Conditions we Treat
At Bodytone we treat a wide range of conditions affecting people of all ages
Treament of conditions inclusing sports injuries, work related aches and pains, pregnancy pain, pre and post surgery rehab, including degenerative and auto immune conditions and temperomandibular (TMJ dysfunction) pain.
Neck & Back Pain Including Whiplash
Accurate diagnosis is important to ensure you receive the correct treatment Condition
Many people suffer from neck and back pain, in fact, they are two of the most frequent reasons people require physiotherapy treatment. Neck and back symptoms can have many different forms, it could be:
- a sharp pain
- a dull ache
- a stiffness when trying to move
- a headache in the case of neck pain.
Some facts about neck and back pain:
- 90% of people experience spine symptoms at least once in their lifetime
- The pain is not always restricted to the back and neck, it can also transfer into arms or head and eyes as well as into the gluts, groin, hip, and legs or feet
- Each episode of back pain can become progressively worse, last longer, and travel farther from its place of origin if not treated
- If the symptoms are addressed early, 95% of herniated disc patients would NOT require surgery
Physiotherapy is considered to be the most effective and easy way of getting rid of any pain or stiffness in the neck and back. Your physiotherapist will assess the causes for your back and neck pain, mobilize your spinal joints, and will give you advice on how to best maintain your thoracic mobility, essential for a healthy back and neck.
Once a diagnosis has been made, your physiotherapist will often begin with hands-on treatment to help alleviate the symptoms. This may include massage, muscle trigger point release, dry needling, joint mobilisations amongst other forms of treatment.
They will also prescribe suitable and safe stretches and strengthening exercises to help alleviate tightness, provide support to your joints and also build general tolerance that will allow you to maintain a good posture and to carry out daily activities without pain
Identify the type and causes of your headache
Headaches are one of the most common health conditions. It is likely that all of us will experience headaches at some stage, and at any given time, 15% of us are taking pain relief medications for a headache.
Headaches are caused by multiple factors and often include lifestyle factors such as stress, sleeping positions, posture, work habits, and exercise habits.
Three of the most common type of headaches are:
- Tension headaches – triggered by emotional and physical stress
- Neck headaches – caused by an underlying neck issue
- Migraines – can result in severe throbbing or pulsing pain, usually on one side of the head
Evidence strongly supports physiotherapy intervention for all three forms of headache mentioned above. During your initial physio appointment, the goal will be to identify your specific type of headache and understand the contributing factors.
At Bodytone Physiotherapy we use a range of treatment techniques such as manipulation, massage, postural correction, and rehabilitation exercises to help manage some common types of headaches. We can also provide useful advice on how to prevent headaches by modifying everyday habits.
Ease pain, improve mobility and re-establish the function of affected joints
Arthritis can cause pain in one particular part of the body or more widespread joint and muscle pain. There are more than 200 types of arthritis and related conditions of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These cause pain, heat, and stiffness in your joints and can affect people of all ages.
In osteoarthritis, the joints show signs of wear and tear, which increases as time goes by. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the joints, which can become red and swollen if not treated.
Physiotherapy is an important part of treatment for most people with arthritis and is aimed at helping you to maintain or resume an active and independent life both at home and work.
Bodytone Physiotherapists can help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have arthritis and will offer both advice and treatments on how to protect your joints
Your physiotherapist will start by asking you questions and examining the joint(s) you’re finding painful. This assessment will let them tailor the treatment to your needs. Treatment may include:
- a specific program of exercises
- pain-relief treatments such as heat or ice packs, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), massage, manipulation, acupuncture, or taping
- general advice on increasing your activity level and avoiding exercise-related injuries
- providing splints or walking aids or splints to help with mobility and keeping you independent
Mobilisation of the joint and the surrounding soft tissues
Joints allow movement between bones, they are prone to injury which left untreated could deteriorate, leading to a longer recovery period and additional pain and discomfort.
An injury can happen to any joint in the body and normally occur through a number of causes such as:
- Traumatic – fractures, ligament sprains/tears, sprains, dislocations
- Overuse – muscle tendonitis, muscle strain
- Rheumatic – rheumatoid arthritis
The injury can affect the range and quality of movement and strength of the joint. An injury to a joint is normally associated with one, all, or a combination of the following symptoms:
- Limited range of motion
Bodytone physiotherapy can offer assessment, treatment, and advice for injuries sustained to joints. Our physiotherapy treatment can assist with:
- Optimising healing
- Reducing swelling
- Decreasing pain
- Provide self-management strategies
- It is sometimes necessary to refer on for a surgical opinion or further investigation (e.g. MRI scan). We have a list of surgeons we use for each specific joint injury.
There are a variety of treatment options that can be used and will be suggested by the experienced physiotherapist after assessment of the injury. Some of the most common treatments are:
- Mobilisation of the joint and the surrounding soft tissues.
- Advice around ice therapy and anti-inflammatory strategies.
- Balance and proprioceptive exercises
- Strengthening exercises
Soft Tissue Injury
Assessment and treatment of soft tissue injuries
Soft tissues are the structures in the body that connect, support, and move the bones and joints. Soft tissue injuries are the most common injuries in active people and usually occur as a result of trauma or injury or as a result of overuse.
