PHYSIOTHERAPY - What to expect
Your first session will involve a thorough assessment. This will involve you providing background to your injury or current issues and goals, as well as your general health. This helps to guide the physical assessment where appropriate tests are used to test muscles, joints, nerves and movement to best diagnose your injury and develop a treatment plan.
Once your assessment is complete we will discuss the findings together and make a plan moving forward.
Treatment will depend on your injury and needs. This may include:
Your assessment may highlight the need for further investigation. This may involve referring you back to your GP or for an x-ray or ultrasound to help assist with diagnosis of your injury.
Onward Referral – working as part of a team
Close links with other health professionals including Sports and Musculoskeletal Physicians, Orthopaedic Specialists, Podiatrists, Nutritionists, Exercise Physiologists and Sports Psychologists who will ensure you will receive optimal and coordinated care. Your treatment can be tailored in with other complimentary health care providers.
PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR DANCE AND SPORT
Your physiotherapy management will be tailored to optimise your safe and efficient return to dance and sport.
- Dance injury management and rehabilitation
- Pre pointe assessments
- Dance Specific Muscle balance assessements
- Customised dance specific conditioning programmes for injury management and prevention
- Intake assessments for dance schools including the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD)
- Liaison with dance teachers to optimise safe return to dance
CLINICAL PILATES SESSIONS
These are focused 1:1 sessions whereby you will be guided through an individualised Pilates exercise session tailored to your phase of rehabilitation and specific to your injury, dance or sporting demands. These sessions can be useful to progress your strength, flexibility and movement control post injury, before and after pregnancy, post surgery or simply as an adjunct to your weekly training or exercise regime. You can work at your own pace doing exercise that is designed specifically for you. Working closely with Dance Pilates enables progression of your exercises so you are ready to participate in specific dance pilates group sessions.
POST OPERATIVE PHYSIOTHERAPY
MOVEMENT SCREENING AND MUSCLE BALANCE ASSESSMENTS FOR DANCE AND SPORT
Movement control and muscle balance assessments can be a useful tool to develop individualised exercise programmes to help you achieve your goals in sport and dance. This involves a video assessment of dance/sport related movement patterns, functional movements, gait/running technique, as well as specific tests to measure range of motion, strength, balance and flexibility. For those young dancers who will be starting pointe work - a pre-pointe assessment may help to establish an appropriate individualised programme to prepare for these specific demands. Linda is also able to complete intake orthopaedic assessments for dance schools including the NZSD.
REAL TIME ULTRASOUND ASSESSMENT
Real time ultrasound assessment is a non-invasive assessment tool that can be used to assess muscle function. It is particularly useful in determining if those deep stabilising muscles around the spine and hip are doing their job. Ultrasound can also be useful in pelvic floor retraining programmes such as post pregnancy or surgery. Real time ultrasound can also be used to look at tendon health and function.