Inishowen Physiotherapy offer a wide range of physiotherapy services in the Inishowen area of Donegal including physiotherapy services in the surrounding areas of Malin, Moville, Clonmany, Buncrana and beyond.
Musculoskeletal Assessment & Treatment
Before a patient can be treated they are first given a comprehensive assessment. The assessment begins with a subjective history. In this the physiotherapist gathers information from the patient, the history of injury, area of pain, duration of symptoms are all discussed here. Following the history-taking the physical exam begins. The physical exam will vary depending on the type of injury e.g back, knee etc. Using the findings of both the subjective and physical exams the physiotherapist will decide the best course of treatment for the patient.
Dry needling (also known as trigger point needling) is used to treat myofascial trigger points. The needle is inserted into the skin and muscle directly at the myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to production and maintenance of the pain cycle. When the needle is inserted, very often a local twitch response is experienced. After a dry needling treatment the area in the muscle which has been treated feels much softer and relaxed and the person will feel looser. People sometimes find that the pain they experience when a trigger point is being treated, be it local or referring, is a familiar type of pain or ache that they have.
How is it different to acupuncture?
Dry Needling is a much newer technique than acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, whereas Dry Needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.
This is the hands-on part of treatment and has several aims including alleviating muscle tension and spasm. Postural issues occurs as a result of poor body mechanics, weak muscles and reduced muscular endurance. Our routines, habits and ways of moving cause us to overuse some muscles and parts of the body while underusing others causing imbalance and consequent repetitive stresses and strains resulting in injury and pain.
Rehabilitation such as anterior cruciate ligament repair (ACL), total hip or knee replacements, and all other forms of arthroscopy. We offer a comprehensive programme including how best to prepare physically for surgery and from the acute stage to return to full function phases post surgery.