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RESTORATIVE TREATMENTS

 

Often after an injury, illness, surgery, the muscles are damaged and their functioning ability is reduced. This results in pain, inflammation, muscle tightness, strain and muscle dysfunctions.

Our Restorative Treatments, as the name suggests, helps in restoring the normal functions of the parts that are affected.

Restorative Treatments

Deep Tissue Massage

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Deep Tissue Massage loosens muscle-related trigger points or tight myofascial/connective tissue that can cause headaches.

It’s a type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder.Deep tissue massage can break up and eliminate scar tissue from previous injuries.

A common problem is that stressed muscles can block nutrients and oxygen from getting to where they need to go, and this will cause inflammation that allows toxins to build up in your muscle tissue. The inflammation and toxins contribute to pain and stress.

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Chest Physiotherapy

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People suffering from chronic respiratory problems have difficulties in leading an active lifestyle. Chest physiotherapy is aimed at improving respiratory efficiency, eliminate secretions from the respiratory system, strengthen respiratory muscles and promote the expansion of muscles. Conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic asthma, Emphysema, Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchitis and their resulting symptoms can be managed through chest physiotherapy.

First Physio has expert physiotherapists and up to date treatment methods to assist in managing the symptoms and maximising the function of the respiratory system.

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Ultrasound therapy

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Using sound waves to generate heat within a body part, ultrasound can be used to promote tissue healing and reduce pain. The heat generated by the ultrasound increases the blood circulation in a targeted tissue, thereby promoting the healing process.

The high-frequency sound waves can be used to treat deep tissue injuries and for muscle spasms to reduce the level of pain.

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Phonophoresis therapy

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Phonophoresis is considered an anti-inflammatory treatment because it is mostly used in the treatment of inflammation in any soft tissue, muscle, tendon or ligament.

The therapy involves using ultrasound along with a medication gel. The gel is applied on the skin, followed by using ultrasound waves to pass it through the skin to the affected tissue.

This therapy is occasionally used to treat pain.

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Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

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It is a type of electrical stimulation that causes a single muscle or a group of muscles to contract. It is used when there is a weakness in one or more muscles, in order to re-educate the muscles to contract properly.

Generally after an illness/injury, the muscle weakness may pose difficulties while walking, climbing etc. Contracting the muscles using electrical stimulation helps in increasing muscle strength and promoting blood supply to the affected area.

This treatment helps in faster healing, decreasing muscle spasms, reducing/preventing atrophy and decreasing pain stimuli.

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Frequency Specific Microcurrent Stimulation

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Frequency Specific Microcurrent Stimulation is our unique new way of treating nerve and muscle pain.

It is becoming a more popular and progressive physiotherapy technique used for treatment. As the name suggests, a very low voltage micro amperage current is passed into the affected cells or tissue stress points in order to stimulate the body’s healing process.

The electrical stimulation in this treatment is too subtle to be felt on the skin (sub-sensory). It is used for reaching restricted tissues of the body and it helps in reducing inflammation.

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Joint Mobilization

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After an injury or surgery, there is sometimes decreased mobility in the joints due to prolonged immobilization or mechanical dysfunction. This can be treated using joint mobilization, a manual therapeutic technique used to manage such musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

It involves performing oscillation or traction to the joint, to increase mobility. Joint mobilisation helps in restoring motion and return to normal functioning.

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Manual Therapy

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Any “hands on” treatment done by therapists, comes under the broad category of Manual Therapy. Treatments such as joint mobilization, joint manipulation, soft tissue massage etc are some types of Manual Therapy.

When there is a restriction of movement in certain parts of the body, it may lead to joint stiffness or soft tissue tightness. The body compensates this by using the movement of the adjacent region. This leads to over-strain and pain. Manual therapy helps in reducing this tightness and improve the movement in the affected regions.

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Neuromuscular Re-education

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The nerves and muscles work together to produce movements. Nerves send signals back and forth between the brain and muscles and over time, these patterns are stored in memory. These patterns are affected when there is damage/injury to muscles or nerves.

Physiotherapists use neuromuscular re-education to restore the normal movements in people with neuromuscular impairments. This consists of repetitive movements, stimulation and posturing to re-educate the nerves for functional movements until the muscular movements become automatic again.

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Posture/Postural Training

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Poor posture and imbalance lead to musculoskeletal problems and pain. This is due to the strain caused by overworking some muscles while other muscles are not doing what they are supposed to do.

At Firstphysio, therapists educate patients on the right postures and help in improving the postures. The body’s alignment is restored through re-patterning with specific positions and movements. This will reduce the strain and pain caused on the muscles.

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Traction

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Traction is a mechanism by which pressure is relieved from the spine or a nerve root. Traction is usually applied to treat conditions with compressive stress within the spinal column such as, disc prolapses and nerve impingements.

In this method, spinal structures are pulled away from each other using a mechanical device. This relieves the pressure within the structures and provides more space for the nerves to exit.

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Soft Tissue Release

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Soft Tissue Release is a method used for relieving soft tissues especially in the musculoskeletal system. Also known as Myofascial release, it treats muscle immobility and pain.

Through this treatment, contracted muscles are relaxed, stretch reflex in muscles is stimulated and blood circulation is improved.

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Passive Stretches

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Stretches are in general good for muscle strength and flexibility. There are two types of stretching – active and passive. Passive stretches are those done with the help of an external force, a mechanical device or another person.

At First Physio, a therapist aids you in doing these stretches. The therapist may apply the stretches to any muscle or fascia, depending on the problem faced by the patient.

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Taping Mechanical Support to Facilitate Correct Movement Pattern

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Taping techniques are regularly used by physiotherapists for pain relief, increased function in everyday life and joint support. There are different types of taping that are used. In our clinic, two types of taping techniques are used namely Kinesio and McConnell Taping.

Kinesio taping is used for treating conditions such as muscle imbalance, swelling, postural problems, ligament and tendon injuries and dysfunctions in the fascia. McConnell taping is used for treating patellofemoral(the joint formed by the kneecap and the thighbone) pain. This method repositions the patella and reduces pain by allowing normal knee movements.