The most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and bruising. Bruising can be a sign of a more significant injury (such as a tendon or ligament rupture).
The most common soft tissues involved in injury are:
- Ligaments – strong supporting tissue that connects bone to bone.
- Muscles – muscles are made up of fibers that contract and lengthen to produce or control the movement of joints.
- Tendons – the part of the muscle that connects to bone. made up of collagen and elastic fibers.
Soft tissue treatment involves the assessment and treatment of any soft tissue injury that is causing pain or abnormal function. Soft tissues include ligaments, tendons, muscles, and fascia.
Soft tissue treatments promote a number of benefits:
- Reduced pain
- Increased range of movement
- Increased soft tissue length
- Reduced swelling
- Increased muscle strength
- Increased mobility
- Accelerated healing process
- Greater functional ability
- Reduced risk of re-injury
- Faster recovery from injury
Depending on your symptoms the physiotherapists at Bodytone may use a number of soft tissue treatments, such as:
- Myofascial release
- Trigger points
- Deep transverse frictions
- Heat therapy
- Cold Therapy/ Cryotherapy
- Stretching exercises
Sports Injury and Rehabilitation
Effectively treat pain and achieve optimum performance
Sports injury rehabilitation treats a range of conditions, including:
- Acute sports injuries
- Muscle, tendon, and ligament repairs
- Hand injuries
- Shoulder dislocation
- Foot or ankle dysfunction
- Surgery rehab
The sports injury rehabilitation services offered by Bodytone will benefit those recovering from:
- Post-operative injuries
- ACL reconstruction
- Meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff repair
- Acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Tendonitis and bursitis
The first step towards recovery is getting an accurate diagnosis. Bodytone physiotherapists will firstly perform a full assessment and provide treatments designed to reduce pain and swelling. This will be followed by progressive reconditioning treatment aimed at reducing pain and promoting healing.
Exercises will be prescribed to target specific goals such as mobility, flexibility training, coordination of balance, and joint positioning. As progress is made, the athlete and physiotherapist can work together towards re-establishing strength.
- Targeted exercises to help you return to pre-injury function
- Personalised exercise programs to improve mobility restrictions and muscle imbalances
- Reduced susceptibility to further sport-related injuries
- Preparation to avoid recurring injury
- Achieving peak athletic performance
Athletes can take advantage of our extensive rehab area where exercise and rehabilitation programs can be directed by an experienced physiotherapist.
Post Operative and Post Fracture Rehabilitation
Restore mobility and strengthen muscles
Following surgery or a bone fracture, it is important to mobilise the affected joint and/or limb and to strengthen the surrounding muscles.
Postoperative and post fracture rehabilitation may be required following:
- Bone fracture (breaking a bone)
- Shoulder surgery – arthroscopy, tendon or ligament repairs, decompressions, joint replacement, fracture management, acromioclavicular joint repair
- Hip – arthroscopy, labral repair, joint replacement, injection
- Knee – ligament, cartilage or tendon repair, arthroscopy, injection, joint replacement
- Spinal – fusions, stabilisations, discectomy, injections
- Ankle – arthroscopy, ligament repair, joint replacement
- Foot – bunion and toe surgery, fracture management
Your physiotherapist will assess your condition, discuss this with you and focus treatments on:
- Restoring optimal mobility
- Strengthening weakened and disused muscles
- Compensation for any functional loss
- Restoring normal movement patterns and habits
In post-surgical rehabilitation, the majority of the time the physiotherapist will follow a treatment plan, written by the surgeon and their team. The Physiotherapist will use this plan as a guide on how best to manage and progress your condition.
Physiotherapy is very effective at managing lower back pain. Pregnancy-related lower back pain may greatly impact day-to-day activities and can create difficulties in walking and therefore it is important to begin physiotherapy as early as possible to avoid longer-term complications.
Your Bodytone physiotherapist will perform a full assessment of your condition and devise an appropriate treatment plan.
This may include techniques such as:
- Mobilisations on any stiff joints such as the sacroiliac (SIJ), hip, or lumbar spine joints
- Heat therapy
- Postural advice
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Strengthening exercises for your core muscles
- Provision of a supporting belt
We will work with you to create an individualised program to help reduce your pain
Upper Limb Work, Repetitive Strain Injury and Related Problems
Treatment designed to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
Upper limb problems such as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Work-Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD) normally gradually develop over time and include symptoms such as:
- pain, aching, or tenderness
- tingling or numbness
Repetitive strain injuries are related to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the body. These are as a result of performing repetitive activities sometimes at high intensity often for a long period and without rest. Other contributing factors can be:
- Poor posture
- Working in awkward positions for long periods of time
- Climate and temperature
On examination we often find tightness and overactivity in one group of muscles and weakness and under activity in others, resulting in an imbalance that reinforces the movement dysfunction
Physiotherapy treatment for RSI will be aimed at reducing inflammation and pain, restoring flexibility and muscle balance.
This may include techniques such as:
- joint and soft tissue release work
In addition, your Bodytone physiotherapist will attempt to help you identify the cause of the RSI and suggest modifications to the task or job which is a cause of the symptoms and provide a program of exercise that will help you manage the condition