Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
(ESWT) is a non-invasive procedure for the treatment of acute and chronic pain of the musculoskeletal system. The shockwaves used in ESWT develop in the tissue at the point in the tissue where the pain originates from. They cause an improvement in local blood circulation and metabolism.
Conditions such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy and calcifications of the shoulder often become chronic conditions. The use of ESWT to safely treat these conditions is supported by a wealth of clinical experience and scientific evidence. In short the use of ESWT in the treatment of chronic conditions is suggested to jump start the healing process and reintroduce the acute phase of healing.
Hydrotherapy allows treatment to be provided in a warm environment which improves soft tissue elasticity while the buoyancy of the water reduces the effects of gravity. This eases the stress on joints and can considerably accelerate rehabilitation times.
Other main benefits of hydrotherapy include:
- Provides relief from pain, swelling and stiffness
- Muscle strengthening, maintenance and restoration
- Accelerated rehab times
- Improved circulation
- promotion of relaxation
- Cardiovascular fitness
Exercise Prescription / Strength and Conditioning Programs
A fundamental part of pain management and recovery is to incorporate an exercise prescribed program. Our team of physiotherapists are experienced at promoting these programs to a wide range of individuals depending on their needs. We focus on movement quality to improve strength and fitness, and in doing so improve active daily living and wellbeing. A key part of strength and conditioning training is fully assessing an individual’s movement patterns to develop techniques and prevent injuries. Strength and lean muscle mass reduces the risk of insulin resistance, a group of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other factors which can lead to ill health. Strength training doesn’t just increase the strength of our muscles but also our bone health. Strength and conditioning benefits so many areas of not just sport, but everyday life. Incorporating these principles into a structured program can really make a difference in how we perform, move and live.
Acupuncture is used by our physiotherapists to assist in the management of pain and inflammation by stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
The practice of acupuncture can affect pain modulation via the stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; melatonin and serotonin to promote wellbeing. These assist the body’s healing process and offer pain relief as a precursor for other manual or exercise therapies.
Common MSK conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include:
- Back pain
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle pain/weakness
- Neck pain
- Sciatica/nerve root pain
- Foot and ankle conditions along with other lower limb issues may benefit from orthotics to relieve pain and restore function.
Lumbar and Cervical traction
At St Michael’s Lodge, patients often benefit from the use of our Lumbar and Cervical traction unit. This is the process of applying a stretching force to the vertebrae through pulleys to distract individual joints of the spine. This can help ease back pain and symptoms of nerve pain caused by such conditions as sciatica.
- For individuals who are new to exercise, or who have specific physical limitations/requirements, we provide 1:1 Pilates classes to ensure the upmost care and attention.