Physiotherapy Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago.  Very fine sterile, disposable needles are inserted into the skin at specific points.  Contrary to how it sounds, it is a surprisingly gentle and relaxing treatment.  It is very effective for a wide range of conditions and here it is often used in conjunction with other physiotherapeutic techniques to great effect.  Acupuncture is very safe and the therapist will screen you prior to commencing treatment to ensure it is suitable for you.  TMD sufferers often respond really well to this treatment and it is also effective for headaches.

Soft Tissue Techniques

A soft tissue technique is a hands on manual therapy directed towards muscle, tendon, ligament and connective tissue.  Directional pressure is applied to stretch, mobilise and relax dysfuctional soft tissues.  Types of soft tissue techniques include: massage, myofascial release, ischaemic pressure, trigger point release and frictions.  These techniques can be applied anywhere on the body and are very effective on the face, head and neck.

Joint mobilisation

Joint range of movement is often impaired following injury, surgery or illness.  A joint mobilisation involves the therapist applying directional pressure to a joint in order to aid movement, reduce stiffness and reduce pain.  A mobilisation can be applied at varying intensities ranging from gentle to strong.  These are often graded 1-5.  The capsule and ligaments surrounding the jaw can get tight and stiff and often respond well to mobilisation. This is also true for the neck.

Advice and Education

Learning about your condition or injury can be really helpful in many ways.  Knowledge can help reduce anxiety, help prevent you aggravating it, learn techniques to self-treat and know when to seek treatment.  Some conditions e.g. a muscle strain go away completely with physiotherapy whereas others such as arthritis are more longstanding.  Some conditions respond well to occasional top up treatments when the condition flares up.  Knowing what to treat yourself and when to book an appointment can be really helpful.

Home Exercises

Home exercises are a really effective tool to aid your recovery especially when used alongside the hands on techniques.  Often conditions respond much faster when exercises are performed.  Injury can often occur when muscles are too tight or not strong enough and so exercises are a really important part of injury prevention also.