We treat your pain and dysfunction with a comprehensive range of best practice physiotherapy treatments.

Our physiotherapists are able to assess and provide ongoing treatment for people with: joint and muscle pain and stiffness; muscle and joint injuries; falls and balance problems; generalised muscle weakness and deconditioning following an illness; post-operative recovery; chest and lung problems; and walking and mobility difficulties. And our professional Sports Rehabilitation services are designed to get you safely back in the game as soon as possible.

We have an interest in Women’s Health, including pelvic floor dysfunction and incontinence. In pre and post pregnancy we work with you to retrain core stabilising muscles to assist with normal bladder and bowel function.

Physiotherapy consultations are available at both our Tamworth and Armidale practices.

  • Injury, Pain, or Dysfunction

    We treat your pain and dysfunction with a comprehensive range of best practice physiotherapy treatments.
    We offer a variety of treatments to assist in your recovery including: Integrated systems model; Deep tissue massage; Trigger point and release techniques; Exercise rehabilitation; Taping techniques; Mulligans technique; Mackenzie technique; Maitland technique; Electrotherapy including ultrasound and interferential, and dry needling.

    We partner with you through the treatment process and focus on developing self-management techniques that reflect your lifestyle, so you can move better for life.

  • Sports Rehabilitation

    At Move Better for Life and Sports Rehabilitation we treat injuries acquired during and after, intense loading, or high intensity exercise and sport.

    Sports rehabilitation includes attention to the specific injury area to reduce swelling, improve range of movement, strength and agility.

    We focus specifically on the demands placed on your body by your sport and develop specific rehabilitation programs tailored to your unique needs so you can return to your sport and conditioning program.

    Our priority is to get you safely back in the game as soon as possible.

  • Aged Care

    We work closely with our contracted Aged Care facilities to develop programs that best suit each resident and designed to enhance their individual quality of life.

    We undertake an assessment of new residents, conduct regular reviews and ongoing management of current residents.

    Working closely with the physiotherapy aide and clinical care coordinator in each facility we aim to set up individual programs for all residents.

  • Hospital Care

    We work as part of the multidisciplinary team to assist people and their families through periods of ill – health. This includes liaising with doctors, nursing staff and the occupational therapist on a day to day basis to ensure the needs of our patients are met.

    We are available to attend to patients at the request of doctors or nursing staff and our services include:

    • Post –op care following orthopaedic surgery including hip, knee and shoulder surgery. We attend to the patient’s mobility and required aids, setting up exercise programs tailored to each patient and progressing patients through a range of strengthening exercises to ensure optimum post-operative mobility and strength.
    • Falls management strategies including advice and prescription of exercises
    • Post – op abdominal surgery care including breathing exercises and mobility.
    • Mobility and walking assessments and treatment for patients recovering from major health events affecting their physical condition.
    • Advice and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions including acute back pain.
    • Assessments and treatments of lung conditions including pneumonia and lung infections.
    • Attendance to DVA/Veterans Affairs patients including accessing equipment for mobility aids.
    • Spirometry lung assessments as required by the doctors

    We also provide follow – up care for patients once they have returned home by attending our clinic at 214 Rusden Street Armidale, just one block from the Armidale Private Hospital. Alternatively, we also attend to home visits and are happy to organise visits prior to discharge from hospital.

  • Men’s Health

    “Bladder Weakness” in Men

    Over 1 million Aussie men are living with the effects of “bladder weakness”:. The severity of urinary incontinence in men ranges from hardly noticeable mild incontinence to severe incontinence that affects every part of their life. For example, men with light incontinence may leak a little when they laugh or cough, while men with heavy incontinence may be experiencing continuous leakage.

    In many cases loss of bladder control can be cured, and, in most cases, it can be better managed.

    At RSP we can help you regain control of your waterworks and take control of your body.

    Liz Maertin has an interest in helping men with incontinence, symptoms of urgency or frequency, and those men undergoing prostate surgery. Liz uses a variety of techniques to assess pelvic floor function including use of ultrasound, and she can provide advice on appropriate treatment to help manage your symptoms.

