Areas of Special Interest

Our physiotherapists at Vitalise Physiotherapy are committed to extra training in their areas of interest. We focus on the following treatments for patients in Lismore and surrounding areas:

Headaches

Our physios use Dean Watson’s Level 1 headaches technique, helping us to assess the cause of chronic headaches or migraines. We aim to discover the triggers for your headaches, enabling us to prescribe the most effective treatment and self-management strategies. Our treatment helps us to pinpoint the source of your headaches, treat the cause and provide remedies to reduce the number of headaches you experience.

Pelvis/SIJ dysfunction

We have completed Barbara Hungerford’s Level 1 and Level 2 lumbopelvic stability courses. These courses focus on pelvis/SIJ dysfunction, diagnosis and recommend treatments.
Many patients who come to Vitalise Physiotherapy may have been misdiagnosed previously—however, pelvic pain is often mistaken for back pain. Misdiagnosis leads to ineffective treatment and self-management, which we aim to correct.

Our ability to assess pelvic imbalances and dysfunction helps us remedy the problem with a combination of hands-on joint and muscle corrections, muscle energy stretches and progressive functional strengthening.

Women’s bladder and pelvic floor

One of our physios is trained in Pauline Chiarelli’s bladder and pelvic floor courses, allowing us to assess bladder and pelvic floor dysfunction and outline available treatments. Through a bladder diary and internal evaluation of pelvic floor strength, we can create a useful program to treat your problem.

The pelvic strengthening programs focus on correcting the delicate and sometimes embarrassing issues that can arise from pregnancy, ageing or other conditions.

Dancer foot and ankle

We are trained in dancer foot and ankle assessment based on programs by Sue Mayes, an Australian Ballet Physiotherapist. Given the load that dancers place on their feet and ankles, injuries and long-term problems are common. We assess some of the most prevalent dance injuries and provide ways to treat and rehabilitate them.

Kinesio taping

Kinesio taping is the use of KT tape to assist in pain management and faster returns to sports. We apply the tape to muscles, keeping them relaxed, promoting strength and aiming to avoid the aggravation of any existing injuries. The tape is crucial in achieving correct muscle activation and joint placement.

Dry Needling

The dry needling technique that forms the basis of our course is a Chinese method of acupuncture adapted to western medicine. The purpose of dry needling is to release trigger points, adjust collagen fibres and fascia and to assist in the alleviation of neuropathic pain. All our physios are trained in dry needling technique.

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Paediatric Studies

Our physios have undergone intro to paediatric studies, giving them insights into the physical assessment and treatment of children. This can be particularly useful for preventing long-term muscular and skeletal issues. By addressing the problem early, your child can avoid the pain, expenses and mobility problems that many adults have to deal with.

Vertigo (BPPV)

Our vertigo assessment and treatment is ideal for people who are suffering from dizziness or similar symptoms, whether they are standing up, sitting down or in motion. Our registered physiotherapists can treat BPPV, using methods of diagnosis and rehabilitation.