Neck & Back Pain
Neck and back pain are the most common problems we see at Narre Warren Physio.
While physiotherapy will help with neck and back pain, it is very important to learn to control and manage the problem yourself. Our physiotherapists will provide you with long-term self-management plans for a quicker recovery and prevention of similar injuries in the future.
Headaches & Migraines
Headaches are frequently caused by joint or muscular dysfunction in the neck, or poor posture, stress or increased tension. Physiotherapy can assist in the management of headaches and migraines by addressing musculoskeletal dysfunction in your neck, upper back and shoulders[b1] .
Physiotherapy management may involve the following treatments, depending on what we find in your individual assessment:
- joint mobilisations – stiff or unstable upper neck and jaw joints are common causes of headaches
- core neck muscle re-training
- massage/soft tissue mobilisation – the release of tension or trigger points in muscles is very successful in treating cervical headaches
- posture advice and correction exercises
- dry needling.
Sciatica describes pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back, down through the buttock, hamstrings and into the lower leg.
Our physiotherapists manage sciatica in a number of ways. First, we address the pain and inflammation, then we begin to restore normal flexibility, posture and strength in your legs through exercises specific to your needs.
Hydrotherapy is beneficial in early injury repair due to lesser body weight in the buoyancy of water. The reduction in body weight allows more movement without causing pain.
Our physiotherapists will provide you with self-management techniques to help you return to your sporting or leisure activities without sciatica.
Arthritis & Joint Pain
Arthritis-related problems include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage and surrounding structures. This can result in joint weakness, instability and deformities that can interfere with the most basic daily tasks, such as walking, driving a car and preparing food.
With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arthritis sufferers respond effectively to physiotherapy, allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.
If you experience pain or other abnormal feeling during or soon after training or sport, you may have had a sport-related injury. If this is the case, one of our physiotherapists will diagnose the structure damaged and choice of treatment.
Treatment may require the use of a sling, crutches or a walking stick to reduce the load on the tissues. As the injury begins healing, we will advise you around a graduated return to exercise without an increase in symptoms. Depending on the tissues that are injured, this may include stretches, strengthening and mobility exercises to return full function and reduce the chance of injury recurrence.
Posture & Alignment Dysfunctions
Good posture involves training the body to stand, walk, sit and lay in positions with the least strain placed on supporting muscles and ligaments. Good posture helps prevent injury and reduce pain.
It also makes you look great, feel more energetic and project confidence!
Good posture can be hard to achieve if you currently have poor posture. This is because acquiring good posture involves not only learning new movements and positions but also changing life-long habits.
Your physiotherapist is the ideal health professional to identify your posture style and provide you with hands-on treatment, posture correction exercises and helpful home products to achieve great posture again!