Conditions Treated

Respiratory Issues | Asthma | Emphysema | Bronchitis

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What is Respiratory (or Chest) Physiotherapy

Respiratory Physiotherapy, or more commonly known as Chest Physiotherapy (CPT) is where a physio uses movement to remove blockages (typically mucus, sputum or liquids) from the breathing passages of a patient thus improving breathing and overall well-being. The difference between a Physiotherapist and Doctor is the physio uses movement, mostly no drugs and non-invasive techniques. At times the solution can be a change in posture, pressure points on the chest, vibrational movement on the chest or some extraction device.

 

 

Common Respiratory issues

These are known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Emphysema – a COPD which mostly effects smokers causing a shortness of breath. It occurs as tiny air sacs in the lungs become filled with air, allowing progressively less lung-function until the patient finds breathing very difficult. Many people inflicted with this COPD also have chronic bronchitis.
  • Asthma – is a trigger based COPD affecting people who are hypersensitive. Triggers can be allergies, the airways or some external change. Patients enduring an asthma attack may experience wheezing due to the airways restricting or going into spasms and a tightening in the chest.
  • Bronchitis – is when the bronchial (bronchi) tubes become inflamed (air passages from the nose carrying air to the lungs). Heavy mucus or phlegm forms in the airways causing breathing difficulty. It can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term)

 

Treatment methods

Chest physiotherapy (CPT) with bronchial drainage is the standard treatment for respiratory dysfunction. It has proven success in restoring a patient back to health, but can be time consuming (as it normally requires daily use) so some patients prefer quicker techniques including medication and/or the use of mechanical devices that offer patient independence and reduced therapy costs.

Adjusting the positioning of the body is important because the lungs can become compressed when the patient is in a certain position like lying flat. Hence sitting upright can relieve pressure and allow more air to flow into the lungs. Gravity based postures can help to alleviate other issues like excess sputum, which may drain out via other channels. Vibration, percussion or shaking of the chest can also help loosen mucus in the airways. Coughs and Huffs in a certain way can help by altering the pressure of the air inside the lungs, which can help remove mucus and clear the airways.

Some of the respiratory conditions are addressed with transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), laser acupuncture (LA), manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and home exercise regime (HEP).

 

 

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Womens Health | Pregnancy

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Everyone knows how Physiotherapists can help with injury or sports performance, but not many people know that Physio’s also deal with many female-only issues, related to pregnancy and other conditions. In fact, treatment is so common that there are many physiotherapists that only deal in women’s health.

How can a physio help with pregnancy?

To answer that question we simple need to define what a physio does – improve mobility, reduce pain. The techniques are the same, but the treatment is different for each patient.

Womens Health Conditions treated

  • Continence management
  • Pregnancy Issues
  • Postnatal period
  • Pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation
  • Pelvic girdle pain

 

According to The continence foundation of Australia, 33% of Women experience some form of urinary leaking after their first child. Some of the conditions which are experienced include

  • Fear of not being able to hold-on, causing a rush to the bathroom
  • Inability to hold-on, causing some release while trying to reach a bathroom
  • Wanting to pee even though not full
  • Frequent visits to the bathroom, more than before child-birth
  • Involuntary release due to sudden movement
  • Bowel/Wind issues
  • Problems passing urine

 

How can Physiotherapy help you?

Continence management

First we need to determine what the problem is; if it is bladder issues you may need to speak to a gynaecologist first. What ever your problem, you are not alone. It can be solved. A common cause is due to the weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, in women there are 3 openings (men have two). Muscles around these openings are what provide bladder control. Your Womens health Physiotherapist can help you strengthen this group of muscles to return bladder control. It is very important the muscle strengthening exercises are performed correctly, that is where an experience physio can help. If done incorrectly it can lead to incontinence.

Pregnancy issues

During pregnancy a womans’ hormones change, one of these causes increased movement around the pelvic region. During this time, the increased movement can cause pain and is vulnerable to injury. Our physiotherapist will show you how to increase the strength of your deep stomach muscles which are known to help combat the negative impact of increased movement around the pelvic region, thereby reducing pain and limiting risk.

