After world class physiotherapy? You’ve come to the right place!

Click the titles below to read about the physiotherapy options we have on offer at Sports & Spinal:

Fix Your Back Pain: Book Now!

Lower Back Pain – how Physiotherapy can help you!

Low back pain (LBP) is ranked globally as the leading cause of disability (World Health Organisation, 2018). It is estimated that 70-90% of people will suffer from LBP at some stage in their lives. In 2014-15 one in six Australians reported back problems, equating to roughly 3.7 million people nationally (AIWH, 2017).

Generally, lower back pain is something you can avoid and treat with the added knowledge of back education, back care strategies and back exercises.

Physiotherapy can help if…

  • The pain is thought to be mechanical i.e. exacerbated by joint and muscle tests
  • The pain is aggravated by poor movement patterns or postures
  • The pain persists for more than four weeks
  • The chronic pain has not had an active rehabilitation program before

What we do:

  • Thorough musculoskeletal assessment and analysis of faulty movement patterns and postures
  • Manual Therapy: to reduce pain, allowing a quicker return to work and normal activities
  • Home Stretching programs: ‘as above’ puts the patient in control.
  • Core Stabilisation training: Helps to reduce pain and prevent recurrences
  • Postural and ergonomic advice: Enables a faster pain-free return to normal activities
  • Graded Activity and Return to work plans: Step by step plans to help guide patients back to their normal activities as soon as possible
  • Reassurance: Encouragement, advice to stay active, limit fear-avoidance behaviour etc.

Back Pain Physiotherapy is available at our BroadbeachBuderim, Caloundra, Chermside, Coolum, Kawana, Landsborough, Maroochydore, Nambour, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Robina, Sippy Downs, Springfield and Woolloongabba locations.

Take The First Step to Healing Your Knee: Book Now!

Getting you moving faster!

Whether its returning to the football field, getting ready for your annual ski holiday, making it around 18holes, or simply helping achieve your personal goals of improved mobility, our therapists will get you moving!

Knee Pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, with many causes ranging from acute meniscal tears, to ACL rupture and more long term osteoarthritic changes.

An appropriately structured rehabilitation program will get you back in action faster, safer and doing what you do best!

Many of our patients also make the decision to opt for ‘pre-habilitation’, attending Physiotherapy pre operatively to optimise their chances of the best possible outcomes.

Sports and Spinal therapists will work closely with your GPs or Orthopaedic Specialist to ensure you receive ideal management for your individual condition.

If you suffer from knee pain, or have been to your GP for knee related issues, come and arrange an appointment to see us at Sports and Spinal.

We can offer solutions that not only can help relieve your pain, but work towards prevention of your knee pain in the future.

And of course, get you back to achieving your goals in sport and daily life!

For more information on Knee Rehabilitation from sports injury or after surgery, please contact your local Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy location to arrange a consultation to see one of our Knee Physios.

Knee Physiotherapy is available at our BroadbeachBuderim, Caloundra, Chermside, Coolum, Kawana, Landsborough, Maroochydore, Nambour, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Robina, Sippy Downs, Springfield and Woolloongabba locations.

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Neurological Physiotherapy

What Is Neurological Physiotherapy?
Neurological Physiotherapy involves the treatment of clients with disorders of movement, posture and function that arise from impairments of the body’s nervous and neuromuscular systems. These conditions often manifest themselves in loss of mobility function and muscle weakness, poor coordination, sensation loss, uncontrolled muscle activity such as spasticity and tremors, and loss of balance, or orientation.

At Sports & Spinal our Neurological Physiotherapists have extensive experience in assisting people with the following conditions and more.

Neurological Physiotherapy can assist:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Stroke or CVA
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
  • Childhood and developmental problems
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • General disability and loss of balance in the elderly
  • Post polio syndrome and other neuromuscular diseases

How Can A Neurological Physiotherapist Assist Patients?
A Neurological Physiotherapist specialises in the re-education of key functions including walking, standing and use of the hands and arms for everyday tasks. Sports & Spinal Physiotherapists are also able to assist individuals wishing to progress to work related tasks, sporting and recreational interests including running retraining.

