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Treatments Available

LASER

In physiotherapy Low Level Laser Therapy is used for pain relief, accelerated tissue regeneration and reduction of inflammation.

Conditions that are treated include:-

  • Osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and ankle
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • TMD(temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Shoulder impingement syndromes
  • Hip or shoulder bursitis
  • Low back disc degeneration
  • Disc herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis

Reduction of volume and pain in lymphedema, etc.

CPM devices

Continuous passive motion (CPM) devices are used during the rehabilitation following a soft tissue surgical procedure or trauma to control post-operative pain, reduce inflammation, provide passive motion in a specific plane of movement, and protect the healing repair or tissue.

PARAFFIN WAX THERAPY

It is an application of molten paraffin wax on limbs which acts like a form of heat therapy to increase blood flow, relax muscles, and decrease joint stiffness etc. Paraffin wax can also minimize muscle spasms and inflammations as well as treat sprains.

It is used to help relieve pain in the distal part of the limbs with:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Other joint mobility issues etc.

INTERFERENTIAL THERAPY

Interferential therapy utilises two medium frequency currents, passed through the tissues simultaneously to generate an interference (beat frequency) which has the characteristics of low frequency stimulation.

Some clinical applications for which IFT appears to be used:

  • Pain relief
  • Muscle stimulation
  • Increased local blood flow
  • Reduction of oedema

ULTRASONIC THERAPY

Ultrasound therapy is the use of sound waves to treat medical problems, especially musculoskeletal problems like tissue healing, inflammation from injuries (sprains, tendinitis, bursitis).

SHORT WAVE DIATHERMY

Short Wave Diathermy (SWD) is a treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to produce deep heating in joints and soft tissues. This form of heat can be applied to deeper structures than other forms of heat treatment. Thus SWD can effectively relieve joint pain, improve soft tissue healing and decrease the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

HYDRO COLLATOR PACKS

Hot packs are a type of physical heating modality often used to relax tight muscles, decrease pain caused by muscle tension or spasms, causes vasodilatation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the area.

Patients with certain conditions typically benefit from using hot packs in the physical therapy clinic. These conditions may include:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint contracture
  • Muscle spasms
  • Chronic injury etc.

SPINAL TRACTION UNITS

Spinal Traction can provide relief of symptoms of spinal nerve irritation or compression by changing the pressure on the nerve and its blood supply. This relief of irritation to the nerve creates the correct physical environment for it to rebound and regain its natural healthy state. Traction, combined with education regarding the best positioning for your spine, will aid in recovery and prevention of future episodes of nerve compression.

ELECTRICAL MUSCLE STIMULATION

Electrical stimulation is a treatment proven to provide pain relief, strengthen and re-educate injured muscles, and promote tissue and wound healing. Electrical stimulation is the application of skin electrodes, or the insertion of acupuncture needles to be used as deeper electrodes, to run small, specific electrical currents through your tissue. We have extensive experience and knowledge of the wide variety of electrical stimulation settings that may be used to best treat your pain and disability.

KINESIO TAPING

The application of specialized medical or sports tapes may be used as part of your care at Golden Hospital. The tape is applied directly to your skin in order to maintain a stable position of bones, joints and/or muscles during your daily activities, or to provide feedback to your body to assist with muscle retraining, joint protection and pain reduction. Taping can also be used to help reduce swelling in injured tissue.

SOFT TISSUE TREATMENT

We may use a variety of manual treatments on your muscles, fascia (the fibrous connective tissue around muscles) and skin, including trigger point treatment, stretching and connective tissue massage.

CUPPING THERAPY

The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and left in place without being moved for 5 to 10 minutes while another area of the body is treated. Allowing the cups to rest in one place gives time for the blood, tissues and muscles to rise to the surface, releasing them by a lifting pressure (from the suction of the cup) as opposed to a pushing pressure. The sensation at first may feel like the skin has been pulled taut, and then slowly a fascial release is achieved and the tissue tensions dissipate.

DRY NEEDLING

At Golden Hospital our therapists combine the art and science of dry needling with their extensive wealth of anatomical, physiological and medical knowledge. Sterile, single use, stainless steel needles are used and then disposed of following your treatment session. These needles are very fine and slide gently through body tissues. They are inserted into precise locations in the body chosen based on the physiotherapist’s assessment of your condition. The use of dry needling will enhance your movement, stimulate healing and decrease your pain, and can have profound influence on your painful condition and initiate changes that are long lasting and often increase over time.

THERAPEUTIC SPORTS MASSAGE

Massage Therapy can be an important part of maintaining your best state of health. Whether you need to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or gain relief from chronic pain, therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well being as well as your quality of life.

Many conditions respond positively to therapeutic massage, including anxiety, stress, fibromyalgia, post-surgical conditions and musculoskeletal and neurological dysfunction.

MANUAL THERAPY

Manual or ‘Hands-on’ Therapy care takes many forms. At Golden Hospital our physiotherapists are highly educated in safe and effective methods of mobilizing your joints and tissues.

Movement has the benefit of enhancing blood supply to a region that may be very stiff and painful. Your therapist can gently move your joints in ways that you are unable to. These passive mobilizations are performed by your physiotherapist in a gentle rhythmic fashion and have a significant influence on calming pain pathways and reducing muscle tone. The end result is less pain, more movement and better function.

PATIENT EDUCATION

An important part of any treatment program is patient education. We want to empower you to participate in improving your function and mobility. By providing you with evidence-based information about your condition and your treatments, your physiotherapist will enable you to contribute to your own ongoing best health and movement.