Our treatments

Our treatments encompass problems including pre-eclampsia (with fluid retention) and mechanical dysfunction (such as pelvic malalignment).  These conditions (and more) are addressed with manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), manual therapies (MT), laser acupuncture (LA), manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and home exercise regime (HEP).

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Chronic Fatigue | Fibromyalgia


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Fibromyalgia

  • Suffering widespread pain on a chronic basis?
  • Feeling fatigue and just can’t get a decent nights sleep?
  • Legs swollen?
  • Got tingling in the hands and feet and can’t work out why?
  • Feel like your joints have stiffened up?
  • Experiencing “brain fog” or depression?

If you have answered yes to some of these questions, chances are you may be suffering from Fibromyalgia!

What is Fibromyalgia?

MediLexicon’s dictionary defines it as “A common syndrome of chronic widespread soft-tissue pain accompanied by weakness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances; the cause is unknown.” It is a long-lasting condition.

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia is treated with laser acupuncture (LA),  lymphatic drainage (LD), soft tissue massage (STM )and transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA).

Don’t despair there is a solution, book an appointment with our Physio.


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Can Physiotherapy Help Chronic Fatigue?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is an affliction that affects many Australians at varying degrees. In its worst form it is totally debilitating leaving the patient exhausted and progressively unproductive.

It may encompass a number of subsets within its brood spectrum, which includes sub-clinical hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, polyarthritis and secondary lymphoedema.

You are exhausted and drained but in its milder forms, you can still soldier on, with mild symptoms but a sense of being just not right.

Chornic Fatique treatments

We treat Chronic Fatigue using laser acupuncture (LA), lymphatic drainage (LD), soft tissue massage (STM )and transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA).  In addition, we look at your Diet and lifestyle which may need some adjusting.  Its cause can be as simple as a depressed immune system and lymphatic congestion. This is treatable by natural methods.

With many years of clinical experience treating such conditions, our Melbourne Physiotherapist can help.

 

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Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

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What is the Temporal Mandibular Joint

The Jaw joint (the area directly in front of the ear on either side of the head where the upper jaw and lower jaw connect) is also known as the Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ).  These are complex joints consisting of muscles, tendons, and bones.

Symptoms of TMJ Dysfunction

The Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex and most used joints in the human body. TMJ has an intimate relationship between the neck and skull and should this relationship be disturbed then a wide range of  symptoms can arise including the following:-

  • Headaches (forehead, temples, migraine type, sinus type, shooting pain up back of head, hair or scalp painful to touch)
  • Ear pain or ear ache with no infection, clogged or itchy ears
  • Neck (pain, stiffness and lack of mobility, shoulder aches and pains, finger numbness)
  • decreased hearing
  • Hissing, Buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • dizziness, vertigo
  • pain in jaws or cheek muscles, popping or clicking jaw joints
  • Throat issues (sore throat with no infection, swallowing difficulty, laryngitis, voice changes, frequent coughing and the feeling something is always stuck in the throat)
  • Mouth (limited opening, discomfort, jaw deviates to one side when opening, cannot find bite)
  • Bloodshot eyes, or pain behind the eyes and bulging eyes

What causes Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ)

  • Gum chewing (excessive)
  • Grinding teeth (consciously or unconsciously during sleep)
  • Chewing on hard food
  • Jaw injury (sport, fall or other type)
  • Occupational (work related)
  • Stress

Short term TMJ relief

  • Eating soft food
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Ice packs
  • Avoid wide yawning
  • Relieve stress/tension

 

Treatment Techniques

TMJ dysfunctions can be treated with manual techniques (MT), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and lifestyle changes including stretches or gentle exercises.

 

Our physio Ben Cameron is a preferred practitioner for Temporal Mandibular Joint, working closely with dentists and orthodontists.

 

 

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Sport Performance & Injury Rehabilitation

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Treatment Protocols have changed significantly when it comes to sport Injuries even though the injuries themselves have remained unchanged in medical textbooks for many years.

Most of the advances in treatment has come about from research lead by exercise physiologists and specialists who monitor and test our elite athletes and of course lets not forget the sharp learning curve provided by good old fashion trial and error.

It wasn’t that long ago a patient booked for knee surgery would be in a cast and asked to rest as much as possible. Medical specialist began to realise that the cast would accelerate atrophy (muscle wasting) of the leg muscles making postoperative recovery a long and unnecessary drawn out process.