Neurological Physiotherapy techniques include exercise prescription, hands on therapies as well as the skilled use of electrical stimulation, splinting and casting. Neurological physiotherapists work closely with medical specialists such as Rehabilitation Physicians and Neurologists in the use of specialised medical procedures such as Botulinum Toxin A.

Many people with Neurological conditions experience significant disability and require high levels of care. Neurological physiotherapists have experience in teaching and training carers as well as providing advice and prescription for specialised equipment for mobility, activities of daily living and recreation.

Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic
The Sports and Spinal Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic been created in collaboration with a Rehabilitation Specialist and Neurological Physiotherapist Laura Perry and Alice Latham and include utilisation of Exercise Physiology services in long term management plans.

This clinic deals with issues relating to spasticity, tone and other physical neurological issues that require a holistic rehabilitation approach

Evidence
A great deal of evidence exists with chronic stroke patients to say that a self monitored intensive program can give results for clients up to 5 years post stroke. National Stroke Foundation Guidelines from 2010 state that stroke patients should have rehabilitation tailored to give them as much functionally specific therapy within the first 6mths post stroke as possible.
European parkinson disease guidelines advise early intervention to maintain range of motion and function rather than a reactive approach of only treating a patient when then start to fall or have movement problems.

Is it for You?
Our Neuro-rehabilitation program is for those who have missed the criteria for Community Sub Acute or 12 Week Transitional Care programs and those with limited access to private day hospital therapy.
Individuals who wish to continue their rehabilitation further post discharge. Those who have had an impairment 1- 10yrs ago and would like to make improvements or limit functional losses.

Our Neurological Rehabilitation services are available at Maroochydore, Coolum and Kawana Sports & Spinal.

Say Bye to Neck Pain & Headaches: Book Now!

Neck Pain, Headaches and how Physio can help!

A daily struggle…
Headaches and neck pain are a common problem for thousands of Australians every day with 15% of adults suffering from daily headaches and 47% saying they get headaches and neck pain at least once a year.

While some minor pains can be fixed easily, ongoing suffering from headaches, migraines and neck pain may have a more serious underlying problem. If you suffer from this pain regularly or it interferes with your daily life, it is important for you to seek help.

One way to help find a solution and ease the symptoms is through Physiotherapy. Sports & Spinal have Physiotherapists with additional training in neck pain, headaches and migraines. Qualified Exercise Physiologists can also help you to return to exercise in a safe manner.

How our neck pain and headache Physios can help:
At Sports & Spinal we deal with a wide range of conditions, including headaches and neck pain. Our headache and neck pain Physios will assess you to locate what could be the potential source of the problem and identify how best to fix it or ease the symptoms. This will include Physiotherapy techniques, exercises, and advice for beyond the treatment session such as your sleeping position, posture, work/life balance, exercise routine or even how much ‘relax time’ you get.

Talking to a professional and getting expert help can put you on the right track to a happy, healthy and pain free life, so call us today!

Whiplash

Serious physical injury after Whiplash is rare even when symptoms are severe. A thorough assessment and correct management gives you reassurance and the best opportunity of a full recovery.

At Sports and Spinal we strive to provide “Best Practice”. This means keeping up to date with the most recent research and evidence based practice. Using the current evidence based practice as guidelines we tailor our care package around the individual and their needs (patient centred approach).

Best practice guidelines recognise the importance of treating both the Physical and mental components to ensure well being. This is why we at Sports and Spinal have the option of providing a Psychological screening service at the very beginning of our treatment and after 6 weeks of treatment if indicated. This ensures any Psychosocial barriers or post traumatic stress that may also occur is managed correctly, thus speeding up the recovery process.

Neck Pain Physiotherapy is available at our BroadbeachBuderim, Caloundra, Chermside, Coolum, Kawana, Landsborough, Maroochydore, Nambour, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Robina, Sippy Downs, Springfield and Woolloongabba locations.

