Our Range of Services available at Sports & Spinal Osteopathy Clinic, Albury Wodonga
Osteopathy is a unique form of “hands on” manual therapy which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Our holistic views mean we have a distinctive approach whereby we treat the whole body, not just the site of injury. Using skilled assessment and diagnosis, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body.
Headaches and back pain are the number one presenting complaint, but our ability to help with other injuries is what continually amazes people.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP’s) specialise in exercise interventions for a broad range of medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. AEP’s use exercise interventions to help manage and/or prevent acute, sub-acute and chronic conditions, disabilities and injuries and help to restore full or optimal physical function, health and wellness.
The most common interventions that AEP’s use are; specialised exercise prescription, health coaching, motivational interviewing, goal setting and education.
Dry needling involves the insertion of fine needles into myofascial trigger points in order to relax contracted muscles. The purpose of dry needling is to stimulate the nervous system and provide feedback to the muscles to inhibit or stop their spasm.
Muscle spasm is often a significant contributing factor to pain and dysfunction experienced by patients, so by eliciting a response by the nervous system, dry needling can aid in pain management and recovery.
Dry needling can be effective in the treatment of a variety of conditions.
Shockwave Therapy, otherwise known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), uses high energy sound waves that are transmitted via a probe through the skin and dispersed outwards into the underlying tissue. This is believed to induce increased blood flow and metabolic activity around the site of pain accelerating the healing process. At the very least it effectively reduces pain from this area.
We have the only machine that has been proven effective in treating stubborn tendinopathies like Achilles and gluteal, as well as degenerated knees and plantar fasciitis. In fact, over 30 level 1 scientific studies have been published on this machine, all of which demonstrate positive outcomes.
We use heat mouldable, customised orthotics for a range of foot, knee and hip conditions. Our ICB orthotics allow us to individualise an orthotic for the specific shape of a person’s foot. They come with different densities for all shapes and sizes, suitable for everyone from the athletes to the sedentary.
The orthotics themselves have been designed from biomechanical studies of foot and ankle motion when both standing and moving. So once moulded, the orthotic should provide adequate support for the arch of your foot as it sits in your sneaker and even your dress shoe.
Cupping involves placing a specially designed cup, generally plastic or glass, on your skin for a few minutes under suction. It is believed to affect the underlying connective tissue, in particular the extremely strong fascia. Cupping has been hypothesised to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and general well-being.
Cupping can be effective at reducing muscular pain and tightness, assisting with treatment of a variety of injuries from headaches and back pain to hamstring tightness and aching shoulders.
Work Station Assessment
If you are sitting or standing for long periods of time at work, then it is essential that the environment be adjusted to fit you. Workplace set up and ergonomic training is recognised as one of the most important factors in workplace health and safety today.
Many underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain and injuries that we commonly see in the clinic can be avoided by simple changes in workplace set up or with the advice of ergonomic training. Headaches and pain in the shoulders, neck, back, hips, elbows, wrist, etc. You name it, they will be affected.