As well as treating many common health conditions such as lower back pain, osteoporosis and whiplash, Performance Rehab have detailed information for our patients about these and many other conditions which you can view here.
- Lower Back Pain
- Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD)
- Falls Prevention and Balance Retraining
30-50% of women and 15-30% of men will develop an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. Bone mass starts deteriorating at 30 years of age. Although exercise in adulthood cannot increase bone mass, it can reduce the rate of bone loss. A physiotherapist can assess the risk of falls and prescribe an exercise program to improve stability, strength and mobility, and provide ergonomic advice. Pilates is a great management strategy as is Whole Body Vibration Therapy. This utilises a vibration platform to stimulate bone trabecula changes. Both pilates and Whole Body Vibration Therapy are available at Performance Rehab.
Lower Back Pain:
Chronic lower back pain is the most commonly treated condition by physiotherapists and effects up to 80% of the population once in their lifetime. Patients may describe their back issue as “episodic” with the majority of symptoms resolving between 4-6 weeks. However, there is often a continuum of varying pain intensity and dysfunction, without full resolution between episodes. The research evidence supports the use of specific exercises, advice and activity modification to significantly reduce back pain. The use of the real-time ultrasound can also assist in rehabilitating “core” muscles, to prevent recurrent episodes.
Physiotherapy treatment of fibromyalgia needs to be tailored to the individual’s needs. Treatment may include advice on pain management, activity modification and strategies to reduce an overactive nervous system. We can also establish an appropriate exercise program, provide trigger point therapy (manually or with acupuncture), and mobilise joints for improving pain and mobility.