Get Back in the Game: Book Now!

Getting You Back To Play FASTER!

Our sports therapists work with local, national and international level athletes from a range of disciplines. Whether it’s getting an Olympian back into peak shape for a pinnacle event or helping a weekend warrior smash out their PB, we are equipped to help you return to performing at your best.

As Athletes, you need the Best. You want to get better Fast. You want to Achieve. You want Success.

At Sports and Spinal we are passionate about helping people achieve their goals and the ultimate success that comes from such ambition.

Phone us today if you find yourself watching from the unenviable position of the sideline and one of our Sports Injury Physios will put together a management plan for YOU TODAY!

Sports & Spinal Sport Performance Clinic

Maximise your performance and minimise your risks NOW! Individualized assessment and tailored programs for YOU!

This Sport Performance Clinic has specifically been designed to facilitate patients in their return to sport needs especially following surgery or acute injury. The clinic will focus on the high-performance needs of the athlete to ensure the safe return to their training environment. All sessions are individually tailored towards sports specific retraining and high-performance outcomes.

Without an appropriate return to sport training, re-injury rates are disturbingly high; however, an example of the positive impact of higher end rehab is in ACL Risk. Athletes who undergo and pass evidence-based return-to-sport testing, prior to returning to play, are 4 times less likely to suffer a re-injury.

The Clinic is held at Kawana Sports & Spinal on Thursday evenings at 6-9pm.

Did you know?

Up to 30% of athletes who undergo ACL reconstruction will damage their graft within 12 months of returning to sport
However, athletes who undergo and pass evidence-based return-to-sport testing, prior to returning to play, are 4 times less likely to suffer a re-injury
One study found that 1 in 3 athletes who returned to sport WITHOUT passing return-to-sport testing suffered further injuries, whereas only 1 in 20 athletes who passed return-to-sport testing re-injured.
How many times should I attend?
The individualised program means this could vary from person to person and will be discussed in detail with the treating physiotherapist. However, approx. 1 session per week will be appropriate early on. As progression is made, this might become less regular.

What does the program entail?

The Sport Performance Clinic’s primary goal is to optimally prepare you for a safe return to sport, and reduce the risk of re-injury. Throughout the program you will be assessed regularly, to best determine when it is safe and suitable to make a return to training and playing. The sessions will involve cardio, mobility, agility, plyometrics, resistance training and sport-specific drills to best prepare you for the rigors of your sport.

What can I expect to achieve from the clinic?

A safe and timely return to your chosen sport! Not only do we plan to help you recover from your injury, but we aim to work on sport- specific drills with the hope of improving performance above what it previously was.

How do I join?

You can join by contacting Kawana Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy. If you are currently seeing a physiotherapist at Sports & Spinal, they can carry out an entry assessment prior to your first session. If you are not, then this can be performed during your first session. If you have any questions regarding this program, don’t hesitate to contact [email protected]

What is the benefit of the clinic?

To be able to have your entire rehabilitation and return-to-sport process monitored and managed by Sports & Spinal physiotherapists. The ‘typical’ delivery model of physiotherapy has constraints that make high-level return-to-sport training difficult.

The Sport Performance Clinic has the following benefits:

The clinic is held in well-equipped gym spaces with sufficient room for replication of drills/exercises previously not possible in a private room
Not limited to a 30min session – average session will last approx. 60min, however, this is entirely flexible due to the space available and staggered/overlapping patient start times
Each session will include multiple components i.e. cardio, mobility, resistance training, agility, jumping & landing drills, plyometrics, sport-specific drills
Have a thorough pre-clinic functional assessment to identify weaknesses and develop specific goals to facilitate a safe return to sport
Before clearance for any return to sport evidence-based objective functional testing will be carried out. Research demonstrates passing these tests significantly reduces the risk of re-injury in a myriad of lower limb injuries

Who should attend the clinic?

