TREATMENT TECHNIQUES USED AT PHYSIOFORU
• Geoff Maitland is an Australian physiotherapist who revolutionized the teaching of
vertebral manipulations and the approach of adapting techniques for neuro
musculoskeletal conditions. A thorough assessment including not only the joint ranges
but also the movement quality is key for Maitland practitioners.
• Cyriax/orthopedic medicine
• James Cyriax was a physician who noticed that there were, at the time, many
undiagnosed and poorly treated conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. He set
about developing a system of assessment and diagnosis for these as well as nonsurgical
treatments for soft tissue lesions. Physiotherapists at physioFORu trained in orthopedic
medicine are hot on their functional anatomy as the concept deals with identifying the
slightest imbalance or irregularity and the structure involved. The treatments involve
mobilizations and soft tissue massage together with electrotherapeutic agents.
• Robin McKenzie is a very astute physiotherapist from New Zealand. Robin formed a
spinal treatment from it that is widely used by physiotherapists and orthopedic surgeons
today. The idea is to “centralize the pain” by exercises.
• Muscle energy techniques (MET)
• This technique is commonly used by osteopaths and physiotherapists and is based on the
fact that to increase a joint range, it is necessary to overcome the neuromuscular barrier.
• Brian Mulligan is a New Zealand physiotherapist. The idea is that the therapist should
provide a sustained parallel or perpendicular glide to a joint to the end of range pain free
to increase the overall range of movement.
• Myofascial therapy
• The nice thing about myofascial therapy is that it has had a multi professional evolution
through the years. The technique is simply a soft tissue manipulation that releases the
myofascia, allowing normal healing to occur.
• Developed by Joseph Pilates as a method of rehabilitation for German soldiers returning
from the Great War, this concept is based on the control and co-ordination of the
muscles, especially core muscles controlling the torso and spinal column. Pilates is an
excellent adjunct to the more traditional physiotherapy techniques for all types of patients
as it not only encourages better core stability, it empowers the patient, making them the
locus of control over their condition, and that is probably the most effective treatment
you can give.
• Exercise therapy
• Therapeutic exercise is defined as the systematic and planned performance of bodily
movements, postures or physical activity to remediate or prevent injury, restore or
improve physical function, reduce health-related risk factors, and optimize overall
• Deep transverse friction massage
• The deep transverse friction massage mentioned earlier is a deep manipulation of specific
tissues and can relieve pain, improve function and increase blood flow to the area,
kick starting the inflammatory processes.
• Electrotherapeutic Modalities used at physioFORu-
• Shortwave Diathermy (SWD)
• Ultrasound Therapy (UST)
• Transcutenious Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
• Interferential Therapy (IFT)
• Infrared Radiation (IR)
• Wax Bath Unit
• Hydrocolletral Unit
• Cervical Traction Unit (CTU)
• Lumber Traction Unit (LTU)
• Other Assistive Devices Like- Physio Ball, Thera Band, Shoulder Wheel, Ladder bar,
Ankle Exerciser, Finger Exerciser, Stationary Cycle Etc.