Better Health Physiotherapy is committed to providing high quality outcome based treatment regimes that tailor programs to individual needs rather than apply a “one size fits all” approach. We strive to provide a service that encompasses the latest scientific knowledge to aid with diagnosis, rehabilitation, maintenance and subsequent injury prevention.
What Is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. Physiotherapists also have an important role in rehabilitation, for example, helping people who have had strokes to relearn basic movements. However, physiotherapists don’t just offer treatment; their advice can help you prevent problems from returning or even from happening in the first place.
What types of problems can physiotherapy help?
- Painful conditions such as arthritis
- Back and neck pain, including whiplash and disc injuries
- Pregnancy-related symptoms such as back pain and stress incontinence
- Upper limb work-related problems, also known as repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Sports injuries such as tendonitis, joints sprains and muscular strains
The physiotherapist’s overall management of your problem involves:
- Observing and assessing your movement and your overall physical condition
- Analysing and identifying your problems
- Developing a treatment program with you (and your family or carers) and, where appropriate, other members of the health care team
- Managing the treatment or training program based on your jointly agreed goals
- Evaluating progress, modifying treatment if necessary, and stopping treatment once goals have been reached
Our aim is to minimise the number of repeat visits and maximise results by providing detailed Biomechanical treatment with the latest technology of Real Time Ultrasound, muscle Biofeedback training with functional spinal muscle exercise programs.
Did you know, 50% of people don’t get the correct pelvic floor activation technique by reading about pelvic floor exercises?
It is commonly reported that 1 in 3 women who have ever had a baby have been affected by incontinence, but we often don’t fully appreciate how much it can affect people’s quality of life in an often unmentionable “affliction”.
Pelvic floor muscle training can be helpful in the resolution of symptoms of urinary incontinence – both stress and over active bladder; both before and after surgery for prolapse repair; and ante- and post-natally.
We have the following services available to our Women’s Health patients:
- Antenatal and Postnatal Care
- Continence Issues
- Pelvic Floor Assessment
- Pelvic Pain Treatment
- Complex Pelvic Pain – including overactive bladder syndromes, interstitial cystitis, vaginisimus and other complex pain conditions.
We also have the facility to offer biofeedback and real time ultrasound to facilitate a high standard of service that is sensitive to the individual’s needs. We offer a professional yet comfortable consultation environment with the empathy and sensitivity required for this aspect of care.
Real Time Ultrasound & Muscle EMG Biofeedback
A breakthrough in motor control – retraining of the key stabilising muscles of the spine and pelvis.
Both Real Time Ultrasound and Muscle EMG Biofeedback are used diagnostically to identify faulty muscle recruitment patterns and as a treatment tool to teach patients how to use their muscles in the most efficient way. It provides powerful visual feedback to assist patients motor relearning.
Back pain is a common ailment which affects up to 80% of the population. Research suggests that following an acute episode of back pain, up to 50% of sufferers will have a reoccurrence. This more than doubles the chance of back pain becoming a chronic problem.
What happens following back pain?
Studies conducted within the past ten years demonstrate conclusively that following an initial episode of low back pain, the spinal stabilising muscles cease to function as the normally would (Hodges, 2003), and may also reduce in size (Hides,1994).
Muscles including the transversus abdominus, multifidus and pelvic floor showed delayed activation with body movement, hence leaving the spine without sufficient support, leading to rick of re-injury.