Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is the use of mechanical force and movements (bio-mechanics or kinesiology) for the preservation, enhancement or restoration of movement and physical function. Our therapists specialise in the following lower limb manual therapy techniques;

Myofascial release (MFR)

When we sustain an injury, our fascia contracts to protect the injured structures and becomes less pliable which transfers tension to the rest of the body. This can result in pain, biomechanical compensation, restricted movement and decreased strength.

Myofascial release involves stretching and holding the fascia repetitively until a soft tissue affect is felt and the tissue becomes softer and more pliable.

Foot mobilisation therapy (FMT)

The bones in your feet have normal ranges of motion to allow for fluent movement as we walk. When these joints become restricted they can transfer tension to adjacent muscles and structures that can have a rippling affect along the whole kinetic chain.

FMT is the passive movement of the joints in your foot and ankle using an appropriate amount of force to move the treated structure within it’s full range of motion. It is repeated until a structure can achieve a closer to normal range of motion and a release of localised soft tissue is seen.

Accupuncture needle being inserted into skin

Western medical acupuncture (WMA)

WMA, also known as dry needling, is an evidence-based adaptation of traditional Chinese acupuncture. It involves stimulation of the nervous system by insertion of fine needles which causes localised desensitisation and an increase of blood flow and the release of opioids and serotonin which promotes a natural healing response.

Will manual therapy help me

Will manual therapy help me?

Manual therapy is beneficial for:

  • Chronic plantar heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Chronic arch pain
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Forefoot bursitis
  • Achilles tendinopathy/Enthesopathy
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Calf strains
  • Chronic ankle pain
  • Chronic knee pain
  • Chronic hip pain
  • Chronic back pain
Is manual therapy the right choice for me

Is manual therapy the right choice for me?

Manual therapy is appropriate when:

  • Mild-moderate pain/symptoms are present
  • It is a non-irritable condition
  • The pain/symptoms are intermittent
  • Pain/symptoms are relieved by rest, particular motions or positions
When should manual therapy be provided with caution

When should manual therapy be provided with caution?

Manual therapy should be provided under extreme caution in the following conditions:

  • Joint effusion/Inflammation
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Presence of neurological signs (e.g. burning, numbness, & pins and needles)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hypermobility
  • Pregnancy
  • Dizziness
When should I not have manual therapy

When should I not have manual therapy?

Manual therapy is contraindicated when the following are present:

  • Bacterial infection/Cellulitis
  • Malignancy
  • Open wound or sutures
  • Recent fracture
  • Haematoma
  • Febrile state/fever
  • Advanced diabetes
  • Constant pain
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Pain unrelieved by rest

Healthier Feet, Healthier You