At your Initial Consultation, your physiotherapist will perform an in-depth interview and physical assessment in order to determine the source and nature of your problem. He/she will then choose which evidence-based treatment technique they deem most appropriate for you, taking into account your current presentation and your past history of injury or treatment reactions. This choice of treatment technique, and how it will be specifically applied, will also be influenced by a number of factors, including how acute, chronic or irritable the injury is AND which structures appear to be involved. A combination of these techniques will be used in instances where the physiotherapist decides that this will maximize the recovery response.
Listed below are some commonly used physiotherapy techniques (Click title to expand):
- Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to facilitate the body’s natural healing process.
- Interferential and TENS treatments involve introducing electrical impulses into the body via electrodes. This is done with the intent of reducing pain by directly stimulating nerves in the targeted area and will be felt as a tingling sensation by the patient. In the case of Interferential therapy, the electrical impulses can also promote cellular healing.
- Laser therapy is a form of phototherapy which involves the application of monochromatic light over tissues to elicit stimulatory or inhibitive reactions within these tissues.
- EMS is the use of electrical impulses to stimulate motor nerves and, subsequently, muscle contractions. This can be of assistance where there is obvious muscle wasting and weakness or in more extreme cases such motor nerve injuries.