• If you have had repetitive/recurrent injuries upon returning to sport
• If your physio/patient/coach thinks close supervision is necessary with their late-stage rehabilitation program – rather than independently in a gym
• If you’re treating physio has identified the individual as “high-risk” of re-injury upon return to sport – due to age/gender/injury/surgery/biomechanics/sport-specific technique

Who runs the clinic and how are they qualified?

Physiotherapist, Dion Wallace will oversee all sessions. Dion has a postgraduate physiotherapy degree as well as an undergraduate Exercise Physiology degree and has significant experience in strength training and return-to-sport management of athletes.
Dion has worked extensively with rehabilitating athletes to return to high-level sport and thus, has an excellent understanding of biomechanics and technical aspects related to the following sports: rugby union, rugby league, football (soccer), AFL, basketball, netball, ice hockey, figure skating, snowboarding, skiing and surfing.

Contact Kawana Sports and Spinal and we can help you take the positive steps towards getting you back into the game.

Give Shoulder Pain the Flick: Book Now!

Quality, Effective Shoulder Injury Management!

Sports and Spinal provide quality and experienced management options for Shoulder Rehabilitation and Shoulder Pain.

Conservative management, including Physiotherapy with co-ordination between your GP and Specialist is an evidence based approach proven to maximise your chances of recovery.

With well established relationships with General Practitioners and a number of Shoulder Specialists in the region, Sports Spinal are well placed to get you back to doing what you do best.

Your management plans will included hands on therapy; education on biomechanics & posture; advice for optimising the function of your shoulder; and specifically tailored exercise programs that are customised to meet your individual needs.

PLUS many more techniques to provide YOU with optimal care on your rehabilitation journey.

Shoulder Pain Physiotherapy is available at our BroadbeachBuderim, Caloundra, Chermside, Coolum, Kawana, Landsborough, Maroochydore, Nambour, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Robina, Sippy Downs, Springfield and Woolloongabba locations.

Say Bye to Hip Pain: Book Now!

Hip Pain

The hip is a ball and socket joint consisting of the thigh (femur) and the pelvis. There are many ligaments that support the bones, which provide considerable stability to the joint. Numerous muscles also attach around the hip to help move the joint.

Hip pain and joint injury is common for all age groups. The hip joint and its integration with your pelvis, SIJ and lumbar spine (lower back) make it a complex region to correctly analyse and assess any dysfunction.

Hip pain can be caused by many factors. Often, you may start feeling hip pain for no apparent reason. Sometimes recreation or sports puts repetitive strain on the hip causing pain.

Your hip function can also be affected by lower limb biomechanics involving your knee, foot and ankle plus your thigh and calf muscles.

Because the hip is a major weight bearing joint, arthritis of the hip is a common problem. The hip is responsible for such functional activities as walking, running, rising from sitting, and climbing stairs. Pain in the hip can limit these activities.

 

The successfully treated hip pain and joint dysfunction relies upon a thorough examination of:

 

  • Entire lower limb (foot, ankle, knee and hip)
  • Lumbar spine
  • Pelvis and SIJ function and alignment
  • Deep hip muscle control and activation patterns
  • Middle and superficial hip muscle control, strength and function
  • Deep abdominal, core and pelvic floor muscle control
  • Upper thigh muscle length and strength (e.g. quadriceps, adductors, hamstrings and ITB)
  • Neural tissue extensibility e.g. sciatic and femoral nerve
  • Hip joint biomechanics as a whole and in isolation

 

Your Sports & Spinal physiotherapist will spend the time with you to fully assess the origin of your hip pain and investigate whether it is a hip joint, muscular, nerve or biomechanics issue. During this visit, the Physiotherapist will interview you to gather information about the history of your problem, the aggravating and relieving factors, and about any past medical history that may contribute the overall problem.

Only after a thorough hip assessment, can your hip pain be effectively rehabilitated to relieve your current hip pain and joint dysfunction.

