A FUNCTIONAL APPROACH

Here at Focus Physio, we pride ourselves on integrating the body system as a whole when assessing and treating.

We adopt the Functional Movement Systems(TM) approach of "Move Well. Move Often". We feel that this hierarchy of mobility > stability > strength demonstrates this perfectly. If you are not moving with good quality, balance or symmetry, you will simply be making compensations at a different body part or site in order to move. Limitations and restrictions rob the body of efficiency and are often hidden by compensations. Thus we want to ensure that you are moving properly and efficiently first before increasing demands, rather than putting unnecessary stress on a limited or restricted body.


Functional movement screen (FMS) / Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) / Y-balance testing 

FMS FUnctional movement screen

FMS

FMS is the screening tool used to identify limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.

 

These movement patterns are designed to provide observable performance of basic movement and stabilizing movements by placing an individual in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable if appropriate mobility and control is not present

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SFMA

The SFMA is the movement based diagnostic system, designed to clinically assess 7 fundamental movement patterns in those with known musculoskeletal pain. The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

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Y Balance Test

The Y Balance Test (YBT) is a tool used to test a person’s risk for injury and can be used for the upper and lower body.

The Y Balance Test is a thoroughly researched, yet easy way to test a person’s motor control as well as demonstrate functional symmetry. The Y Balance Test allows us to quarter the body and look at how the core and each extremity function under bodyweight loads.

With these 3 screening tools, we can put you into a algorithm and can compare individuals and teams against a database of others in the same sport, age and gender and see how performance ranking fits. 

 

Spinal mobilisation/manipulation

Spinal mobilisation and manipulation is also known colloquially as the "cracking of the back". It firstly involves a thorough assessment of the spine followed by gentle and specific techniques to aid in decreasing spinal stiffness and pain. This is a very safe procedure and will be explained before the commencement of treatment.

 

Dry needling/Acupuncture

Dry needling is an approach which involves the use of a fine filament needle (without a drug) to address pain, dysfunction or irritation in the body by targeting irritated or immobile structures in the body. to help facilitate the correct movement of a muscle and joint after injury by increasing range of motion, as well as to stimulate the nervous system to relax tense muscles and to dampen pain and irritability. While not totally pain-free, it can cause mild discomfort when needling some areas

 

Functional exercise training

Ever heard of the story where a wise man built his house upon the rock and foolish man built his house upon the sand? The best way for everyone to improve is to develop your foundations.  We ensure that you have good mobility, stability and adequate movement patterns before we build you up by increasing the stimulus

We do not replace coaches and trainers. Rather, we work with them. We have great relationships with personal trainers and coaches and through our collaboration, we seek to ensure that you have an adequate mobility, stability and motor control platform to handle the demands of your chosen sport or activity.

 

Functional and sports strapping

Taping can be used to support anatomical structures or to restrict range of motion. We are able to use a variety of taping techniques to achieve the best outcome for you.

 

Pre/post surgery rehabilitation

Preparation for surgery is just as important, if not even more important than post surgery. It sets the tone and gives you a foundation from which to work from so that you don't have to start from ground zero. Be it soft tissue preparation or advice regarding exercises immediately after surgery, we can outline strategies to assist you so that our post surgery rehabilitation will be as seamless as possible.