Nowadays the complete opposite occurs. Instead of resting and immobilising the injured segment, the patient is given a carefully considered treatment plan combined with prescribed rehabilitation exercises, pre and post-operatively.

There are an number of important factors to be considered before any treatment or rehabilitation program is given to minimise aggravation of the healing structures. A poor and inexperienced approach could set back recovery significantly, or worse, contribute to further damage to the recovering tissues.

Our physiotherapist Ben Cameron has had 17 years experience treating injuries. He has seen just about every combination of sport injury and treats many elite athletes.  He has worked in Geelong hospital for a couple of years but has spent most of his professional life in  private practice that primarily focused on sports injuries and complex musculoskeletal conditions. Ben has been treating AFL VFL & NBL greats for many years

Treating any injury whether it is sports related, work related or just plain bad luck related does not change the rehab rules. Each injury is categorised in different phases with goals and criteria to progress through each different phase.

In nearly all cases, treatment is accompanied by a customised exercise rehab program to accelerate recovery and enhance positive long lasting results.

All our rehabilitation exercises are based on best current practices that are evidence based. Our Physiotherapist clearly sets out what type of exercises are appropriate for the current injury level, how many reps, at what intensity and how many times in the day these exercises should be done.

Combine this approach with his proven treatment protocols gives our patients the best results.

Physiotherapy has traditionally but not exclusively encompassed exercise prescription and manual therapies. With mutual consensus mechanical problems can be treated using a wide variety of techniques.

Our Physio Ben Cameron has been treating AFL VFL & NBL greats for many years

 

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Physiotherapy treatment for Headaches and Migraine

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Can Physiotherapy Treat Headaches?

Nearly everyone suffers with occasional headaches. However, before looking to drugs for reducing the pain associated with headaches, why not find out and fix the cause of the headache to prevent the headache from re-occurring or at least reduce the frequency and severity.

Headaches are commonly caused my restrictions within the spine often due to poor posture or work stresses. When there are restrictions within the spine, the nerves and blood vessels that are associated with structures in the head often become irritated and cause tight and painful muscles surrounding the neck causing headaches.

There are many types of headaches, the most common being tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches and migraines.

Most people will experience tension headaches describing a squeezing pressure around the head. Migraines are more severe and are usually described as a throbbing pain.

Migraines can also cause other symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite and visual changes.

The cervicogenic headache is related to the spine and causes most tension type headaches. Not all headaches are caused by spinal restrictions, however you should consult our Physiotherapist before beginning any treatments. Rochelle Vujcich-Harris will conduct physical, orthopaedic and neurological tests to observe the condition of your spine.

Sometimes an x-ray will be necessary and if the tests indicate that further exams are required our Physiotherapist Rochelle Vujcich-Harris will consult with other medical specialists.

Physiotherapists have had extensive success in relieving the pain associated with headaches without the use of medications. Aspirin use may lead to increased doses, side effects and more severe headaches in the long term.

Physiotherapy for headaches has been proven to be safe and effective and involves far less side effects when compared to other common painkillers. Some patients will experience almost immediate relief from their headache, while others will notice a gradual reduction in intensity and frequency depending on the nature and chronicity of the problem.

How we treat headaches

Headaches can range from migraines to autointoxication from constipation.  Techniques include laser acupuncture (LA), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), soft tissue massage (STM), manual lymphatic drainage (MLD, dietary advice and home exercise regime/program.


Can Physiotherapy Treat Migraine Sufferers?

 

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Migraines affect many people. The trigger for migraines are not yet fully understood however, changes in the function of the blood or nervous system in certain areas of the brain and changes in chemical balances within the body are blamed for causing migraine attacks. There are two main categories of migraines including the ‘common’ and ‘classic’ migraine.

The pain is generally located on just one side of the head, however it can cover both. Symptoms usually include severe headaches with throbbing, pulsing or stabbing pains. Migraines can also cause nausea, loss of appetite, increased sensitivity to light and altered bodily perception.

Many people who suffer from migraines will experience an ‘aura’ this may include visual changes, sense of smell or other sensory alterations signalling the onset of a migraine. There are many potential triggers for migraines including stress, certain foods, some medications, changes in sleep patterns, hormonal changes (such as menstruation) and tension in the neck.

