Special Services


 




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Myphysio GaitScan™ is an innovative diagnostic tool and digital casting device that allows practitioners to analyze patient’s biomechanics.

This in-depth method of assessing your gait cycle with a dynamic scan gives Myphysio access to a wealth of information that cannot be obtained with the naked eye. Over a million points of data are recorded during your normal walking cycle, tracking minor flaws in your biomechanics and issues that may correlate with your presenting condition.  This allows Myphysio to assess and articulate the need for orthotic therapy.

Myphysio can then assist you in selecting from an extensive list of orthotic types and footwear options available (Runners: track, footy, soccer boots; dress shoes).

We offer extremely competitive rates for these top quality custom made orthotics.










Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology is the study of the effect of exercise on a range of physical conditions. Such chronic health conditions include Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Obesity and Depression. An exercise physiologist is not limited to care of chronic health conditions, also being recognised as exercise professionals who assist in athlete development and performance.

 

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) has completed a University qualification in the study of human movement, biomechanics, physiology and anatomy and are subsequently recognised as having completed appropriate work experience by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Medicare then recognises the AEP as an allied health provider.

 

An AEP is then suitable for referral to assist in the management of chronic health conditions under Medicare team care plans, Type 2 Diabetes groups (Medicare), TCA, Worksafe and Department of Veterans Affairs. Patients are also eligible for rebates under their Private Health Insurance, please refer to your insurer for details.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Incontinence is a prevalent problem in the population, particularly for women post-childbirth.

Lucy Mainwaring is a physiotherapist who is specifically trained to treat incontinence in women.

If you have problems such as:

  • Leakage when coughing or sneezing
  • Needing to wear a pad when playing sport
  • Urgency when needing to go to the toilet and occasionally not making it
  • Your doctor has told you that you have a prolapse after childbirth or menopause

Then physiotherapy can help.

Physiotherapy for incontinence has been shown to improve not only pelvic floor strength but daily function as well. It can help at any stage from pregnancy to post-natal and post-menopause.

What to expect

When you make a booking with the physiotherapist ensure that you let our reception staff know that it is for a women’s health assessment. This ensures that we have to time available to make a full assessment and have to equipment required for assessment and treatment.

Your first assessment will include a history taking, discussion about your main problems and often include an internal examination (if you are comfortable with this). This examination allows the physiotherapist to assess the function and strength of you pelvic floor.

The physiotherapist can also use real-time ultrasound for assessment and treatment. This is a non-invasive way to assess the pelvic floor muscles and provide an exercise program.

The most important part of your rehabilitation is pelvic floor exercises. The physiotherapist will provide you with an individual program and explain when and how many exercises you should do through the day.

The physiotherapist can also provide you with advice regarding return to work or sport post pregnancy and low back pain during pregnancy.

Due to the specific qualifications required for women’s health treatment the initial appointment will be 30-40mins long and will cost $65.00.

If you have any questions regarding physiotherapy for women’s health please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask to speak to a physiotherapist.



Real-Time Ultrasound

Real-time Ultrasound is a specialised skill which provides visual feedback for the patient and the physiotherapist about muscle function. It is used in a non-invasive way to assess the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscle function.

This is extremely useful in patients with long term back pain as well as pelvic floor disorders which manifest as incontinence or pelvic pain disorders. It is also extremely useful in the sporting population for conditions such as Osteitis Pubis or abdominal hernias.

Lucy Mainwaring is our expert technician in this apparatus and appointments can be made directly with her or referral will be made from one of our other physiotherapists.


Respiratory Physiotherapy

Respiratory Physiotherapy focuses on maximising the patient's lung function.

There are some chronic airways diseases such as emphysema that limit the lung's anatomical
integrity and thus reduce the overall function of the lung. However, co-existing with these scenarios
are invariably other factors that can be changed and improved with Physiotherapy.

These factors are:

  1. Presence of lung secretions.

    Physiotherapists can use techniques to assist in the removal of these secretions and show
    you how to do this on your own, and 

  2. Generalised weakness and immobility of the rib cage and associated muscles.


Did you know that my "slouching" or poor posture you can limit your Functional Lung Capacity by up to 40%! Muscular weakness and progressive stiffness of the rib cage and spine with ageing will actually reduce your lung capacity without you realising it.

Your Physiotherapist will use techniques to maximise your rib cage mobilty and improve your posture and spinal strength so as to maximise your lung capacity and therefore maximise your potential for a healthier respiratory system.

