Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is a specialised area of physiotherapy / physical therapy for the management of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions using highly specific treatment approaches including:
- manual techniques: ‘hands-on’ techniques designed to mobilize joints, muscles, connective tissue (fascia) and nerves;
- therapeutic exercise: physical activities that focuses on restoring and maintaining strength, endurance, flexiblity, stability and balance.
The goal of an OMPT treatment are:
- reduce pain (note: it si normally possible to achieve a pain reduction of at least 50% after the first treatment session);
- facilitate healing;
- restore function.
OMPT treatments have been shown to be an effective and important component of treatment in a wide range of conditions, such as: joint pain, muscles & tendons disorders (muscle soreness, myofascial pain, tendinopathies, etc.), low-back & neck pain (including sciatica and brachialgia), headaches, etc.
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Myofascial Trigger Points Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area within the muscle tissue (“muscle knot”) that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the trapezius muscle, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck and/or in the head.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (MTrPT) includes both manual therapy techniques (local compression, manual stretching, fascia release techniques, etc.) and dry needling. Dry needling, in particular, has shown to be one of the most effective procedures for releasing trigger points: by using filament needles, therapists can manipulate and release deeper muscles which are difficult to reach using other techniques. With dry needling, patients typically experience positive results in only 2-3 sessions.
Myo fascial trigger point therapy
Migraines & Headaches Treatment: the Watson Headache Approach®
The Watson Headache Approach is a method of diagnosing and treating headaches, developed in Australia over 25 years by renowned headache researcher and clinician, Dean Watson.
In has recently been shonw that vascular disorders, muscle “tension” or tightness, and hormonal factors DO NOT CAUSE, respectively, migraines, tension-type headaches and menstrual-related migraines. On the contrary, upper cervical spine joints dysfuncionts have been shown to be responsible for headaches and migraines in over 85-90% of the people soffering from these very common diseases.
The diagnostic accuracy of the Watson Headache Approach is unparalleled. It can confirm if disorders in the upper neck are responsible for headache or migraine and determine the exact nature of the disorder as well as which spinal joints are involved. Skilful application of the Watson Headache Approach has been shown to reduce, if not end, within 4 to 5 sessions, the symptoms in the vast majority of case, even if the headache has been around for 20 or 30 years!
Migraines & Headaches
Benefits and contraindications
Shiatsu balances the body in depth. The technique works on the global harmony of the person. It has good effects on anxiety and stress, it reduces the typical symptoms of depression. It can be an alternative or a help in the case of: problems related to the head, neck and back, stiffening of the joints, anxiety-induced contractions due to sports or work. Among the other benefits: improvement of the relationship with others through contact, relaxation of stiffness and excessive tensions, improving posture and behavior, enhancing motor skills, alleviating the consequences of various types of trauma, increasing knowledge and control of the own body, restore the body’s energy balance. Shiatsu should not be practiced on people with contagious diseases, serious problems in the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, bleeding, ulcers, cancer, fractures.
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, or OMT, is a set of “hands-on” techniques used by osteopaths and skilled physiotherapist to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, the therapist moves a patient’s joints and muscles using techniques that include joint manipulations (or HVLA thrust techniques) and mobilizations, and soft tissue techniques (myofascial release, deep tissue massage, muscle stretching, sustained pressures,, etc.)