Physiotherapy involves assessment and treatment of complaints of the musculoskeletal system: muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. The instruments of massage, exercise therapy and physical therapy are used to help patients to move better and recover from their complaints. Physiotherapy can decrease pain complaints. The physiotherapist can also provide you with advice over movement and functioning in order to prevent return of the complaints or injuries.
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein rich fluid in the interstitium which usually causes chronic inflammation and reactive fibrosis of the affected tissues. The swelling often occurs in the arm or leg, but may also occur in other body parts, including the trunk and breast, abdomen, head and neck or genitals. The treatment of lymphedema is known as complete decongestive therapy (CDT) and is made up of 5 components: manual lymph drainage (MLD) (Vodder technique), bandaging, exercise, skin and nail care and instructions in self-care.
Manual Therapist in the making (estimated finish in Jan/Feb 2016)
Manual therapy (MT) is a hands-on treatment provided by the therapist to restore optimal joint movements and positioning and often decreasing pain. MT is carried out through movement of joints in specific directions and at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilisation and manipulation), muscle stretching, passive movements of the affected body part, or having the patient move the body part against the therapist's resistance to improve muscle activation and timing. Selected specific soft tissue techniques may be used to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles.
Dry Needling involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the region of a "Trigger Point'. The aim of Dry Needling is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain. Dry needling is an effective treatment for chronic pain of neuropathic origin with very few side effects.
A myofascial "trigger point" is a hyperirritable point in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot”. This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Nordic Walking Instructor
Nordic Walking is one of the most sociable and effective exercise techniques around. It is now used regularly by an estimated 10 million people worldwide. From social walkers enjoying the outdoors with others in Nordic Walking classes and clubs, to the elite athlete needing sports specific cross training, Nordic Walking (or Nordic Running) is suitable for everyone.
Nordic Walking works your upper and lower body at the same time, strengthening your back and abdominal muscles, legs and arms, and reducing neck and shoulder tension - all the while improving the health of your heart and lungs. And you can gain many different health benefits (burning more calories than regular walking, reduce back, neck and shoulder pain and increasin fitness levels) and more, while Nordic Walking with your friends; exercise intensity is determined by the amount of upper body effort so people of differing fitness levels can walk and talk together, while working to their own level.
Sports injury and prevention taping
Do you need extra support following injury of a joint? Are you going to be playing or training and want some extra support or stability around your joints so you don't re-injure the joint, then consider getting taped up. Taping would be advisabel for approximately 6 weeks post injury or until all the strenght, stability and propriocepsis around the joint in the muscles, ligaments and tendons is regained.
Cardio Kick Boxing Instructor