Our Podiatrist specialises in biomechanical podiatry which includes assessment, soft tissue work into the muscles of the feet and orthotic prescription if required.
Assessing the way that people are walking and determining how this affects the rest of their body is a big part of this discipline at PIH. The way our feet move is genetic. Chronic back, hip, knee and ankle pain that is aggravated by walking and standing is generally contributed to by the movement of the feet. Improving the biomechanical stability of the weight-bearing joints, resulting in increased functional performance.
Feet soft tissue therapy is a unique service of podiatry at PIH and it is very rare in Western Australia. This therapy works on the muscles and tendons of the feet in order for them to work as efficiently as possible. This can help to relieve achy feet, bunion pain, neuromas, arthritic pain and can also help feet adjust to orthotics more effectively.
Our Remedial massage team work to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension, tone which will in turn promote the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position; increase the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas, thus removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury or inactivity.
We offer advanced treatments for a range of ailments. Chiropractic services include, but are not limited to:
Dry needling, spinal and limb mobilisations and manipulation, soft tissue therapy and rehab. These treatment modalities are used for a wide range of issues including headaches, mid and low back pain, sciatica, disc issues, dizziness, scoliosis and many more.
Our over-arching clinical goal is inherently concomitant with the universal occupational therapy treatment principle of improving independence and functioning in one’s activities of daily living. Occupational Therapy treatment at PIH includes:
Unique to many other physical therapy professions, occupational therapy at PIH is steered by a strong holistic approach – we have a passionate and inherent understanding that symptomatic care does not effectively improve one’s health well-being.
Although the primary issue of the patient is given significant consideration - each initial consultation involves a postural and neuromuscular assessment as well as a background history of health and diet to determine causal factors of the symptomatic complaints.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. There are several different approaches that can be used to address certain behaviours, environments and they can each be tailored to suit the situation and client being treated.
The main focus of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is; challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviours, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems in a persons life.
Some techniques that are most used with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy are; cognitive restructuring and framing, journaling and thought recording, behavioural experiments, relaxation and stress reduction techniques, role playing and guided discovery.
Cognitive behaviour therapy can be implemented in young children and adults.
Positive behaviour support is a management system used to target and understand why a person behaves in a certain manner
Positive Behaviour Support is a tool, or management system used to understand what maintains an individual's challenging behaviour. People's inappropriate behaviours are difficult to change because they are functional; they serve a purpose for them. These behaviours are supported by reinforcement in the environment.
With Positive Behaviour Support, generally, a Positive Behaviour Support Plan is created by the clinician; which allows for support workers, family, friends and the client themselves can use as a tool to provide targeted support to the client. The support plan includes, putting in a structured schedule or routine for the client or just providing some strategies to support reducing and eliminating restrictive practises and reduce/eliminate challenging behavioural presentations.
The PIH Doctor is an integral member of the team at the PIH Balcatta Clinic location, seeing patients who are referred directly by the the senior health practitioners at PIH.
The doctor provides relevant medical advice and referrals for medical imaging or specialist follow up when required as part of patient management within the PIH Clinic setting.