Albert Park Sports & Spinal’s unique style blends Massage Therapy with Osteopathy. Realising the benefits of both therapies, APSS work with each individual’s needs to determine whether Osteopathic Techniques, Massage Therapy Techniques or a combination of the two therapies would be the most appropriate for a given treatment.
Your first visit involves an intensive health history intake and an assessment so that we can evaluate your chief complaint. Treatment follows the assessment in the time remaining. Assessment of individuals in standing, seated and lying down positions also occurs with every consecutive treatment session in order to evaluate progress, as well as a verbal review of how life has transpired since your last treatment – i.e., changes good or bad, questions, concerns, etc.
- Rest – Stop what your doing and avoid activity.
- Ice – Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes every hour (24-72 hours).
- Compression – Compression bandage to reduce swelling.
- Elevation – Elevate the affected leg to reduce swelling.
- Referral – If pain persists consult an APSS practitioner.
This management will ensure a minor sprain is treated effectively, however when ever a joint is compromised re-training of correct function is advised. Our practitioners are able to assist in this re-training.
One or more of the following sensations may occur because of Sciatica:
- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear calf
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Treating sciatica usually begins with a brief period of rest from the aggravating activity and manual therapy treatment to settle the acute pain. Your APSS therapist will use hands on techniques that address the cause of your pain. In addition to pain-relieving techniques your APSS therapist will provide exercises that assist your specific back deficiencies. This may include some loosening, stabilisation or strengthening exercises. Exactly which exercises work best for you will vary depending on the cause of your sciatica.
Statistics show that nearly half of all people will experience low back or neck pain at some point in their lives. This type of pain should be seen to as studies show early intervention will help ensure a quick and successful resolution.
History would suggest the correct treatment for low back pain is lying flat on your back. The theory has since changed to accommodate a more functional approach. We now know that getting the area mobile and functioning normally as soon as possible will help reduce stiffness and decrease overall time spent in pain.
The good news is that the majority of people with low back and neck pain will respond adequately with a management plan including manual therapy and an individual exercise program. APSS practitioners are qualified to implement this type of program, find the cause of the problem and work with you to provide greater strength, stability and flexibility.
Tension headaches are commonly caused by tightness, restriction and imbalance in the joints and muscles of the upper back and neck. Our practitioners are trained to identify and treat these restrictions and imbalances while providing postural advice and management strategies to alleviate overall tension. These strategies will ensure incidence and severity is minimized.
Historically any headache that was of a “throbbing” nature was thought to involve the blood vessels within the head and was therefore thought to be a “migraine”. Any headache that was “not throbbing” was labelled a “tension-type headache”, despite there being no evidence of increased tension in the muscles of the scalp or forehead. Researchers have since improved our knowledge of headache sources, and we now know that majority of headaches fall into three categories.
- Neck Headache (Cervico-genic headache)
- Tension – type Headache
In our experience, finding the primary source of your headache/migraine is the key to successful management.