After an injury or an operation we will log a claim with ACC and get authorisation for subsidised physiotherapy treatment. You will have a full assessment and diagnosis, have your condition clearly explained to you and be provided with appropriate treatment with your consent. We will also provide you with advice on how you can help to reduce your pain and get back to work or sport faster. A home programme of stretches and strengthening exercises will hasten your road to recovery and help to prevent your problem recurring.
After an acute injury follow the advice for RICE found under the Physio FAQ
. section. Decide if you need to see a GP to exclude serious injury. Most common sports injuries are muscle strains, ligament sprains and bruises however it is important to exclude fractures, dislocations and muscle/ligament tears. Call and discuss your condition with us at Contact Physiotherapy and we can advise you. We have modalities to help to reduce pain and swelling and assist in increasing range of motion and restoring normal muscle function and gait. These steps can help you get back to sport at the earliest possible time. Sport specific rehabilitation can improve performance and help prevent injury. Strapping can also be an important part of the return to sport process. It can help to protect the injured tissue reducing the strains on it during progressive rehab back to top performance.
Back and neck pain are two of the most common complaints we see. Krissy’s Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Curtin University in Western Australia was a year of full time specialising in the treatment and management of spinal pain and disability. These conditions are most easily treated in the first few weeks after a sprain but even if you have had pain for years there are often things that can be done to ease your symptoms and improve your day to day life. Simple advice about posture and activity can make sure you are not aggravating your condition and maintain your fitness and ability to work and play.
We have completed training in specialist Pilates for low back pain. It is designed using a comprehensive search of all the highest quality most up to date research from around the globe to give the best results with the least amount of strain on your body. Pilates is designed to work all muscle groups of the body in balance and avoid the selective over training we get from our daily work or sport. It includes flexibility, strength and endurance and can be adjusted to suit peoples abilities at all levels. Delivered by physiotherapists it will be designed for you and any physical problems you may have instead of a general exercise class which may aggravate existing pain.
Posture, old injuries and genetics all play a part in how we move and perform physically. They can lead us to being prone to gradual onset aches and pains. We can assess you and provide a tailor made programme specifically for your body type with consideration of your physical symptoms or goals. Improve performance and prevent aches and pains.
At Contact Physiotherapy we can carry out an assessment specifically for your biomechanics and physical goals. These can take place at the gym or our clinic and can also be carried out in the gym or at home.
Conditioning is important for a range of individuals, from older people who are having falls at home to athletes who are optimising their performance. Assessment involves looking at flexibility, strength and balance. For sport, endurance and speed are necessary. Training needs to be relevant to each person’s goals and intent.
Our physiotherapists have the medical experience to liaise with you and/or your surgeon or GP to plan your programme with consideration to your health needs. Conditions like osteoporosis, chronic lung conditions, depression and heart problems benefit from appropriate exercise.
No training programme ever goes without a hitch. Having professional supervision can manage these and manage problems that could prevent you from reaching your goals. Contact Physiotherapy will work with you to plan your exercise regime- the frequency, time, intensity, goals and outcomes timed and recorded. The hardest part is getting started. Everyone can benefit from an exercise programme. We are here to start and support the process.
We can develop a home or gym based exercise programme to assist you in optimising your strength and fitness. This saves you time and money and lets you do your rehabilitation when it works in with your lifestyle. We cover everything from a gently loading programme for those with osteoporosis to high level sport specific rehabilitation to get you back on top of your game.
Pelvic Joint Pain During and after pregnancy the hormone relaxin allows ligaments all over the body to soften so that they can stretch during delivery. In some women this can cause pain in the pelvic region and a sensation of instability, reducing walking, stairs and lifting ability. Other causes of pelvic joint pain can be a traumatic sports injury, car or riding accident or hypermobility syndrome. A physiotherapist can use combination of appropriate joint mobilisation, exercises and pain management to reduce pain and improve function.
Arthritis Physiotherapy can help those suffering from arthritis. Osteo arthritis is a normal part of our bodies function as we mature. Not everyone with joint changes has pain. The difference can be as simple as having an appropriate stretching and strengthening programme, use massage and acupuncture to reduce exacerbations, look at practical ways around day to day problems to let you lead a full and happy life. Those with other arthritic conditions like ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis can also benefit from the these techniques.
Based on part of the treatments in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture has been adapted by Western medicine and suitably trained physiotherapists use it along side physiotherapy techniques for mobility and pain relief. Acupuncture uses sharp thin needles inserted into the body at specific appoints. In TCM it is believed to adjust the body’s energy flow to promote health and harmony. Western research has proved that acupuncture releases the body’s natural endorphins and other chemicals associated with pain relief and well being. The World Health Organisation recommends acupuncture for over forty medical problems including chronic pain, headaches, back injuries and arthritis. Krissy has been trained in acupuncture since 1997 and up skilled to new international physiotherapy standards in 2007. Skilled TCM practitioners use acupuncture of the treatment of conditions other than musculo-skeletal. Their skills should be sought specifically for your problem.
The unfortunate reality for some people is that they have had injuries or have conditions which cannot be completely resolved and thus will live with a degree of discomfort. By keeping up to date with medical research, Contact Physiotherapy can assist people to manage their pain and ongoing activities with relaxation, pacing, home exercise programs and support.
Stress is an increasing part of today’s society. It is not always a one of incident, it can just be a series of small stressors until we start to demonstrate symptoms like reduced ability to sleep, irritability, low mood, reduced confidence and productivity. The body can also have symptoms like increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and even panic attacks. At Contact Physio we can help by teaching relaxation and breathing exercises. Regular exercise has also been shown to assist in controlled breathing and lifting of low mood.
Ergonomic and work station assessment and management of repetitive strain conditions. Contact Physiotherapy can advise on lifting techniques, computer and desk set up and how best to look after yourself to avoid lost time from work with the pain and disability associated with occupational overuse. Seeking advice early can help prevent long term, painful problems in the future.
Many conditions rehab best in the water. Lesley will assess you first, identify your goals and limitations, meet with you at the Ashburton Community Pool to set up a personal pool rehab programme just for you.
Falls Prevention Physiotherapists at Contact Physiotherapy have completed training in the Otago Falls Prevention Programme. It has been recognised internationally as a highly successful exercise programme which can reduce falls and associated injuries by 35%. Walking and Tai Chi are also great exercise to keep you fit and strong and prevent falls. Sometimes all it takes is an expert helping you set the right level to commence exercise and get the intensity right. Anyone at any age can benefit- even if you start by practising getting in and out the chair!
Men and women frequently experience episodes of leaking urine during activities like laughing or lifting. It is typically caused by pelvic floor weakness which can develop after pregnancy, back pain, weight fluctuations or bad bladder habits. Typically learning simple exercises can strengthen these muscles and bring back confidence and independence without needing pads or planning regular toilet stops. If that does not fix it there are specialist nurses and doctors who you can be referred to.