    Men’s Health

    Men all around the globe live 5 years less than women. Men are often less willing to seek help and are more likely to keep putting off seeing a health specialist which can lead to a major health crisis. Delaying physiotherapy help with pelvic floor problems is a common problem for many men as it is a somewhat ‘taboo’ topic to discuss. Yet managing your pelvic health is important to maintaining your quality of life. Men can see a physiotherapist to assist in their health for a number of reasons other than pelvic health. These include:
    • Managing and preventing heart disease – Ischaemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in men. Physiotherapists play a vital role giving advice and developing exercise programs to help manage the risks associated with cardiac disease*.
    • Rehabilitation after transport accidents – Currently, the number of men who have injuries involving motor vehicles or other forms of transport is significantly higher than women – 9.6 compared to 3.2 in women. It is important men are proactive in seeking rehabilitation through physiotherapy after a transport accident to prevent short and long-term health impacts.
    • Manual Handling – Manual handling is a big part of many male-dominated occupations. Your physio can assist men (and women) to learn the correct manual handling techniques for tradies, laborers, and drivers to prevent workplace injuries.

    Do I need a referral?

    You do not need a referral to see our men’s health physiotherapists, but you may be referred by your GP.

  • Women’s Health

    We have a special focus on Women’s Health, addressing such areas as pelvic floor function, incontinence, and in pre and post pregnancy we work with you to retrain core stabilising muscles to assist with normal bladder and bowel function.

    At Rusden Street Physiotherapy we understand every woman’s physiotherapy needs are unique. We work closely with your referring doctor or gynaecologist to achieve the best outcome for you.

    We are passionate about providing caring, sensitive, and thorough assessment and management of your individual issues.

    Continence

    • Advice, assessment and treatment of:
      • urinary incontenence or poor bladder control
      • Bowel incontinence and constipation
      • Over active bladder an urge incontinence
    • Pelvic floor training
    • High level athletes with continence issues or pelvic floor weakness

    Pregnancy: Antenatal and Postnatal Care

    • Advice, assessment and treatment for pregnancy related joint and muscle pain, nerve pain and movement dysfunction.
    • Assessment of postnatal pelvic floor function
    • Education and advice for exercise during pregnancy
    • Pregnancy  and post natal Pilates
    • Post natal rehabilitation, including core and pelvic floor exercise programmes
    • Pelvic pain and stability
    • Pelvic Belts

    Vaginal Prolapse (also known as pelvic organ prolapse)
    Vaginal prolapse can be caused by vaginal child birth, chronic coughing, repeated heavy lifting and chronic constipation. Prolapse also tends to run in the family and is more likely after menopause.
    We provide assessment and treatment to improve pelvic floor function to assist with the treatment of prolapse and associated symptoms including pain.

    Do I need a referral?

    You do not need a referral to see our women’s health physiotherapists, but you may be referred by your GP or gynaecologist.

  • Dry Needling

    Dry needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle problems, sinus trouble, headaches. It is a very successful medical and physiotherapy treatment which uses very thin needles without any medication (a dry needle).

    How does dry needling work?
    Dry needling works by changing the way your body senses pain (neurological effects), and by helping the body heal stubborn muscle spasm associated with trigger points (myofascial effects). There are additional electrical and chemical changes associated with dry needling therapy which assist in the healing process. It is important to see the needles as just one part of your overall rehabilitative treatment. Dry needling is not a miracle cure – it is a normal part of muscle therapy. It is vital that you do the exercises and follow the advice your therapist gives you in conjunction with the needling, application of ice, stretches and applications of heat for optimal recovery.

    Isn’t dry needling the same as acupuncture?
    Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, while dry needling is a western medicine and physiotherapy technique. Dry needling is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles, and there is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the benefits of needle insertion on the electrical and chemical communications that take place in our nervous system. Dry needling is accepted by primary care, orthopaedic, neurologic and pain management physicians.

    Could I benefit from dry needling?
    Dry needling is designed to target and restore muscle function, with an emphasis on improving tissue healing and restoring normal tissue function. It is common to initiate dry needling at the beginning of your treatment program to break the pain cycle. Dry needling is useful in relieving pain however it does not necessarily address the source of pain. When combined with conventional treatment options dry needling can accelerate pain reduction, healing and the restoration of the normal tissue function. Discuss with your physiotherapist whether dry needling could benefit your treatment program.

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