Back and Neck Pain
The Thrive Physio Plus team has an arsenal of skills to help you get on top of your back and neck pain.
As with most injuries, simply getting you out of pain is only 50% of the picture. In conjunction with getting you strong and mobile to assist in your recovery and prevent re-injury, the Thrive Physio Plus also has therapists highly skilled in the McKenzie Method of spinal assessment and management.
The McKenzie method is a philosophy for the assessment and management of back and neck pain, and is used clinicians and clients worldwide. This approach remains one of the most researched Physiotherapy based techniques available.
It is a safe and reliable way to diagnose spinal pain, and empowers the client to learn the skills to manage their symptoms independently. These skills, when applied properly, will alleviate pain and prevent recurrence when used over the longer term.
It’s a great method of helping you regain control of your life, and provides you with the tools necessary to help yourself!
Our headache treatments are unrivalled in the physio world for their investigative accuracy and results. With clinicians trained in the Watson Headache Approach, we can confirm if disorders in the upper neck are responsible for headache or migraine and determine the exact nature of the disorder as well as which spinal joints are involved. There is no guesswork and no cracking or manipulation. Its unique and powerful feature involves temporary reproduction and resolution (easing) of usual head pain. For further information, go to: www.WatsonHeadacheApproach.com
Stop relying on medication and start living an unburdened life.
Physio Supervised Exercise/Pilates
1:4 or 1:1 Physio directed exercise tailored to your individual goals and needs. All participants require a 1:1 Physiotherapy assessment prior to commencing to ensure we can collaborate on goals, understand your injury history, and get you familiar with the equipment. During your session we will progress and modify your exercises as needed to ensure you’re exercising safely and to a level suitable for you. Suitable for all ages, genders, goals, injuries, fitness levels and pre and post-natal, your body will thank you for it.
AFL superstar or weekend warrior – it’s all the same to us. The Thrive Physio Plus team has extensive experience working with athletes of all sports and can diagnose, rehabilitate, and empower you to get back into action in the best time frame possible. More importantly, we recognise it’s not just good enough getting you back sport, you need to stay healthy! We have the knowledge and experience to minimise the risk of re-injury through evidence based rehabilitation strategies.
Book in for a pre-game tune up, post-game loosen up, or a pre-season assessment now to ensure your body is functioning at its best!
Pre and Postoperative Rehabilitation
Recent research evidence indicates that Physiotherapy prior to joint replacement surgery may improve early postoperative pain and function.
This process, referred to as prehabiliation, serves to reduce pain and swelling, restore range of movement, improve muscular control of your injured area and facilitate proprioceptive awareness and normal movement patterns. This enables you to ‘hit the ground running’ after your procedure. It’s also a great opportunity to understand the process of what needs to happen after your operation.
The Thrive Physio Plus team can help provide clear goals, immediate home management strategies, and make you feel more at ease about what needs to be done to get you back to where you want to be.
Pre and Postnatal Care
Give your body the strength it needs at the time it needs it most.
Prenatal, the Thrive Physio Plus team can help you prepare your body in a safe and fun environment. This includes advice and Pilates/strength training to prevent and manage pelvic girdle pain and other musculoskeletal issues typically seen during this period. We’ll also ensure you do this as safe as possible.
Postnatal, we can get you back to everything you’ve been longing for over the last 40 weeks! With particular focus on the areas of your body that are in need of some much needed help under the extra loads associated with feeding, holding and carrying your new baby. With guidance from your obstetrician, we’ll be sure to make sure all the boxes are ticked for you to safely resume your most loved activities.
Temperomandibular Joint Dysfunction
The temperomandibular joint, or the jaw joint as it’s commonly known, is the most used joint in the body. Like any joint in the body however, things can go wrong. This can cause difficulty and pain when eating, smiling, or laughing.
After assessment with a Thrive Physio Plus clinician experienced in treating TMJ dysfunction, treatment may include targeted, gentle mobilization of the affected structures, massage, home exercises and education about your condition to manage it at home and into the future.
Look after your TMJs, and you’ll never bite off more than you can chew again!
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is an umbrella term used to describe pain that travels down the back of the leg, as low down as the feet and toes. There can also be symptoms such as altered sensation, tingling and muscle weakness.
What causes Sciatica?
The nerves that supply your leg originate from your spinal cord, which exit through little spaces in the side of your spine. These small nerves (called nerve roots) join together and form the large nerve known as the sciatic nerve. It is this nerve that then passes through the buttock and down into your leg.
Sciatica can be caused by:
1) Compression and irritation to the nerve roots close to your spine by issues like bulging discs or inflammation causing increased pressure on the nerves.
2) Compression and irritation of the sciatic nerve which passes through your buttocks and travels down your leg. This can be caused by a muscle irritating the sciatic nerve as passes through it (this is known as piriformis syndrome).
Essentially, sciatica is an irritation of the nerves in your spine, or in your buttock.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
The hallmark symptom of sciatica is pain, the type of pain can vary: it may be sharp, feel like electric shocks, discomfort or numbness. There can also be sensations like tingling and feeling of weakness in your leg, ankle and/or foot. The pain is typically situated in the buttock and lower back region but can extend down into your hamstring, calf and feet.
These can be aggravated by coughing or sneezing, moving from sitting to standing, prolonged sitting and standing.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
Sciatica is diagnosed by a cluster of findings in your history and physical assessment by your physiotherapist. Your therapist will carry out a number of physical tests to determine the origin of your sciatic pain, such as muscle strength tests, nerve mobility tests and lumbar range of motion tests.
We will also want to know if you’ve had an injury, fever, problems controlling your bowels or bladder, previous cancers and whether you’ve been losing weight without trying. The answers to these questions are important because if these symptoms are present, the cause of sciatica could be a serious condition, such as a bone fracture, infection or cancer.
Do I need a scan?
The majority of cases do not require any sort of imaging, and resolves within a period of 6-8 weeks with targeted physiotherapy intervention. However if symptoms are not settling beyond 8 weeks of physiotherapy intervention it may require further medial investigation and management.
How can my Physio help me?
We listen carefully to ensure nothing is missed, will thoroughly assess you and determine the contributing factors to your pain to ensure an accurate diagnosis is made. From there, depending on what we find we may perform some hands on therapy such as massage, dry needling, lumbar mobilisations to provide immediate relief of your symptoms. You will be provided with exercises and advice to help manage your pain at home, and a plan to get you back to 100% and back to what you love doing as soon as possible!
A big part of your rehabilitation once your initial symptoms have settled is working on the strength of your lumbar spine and surrounding muscles. This will ensure you back is able to cope with the demands placed on it and prevent the issue from resurfacing in the future.
You can take the first step to resolving your sciatica issue by booking online to see one of our expert physiotherapists today!
Alternatively if you are unsure about what to do next, please don’t hesitate to give the clinic a call on 8490 0777 and have a chat to one of our friendly physios. We’d love to help and provide advice regarding what to do next.