Senior Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Services

A Personal Approach

At Axis Physiotherapy we see physiotherapy as a way of relieving pain, optimising physical function, and ultimately improving performance, whatever form that takes.

We specialise in treating musculoskeletal problems, involving injury to structures such as joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves.  Injuries can occur due to a specific traumatic incident, such as twisting an ankle whilst playing football or dislocating a shoulder when falling off a bike.  Injury can also occur from simply putting the body under too much strain before it has developed the strength to tolerate it, for example trying to run too far too soon.

While it is more common for people to seek physiotherapy when they are injured or in pain, physiotherapists can also help with preventing injury by identifying underlying physical deficits.  By addressing these, you can reduce your risk of injury in the future, particularly if you are about to take up a new sport or type of exercise.

So, if you have any pain or injury, whether from sitting at your desk too much or due to a sporting mishap, or even if you just want to improve your physical condition and performance, we are here to help you.

 
Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Orthopaedic physio treats any condition related to bone, muscle and joint problems. Sports physio is more specific treatment for an injury occuring from overuse or trauma from athletic activity.

Axis Physiotherapy registered physiotherapists can help you with:

  • Neck Pain

  • Back Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Acute / Chronic Pain

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Tendonitis or Bursitis

  • Repetitive Strain Injury

  • An Accident from Falling

  • Balance or Mobility Issues

  • Sports Injury

  • Sprain or Strain

  • Pain from a Motor Vehicle Accident

  • TMJ Disorder (jaw and chewing pain)

Sports Injury

Sports Physiotherapy

We provide expert attention for all sporting injuries. Using our skills and experience from years working with elite sporting teams we can have you back to your best quickly and safely.


Whether you have an overuse injury from running or triathlon or a sprained ankle or muscle strain from football or basketball we have the expertise to get you back into action and keep you there.

Common sports injuries:

  • Jumper's Knee

  • Knee Sprains

  • Hamstring Strain

  • Groin Strain

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Strain

  • Dislocated Shoulder

  • Ankle Sprain

  • Shin Splint

  • Broken Wrist

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Surgical Rehabilitation & Treatment

We can help you recover from orthopaedic surgery. We are experts at rehab for knee, ankle, shoulder and hip surgery. Whether you’ve had a knee arthroscopy or ACL repair, a rotator cuff repair in your shoulder or hip replacement we are experts at planning an exercise program to get your movement and strength back and return you to normal activities.


We work closely with local surgeons, go and watch their surgery regularly and use the latest post-op protocols to get you the best results.

Massage Therapy

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a specialist deep tissue massage that aims to relieve exercise related aches and pain within muscle and soft tissues. It can be very useful before or after exercise to speed recovery time and enhance performance of muscles.

Also, if you have suffered a particular injury, sports massage is an excellent technique to integrate into your treatment and rehabilitation programme.

Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy:

  • Releases excess muscle tension

  • Speeds up recovery after intensive workout or injury

  • Improves muscle performance and body posture

  • Helps in early recognition of potential problems preventing injury

  • Increases range of motion in joints and muscle flexibility

  • Helps to offer relief from sciatica, back pain and muscle aches

  • Brings about general mental and physical relaxation and higher levels of energy

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is extremely effective in aiding pain relief and rehabilitation, drawing on the warmth, buoyancy and gentle resistance provided by the water. 


As a low-impact exercise program, it is suitable for people of all ages and is particularly beneficial to people in their senior years. 

Hydrotherapy can help with:

  • Post-operative orthopaedic conditions​

  • Osteoporosis​

  • Arthritis​

  • Skeletal and soft tissue injury​

  • Acute and chronic back pain​

  • Ante and post natal care​

  • Sport and work-related injuries.

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Neurological Rehabilitation

Neurological physiotherapy treats patients with neurological conditions, which are movement and functional disorders caused by impairments affecting the brain, spinal cord and the nervous system.


Some of the conditions that we treat include:

  • Stroke

  • Acquired Brain Injury

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Spinal Cord Injury

At the Gym

Personal Training

We will work with you to design a training program that is specifically tailored for you, based on your lifestyle, medical history, diet, and potential injuries.

Our personal trainers will inspire, motivate, and guide you towards achieving your fitness goals, and will strive to get the best out of you in each and every session.

With the right guidance and dedication, you will have the power to become a healthier and fitter you.

