Everyone at Adelaide Advanced Physiotherapy is committed to helping you be at your best. To do this we focus on specialised manual therapy techniques and treatment methods that are gentle in their application yet powerful in effect.

Throughout the year we all take time to enhance our skills by attending internationally accredited courses from world leading practitioners to ensure all our clients benefit from advanced physiotherapy skills.

Outlined below are some of the techniques we use every day at Adelaide Advanced Physiotherapy.  Ask us next time to explain the treatment we are doing.

Strain and Counterstrain

Strain and Counterstrain is a gentle, non-invasive technique that is used to treat muscle and joint dysfunction.  A tender point is elicited and the body is then moved toward a position of ease to switch this point off.  This position is held for 90 seconds, after which the original tender point will be released. 

Strain and Counterstrain is useful for many clinical issues including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Whiplash
  • Post-surgical issues
  • Headaches
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia

Visceral Manipulation

Techniques which refer to releasing restrictions of the internal organs and their surrounding tissue.  As we move about our day, our internal organs should move with us; however they can become restricted and stuck.  They then become a fixed point of tension which causes further restriction and irritation, leading to referral of pain to the musculoskeletal system.

Visceral manipulation uses soft manual techniques to improve mobility and functioning of the organ.  This can decrease pain and increase range of movement of the musculoskeletal system. 

It can also have other widespread affects such as reducing the severity of:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue,
  • Reflux and other digestive and hormonal system disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Low Back Pain

Craniosacral Therapy

This is a gentle form of hands on therapy that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of the craniosacral system, which consists of the cranium (head), spine, sacrum and the membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spinal cord. It requires specialised training to learn how to feel the cranial rhythms and effect therapeutic changes to the craniosacral system.

Craniosacral therapy is very effective in treating disorders of the head including, vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, migraine headache and sleep apnoea. Craniosacral therapy is also a very beneficial tool for complementing treatment of the spine and pelvis.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a form of therapy using acupuncture needles which is based on muscle physiology and the bodies own pain relieving and healing mechanisms. It has significant benefit in people with chronic pain disorders, arthritis, reduced muscle function, relieving deep muscle tension and can also help to improve sleep.

Muscle Energy Techniques

Every muscle has an opposite muscle in the body. For one muscle to contract its opposite muscle must relax to allow fluid movement. Muscle Energy Techniques are gentle and specific manual therapy (hands on the body) adjustments that allow a facilitated muscle to relax and restore fluid movement by engaging the opposite muscle to the one causing the problem. Muscle Energy Techniques are very effective in restoring musculoskeletal imbalances and require extensive post graduate training to become a skilled practitioner.

Functional Movement & Corrective Exercise Program

This program  is a one hour customised  session to prevent injury and help you achieve your training goals.  A video analysis and corrective cueing is given that you can take to your gym/Crossfit box.  Learn how to optimize your training, not just be functional.  View more info >> 

Worksite Assessment & Rehabilitation Services

 We are able to provide:

  • Worksite Assessments
  • Job/Task Analysis 
  • Rehabilitation programs
  • Occupational Health & Safety Risk Assessments
  • Injury Prevention Training
  • On-site physiotherapy services

Gym Club Consults

Our team of Physiotherapists can come to your club and assist coaches and trainers in keeping their members training towards their goals without risk of
further aggravating an acute injury or chronic condition.

Physiotherapist consultations are conducted on site, at ten minute intervals. We generally visit clubs for an hour, and during these visits the Physio will assess your member's injury/condition and advise the best exercises to focus on and those to avoid.  We then liaise with you and make recommendations for the management of your member's physical concern.  Read more about Gym Club Consults