manual therapy

Our Services

  • Evaluation

    During your first consultation we will do a thorough evaluation including both an interview and physical examination to determine the cause and nature of your injury or condition. We use various listening techniques as well as physical tests to establish both an individual treatment programme for your condition as well as a tailor made exercise programme, based on years of extensive training and experience. Video and photo analysis is also used to assist in determining possible causes of the injury or condition, such as posture correction, gait or running analysis, throwing/bowling and kicking analysis or muscle imbalances. Each follow up session will also include a re-evaluation to determine the response to treatment and if necessary, changes are made to the treatment to ensure a speedy recovery and return to a healthier YOU!

  • Manual Therapy

    Manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function. At Van der Walt Physiotherapists we pride ourselves in our use of evidence based hands-on manual therapy techniques and constantly attend courses and workshops to keep up to date with international trends in our profession.

  • Dry Needling

    Dry needling is a form of physical therapy used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. It is an invasive form of myofascial release in which thin, flexible needles are inserted into the body. The places the needles are placed in the body is determined by accurate anatomical knowledge based on sound scientific reasoning. This is different to acupuncture, which is a treatment technique related to Chinese Medicine, and takes a philosophical rather than a physical approach to the body.

  • Strapping / Taping

    Through involvement with both amateur and professional sports, Jaco has gained extensive experience of strapping techniques for sports injuries and has also lectured on the subject at workshops for his fellow physiotherapists. He furthered his knowledge by being one of the first physio's in the region to attend an internationally accredited three part Kinesio Taping course in 2008. The latest addition to the taping 'toolbox' is Dynamic Taping with stunning 'tattoo' printed tape used for muscle recovery and rehabilitation.

  • Electrotherapy

    We make use of various electrical stimulation devices at the practice, including Interferential current, Russian and muscle stimulation currents and TENS. According to Wikipedia, Electrotherapy is used for the relaxation of muscle spasms, prevention and retardation of disuse atrophy, increase of local blood circulation, muscle rehabilitation and re-education, electrical muscle stimulation, maintaining and increasing range of motion, post-traumatic acute pain and post surgical acute pain.

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