Physiotherapy
Here at Optimum Physiotherapy we provide lots of different treatment options.
Whether it be massage, manual mobilisations and manipulations, dry needling, sports taping, a thorough biomechanical assessment or provide you with advice and tailored exercises.
Our friendly team of physios all have the right qualifications, experience and drive to help you recover from your injury and regain strength, mobility and enjoy life!

Massage
Whether it be for pain relief, enhancing sports performance or simply to unwind and relax, our skills in massage can be the vital ingredient for optimal health and performance. A one to one pre-massage consultation helps get the best from your visit, to ensure we target all the right areas and focus on the correct treatment during your visit.

We provide soft tissue therapy, sports massage, remedial and therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage and pregnancy massage.

Mobilisations & Manipulations
Optimum physiotherapists often utilise mobilisation and manipulation of your joints as part of our treatment. This is done by applying controlled pressure to a joint of the spine or limbs, often beyond its passive range of movement. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical function.

These techniques can help relieve discomfort from sports injuries, joint pain, neck and jaw presentations and headaches.

Dry needling 
Dry needling is a therapy which uses fine acupuncture needles to create a localised reaction within muscles. It is used to treat muscle pain, tension, inflammation and spasm which commonly accompany conditions such as arthritis, nerve irritation and muscles strains.

At Optimum, we provide dry needling to de-activate trigger points (knots) within muscles. This can reduce pain and spasm and also potentially reduce the need for pain-relieving medication.  Occasionally, dry needle points coincide with acupuncture meridians meaning there can be overlap and confusion between how the needling is performed. If you would like further clarification please feel free to speak to your therapist.

 

Trigger point release
When muscles are not working at their maximum capacity such as when injured, the muscles can become stretched or shortened. This results in knots being formed which can in themselves cause pain. If the right pressure is placed on the trigger point for a duration of time, the knot will be released and the muscle will return to its optimal length. This can be done via manual pressure alone e.g. with fingers/hands or via dry needling.

Biomechanical assessment
Biomechanical assessment looks at the way in which our joints and muscles move together as we walk, run and function during our daily activities.

It involves analysis of movements e.g. sit, stand, reach, twist or other movements your body needs to do to accomplish your daily tasks. This will allow your physio to understand which body parts and tissues are moving too much or not enough. This then helps us develop the right action plan for your care.

Whilst most biomechanical assessments focus primarily on gait analysis, (that is, the movement of your lower limbs during walking or running) here at Optimum Physiotherapy, we take a more holistic, “toes to nose” approach with biomechanical assessments. This allows us to get a more complete picture of how your body moves as a whole, rather than just the movement below your waist.

Cupping

Cupping is a gentle and effective technique that aims to restore function, movement and flexibility to the soft tissue that connects the body’s muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.

Derived from traditional Chinese medicine, cupping uses either heat or suction to create a vacuum effect in a glass or plastic cup, which is placed on the skin. The vacuum acts to gently lift the skin and underlying tissues, to break up cross linkages between the tissue layers that limit our flexibility. Cupping also promotes the hydration of these tissues to help prevent further cross linkages from forming.

It is not uncommon for clients to occasionally have residual marks, similar to bruising, from cupping, on the surface of their skin, but these are usually painless and will clear within 2 to 7 days. Cupping is a highly effective technique which you will find very gentle and highly enjoyable. Cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and is extremely useful for deep tissue repair.