 

Hip Pain Physiotherapy is available at our BroadbeachBuderim, Caloundra, Chermside, Coolum, Kawana, Landsborough, Maroochydore, Nambour, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Robina, Sippy Downs, Springfield and Woolloongabba locations.

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Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an accredited physiotherapist with unique knowledge and training in the treatment of problems specific to the hand & upper limb. Rehabilitation enables patients to hasten their return to a productive, active lifestyle after injury.

Patients who are candidates for hand therapy may have difficulty using their hand for normal daily tasks or have an injury that prevents then doing heavy lifting, driving, gripping or fine motor tasks.

Some common symptoms of hand injury that therapists can treat include; stiffness, weakness, wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands or arms. Others include patients who suffer from conditions such as wrist pain or tennis elbow, as well as from chronic problems such as arthritis or persistent pain.

What Does Hand Therapy Provide?

  • Accurate diagnosis & treatment of hand, wrist & elbow problems
  • Custom-orthotic fabrication (usually made from thermoplastic material)
  • Help with pain or stiffness in the hand, wrist & elbow
  • Exercise prescription & strengthening programs for regaining full function
  • Regaining movement, strength & dexterity in the upper limb after surgery
  • Help to reduce sensitivity from nerve problems
  • Help getting back to work & sport with the best recovery
  • Help to foster a supportive and clear communication link between surgeon and GP for best treatment and successful outcomes for the patient involved

If surgery is needed, hand therapists can also help with a patient’s recovery. This may include assistance with helping wounds heal, splinting, scar management and reducing swelling.

The conditions that a hand therapist can assist include:

Wrist & Hand

  • Flexor and Extensor Tendon repairs
  • Finger sprains / dislocation
  • Wrist fractures & injury
  • TFCC damage
  • Wrist instability & pain with loading
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis

Elbow: 

  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Chronic, overuse conditions
  • Elbow fracture post-immobilisation rehabilitation

Other:

  • Neurological changes in upper limb function
  • Trauma to the arm after an accident
  • Surgical post-operative rehabilitation

Hand therapy is available from our Sippy Downs clinic. Please contact them directly for more information.

Our women's health physio's are ready to help: Book Now!

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

What is Women’s Health Physiotherapy?
Our Women’s Health physiotherapists have post-graduate training and experience in a broad range of issues associated with the life stages of pregnancy; birth, postpartum, lactation and menopause. Their area of expertise is pelvic floor muscle function and dysfunction. They will assess and guide you through any condition relating to the pelvic floor. Some of the conditions they can assess and treat for you include:

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Incontinence (stress incontinence, urge incontinence, fecal incontinence)
  • Prolapse
  • Pre and postnatal checks
  • Menopausal conditions and
  • General exercise and conditioning

Physiotherapy & the Female Pelvic Floor

“Physiotherapy has been shown to be extremely effective in helping many problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and is recommended as the first option before any surgery is considered.”

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, uterus, vagina, bowel and anus. They tighten to lift and support these organs and close their openings when pressure is exerted downwards eg. Coughing, sneezing, lifting, laughing and standing up.

This helps maintain our continence. When we need to empty our bladder or bowel, the pelvic floor relaxes and allows urine or a bowel motion to pass out. Being ‘Incontinent’ ranges from totally unable to control your bladder or bowel to just losing some urine when you laugh or do yoga.

The pelvic floor muscles can be damaged or weakened during childbirth; from straining when constipated; with a chronic cough; from repetitive lifting and high impact gym work if the abs (6 pack) are allowed to dominate the core muscles (deeper abdominals).

What you may notice if you have a continence issue (big or small)

  • Leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting.
  • Can’t get to the toilet in time.
  • Can’t keep a tampon in.
  • Bulging feeling in the vagina or feeling as if you have to push yourself back up inside after using your bowels.
  • Not emptying bowels properly (using lots of loo paper and still not clean?)
  • Vaginal or anal wind on bending/lifting.
  • After dribble or poor flow (men).