It is important to have your migraine checked by our Physiotherapist as Physiotherapy has been shown to help reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks. Our Physiotherapist Rochelle Vujcich-Harris will also conduct an extensive history, physical and neurological examination to help determine the trigger of your migraines and rule out more severe causes.

Our treatment method

True migraine sufferers have a bad neck and hypoglycemia.  The neck can be treated with manual therapies (MT), laser acupuncture (LA), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA) and soft tissue massage (STM) while the hypoglycemia is addressed with dietary modifications, LA and TCEA to change hypoglycemic episodes.

 

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Neck Pain

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Is your neck pain coming from your back?

Getting no relief from treatment to your neck?

Consider this… the spine can be thought of as a vertical chain of building blocks called vertebra. This chain is supported at its foundation by a rigid semi-spherical bowl called the pelvis.

They all work together to co-ordinate movement in a multitude of directions, sustained weight-bearing forces and do so with regard to position, health and mobility of the joints above and below each other.

Eastern Medicine recognises 40 different types of headaches, so not all pain is mechanical or structural in origin, but when it is, problems with the pelvis can produce neck pain and/or headaches of different types.

The greater the problems in areas of key support such as the pelvis and the lower back (lumbar spine), the less stability is available to higher segments and subsequent patterns of poor movement in these areas, including the neck.

Similarly, if the foundations of a house are faulty and are unable to provide adequate support and stability, the cornices will crack. No matter how many times these cornices are patched up, the problem will continue until the foundations are fixed.

Our Melbourne Physiotherapist Rochelle Vujcich-Harris  looks at the “whole” and not just the “part” to get the best results possible.


Can Physiotherapy Treat Neck Pain?

Neck pain is the second most common condition treated by Physiotherapist, which is no surprise considering today’s culture requiring demanding hours of driving and hunching at desks.

Neck pain can often be quite unbearable. In many people it is also the cause of headaches, pain in the upper back, shoulders and arms.

Many people will blame their neck pain on a bad sleeping position, or one particular movement. It is crucial to understand that most neck problems are not caused by one single incident, but by a collection of factors such as improper sitting, poor work and living habits and lack of appropriate exercise.

Some neck problems are obviously due to trauma such as whiplash or sports injuries, however it is important to understand the difference.

Neck pain results from problems in the joints of the neck affecting the nerves which exit the spine, and soft tissue (muscles, ligaments and tendons). Physiotherapist most commonly treat neck pain caused by injury or prolonged wear and tear.

 

Our treatment methods

Spinal pain and neck related pain is treated with manual therapies (MT), dry needling, lymphatic drainage (LD), soft tissue massage (STM) and Trigger Point Therapy (TPT).

Spinal Manipulation

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Spinal Manipulation is only conducted when necessary, this adjustment to spinal manual mobilisation is a welcome addition when required. Spinal manipulation should not be confused with spinal mobilisation and it is all about SPECIFICITY.

 

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Can Physiotherapy help stop Dizziness?

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Are you dizzy over nothing?

Dizziness, giddiness, loss of balance…call it what you like, this terrible affliction can have many causes as it has names, and often nothing can be found by Doctors.

Postural hypotension (low blood pressure) is dizziness caused by suddenly changing positions usually from lying down to standing. With a rapid loss of blood pressure your brain is not getting the blood and oxygen supply it needs so as a self defence mechanism dizziness makes you want to lie down. Its easier for your brain to get what it needs without the extra stress of gravity.

Have you ever tried to answer the phone when you have been lying in the sun and got dizzy as you tried to run to answer it? So next time the phone rings, give yourself a few seconds in the sitting position before you stand.

Tips for treatment

Central Nervous System problems affecting your cerebellum in the brain can also produce loss of balance. Different reasons will need different treatments, so first things first, as you need a lot of tests to eliminate and identify the usual suspects.

Inner ear disturbances can also produce dizziness and again depending on what it is, different approaches will be used.

