At BodyPlan we know there is no one size fits all approach to managing your pain. Our approach to pain management, offered in collaboration with Red Radiology, allows us to provide a tailored approach when exploring what treatment will work best for you.
These services include:
- Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) #;
- Remedial Massage Therapies (including trigger point and dry needling);
- Diagnostic Imaging*;
- Ultrasound/CT guided injections*; and
- Post-therapy/Strengthening Exercises.
#Shockwave is best done following clinical and/or diagnostic imaging assessment. *These services are provided by Red Radiology and a request form is required.
Shockwave Therapy @ BodyPlan
Our approach to ESWT at BodyPlan is different. The shockwave treatments are administered by an Exercise Physiologist (EP). We also offer services that complement your shockwave therapy like massage and gentle exercise programs to help you get the most out of your time with us.
During your first visit, our EP will perform a clinical assessment and then formulate a specific treatment plan for you, using a range of therapies available. Working collaboratively with the Radiologists at Red Radiology, our EP can also determine when your condition may need to be referred for further imaging, or when you may need to discuss your condition and treatment options in more detail with your doctor or healthcare professional.
A doctor’s referral is not necessary to see our exercise physiologists, although often your doctor will work in partnership with us to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition. Your treatment may be able to be managed under a Team Care Arrangement with your GP, improving your access to Medicare for these services. For all diagnostic services at Red Radiology a request form from a health care professional will be required.
Most patients find noticeable improvements after 2-4 sessions spaced approximately one week apart.
Towards the end of each session you may feel you are able to complete tasks that previously caused discomfort or pain.
What you do after your shockwave therapy session is very important:
- If you experience discomfort in the treatment area apply heat packs per your therapist’s instructions.
- Try not to take NSAIDs (e.g. Nurofen, Voltaren, etc) as this inhibits the natural responses of your body to the therapy. Paracetamol may be taken for pain relief
- Keep some notes on how you are responding to your sessions. It will help us to know how you are progressing and we can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.
- Keep up with the exercises that your therapist gives you. Our therapists are also exercise physiologists trained in helping people rehabilitate from injury and surgery.
What is Shockwave Therapy?
Shockwave therapy (ESWT) involves the conversion of a sound wave into a shockwave that is applied repeatedly to a specific area of the body. There are several theories about how this treatment works but the most accepted is that the repeated shock waves cause microtraumas increasing the blood flow to the area to promote healing.
ESWT is a natural, non-invasive treatment option.
Remedial Massage & Dry Needling
At BodyPlan we now offer remedial massage solutions.
Remedial massage therapy uses touch to manipulate the soft tissues of the body with the aim of increasing health and well-being. There are variety of techniques and styles that are grouped under the broader heading of “remedial massage”.
Remedial massage is beneficial for a wide cross-section of the community – athletes, casual sports persons, those with injuries, pain from tension and/or hectic lifestyles. There are often both physiological (body) and psychological (mind) benefits to remedial massage.
At BodyPlan our exercise physiologist will talk to you about how your body is feeling, assess you and discuss with you a plan for techniques that may be beneficial as well as options for home care (e.g. safe stretches/exercises).
Techniques offered at BodyPlan include:
– Muscle Energy Technique (MET) – involves the active contraction of a muscle by the client against a resistive force provided by the therapist.
– Myofascial Release Technique (MFR) – can be gentle or deep and is used to release the connective tissues (fascia) that surround the muscles. This technique involves slow, sustained movement of the fascia to allow it to stretch and release.
– Neuromuscular Technique (NMT) – a technique typically used on excessively toned or tight muscles involving the application of deep forced pressure to local areas of tense soft tissue.
– Positional Release Technique (PRT) – focuses on treating protective muscle spasm in the body by finding a position of comfort and holding it for a minimum of 90 seconds. This is a gentle technique.
– Swedish Relaxation Massage Technique – a systematic series of massage techniques used to warm up the muscles, flex the limbs and relieve stress.
– Trigger Point Therapy – sustained pressure on specific areas of the body that are tight or “knotted”. Releasing these points enables your body to reset and relieve neuromuscular memory (the way your body is used to doing things).
– Dry Needling – sometimes referred to Western acupuncture or intramuscular stimulation (IMS), is an effective technique for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction by relaxing overactive muscles which contain trigger points. +++COMING SOON+++
There are some conditions that are best treated by other health professionals and in those instances, we will refer you back to your GP.