The team at Gerringong and Kiama physiotherapy work with a 3 stage, Pain to Performance model of care. We strive to provide a gold-standard level of care, that at all times is; professional, caring and patient-focused.
Our first priority is to reduce your pain. We want to get you moving and have your pain under control fast. To do this, we utilise “hands on’’ manual therapy, dry needling, taping, braces, education and appropriate advice to adjust your activities. At this stage we ensure that you have a full understanding of your condition and a plan to guide you beyond pain and restore optimal movement.
Once your pain is under control, we can now go on to thoroughly assess your posture and biomechanics, allowing us to identify and then correct any contributing factors to your injury.
Biomechanical video analysis systems used in our clinics are state of the art, and allow us to objectively measure your movement, balance and control in great detail.
Many of the common conditions we see such as back and neck pain, tendinopathy and other joint and muscular conditions have high recurrence rates. A lot of the usual treatments people receive help to relieve pain in the short term, but fail to address the underlying causes and contributing factors. This phase of the treatment pathway is all about analysing and then restoring optimal movement, strength and posture to avoid the cycle of recurrent pain and injury.
We aim to transform your posture and movement with individualised, home exercise programs or in one of our physiotherapist-led exercise classes, so you can be more resilient to injury than ever before.
In this final phase of the pain to performance model we move on to exceeding your health, performance and lifestyle goals. We offer strength and conditioning programs, functional strengthening and clinical pilates- inspired classes, exercise physiology, and massage.
Whether it’s sports performance or your desire to live a healthy, injury-free lifestyle we can guide you to a level of health and fitness beyond your expectations.
Vestibular and Balance clinic
Gerringong and Kiama Physiotherapy also assess and manage vertigo, dizziness, balance and vestibular conditions. Our vestibular physiotherapists have post graduate training and professional development in this area, and can manage conditions including:
- Vestibular hypofunction
- Vestibular neuritis
- Vestibular migraine
- Meniere’s disease
- Cervicogenic (neck-related) dizziness
Your vestibular physiotherapist will perform a comprehensive assessment, including a thorough history of symptoms and a clinical examination of balance and vestibular function.
The vestibular system (inner ear) controls our gaze and postural stability. In our assessment we examine eye movements and deficits in postural control in static and dynamic positions, specific to your health and lifestyle goals.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based approach to the management of most vestibular conditions. Following a thorough assessment, we can provide a tailored, individualised treatment plan, based on your needs and goals.
This may include education, advice and an exercise program specific to your condition. It may also be suitable for you to join our PhysioStrong balance and general exercise class, once your initial symptoms are controlled.
What is the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)?
The Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your mandible (jaw) to your skull. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) is a broad term associated with the joint and muscular dysfunctions of this area.
Common signs and symptoms of TMD include:
- Pain in the face, head, jaw or ear
- A clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the jaw
- Locking or difficulty opening the jaw
- Deviation of jaw movement
- Feeling like the teeth are not aligned (change in dental occlusion)
- Pain when yawning, chewing, or talking
The good news is that in most cases, TMDs are successfully treated with physiotherapy and conservative management.
Your TMJ Physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment, taking into account your history, presenting symptoms, as well as any contributing factors such as posture, neck pain and stiffness. This comprehensive assessment will then allow for your treatment to be individually tailored to relieve your pain, and optimise your movement. Treatment may include a combination of manual techniques, specific exercises, and education and advice to control your symptoms.
Our Physiotherapists also work closely with the regions dentists, orthodontists and specialists to ensure the highest level of care for people presenting with TMD.
Exercise Physiologists (EPs) are allied health professionals with a comprehensive understanding of how exercise can be used to manage & treat health conditions or injuries.
Exercise Physiologists can design and deliver safe and effective exercise programs to help people move and feel better.
Exercise Physiologists can assist in the management of a range of conditions including:
Sports and musculoskeletal injuries
- Cancer (at diagnosis, during treatment, and remission rehabilitation)
- Including side effects e.g. lymphoedema, peripheral neuropathy
Neurological conditions including Parkinson’s Disease and stroke
Mental illness, including anxiety and depression
Healthy ageing, including falls prevention
- Functional training for people with disabilities and NDIS participants
Appointments are available with Tegan Huber at our Kiama clinic.
Southern Coast Pelvic Health
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