Hands On Care

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The use of specialist manual therapies is just one of the ways we help get you better faster.

All our podiatrists are trained in a wide range of manual therapies that aid the natural healing processes of your body. Manual therapies include:

  • Dry needling
  • Foot mobilisation therapy
  • Hot wax treatments

Dry Needling 

Trigger Point Dry Needling is a manual therapy especially useful in the the management of musculo-skeletal problems.

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What is a trigger point?

A Trigger Point (TP) is a small, often painful  contraction of muscle fibers that can develop due to abnormal muscle function, compensatory movements for pain and other problems (myofascial pain syndrome).

TPs prevent normal muscle function by causing stiffness in the muscle and subsequent muscle and skeletal compensations as well as localised and referred pain.

Effective treatment of TPs involves

  1. Treating the painful muscle contraction (TP),
  2. Reducing abnormal stresses on the muscles,
  3. Restoring normal muscle function and
  4. Preventing further muscle compensations for pain

What will happen during my treatment?

To treat TPs, a very small needle will be inserted gently into the ‘knot” of muscle fibers.

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The first sensation you will feel is pressure from the plastic guide tube followed by a very small sting as the needle is tapped into the superficial skin layers.

Secondly, as the needle is gently pushed into the muscle knot, you will feel a deeper, spreading sensation. This is commonly followed by a strong muscle “twitch”. This is a good response that indicates the muscle has relaxed.

Sometimes a T.E.N.S. unit may be incorporated into your treatment to electrically stimulate a weakened muscle.

TP Dry Needling is safe to be used in most people however, clients with Diabetes and circulation problems as well as those on anticoagulant medication and those undertaking cancer treatment need to be cautions of any treatments that break the skin.

Your Podiatrist will discuss if TP Dry Needling is appropriate for you.

Foot Mobilisation Therapy

Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is a specialist form of treatment performed only by Podiatrists who have undertaken advanced practice training. 

FMT can be used as an adjunct to treatments such as orthotic therapy, exercise prescription and other manual therapy to help improve your foot pain much more quickly.

In FMT, low velocity mobilisaitons of the foot joints are performed to improve the health of the joint stucture and re-establish your best foot funciton.

Hot Wax Therapy

Hot Wax has been used for many years as an effective treatment for a variety of health concerns.

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At Complete Podiatry we use Hot Wax Therapy to help manage the pain associated with arthritis and the treatment of general foot pain.

Hot wax treatments can also be a valuable tool in managing your dry skin conditions, leaving your skin feeling silky smooth.