Treatments are one on one, completely individualized and based upon the findings in our assessment, your personal goals and day to day physical presentation. All treatment options and methods are open for discussion and I do my best to explain the benefits of and clinical reasoning behind all of my techniques.
How I treat
I use a combination of both hands on techniques and specific exercises, however I also place a large emphasis on patient advice and education as I believe that activity modification and activity management are crucial for the treatment of most problems.
What not to expect
Unlike some therapists I do not treat several patients at once, nor do I use, or believe in the treatment efficacy with electro-therapy devices such as ultrasound or muscular stimulation eg. TENS or Interferential.
What I treat and have to offer
Most of my post graduate training and now 19 years of work experience has been focused in the area musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Specifically in the management of back, neck and lower limb problems as they are the most frequently seen. Below is a short and by no means complete list of some of the more common conditions I regularly treat.
Back pain - Among the many causes of spinal pain the treatment or disc bulges/ disc herniations and disc prolapses which are often referred to as slipped discs is one of my special areas of interest and expertise. 40% of all neck and back pain is said to be caused by the vertebral discs with percentages being even higher in the younger population between 25 and 50 years of age.
Neck and shoulder pain/stiffness commonly referred to as ‘cervical syndrome’ is normally related to excessive muscle tension and disc disease as a result of poor office posture and poor workstation setup. Other than pain and stiffness symptoms often include headaches, vertigo, referred pain into the arms and a general feeling of unwell. In the long term this problem often leads to spinal degeneration and stiffness.
Poor sitting posture - I'll show you not only how to sit correctly but how to do it easily and explain exactly why it's so important
Foot and lower limb problems including - flat feet, heel spurs/ heel pain, Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis and biomechanical problems of the foot leading to joint and soft tissue overload is another special area of interest and expertise of mine. When it comes to treatment I find the use Formthotic innersoles which is a brand innersoles which are individually fitted and moulded to your foot via heat and pressure to be very helpful. The innersoles can also be adjusted and fitted in a single session for immediate results. www.formthotics.com
Patello-femoral syndrome or runners knee (Pain under and around the knee cap)
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears of the knee
Painful hips - Periformis syndrome and hip impingement syndrome
Ankle pain, instability or stiffness following injury
Rotator cuff tears of the shoulder
Balance training and preventing falls in the elderly
Exercises for Osteoporosis management - Balance and body weight exercises is the key
Tennis elbow, Golfers elbow, Mouse elbow, lateral epicondylitis
Shoulder impingement syndrome
Scoliosis of the spine
Back pain due to a weak core. Having weak abdominals is a common cause of back pain and spinal instability. Weather you have acute back pain or simply a long history of recurring pain I can show you how to strengthen your mid section the correct way with exercises specific to your level of ability, health history, and without the use of old school crunches and planking exercises which will likely only make your problem worse.
Personal Training - do you want to get fit and strong the right way? You need to get fit but pain and injuries are preventing you from doing so? Or are you simply in need of someone to push you to exercise regularly? A physiotherapist like myself is basically an over qualified personal trainer and many of my patients use me to help get strong and fit and then stay fit. Be it at the practice in our spacious group room, at Stad Park or in the Prater or Wienerwald mountain biking together, if getting fit and staying fit, plus maybe even improving your German or English is a goal of yours it’s something I can help you with.
Ergonomic assessments - I regularly perform workplace assessments for both the Canadian and New Zealand Embassy. Giving advice on postural improvements and work station adjustments without seeing the problem first hand can often be difficult or even pointless. If your work demands are causing you pain and problems then there is no substitute for having your setup assessed in your actual office with you sitting at your desk.
Chronic Achilles pain (Tendinopothie/ Tendinitis) - If you follow the programme it will substantially improve, I guarantee it!