Physical Therapy

NMT Physical Therapy specialists work with people with chronic pain, sports injuries or work related injuries and can significantly reduce or completely resolve your pain issues by deactivating myofascial trigger points (also known as ah-shi points in acupuncture), correcting muscular-skeletal imbalances and postural dysfunction and restoring normal movement and muscle activation patterns.
Physical Therapy can be very beneficial for relieving pain due to the changes in pelvic position which causes undue stress and strain in the lumbar region causing back pain and can even be the cause of pain in other limbs such as knee pain or elbow pain. Our sedentary life style can also lead to poor posture resulting in upper back pain, shoulder and neck pain and headaches. Rotator cuff issues, elbow pain and carpal tunnel syndrome are all conditions that respond well to physical therapy.

Physical Therapy is a holistic and patient-centred therapy. A physical therapist focuses on the hands-on treatment of the body’s joints and soft tissues – muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and fascia. I use a variety of advanced manual techniques to diagnose, prevent, treat and help you to manage your condition. Techniques include movement, myofascial techniques, joints mobilisations, massage, exercises and nutritional advice. Physical Therapy is proven to be safe, non-invasive and treatments do not involve medication. It is a primary care healthcare profession and is established on sound health science principles.

Pain and other symptoms of injury are usually as a result of repeated minor injuries, poor posture or stress on particular muscles due to seating or standing positions at work, at home or during activities. Certain muscles can become shorten and tighten (hypertonic) creating muscle imbalances. This often has a knock on effect on other surrounding muscles. As a result other muscles are required to do extra work that they were not original designed or intended to do. This quite often results in an interference with the range of movement and causing muscle and joint stiffness and pain of varying degrees. Physical Therapy works to restore correct muscle balance and a re-establishment of correct muscle activation patterns resulting in reduced pain and increased range of movement.

At Cork Acupuncture & Physical Therapy I use techniques such as :

Soft Tissue Release,
Muscle Energy Techniques,
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Needling
Integrated Neuromuscular Inhibition Technique (INIT)
Functional Technique
Induration Technique

How does Physical Therapy treatment work?

The following factors are often responsible for increased pain levels and need to be treated by a Physical Therapist.

Trigger points – trigger points are highly irritable and sensitive points in the body which can refer pain to other parts of the body.

Nerve entrapment/compression – when a nerve gets pressed or ‘pinched’ between the surrounding structures, it can lead to pain either locally and often at a distant body part.
Posture – Postural distortions result in underdevelopment of the supporting muscles and thereby lead to their weakening. Faulty movement patterns can result and intensify pain.
Stress – High levels of stress can adversely affect the functioning of the nervous and musculoskeletal system causing hypertonicity and neuromuscular imbalances.
Ischemia – In a condition such as Ischemia, the cells and tissues get a reduced blood supply and as a result are under-nourished.

Nutrition – Lack of adequate nutrition to the cells leads to an overall weakening of the entire system.

Physical Therapy treatments are for individual clients of all ages, young and old, who require relief from pain for conditions resulting from injury, infirmity or medical conditions such as:

Chronic Pain relief
Back Pain
Neck Pain
Shoulder problems
Knee problems
Tension headaches

Joint strains
Tennis elbow
Golfer’s elbow
Ankle sprain

Sports and work related injuries
Rehabilitation – from injury and surgery
Repetitive strain injuries
Postural issues
Stress related conditions