FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is deep and soft tissue therapy?
Similar to a massage, deep tissue and soft tissue therapy involve a number of specialised techniques. These include trigger point release, myofascial release and cross friction. The use of these methods ensure a better road to recovery where there is muscular involvement.
What is taping?
There are three types of tapes used in our clinic:
Kenisology tape is great for bruise recovery and works by sending messages to the sensory motor system.
Dynamic tape increases the push in your range of motion by sending a propriocetive sensation to your brain via your skin and muscles. This is similar to someone pushing your muscle a little further which assists with recovery.
Rigid taping is used when there is a sprain or strain and we need to immobilise the joint.
What is pain management and rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is one of the most important aspect of all the treatments and this retrains the problem area and or associated areas to get back to the pre-injury/dysfunction state to bring you back to the most pain free state viable. Rehabilitation ranges from stretches, strength and conditioning and retraining how the brain perceives pain.
What is ultrasound therapy?
Ultrasound therapy uses micro-vibrations which sends heat waves that penetrate to deeper tissue. These heat waves allow for the treatment of joints, ligaments and deeper muscles by destroying of adhesions in the affected areas. The heat waves and micro vibrations are not painful to those undergoing ultrasound therapy.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is not to be confused with acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine). There are similarities to acupuncture but in contrast dry needling is based on western medicine for the management of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Dry needling involves inserting non medicated needles into trigger points of a muscle to allow relaxation and a localised inflammatory response to occur to help with the healing process.
What is mobilisation and manipulation?
Manipulations is a high velocity low amplitude force that is a applied to the joint via the chiropractors hands or a chiropractic tool which helps unlock the joint allowing more free play of the joint and relaxation of the muscles and ligaments. At times when a manipulation or adjustment is not favourable a mobilisation will be performed as this is a more gentle approach which is of low velocity to guide the joint back into movement.
What is cupping?
There are two forms of cupping, dry and wet. Our preferred method is dry cupping. This does not form any bleeding but bruising may be observed afterwards due to the expansion of the blood vessels. Suction cups are placed on the skin which may help with circulation, inflammation and pain. It can also be used as a form of deep tissue massage.
What is mechanical vibration therapy?
Mechanical vibration therapy is the practice of using vibrating massager on affected muscles. The vibrations help break down adhesion and help provide a favorable environment for the regeneration of nerves. It also increases blood flow and supply aiding in the recovery process of injured muscles.