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At NorthWest Physio + we seek to identify and maximise quality of life and movement potential with hands on treatment, education, rehabilitation and prevention.
As qualified physiotherapists and acupuncturists we have expertise in the examination and treatment of conditions that affect the way you move and live your life. We work with patients of all ages whose quality of life may be undermined by sporting, recreational, occupational or age related pain or injury.
Physiotherapy and acupuncture are not alternative therapies. It is based on scientific foundations and provides support for traditional medical methods of treatment.
At NorthWest Physio + we are committed to providing you with the most up to date and effective treatment available. We will work with you to discover the source of your pain, treat your condition and provide you with a plan that will empower you to help yourself to recover more quickly. We will also provide an education plan to assist you in avoiding recurrence of your pain or injury in the future.
Each initial physio appointment is 45 minutes and involves a thorough assessment and treatment by one of our experienced physiotherapists. Follow up appointments are between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the needs for your condition.
Acupuncture sessions are always 60 minutes.
You do not need a doctors referral for treatment at NorthWest Physio +, however we will work closely with any medical professional if you are referred.
If necessary we can refer you for x-rays, scans or specialist referral where needed.
We are ACC accredited and can process your application on site.
Our clinic also has a gym facility and we offer Pilates classes.
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Muscular pain is common and affects a high percentage of people. Physiotherapy can ease stiffness, reduce pain and encourage blood flow to the muscles. Sudden muscle pain may also result from nerve compromise. Massage and mobilisation techniques can be used to reduce tension around aching muscles. Aches and pains are common following physically demanding periods of exertion.
We will draw up a treatment programme, which will include exercise, tailored specifically for your health, ability and fitness level.
Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain.
Pain within the joint is a common cause of shoulder pain, ankle pain, knee pain and hip pain.
Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including: osteoarthritis rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries.
We will develop custom treatments and exercises that are appropriate for your specific injury.
Lower Back Pain:
There are many underlying conditions that can be causing your lower back pain, including sprains and strains, disc degeneration, herniated or ruptured discs, a pinched nerve or sciatica.
In many cases, low back pain is associated with spondylosis, a term that refers to the general degeneration of the spine associated with normal wear and tear that occurs in the joints, discs, and bones of the spine as people get older.
Lower back pain is common, affecting approximately eighty percent (80%) of people at some stage of their life. However, the diagnosis is specific to you.
We can carry out a thorough assesment, provide treatment, assist you with back pain relief and help you with long-term self management and prevention.
For more interesting information check out this interesting video by Professor Peter O'Sullivan, a world leader in back care research - (posted on our blog).
Low Back Pain - Separating Fact from Fiction.
Most episodes of neck pain are due to muscle strain or soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons), or by a sudden force or movement (whiplash).
However there are a number of other problems that cause neck pain, which can also result in neck stiffness, headaches, wry neck or even tension type migraine.
Additionally, irritation along the nerve pathways can cause pain into the shoulder, head, arm, and hand and irritation of the spinal cord can cause pain into the legs and other areas below the neck.
After a thorough assessment of your symptoms to determine the source of your pain, a combination of neck joint and muscle treatment and some specific strengthening exercises can be introduced to effectively eliminate your neck pain, stiffness and headaches.
Shoulder Pain and injury is common. Your shoulder is the most mobile of all your joints.
Most shoulder pain is caused by one of the following:
We can thoroughly examine and assess the source of your pain and advise on appropriate treatment.
Read more about shoulder pain.
Knee and hip replacement
Physiotherapy rehabilitation after total hip or knee replacement surgery is standard and essential treatment. The aim is to maximize a person’s functionality and independence and minimize complications such as hip dislocation (for hip replacements), wound infection, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.
The word "arthritis" means joint inflammation and the term is used to describe around 200 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint, and other connective tissue. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Other common rheumatic conditions include gout, fibromyalgia and
As people get older they are more likely to develop arthritis, which can reduce mobility.
The focus of treatment for arthritis is to control pain, minimize joint damage and improve or maintain function and quality of life.
We can provide a treatment plan to help ease stiffness in the joints, increase blood flow to the muscles and enhance the range of physical movement. Physiotherapy can also help to build strength. The exercises are often gentler for older people who are usually more fragile.
Sports injuries differ to everyday injuries. Athletes normally require high level performance and demand placed upon their body, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones to the limit. We help athletes recover from sporting injuries, and provide education and resources to prevent further problems.
Pre & Post surgery rehabilitation:
Post Operative recovery and rehabilitation processes are instrumental to a patients well being. Rehabilitation programmes are carried out to improve circulation, build muscle strength and restore normal bodily functions.
We also treat patients prior to surgery. The goal here is to help you be as well-conditioned as possible prior to your operation to enhance your post-operative recovery, and to understand the therapy routine that will be in place after surgery.
Strokes are life-changing events that can affect a person both physically and emotionally, temporarily or permanently. After a stroke, successful recovery will often involve specific rehabilitative activities. Physiotherapy can help a person relearn movement and co-ordination.
Asthma is a disease affecting the airways that carry air to and from your lungs.
If you are asthmatic we can help you learn how to breathe in a more relaxed way. This may include breathing exercises, advice on physical activity, strategies to overcome and manage wheezing and other symptoms linked to your asthma - all of which will significantly contribute towards your recovery and quality of life.
Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. We can provide a home care exercise plan which will help to clear the chest and ease breathing. Physiotherapy can also ease and control pain and improve posture which will usually make it easier to breathe.
Patients suffering from other respiratory conditions including pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer can also benefit from physiotherapy.
Pelvic floor disorders:
Pelvic floor disorders include incontinence (both bladder and bowel), pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, issues with sexual intercourse and difficulties emptying the bladder and bowel.
We can help you manage these issues by providing assessment, treatment, education and appropriate exercises.