Pelvic Floor Disorders Physiotherapy can help:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Dyspareunia
  • Incontinence – both urinary and fecal
  • Constipation and obstructive defecation

What can our Physiotherapists do?

Our Physiotherapists are specially trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

They will discuss your problem with you and take a detailed history.

If appropriate, and if you agree, they may suggest an internal examination to assess your pelvic floor muscle function.

They may also use ultrasound (RTUS) and biofeedback to aid assessment and develop an individualised program aimed at regaining your pelvic floor function.

What does Pelvic Floor Treatment Involve?

Treatment will comprise an appropriate individualised program for your particular condition. Some of the treatments prescribed may include a pelvic floor strengthening program; relaxation and down training of overactive muscles; correct activation and strengthening of weak muscles (pelvic floor and core), bladder retraining ; defecation training as well as general education on your condition.

These simple techniques have been shown to be extremely effective in helping many problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and are recommended as the first option before any surgery is considered.

Pregnancy & Physiotherapy

“Maintaining your pelvic floor fitness, throughout your pregnancy and birth is essential”

Pelvic Floor

No other stage of life stresses the pelvic floor more than pregnancy and childbirth. Even caesarian births affect the pelvic floor as it still stretches and bears the weight of the pregnant uterus for nine months. Maintaining pelvic floor fitness throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatally is essential.

Other Muscles

Abdominal muscle separation is common in later pregnancy. This is normal but special care needs to be taken to ensure that we protect them and give them the best chance of recovery afterwards.

Back & Joint Pain

Back/SIJ pain is very common during pregnancy due to the major changes that occur within your body both physically and hormonally. Hormones increase the stretchiness of your ligaments and can contribute to joint pain; stretched muscles don’t support the pelvis as well as they used to. Treatment is often as simple as some trigger point massage, modified stretches and education in the use of your stability (core) muscles.

Pregnancy Massage

Beneficial for Mum and Bub

Pregnancy is a blessing and is a thrilling, special time in your life that should be cherished. However, it can also be a physical and emotional rollercoaster, which is why it is so important for mums-to-be to take some time out to relax, be pampered and ease the aches, pains, and tension that come with pregnancy. Studies have also shown that, when you receive a relaxing prenatal massage, the body naturally secretes endorphins. These “feel good” hormones traverse the placenta and ultimately soothe and relax your baby.

At Sports & Spinal we have a special pregnancy massage cushion, enabling Mums-to-be to be massaged while laying on their stomach. With the aid of this purpose designed pregnancy massage cushion, your body will be supported in the position that is most comfortable for you. Our massage therapists will then use a specialised massage oil blend to massage your entire body focusing on the areas that most need work, as well as your back, neck, legs, ankles and feet.

Postnatal Follow-Up

Postnatal follow-up is really important to check that you are re-activating the ‘core and floor’ correctly, especially in the early postnatal days when you are busy lifting and carrying whilst your body recovers.

After baby arrives it is essential to regain control of your pelvic floor and core muscles.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy is available at BuderimSippy Downs, Nambour, Maroochydore and Chermside Sports & Spinal.

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Acupuncture & Dry Needling

ACUPUNCTURE originated in China over 5000 years ago and is based on the belief that good health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (energy) along the twelve major meridians of the body which are linked to specific internal and external organ systems. It recognises that the body has an innate ability for self-healing through stimulating the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins, assisting in pain relief.

At Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy we insert single-use, sterile and disposable needles at specific points along these meridians to alter the flow of Qi in order to relieve muscular tension, stress and ultimately pain. In acupuncture we also use what are called Ah Chi points which are basically trigger points in a muscle that are not found on a meridian. These are the points which are used in DRY NEEDLING.

