Physiotherapy in Sutherland Shire

PhysioCentral has been providing excellence in Healthcare to the residents of the Sutherland Shire and beyond for over 25 years.

Well known for our professional and friendly service, we provide the accurate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a range of disorders, including:

  • Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Stress and Tension
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pre and Post Natal Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Soft Tissue Injuries – Muscle, Ligament, Tendon, Nerve, etc
  • All Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedic / Post Operative Rehabilitation
  • Balance Disorders and Vertigo

We also provide:

  • Dry Needling
  • Massage Therapy – Remedial to Sports.
  • The latest technology in Waterproof EXOS Casting for fractures.
  • GaitScan analysis of foot mechanics and orthotics.
  • Walking / Cam Boot hire and purchase.
  • TENS Machine, and accessories, hire and purchase.

How can Physiotherapy help me?

Physiotherapy uses a variety of treatment solutions targeted towards your individual problem to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce swelling
  • Accelerate recovery from injury or chronic pain
  • Improve strength and flexibility.

The main aim of treatment is to not only help you make a complete recovery but to also ensure the affected area returns to its full strength and flexibility, which will prevent the problem from recurring. This is particularly appropriate in the treatment of neck and low back pain, for example, which can become long-lasting, and recurring problems, if treated inappropriately, or worse still – not at all.

If we use chronic or recurring back pain as an example:

Common causes of back pain include prolonged or recurrent sitting which leads to weakness and poor posture, bending, lifting, muscle and ligament strains, disc problems and arthritis 

Pain elicits the body’s own protective mechanism. This can include muscle tightening, spasm or cramps to immobilise and protect the spine from further damage. This is a great mechanism for acute injuries but as the body heals this protective mechanism is no longer needed. Pain becomes chronic and lingering when the body learns to keep activating and amplifying this protective mechanism well after the injury occurs. 

To enable complete recovery it is imperative to relieve muscular spasm, then restore mobility and flexibility as quickly as able. For this reason, the vast majority of people can be significantly and quickly relieved of symptoms with Physiotherapy.

During the early stages of recovery, our Physio’s can use a multitude of techniques, such as:

  • massage (light and relaxing to deep tissue sports massage).
  • joint mobilisation or manipulation – to increase spinal joint mobility, and relieve the pressure on ”pinched nerves”, that are commonly associated with back pain, sciatica, and if the cervical (neck) vertebrae are involved – neck pain, arm pain, or even headache.
  • acupressure or trigger point therapy – an extremely effective method of turning off muscular spasm to quickly relieve symptoms, and accelerate recovery.
  • ultrasound – to de-sensitise and relax tight, sore muscles, and relieve pain.
  • As your symptoms settle, a personalised flexibility and strengthening program can then be introduced to ensure a complete and long lasting recovery.

As your condition improves, our physios may also advise you to pursue other activities that will specifically help your condition – thus taking the ‘guesswork’ out of what to do next? These other prescribed activities may include such things as strength training, yoga, pilates, swimming, for example. Or, if more suitable, a home-based exercise program can be designed for your individual problem.

Often people find the hardest thing about dealing with back pain is understanding the actual cause of their problem so that they can then do something about it (like exercise), to help themselves. This is where Physiotherapy is vitally important.

Rather than just taking painkillers, or choosing other remedies, or exercises “to see if it helps”, a physiotherapist will be able to accurately diagnose your condition, treat it – to quickly relieve symptoms, and specifically design a suitable exercise program, to set you on the road to complete recovery.