There are many forms of manual therapy that physiotherapists use. At Surgical Rehab Specialists we believe in a 'hands-on' approach. Manual therapy may consist of deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation, manipulation, passive stretching and taping.
It has been shown that the stronger, fitter and more flexible you are prior to your surgery - the better your outcomes following surgery. At Surgical Rehab Specialists we can work with you, and your surgeon to keep you as active as possible prior to your surgery keeping in mind the limitations of your injury. This means you can start your post-operative rehabilitation on the front foot.
POST OPERATIVE REHABILITATION
Our specialty here! You can be assured that you will receive a rehabilitation program that is specific to you, and your goals, and follows your surgeons recommendations.
There are four phases to post operative rehabilitation:
- Pain management
- Improving range of movement
- Improving strength
- Return to daily activities/sports
Acupuncture is a powerful modality used to modulate pain and accelerate the body's natural healing processes. People often ask 'what does acupuncture actually do?' At Surgical Rehab Specialists our physiotherapists are trained in Western Acupuncture which means we can provide neurophysiological rationale for our acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture works in three main ways:
- Mechanical tissue response. Knots, bruises and scar tissue can be mechanically released just like unpicking a thread.
- Chemical tissue response. A chemical response happens when you put something foreign into the body. Your body releases chemicals that increases blood flow, oxygen and circulation to the damaged area, increasing the healing response.
- Reflex response. Your body has subconscious reflexes that allow us to function under extreme pain and stress. Acupuncture stimulates these subconscious reflexes, increasing the body's ability to tolerate pain.
Braces and Equipment
- Range of movement braces
- Support braces
- Return to sport braces
- Swiss balls
- Foam rollers
Scar appearance is a concern for many people following surgery. At Surgical Rehab Specialists we use a range of techniques to help improve this including massage, frictions, acupuncture and gel compression. If you are concerned about your scar we can work with your surgeon to ensure that this is addressed. We have contacts with a number of cosmetic surgeons in the area who are happy to review your case.