Are you looking for a Castle Hill physiotherapist? Our Castle Hill physiotherapists are committed to making every visit a safe, comfortable, and nurturing experience. Read on to learn more about our physiotherapy services in Castle Hill.
For patients who suffer from chronic back pain after an injury, surgery, illness, or any other trauma, physiotherapy is often an essential component of their overall treatment plan.
Physiotherapy techniques are designed to heal and strengthen the muscles and joints. At Active Back Care in Castle Hill, we incorporate physiotherapy into our daily practice to treat all types of patients, from athletes who have suffered sports-related strains or sprains to employees with work-related injuries. We have also treated people suffering from tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, fractures, and nerve pain.
About our Physiotherapy Team
Conveniently located in Castle Hill, Active Back Care was co-founded by husband-and-wife team Rod and Cherine Weiland, both chiropractors. When they decided to expand their practice to offer alternate forms of treatment, they hired Michael Brierley as a dedicated physiotherapist.
Michael Brierley focuses primarily on rehabilitation and post-operative hip and knee surgeries, with a specialty in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. He has worked with many local sports teams, and has extensive training in multiple forms of physiotherapy.
Active Back Care is also pleased to welcome Jessica Fearnside to our team of qualified practitioners. A graduate of the University of Sydney, Jessica is a keen athlete and fitness enthusiast. She also has a special interest in sports injuries and in incorporating exercise based techniques into her treatment protocols. Jessica has served as a physiotherapist for NSW Handball and the Sydney University Handball Club.
Active Back Care’s team of highly trained Castle Hill physiotherapists also work closely with our chiropractors and massage therapists – our goal is to provide you with the best possible care. To learn more about the rest of the health care practitioners that work at Active Back Care visit our Meet the Team page. To find out more about our professional philosophy and what sets us apart from other wellness clinics, please visit our Why Choose Us page.
When you first visit our Castle Hill office, we’ll begin by performing a thorough examination to assess your injury and the source of your pain. Your practitioner will consult with you to determine your specific pains, limitations, and wellness goals, and will then take the time to design a customized treatment plan to help you achieve those goals.
Next, your physiotherapist may check your “vitals”, examine the affected area, and ask you to perform certain movements to replicate symptoms or to gauge your range of motion. Based on your symptoms and the results of your examination, the physiotherapist will recommend a customized treatment plan to promote fast healing.
Throughout every stage of your treatment, you will be treated with warmth, respect, and courtesy. Your privacy is very important to us, and we are respect the confidentiality of our patients through tactful, discreet practices.
Our Physiotherapy Techniques
Physiotherapy may involve any or all of the following treatments:
- Joint mobilisations: Our physiotherapists use this hands-on technique to manipulate sore, painful, or stiff joints. Joint mobilisations activate mechanoreceptors in the joints to relax the surrounding muscles, alleviate stiffness, and restore full range of motion.
- Soft Tissue Massage: One of the oldest and most effective physiotherapy treatments, soft tissue massage involves the use of strategic pressure and manipulation of the body’s muscles. Benefits include relaxation/loosening of the muscles, reduction of chronic pain, improved blood circulation, enhanced range of motion, and higher levels of energy, concentration, and overall wellness.
- Trigger Point Therapy: Trigger points, or small contraction knots within a muscle, can cause pain, tenderness, or a dull, steady ache. We use several forms of trigger point therapy, including massage, targeted exercises, acupuncture, and hot/cold applications, to alleviate the contraction and related symptoms.
- Electrotherapy: Our physiotherapists sometimes use electrotherapy treatments, which involve the use of electrical energy to diagnose and treat medical conditions and alleviate physical symptoms. Electrotherapy has been proven effective in improving joint mobility, extending range of motion, improving blood flow, repairing tissue, and reducing pain and stiffness.
