What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Chiropractic?
Physiotherapy helps your condition by focusing on muscle work, while Chiropractic focuses on bone and joint position, along with body alignment.
What to expect during a physiotherapy session?
One of the treatment options provided, physiotherapy sessions in Connect Chiropractic are conducted by a qualified physiotherapist. Our physiotherapist will discuss your case with the treating Chiropractor by assessing your condition and understand your goal before deciding on the most suitable treatment plan.
Unlike other physiotherapy centres that focus heavily on the usage of passive modalities such as ultrasound therapy, electrotherapy (TENS), light therapy, ice and hot pack, we focus more on hands-on options that give a better experience and also yields better results. Our physiotherapy methods include soft tissue therapy and specific exercises, which require more skill and knowledge from the physiotherapist.
What are the Types of Physiotherapy Treatments?
1. Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
An overworked muscle can cause injury to the muscle fibres and form “knots” or “lumps” in the muscle. This results in muscle tightness, stiffness and muscle ache. These muscle knots are also known as a “trigger point”.
When this occurs, self-stretching will no longer be an effective solution as the muscle knots do not respond well to stretching. Instead, over-stretching may further aggravate the tightness, resulting in other tissue being stretched out instead.
An experienced clinical physiotherapist with in-depth knowledge of human anatomy can help by performing a targeted deep tissue muscle release to address the underlying cause of the problem.
Unlike normal massages which only focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage involves firm pressure and slow strokes to reach into the deeper layers of muscle and fascia, helping to treat muscle pain, stiffness, and promoting a greater range of motion. Patients often find deep tissue massages a great relief after the session.
Our clinical physiotherapists are able to help treat chronic aches and pain, acute musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, slipped disc, scoliosis and sports injuries, making Connect Chiropractic the best choice for those in pain.
2. Sport Massage
Sport massages can be used for pre-workout, post-workout, during training, or for rehabilitation purposes. Suitable for all ranging from recreational sports participants to elite athletes, sport massage enhances your performance and your recovery.
The aim of sport massage is to reduce the stress and tension that has built up during exercise. It helps to prevent the offset of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
Benefit of Sports Massage
Speeds up your recovery time
Prevents muscular and tendinous injuries
Reduces the strain and discomfort after sport
Decreases muscle spasm
Increases flexibility and mobility
Reduces the chance of injury
3. Lymphatic massage
The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the body tissues. Certain health conditions may cause lymph fluids to build up in particular areas of the body, often in the arms or legs, where it can cause swelling. This condition is also known as lymphedema.
Lymphatic drainage massage is a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body. It uses rhythmic, light pressure to work on the skin level to influence the direction of the lymphatic flow, facilitate lymph drainage and enhance recovery.
Benefits of lymphatic massage:
Improves circulation throughout the lymphatic system
Relieves fluid retention during pregnancy, including swollen ankles and legs
Post-surgical regional swelling
General health and well-being
4. Functional Rehabilitation
Functional rehabilitation focuses on getting you back in the game as soon as possible after an injury. It helps to rebuild your strength, flexibility, balance, and most importantly, your confidence to be back at your daily activities or your favourite sports.
A targeted rehabilitation program that is tailored to your condition and activity level is essential to help you regain your movement freedom and prevent further injuries. It is highly person-centered as the rehabilitation approach selected for each patient depends on their goals and preferences. One of our specialties is sport-specific rehabilitation, which goes beyond recovery to prepare you to be able to play again with better performance.
5. Scoliosis Management
Scoliosis is a multifactorial three-dimensional (3D) spinal deformity that involves deformities in the three main planes:
Lateral curvature in the Frontal plane
Anteroposterior deviation in the Sagittal plane
Vertebral axial rotation in the Horizontal plane
Scoliosis specific exercises
Connect Chiropractic’s physiotherapy treatments for scoliosis management includes individualised three-dimensional treatments for each patient to reform the curved spine to a more natural position. It involves:
Fixing the pelvis position to correct the foundation of scoliosis
Elongating the spine to an actively corrected position
Correcting the imbalance of the body
Activation of inactive muscles in the concavities
Fill the concavities of the spine using rotational breathing
De-rotate the ribs and flatten the rib hump
Teaching posture awareness
What to expect in scoliosis physiotherapy treatment?
Specific exercises are prescribed based on the curve pattern and severity, as well as the patient’s level of function and mobility. The goal of the exercises is to create an awareness of the body’s new position and alignment, while restoring the functional capability of the body through proper understanding of one's spine.