When you experience a traumatic accident, you face a long and difficult road to recovery. From experience, I know how painful it can be and that rehabilitation is the most challenging part of it.
Right after my accident, I was still under so much soreness. However, I did not want to simply rely on pain relief medicines. Not only is it unhealthy, these medications can be addicting as well. I was determined to find another way to recover, so I began to ask my doctor for recommendations.
To help me, he recommended me to Russell Thompson, a physiotherapist from Wyndham Rehab in Werribee, explaining how his expertise can help me rehabilitate from my injury. Grateful to have found a better way than medication, I made an appointment immediately.
In my first visit, the physiotherapist interviewed me about my injury and my current symptoms. He then proceeded to explain the treatments that they use as part of rehabilitation:
1. McKenzie Spinal Management
This method is actually a full process from assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal problems. To treat these conditions, the McKenzie Method uses the body’s ability to repair itself without the use of any medication, cold, heat, needles or even surgery. Through exercise based on their principles, patients can manage their own symptoms and achieve full recovery.
2. Dry Needling
Also known as intramuscular stimulation (IMS), dry needling is a technique for relaxing muscles that have become overactive. These muscles contain trigger points. With the use of needles like in acupuncture, the physiotherapist will target these points, activating them without the use of any substance or medication.
Clinical Pilates uses a variety of exercises to train core muscles through body movements. These muscles are important to make your spine stable when you move. Retraining them is a very important part of rehabilitation because it reduces the chances of future injuries as well.
4. Joint Mobilization/Manipulation
Injuries can lead to joint stiffness or locked joints, and you can experience a lot of pain when you try to move them. Therefore, mobilization techniques are necessary to achieve normal joint motion without aches. An experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist can help make this happen. In comparison to older methods, they use much gentler ways that do not cause any more throbbing. They will also make sure to avoid overstretching because this will cause instability or hypermobility.
5. Manual Handling Training
Sometimes we do not realize how wrong lifting practices can really hurt us. This can bring a lot of pain or even cause damage to our backs and other parts of the body. If you have undergone an injury, you can severely worsen it by not learning better manual handling techniques. Your physiotherapist can guide you on how you can handle heavy equipment.
6. Spine Function Restoration Program
This is a program where there physical training is integrated into your daily activities (including work and leisure), supported by individual case management, as well as psychological counseling. Lectures on related topics like anatomy, pain and others are also done to educate patients on pain management and how to develop coping skills.
7. Sports Taping
Also known as kinesiology taping, this method includes the application of stretchy, therapeutic tape on areas that have been injured or have experienced swelling. First of all, this can help relieve any pain that the patient is experiencing through relieving pressure on the area. Secondly, swelling can be greatly reduced by providing negative pressure. This allows the lymphatic drainage channels to be able to drain the swelling away from the injured area. Third, the tape provides support to muscles that have undergone damage.
8. Sports and Therapeutic Massage
This kind of massage is more aggressive than ordinary ones, using different modalities like remedial massage and deep tissue work. They can also utilize trigger point therapy and cross fiber techniques. The goal is to help patients get back to full mobility as quickly as possible.
9. Spinal Strengthening and Stabilization
Injuries can cause our spine to become destabilized. This can cause a lot of pain. Spinal strengthening and stabilization exercises target weak muscles in the spine. These can include mobility exercises for stiff muscles, strengthening movements for loose ones, and postural training to enable normal movement. Your physiotherapist will design the training based on your injury.
In fact, your clinic has quite a few methods to help you recover and get back to full health and mobility. If needed, even home care is available. They work with doctors in order to achieve the patient’s goals, bringing with them their expertise in human anatomy and exercise. This way, they ensure proper healing of injured areas and making them stronger than ever before, so that future damage can be avoided.
As I have personally experienced, their care and expertise have helped me in my rehabilitation without needing medication. After all, my goal is not to just avoid pain, but to be, like Wyndham Physio and Rehabilitation’s mission, “active through life.”