- Heat & Cold Therapy: Heat and cold therapy is one of the most widespread and effective methods of treating sports injuries, post-surgical pain, sprains and strains, and chronic pain. Applying ice packs, ice wraps, and other cold therapies can help to reduce joint swelling and pain. Hot packs are highly effective in alleviating muscle injuries, joint stiffness, reducing muscle spasms and cramping, and treating lower back pain.
- Prescription of Braces/Supports: Braces and supports can be an important treatment component for low back pain, sciatica, poor posture, slipped discs, and other spinal problems. These are designed to reinforce proper posture and prevent slouching in the lower back area, which facilitates proper posture for the upper back.
- Kinesio taping: The Kinesio Taping Method is gaining wide acclaim among the country’s top physiotherapists and their patients. The tape is strategically applied to enhance and prolong the results of traditional physiotherapy techniques. Benefits of kinesio taping include better muscle tone, wider range of motion, improved posture, and optimal movement of lymphatic fluids.
- Rigid Sports Taping: Non-stretch (rigid) sports tape is most often used to restrict the movement of an injured joint, such as a knee, elbow, or ankle. Knee taping is an effective way to promote healing of an injury, prevent future injuries, and/or expedite a return to an activity or sport after a period of strain or injury.
- Free Weights: As you recover from a sports injury, your physiotherapist will introduce some targeted strengthening exercises to help rebuild muscles and restore original functioning. Free weights are often a key component of these techniques, creating resistance while targeting specific muscle groups.
- Theraband: Resistance band exercises are a key component of any physiotherapy treatment program. Especially effective for rebuilding the knee, shoulder, or ankle, theraband exercises can be easily performed at home.
- Swiss Ball: Originally developed in Switzerland in the 1960s, the Swiss ball has become a fixture of physiotherapy programs. Also referred to as gym balls or exercise balls, these versatile fitness tools are designed to improve core strength and stability, stretch out tense muscles, reduce low back pain, and improve posture.
- Gym Programmes: A great deal of physiotherapy routines take place in a gym or fitness center environment. Through the use of exercise machines, free weights, and floor routines, gym programmes are integral to the recovery and strengthening of all muscle groups.
- PNF Stretching Exercises: First developed in the 1940s to treat paralysis, PNF stretching (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation stretching) remains an important component of modern-day physiotherapy. Through a customized combination of isometrics and passive stretching, patients achieve improved range of motion, better flexibility, enhanced athletic performance, and reduced occurrence of overuse injuries.
- Orthotic Fitting using Associate Platinum Foot Scanner: At Active Back Care, we proudly use the new Associate Platinum Foot Scanner from Foot Levelers, a state-of-the-art device that allows us to analyze the entire foot and pinpoint issues that could be causing pain, instability, fatigue, or imbalance throughout the body.
- Ultrasound: Therapeutic ultrasounds are commonly used as a form of physical therapy. Using a wand or probe, the technician transmits sound waves through the skin, causing the tissues to heat up and vibrate. Ultrasounds effectively reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling of the muscles and joints.
- Dry Needling: Dry Needling is a safe and proven method of relaxing tight and dysfunctional muscles by deactivating trigger points. Our physiotherapists are trained in both trigger point release and meridian point segmental stimulation. Dry Needling has provided incredible results particularly for painful shoulders, elbows, hips, thighs, knees and reducing headaches.
Our Physiotherapy Approach
Throughout the course of your treatment at Active Back Care in Castle Hill, we will regularly assess your condition and symptoms to measure the progress. If your pain or injury is not responding to the physiotherapy treatments, we may refer you to hand-picked specialists.
Regardless of the technique we use to address your condition and symptoms, you will receive thorough, gentle, and dedicated attention from your physiotherapist. We are not a “high-volume” facility and never rush our patients—we take as much time as necessary to make each patient feel comfortable.
Active Back Care provides physiotherapy to patients in Castle Hill, Baulkham Hills, Kellyville, Kellyville Ridge, Glenhaven, Norwest, and Rouse Hill.