training in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal problems, that is, the muscles, joints, nerves, ligaments, fascia and other soft tissues. Physiotherapists can help with problems in almost any part of the body, including back and neck pain, headache, sports injuries, sprains and strains, tendonitis, bursitis, joint problems such as shoulder and knee pain, postural problems, sacro-iliac pain and much more…
Martina’s treatment approach:
Physiotherapy treatments begin with an in-depth physical examination to find the cause of the problem so that can be treated, rather than just treating the symptoms.
The cause that is identified will determine the most effective type of treatment. These could include massage and myofascial release, manual therapy such as gentle adjustments and loosening up tight joints, dry needling, trigger point therapy, taping or electrotherapy. Strengthening and stretching exercises, postural re-education, or core muscle strengthening may also be needed.
The aim will always be to assist your body to heal as quickly and completely as possible through appropriately protecting injuries, enhancing the healing process and restoring proper alignment, function, flexibility and strength.
The length of time and number of treatments needed for recovery varies widely between different problems. Some issues need only 1 or 2 sessions over a week or two, and other more serious or complex injuries require longer periods of treatment.
As well as effective hands-on treatment, you will also be provided with the advice you need to manage your injury at work and at home during every stage of your recovery and the necessary ongoing maintenance to avoid recurrence of the problem.
When a physical problem has gone on for some time, the body naturally starts to make compensations. Some muscles may become tight as they are overused to support the injured area, others become weak, inflammation may result from excess strain on yet another area and so on. It can be difficult to know what to do as the problem seems to be spreading, and people often feel worried that nothing can be done.
With 18 years clinical experience, Martina has worked with many people in this situation. Longer treatment times are available for treating more complex injuries, and Martina is able to patiently and systematically help you work through the various ‘layers’ of more complex and chronic problems.