Almost all patients with a history of obstructive airways disease will qualify from their GP for a referral to your Physio under the EPC system. Talk to you Physio or GP today about this.

Iontopheresis

Iontopheresis is a technique where we can use a very small electrical pulse (of similar intensity to a TENS machine) to deliver cortisone to the appropriate site. It is essentially and injection without the needle.

It is extremely useful in those individuals with a fear of needles or where injections are often too painful eg. Sole of foot for plantar fasciitis, Achilles for achillles tendinopathy or outside of elbow for tennis elbow.

It requires administration over 3 sessions and the cortisone medication can be arranged by your physiotherapist with your GP.

The cost is the same as for a standard consultation plus the purchase of the cortisone medication and the electrodes which are a one use only supply.

If you have any questions about iontopheresis please feel free to ask your physio.
EMG Biofeedback

EMG Biofeedback is a device used to retrain muscles that commonly “turn off” in the presence of pain. The most common of these is Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) in the presence of knee pain that can effect any age.

 

It is a non-painful, non-invasive apparatus that measures the amount of ‘activity’ in a muscle upon movement and provides feedback to the patient with a visual scale. The patient can use that feedback as well as the physiotherapist’s advice to improve the quality of their muscle activity. This ineveitable leads to improved function and reduced pain and is a highly successful and well researched modality.

This modality is used as standard protocol for treating our patients at myphysio.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique of inserting single-use sterile needles into a muscular trigger point to help with the release of tight muscles. It is also has an overall relaxation effect and is very effective in the relief of headaches and neck pain. Dry needling is used in a wide variety of cases, from the elite sporting population, through to the elderly.

Dry needling works to release tight muscles and provide an overall relaxation effect through the release of chemicals and hormones in the body, in the same manner as acupuncture. Dry needling can also be very effective in the relief of referred nerve pain and can target points of pain much deeper than can be reached by soft tissue therapy using the hands.

Four of our physiotherapists are qualified to administer dry needling; Domenic Salerno, Sam Leslie, Jacqui Bloder and Kate Leece.

Diabetes

Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a condition in which you blood sugar levels are not controlled as usual by your body. This might be a problem with the hormone that helps transport the blood sugar, or it might be that your body is less sensitive to storing the sugar.

MyPhysio knows how Diabetes affects you. With more people being diagnosed with Diabetes, we are happy to have the expertise and facilities to help you in your management.

MyPhysio now has an Accredited Exercise Physiologist running group classes for Type 2 Diabetes as well as Physiotherapists that are trained in exercise prescription for Diabetes.

We can provide an exercise program that is both safe and enjoyable for you to help manage Diabetes.

Current Projects

Sam Leslie is currently undertaking his PhD investigating the use of physiotherapy in management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and other associated auto-immune disorders such as Irritable Bowell Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

His research is also extending to work with Professor Murray Esler of the world renown Baker Institute into using physiotherapy to assist in the management of disorders of the autonomic nervous system, known as ‘Dysautonomias’, which are common in such conditions as Postural Orthopaedic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and Multiple Sclerosis.

Sam is currently in the process of collecting data. If you have or know of anyone with these conditions please email Sam at wvphysio@hotmail.com to qualify for reduced treatment costs as part of his study.


Myotherapy

Myotherapy is the combination of eastern and western treatment modalities. "Myo" means muscle meaning "Muscle Therapy", using specialised techniques treatments are customized accordingly to the patient to provide pain relief. Myotherapy focuses on musculoskeletal problems where muscles and joints become stressed and illicit pain, as well as pain referral (pain to other areas of the body).

Problems Myotherapy commonly treat include: 

- Sciatica
- Headaches including migraines
- Muscle and joints sprains/ Strains, including whiplash injuries
- Joint and muscle soreness, stiffness, loss of range of motion issues
- Back and spinal discomfort and pain 
- Plus many more!

Patients are assessed through a range of orthopaedic and functional tests directed at pinpointing the source of the presenting problem, and then treated using a range of the following techniques and modalities;

- Advanced muscle manipulation
- Dry needling
- Cupping
- Tens machine
- Dynamic taping
- Thermotherapy/ Cryotherpy
- Massage

Myotherpy is beneficial across the board and benefits all kinds of athletes at all levels, tradesmen and women as well as corporate workers.


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