Physiotherapists assess all aspects of movement, including joint mobility, soft tissue integrity, and systematic muscle co-contractions. As human movement specialists, they have the skill set to rehabilitate injuries from trauma, manage and prevent disease symptoms, and educate regarding general body health. Their treatment approach focuses on identifying problem areas, using manual therapy to regain movement, strengthen and stabilize muscles through exercise, and use electrical-physical modalities to decrease pain and improve function. The scope of physiotherapy can expand beyond the typical treatment techniques, with continuing education courses adding skills of neuro-proprioceptive taping, dry needling, acupuncture, joint manipulation, child development, and much more.
A few of the techniques offered at Active Approach include neuro-proprioceptive taping and dry needling. Neuro-proprioceptive taping is a way to initiate or inhibit muscle activation, improve circulation, or improve awareness of body movement (proprioception) through the placement of kinesio tape. This tape has been designed to help support muscles without impending blood flow or range of motion. It is a flat tape that is easily maluable to different parts of the body. Examples of conditions that this technique can help are muscle strains, postural dysfunctions, ankle sprains, and contusions.
Dry needling is the technique of inserting an acupuncture needle into a muscle trigger point. The goal is to cause a muscle twitch, which helps to release the tension built up inside the muscle. This technique offers an immediate relief of many different referral patterns of pain. Muscle trigger points can develop from direct or indirect trauma, over or underuse, and compensation strategies.
The goals of physiotherapy is to get you to moving pain free. If you are someone who has recently been injured, having difficulties moving or doing activities you enjoy, come see our team at Active Approach. Physiotherapy is for people of all ages and physical activity level.