Key features of our training:

  • Strength, stability, endurance

  • Toning

  • Sport specific training

  • Weight-loss

  • Injury prevention

  • Well-being

  • Personal Training

  • Aqua-Aerobics

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Geriatric Physiotherapy

Our dedicated team of qualified and experienced physios help seniors stay mobile, safe and happy.

Our physio sessions are fun and effective – providing a mental lift as well as physical improvement.

Dedicated geriatric physiotherapy services we provide

Specific geriatric physiotherapy conditions we treat, manage or alleviate include:

  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis

  • Rehabilitation after an accident or operation

  • Preparation prior to operation (most common being hip and knee replacements)

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Dementia

  • Shortness of breath from COPD and other causes

  • Maintaining mobility

  • Building strength

  • Accident/fall prevention

  • Pain reduction and relief to improve lifestyle and mental health including:
    * Shoulder pain
    * Wrist and hand pain
    * Lower back pain
    * Elbow pain
    * Foot and ankle pain
    * Head and neck pain
    * Hip and Leg pain
    * Knee pain and more..

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Return To Sport Program

Return to Sport (RTS) programming is founded on the most current rehabilitation research and is tailored to the individual patient’s needs. We focus not only on increasing strength and endurance, but also improving the quality of movement and making sure you’re truly ready to return to your highest level of competition. A typical RTS program may include:

  • Balance and proprioceptive training

  • Neuromuscular re-education

  • Plyometric and agility training

  • Pre- and post- testing of a collection of functional activities

  • Power, Speed, Reaction, and Endurance

Our staff of skilled orthopedic and sports physical therapists have helped individuals of all athletic abilities and competition levels return to prior activity and beyond. Even if you’ve been cleared to play and don’t feel like you’re quite where you want to be, we can help you overcome that gap and return to competitive sport.

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Shockwave Therapy

What makes shockwave therapy unique to the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders is that it is one of the very few technologies that seems work best when an injury reaches the chronic, non-healing state.  When this occurs, shockwave therapy appears to be able to jump start the healing process in chronic, non-healing injuries and move them back into the acute phase of healing. It does this by stimulating increased cellular activity of the injured tissue to repair and heal. The acoustic vibrations also mechanically stimulate the area which has been scientifically proven to assist breaking down calcifications.

In addition, by hyper stimulating nerve endings there is an immediate reduction in pain and tissue sensitivity. The formation of new nerve and blood flow to the injured area also found with the use of radial shockwave assists with the healing and tissue regeneration process. More recently, it has been found that Radial Shockwave can be effective for releasing trigger points in muscles. Overall, Radial Shockwave can assist the body’s natural healing ability. The bodies natural repair processes can then take over and repair the area that has been damaged.

Radial shockwave therapy (RSWT) uses a pneumatic generator to produce high pressure acoustic waves that are physically delivered to the skin and underlying soft tissues. It is perhaps most analogous to having a tiny pneumatic jackhammer striking the skin to create the shockwave.


What to expect during a session of Shockwave:
A typical course of Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) usually requires three treatments sessions spaced one week apart for best results, however many times patients feel significant improvement of symptoms after only one session. Although RSWT can significantly reduce symptoms after only one session, it is highly recommended that a full course of treatment be completed. During treatment with RSWT, an applicator is placed by the physiotherapist onto the affected area and fine adjustments are made to assure the dose is most comfortable for the patient. To minimize transmission losses in the layer of air between the applicator and the skin, contact gel is used to conduct the acoustic wave. The device administers a preset number of pulses, or shock waves, at a low energy level, allowing for anesthesia-free treatment. A typical treatment may last five to ten minutes and may be slightly uncomfortable.


What Conditions Does Shock Wave Therapy Treat?:
Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs/pain
Lateral/medial epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
Achilles tendonitis
Patellar tendonitis
Calcific tendonitis
Insertional tendonitis
Shin splints
Iliotibial band syndrome
Trochanteric bursitis

What to Expect After a Treatment of Shockwave?
Many clients experience a decrease in pain immediately after treatment. In some instances bruising, swelling, and on rare occasions, skin breakdown may occur. Because of the nature of shockwaves, there may be some soreness for 1-2 hours afterwards due to an inflammatory response generated in reaction to the shockwave. This is considered NORMAL and is your body’s way of healing itself and regenerating the targeted tissue. This discomfort usually subsides after a few days.
For more information on how shockwave therapy may help you, please speak a member of our health care team.