We assess your problem and take a holistic approach to develop a treatment and self-management plan, a plan that is tailored to suit your needs that allows you a speedy recovery and a return to a happy healthy life!
Active One are able to assist with treatment and management of a range of common conditions including neck, back and shoulder pain, knees and pain associated with knees, hips and groin.
Our physio treatment modalities are individualised to your specific care requirements
Common Conditions We Treat
Research suggests the number of Australians who suffer neck pain or stiffness is about 1 in 10. Given our tendency to work sedentary jobs and when we consider the activities of 21st century life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television and an increasing occurrence of poor posture – particularly forward head posture.
Problems within the neck can also create headache, shoulder pain, jaw pain, pins and needles in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome and upper back pain.
We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our Physios if you commonly experience persistent neck ache first thing in the morning, neck stiffness when reversing in the car, clicking neck noise when turning, constant aching neck muscles and tingling in your hands or fingers
Lower back pain can come from many sources but typically arises from facet joints and the soft tissues that surround and support your lumbar spine. The area of the spine that takes the most load from movement and activity is the lower back, or lumbar region. This consists of five relatively large vertebrae and discs. The discs cushioning these vertebrae can bulge, tear and decrease in height due to repeated bending, twisting or prolonged sitting and can result in Lower Back pain for ‘no apparent reason’ or can occur in acute sudden episodes.
Pain can be localised to the middle of your back, but is also commonly felt in the buttocks and thigh, occasionally shooting down the leg like an electric shock. This type of pain is called radicular pain or is also known as “sciatica”. It is important that you keep moving, excessive rest is not effective in managing lower back pain and is even considered detrimental to your recovery.
The spine is a complex structure, so a comprehensive assessment by one of our specialist physiotherapists is essential in getting the right diagnosis and treatment plan.
Minor shoulder problems, such as sore muscles, aches and pains, are common. Shoulder problems develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury. They can also be caused by the natural process of ageing.
Your shoulder joints have the greatest range of motion of any joint in your body. Because of this mobility, the shoulder is more likely to be injured or cause problems. Shoulder problems can be minor or serious. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness, changes in temperature or colour, or changes in your range of motion. Shoulder injuries most commonly occur during sports activities, work-related tasks, projects around the home, or falls.
Injuries to the shoulder girdle are notoriously slow to heal. However, with an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, we can fast track your healing and get you back into living life to the fullest. Call now for an appointment – 8707 0830.
The knee joint requires elements of strength, stability, mobility and balance to function effectively. It is essentially 2 joints in one with the main weight bearing joint, the tibio-femoral joint and the patella-femoral joint (the kneecap joint). Both of these joints need to be working harmoniously to achieve optimal knee function. As the knee sits between the hip and the ankle, the integrity of these joints is vital in maintaining knee function and vice versa.
Active One physiotherapists are highly trained in the diagnosis and expert intervention of knee joint injuries. Following a thorough assessment, we will implement a plan to help your knee recover. A short-term plan may involve symptom relief, such as taping, massage, dry needling, icing, strapping and sometimes crutches. Upon the knee pain/injury improving, we design and implement a longer-term plan. This may involve strengthening the muscles and connective tissue improve joint stability and to maintain or improve knee range of motion and biomechanics to reduce the possibility of aggravation in the future.
Hip and groin pain
Injuries to the hip and groin are quite common in recreational activities, sports and in the workplace. The hip and groin may be injured from high speed running incidents, motor vehicle accidents, falls resulting in fractures or bending and reaching at work. It can be a difficult area to assess and treat, as there are a lot of structures involved. An accurate and firm diagnosis is paramount when treating this area, as it is common for low back pain and/or pelvic pain to be referred into the hip and groin area.
At Active One, we treat many injuries, both acute and chronic, relating to the hip and groin area. For an assessment and treatment, give our office a call and make a booking – 8707 0830
Soft Tissue Therapy & Joint Mobilization
Soft Tissue Therapy, sometimes called Massage, is used for pain relief, relaxation or release of scar tissue, trigger points and tightness.
Mobilisation techniques may also be used to relieve pain, improve mobility and function. Mobilization techniques are gentle movements applied to any joint of the body to ease pain, improve mobility and restore function. Manipulation (a quicker thrust technique) is used in certain conditions to improve the flexibility or restore movement of stiff or “locked” spinal joints.
Research demonstrates that dry needling relaxes muscles and stimulates large nerve fibres that communicate with the brain and in this way, reduce pain. Studies involving the use of brain scanning with Functional MRI and PET scans demonstrate that needling activates the somatosensory cortex and brain regions which promote pain relief. Thus, dry needling has neurophysiological effects in reducing pain and relaxation of muscle trigger points which can help you to improve function. An extremely thin needle is used to penetrate through the skin to reach these trigger points and “release” the knot, which can essentially reduce symptoms and increase muscle function. No local anaesthetic is needed during Trigger Point Treatment. Dry needling is performed at Active One to treat headaches, jaw pain, neck and back pain, sports injuries to joints and muscles. It may be used to enhance pain management and be used with other physiotherapy treatments to improve function.
When used correctly, taping techniques can improve posture and biomechanics, aid healing of an injury, allow an earlier return to sport or activity following injury, reduce the likelihood of injury aggravation and to prevent other related injuries during high risk sports.
Our physiotherapists use exercise to stretch, relax, realign, strengthen or improve co-ordination and endurance of muscles and connective tissue to treat an injury or imbalance that may be contributing to pain.
At Active One our team approach to treatment may involve referral to our Exercise Physiologists, Podiatrists or Occupational Therapists. These health professionals can design and supervise an appropriate treatment program, for example a tailored exercise regimen specific to your needs, as identified by our Physiotherapist.
Clinical Pilates is provided by our physiotherapists. Active One offer clinical and rehabilitation Pilates programs tailored to your individual needs. During your initial assessment, our physiotherapist will perform an assessment to understand your current health status, activity level, medical and exercise history and your rehabilitation goals. This assessment is then used to tailor the Pilates session to meet your needs.
Postural Correction Programs
Postural correction allows you to improve your ability to cope with daily activities and overall function. Your program may include specific muscle training and biomechanical spinal taping programs to assist in your rehabilitation.
Often, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to long-term treatment. This could involve our Podiatrists assessing gait, footwear and orthotics, and our Exercise Physiologists designing and/or supervising the implementation of an appropriate exercise
Contact our office to enquire about physiotherapy – 8707 0830.