By far the most common form of dizziness in the middle aged community is the effect of positional vertigo or “stiff upper neck (cervical) joints” especially seen in arthritic sufferers. Neck joints are packed with sensory nerve endings called mechanoreceptors that detect and interpret movement. When the neck joints do not move properly these sensory nerve endings can send aberrant messages to the brain resulting in loss of balance.

If you have tried to manage your dizziness without success, perhaps the easy solution is to at least have your neck checked and if necessary treated. Treatment is simple and painless and compared to most medical intervention relatively inexpensive.

Treatment methods we use

Dizziness of upper cervical origin,  sometimes confused with vertigo is treated with manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), laser acupuncture (LA) and soft tissue massage (STM).

Our Melbourne Physiotherapist Ben Cameron has 17 years experience and he has treated dizziness successfully in many patients.

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Can Physiotherapy Treat Low Back Pain?

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Back Pain is extremely common with most people experiencing back pain at some point in their life.

Backache is often linked to a sedentary lifestyle explained by the increasing population commuting to work then sitting at a desk all day. On the other hand it may also be caused by overly strenuous work such as gardening, bending, twisting and heavy lifting.

When does pain occur

Back ache occurs when there are restrictions within the spine affecting the nerve supply. Pain can also be cause by straining the muscles or putting stress on the disc between the vertebrae which act as shock absorbers for the spine.

The lower back is more commonly affected with an incidence of up to 80% of all Australians experiencing low back pain. This is due to the fact that the lower back supports the weight of the upper body and it twists and bends more than any other area.

Non-invasive treatment from your physiotherapist

Most back pain can be easily managed by you and your Physiotherapist without the use of drugs or surgery. It is important to keep active as sitting for long periods increases the stress on your spine and remaining stationary will not give you the strength in the back and other core muscles that you require.

Treatment methods

Techniques used to treat back pain include manual therapies (MT) including muscle energy technique (MET), core rehabilitation (CR), transcutaneous (non-needles) electro-acupuncture (TCEA), lymphatic drainage (LD) and soft tissue massage (STM) with a specific home regime of exercises.

Our Physiotherapist Rochelle Vujcich-Harris will take the time with you to discuss certain stretches and exercises important to reducing the incidence of your back pain. Some back pain can be more serious and it is important to consult your qualified physiotherapist for an extensive history and exam to rule out any other conditions.

If you do experience back pain combined with more serious conditions such as loss of bowel or bladder control, loss of feeling in your arms or legs, dragging of a foot, fever or sudden unexplained weight loss, consult our Physiotherapist immediately.

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Treating Sciatica

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Sciatica is the name given to pain, numbness or weakness in the areas that are supplied by the sciatic nerve, these include the hip, buttock, thigh, calf and foot. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body and when compressed, irritated or inflamed can be debilitating.

When does it occur

Sciatica is often brought on by restrictions within the spine affecting the sciatic nerve and causing referred pain. Restrictions in the pelvis could cause a tightening in the gluteal muscles putting pressure directly on the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica can also be caused by more serious issues which is why it is important to consult your physiotherapist if you notice any referred pain in the leg, it may not always be ‘sciatica’, but it is important to find the cause of your pain.

Sciatica is often preceded by a few weeks of back pain before the leg pain becomes worse than the back pain. In severe cases it can damage nerves and reflexes or cause muscle degeneration of the calf.

It is therefore necessary to consult your physiotherapist as soon as you notice pain in your back as the pain will not always ‘go away on its own’.

Often people wait until the pain is unbearable to consult a physiotherapist. It is important to consult the physiotherapist when the pain initially begins, as sciatica can cause long term damage.

Sciatica Treatments

Sciatica can have numerous sources thus there are a number of Physiotherapy treatments, none of which involve drugs or surgery. Techniques we use include manual therapies (MT) including muscle energy technique (MET), core rehabilitation (CR), dry needling, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) and soft tissue massage (STM), trigger point therapy (TPT) and home exercise regime (HEP).

So consult our Physiotherapist Rochelle Vujcich-Harris and she will review your complete medical history and perform a physical exam to determine the cause of your condition. You may require x-rays which our Physiotherapist will discuss with you when you attend the clinic. X-Rays are usually bulk billed. She will then review the results and discuss possible treatment options with you.

Pain medications only mask the pain, they do not fix the cause and surgery should always be your last resort.

 

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