we aim to resolve the root cause of the problem,
and not to just focus on the symptoms.
Our Physical Therapy Treatment Approach
45 minute appointments
We offer 45 minute appointments for the first and all follow up appointments. This allows us enough time to adequately assess and area, rehab and treatments
Assessments to determine the root cause
- We assess the area of injury to diagnose the problem, but we also determine the root cause of the injury for long term resolution
- To do this we look at how the area is used in your sport / activity and determine if there are weakness or imbalances which cause you to load this area disproportionately
- We provide hands on treatment which can consist of trigger point release, fascial work, joint mobilisations, or stretching techniques.
- For those who like it, we use dry needling for releasing tension or reducing acute muscle pain. Read more about dry needling here
Dry Needling is part of our physical therapy treatments. It is the use of fine acupuncture needles to treat areas of dysfunction in the body. It is called ‘dry’ needling as it developed from an older practice of injecting trigger points. Trigger points are knots of tight tissue that are tender to touch which cause pain and dysfunction in the body. Today the injection (wet) is not used and instead fine needles (dry) are inserted into the painful area.
The needles affect the chemical mix of the trigger point causing them release and ease out. It is very useful for treating back pain and neck pain, sports injuries, and assisting with chronic pain syndromes. Many clients find that this is a very effective treatment for releasing tightness in tender or acute areas that can be too tender for hands on treatment.
In the clinic our Physical Therapy appointments combine dry needling with manual hands on treatment and rehabilitation where appropriate. However if you don’t like needles we won’t use them on you.
Development of a personal rehab plan
- We develop a personalized rehab plan tailored to your injury
- This is emailed to you after the appointment
- There are videos and clear explanations for each exercise
- It can be accessed via an app on your mobile devices or downloaded as a pdf
FAQ FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY
HOW LONG DO APPOINTMENTS TAKE?
Physical Therapy appointments usually last between 45 minutes. Additional Physical Therapy treatments may take less time, as there will be less time required for assessment and examination.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
For Physical Therapy treatments wear loose fitting clothing. For an injury with the lower back, hips or legs a pair of shorts is recommended to assist with assessment and Physical Therapy treatments. We have spare shorts in the clinic should you forget to bring a pair. For problems with the back/ribs, shoulders or neck you may be asked to remove your tops (except underwear) to allow access to the problem area. Wearing a string vest helps our female clients feel more comfortable. Towels will be used to preserve modesty but if you have any concerns please let us know.
HOW MANY PHYSICAL THERAPY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of Physical Therapy treatments required depends on the many factors such as the condition itself, the length of time the problem has existed and your individual reaction to the treatment. Following your first appointment your physical therapist will discuss the anticipated number of Physical Therapy treatments with you.
As a rough example we may see you 5 to 6 times over a 10-12 week period for an issue such a knee problem, and after the first or second appointment we space out the appointments to every 2-3 weeks to allow you work on the rehabilitation exercises and make improvements in strength/control/flexibility before we progress you on to more advanced exercises. However this is decided in agreement with you based on your own wishes and any other concerns you may have.
DO I NEED REFERRAL FROM A DOCTOR?
No, Physical Therapy appointments can be made without referral from your doctor. If, on assessment we deem your condition requires medical attention we will refer you on.
IS PHYSICAL THERAPY COVERED BY PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE?
Physical Therapy is recognised by all the major insurance companies but the amount that can be claimed depends your Healthcare Plan. Your health insurance company will be able to advise you on this.
Some of the Health Insurance companies recognising Maple Clinic Physical therapy services & treatments:
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO FEEL AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Sometimes there may be some discomfort after Physical Therapy treatment. This is short term and quickly subsides. Your Physical therapist will be able to discuss this or any aspect of your treatment with you. If you have any concerns please contact the clinic on 01-5441225.