In dry needling and acupuncture the needles tend to be left in situ for any given period of time based on the desired effects in the treatment of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction eg increased blood flow, muscle relaxation etc.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling are useful modalities which provide a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions assisting in pain relief and injury rehabilitation. Below is a list of the most commonly treated conditions;

  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Achilles Injuries
  • Hip and Leg Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sinus troubles
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries/Muscle/Joint Pain

TRIGGER POINT NEEDLING (which an acupuncturist will also call dry needling) is where a needle is poked in and out of the trigger point quickly (like pecking) to stimulate a twitch response to reset the muscle spindle. It is uncomfortable and can leave the patient feeling quite sore (aching) for anywhere from 2hours to 2days following this type of needling. It is used more in chronic conditions eg  a runner who continues to get tight calf muscles, overactive gluteals in low back pain etc.

Please note:

An initial assessment is necessary for all Acupuncture appointments.  Please contact your local Sports & Spinal for more information.

For more information as to whether acupuncture, dry needling, or trigger point needling can help you, please ask your physiotherapist.

Say Bye to Vertigo in ONE Treatment: Book Now!

A Physiotherapy Cure for most Patients in a SINGLE Treatment

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is one of the most common causes of dizziness affecting up to 50% of patients over the age of 70. The biomechanical condition is caused by the dislodgement of calcium carbonate crystals into the region of the inner ear with the sensory organs, triggering the sensation of vertigo. Physiotherapy can be remarkably effective in treating BPPV and assessments are available in our physiotherapy practices.

Assessment:

Physiotherapist performs non-invasive tests such as the Dix- Hallpike test to confirm a BPPV diagnosis and to determine which ear is affected. The type of nystagmus (involuntary eye movements) observed will also identify which canal(s) is/are involved.

Treatment:

The dizziness resulting from BPPV can be dramatically relieved by specialist techniques performed by a skilled physiotherapist that use the forces of gravity to reposition the displaced calcium carbonate crystals out of the sensory areas of the canals in the inner ear.

Standard physiotherapy treatment uses a sequence of repositioning maneuvers – such as the Epley, Semont or Lempert – to move the crystals out of the semi-circular canal.

Once the primary cause is addressed, physiotherapy treatment may involve a targeted exercise program to reduce patient’s vertiginous in response to certain positional changes such as bending forward and looking up. Targeted balance training may be offered to patients with any residual balance defects. Exercises such as Brandt Daroff exercises may be prescribed for patient self-management.
Other inner ear disorders for which vestibular rehabilitation can offer improved outcomes include: vestibular neuronitis/labyrinthitis; acoustic neuroma (post-op); oto-toxicity; movement-induced dizziness and Meniere’s disease.

Vestibular rehabilitation can help address these vestibular system disorders and restore the best use of the remaining vestibular function by teaching unaffected balance mechanisms to take over the function or teaching other parts of the body to compensate. Let our highly skilled professionals be part of the treatment plan for your BPPV.

Dizziness is one of the most common complaints patients take to the doctor and occurs more frequently as people age. Physiotherapists have the skills to perform highly specialised techniques which can cure the majority of patients suffering from BPPV in a single treatment.

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Chronic Pain Management

Sports & Spinal Nambour & Coolum are proud to offer a Persistent Pain Program which is unique to the Sunshine Coast.

The point of difference is that the program aims to treat pain by using the latest evidence-based neuroscience techniques known Explain Pain Program (EPP) and if appropriate Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) Program. The program is conducted by a GMI and EPP-trained Physiotherapist who works through patient-specific pain education and then a sequential 3 stage series of brain retraining tasks that are specific to the area of pain.

The Persistent Pain Program also values the importance of a biopsychosocial approach. Consistent with evidence-based practice; the program offers a supportive combination of:
• Physiotherapy
• Clinical Psychology
• Occupational Therapy
• Pain & Rehabilitation Specialist Medicine

This provides patients with the best possible opportunity for a positive outcome by increasing functional gains and reducing pain.

If you have pain that results from Central Sensitisation, Neuropathic Pain, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), or any Chronic Pain where you have exhausted normal avenues for treatment, this program is for you!

The Persistent Pain Program is available in our Nambour and Coolum Clinics. For more information, please contact us.

Our Chronic Pain Physios recommend watching the below video which is an introduction to Pain education:

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