Sports & Exercise Physiotherapy
Hurt yourself playing sport on the weekend? Or is annoying pain stopping you from achieving your exercise training goals? Sports physios love getting to the driver of your problem, whether acute or chronic. It could simply be a workload issue, from doing too much too soon, or have more of a biomechanical origin that needs to be actively addressed. Sports physios at MOVE systematically screen you to identify the likely factors and together we accelerate your rehab until you are confidently back on the course, the road, the trails, the pool, the sea… doing whatever you enjoy.
Lets face it, no one enjoys the prospect of having orthopaedic surgery, but it is often the only way to improve function and pain. Physiotherapy can help you in two ways. Firstly, by making sure that you are as strong and as mobile as possible before the operation. Then once the Doc has successfully done their job, we skilfully guide your recovery and return to function. Its normal to be guarded at this time and it is not always easy knowing just how much or what type of things to be doing.
Aches, pains, niggles or more serious injuries are amongst the problems we like to assess, treat and rehabilitate at MOVE. Whether it’s an on going annoying issue like a headache, or a more behaviour-changing chronic lower back or arthritic condition, it’s important that the care you get is tailored to meet your expectations and unique lifestyle circumstances. Our physios lead you in our modern spacious studio to help you overcome your physical limitations and get you enjoying being active again.
Exercise Rehabilitation/Private Rehab Gym
Movement is medicine but resisted movement produces better outcomes. Correct technique, progressive challenges and consistency are all key. MOVE physios lead each rehabilitation program giving clients the best chance of achieving their desired outcomes and meeting expectations in restoring health and wellbeing. Our boutique rehabilitation gym is tailor-made with a contemporary selection of equipment that we use for objective functional assessment, movement re-education and individualised strengthening programs.
Hydrotherapy is exercise in the safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment of a heated indoor pool. Warm water can relax muscles, increase peripheral blood flow, allow for increased range of movement, off-load the joints, improve balance and strengthen muscle. It allows for safe mobilisation sooner in the rehabilitation process. General joint pain, low back pain, orthopaedic conditions, neurological conditions, arthritic pain, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, post-orthopaedic surgeries such as hip and knee replacements and many more all benefit from ‘hydro’.
Pilates is an exercise methodology that has been around for 80 years. Despite there being many Pilates 'brands' in the market, the teachings are all very similar; discipline, mental focus, body awareness, controlled movement and the development of strength and mobility. It is a style of exercise that can challenge the whole body or focus on individual segments and muscles. Being gentle on the joints it can benefit all individuals, from the injured, to the elderly to the performance athletes.
Injury Prevention and Movement Analysis
Screening is the process of identifying an existing problem, or factors potentially leading to a problem. You can’t treat what you don’t understand! At MOVE, we clinically assess you according to the relevant injury patterns seen in your sport, and often use video analysis to help ‘slow down’ and analyse fast sporting movements. Individualised or sports group prevention programs can then address any issues to help mitigate injury risk. And we are more than happy to get your coach involved too!
Myofascial release, graded joint mobilisations and high velocity thrust joint manipulations are all ‘manual therapies’. MOVE's physios skilfully use them to modulate pain, improve mobility and restore function to the body. Benefits are likely due to intricate neurophysiological mechanisms and hence are generally always used as part of a comprehensive management plan.
Shockwave therapy is a contemporary, evidence-based treatment used in orthopaedics, physiotherapy and sports medicine. Its main benefits are fast pain relief and mobility restoration. Non-invasive acoustic waves trigger biological effects, which lead to faster healing and regeneration of tissue. With no need for painkillers, it makes an ideal therapy adjunct to speed up recovery and impact acute/chronic pain. Shockwave therapy covers a wide range of indications.
Dry needling is the skilled insertion of fine acupuncture needles through the skin into targeted areas of affected muscle, known as myofascial trigger points. It is a contemporary adjunct treatment aimed at reducing the hypersensitivity of tissue often seen in injury and pain states. It does require client consent to treat these hyper-irritable points and taut bands in skeletal muscle with dry needling.
Sports taping can be used in a variety of applications for pain and injury management. The selection of tape and the technique used, like other treatments, needs to be individualised for each client. Rigid, elastic, neurological, biomechanical, and compressive tapes can all be applied alone or in combination in order to achieve different outcomes. MOVE physiotherapists are highly skilled and experienced in understanding which tape/s to apply for all types of scenarios.
If you are a regular exerciser or simply find yourself in sustained postures for long periods during the day, physical adaptations to the soft tissues may eventually exhibit pain and stiffness in movement. Massage therapists now travel with all professional sports teams to assist in the process of recovery and prevention of injury. MOVE sports massage can compliment your physiotherapy and biokinetics treatments, and can be targeted massage or general in nature.