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Acupressure

acupressure Acupressure is a massage pressure technique that works upon acupuncture points. Rather than fine needles, finger pressure exerted at specific points along the meridians aims to stimulate, disperse and balance the flow of energy, relieve pain, and treat various chronic, acute and degenerative conditions. Our PhysioWorks physiotherapists and remedial massage therapists are acupressure trained. Please ask them if you would like acupressure incorporated into your treatment.

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What is a Trigger Point?

Doctors' Travell and Simons defined a myofascial trigger point as a hyperirritable spot in a skeletal muscle. A trigger point is usually painful on compression and may give rise to characteristic referred pain, referred tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena. Myofascial trigger points occur in both acute and chronic pain conditions. Hendler and Kozikowski suggest that myofascial trigger points as the most commonly missed diagnosis in chronic pain patients.

What Causes a Trigger Point?

According to Dr Gunn, 'Shortening in muscles acting across a joint increase joint pressure, upsets alignment, and can precipitate pain in the joint, i.e. arthralgia.' There is also a theory that permanent muscle contraction is abnormal and can create an ischaemic muscle pain due to the restriction decreasing normal muscle blood flow.

How Are Your Trigger Points Treated?

It is possible to deactivate triggers points by various methods such as acupressure, dry needling, muscle stretching, trigger point massage devices or injecting them with many varying substances, including saline (saltwater) placebo.

How Do You Release a Trigger Point?

Trigger Point Therapy is a form of Remedial Massage Therapy. Direct pressure is applied to specified points on tender muscle tissue to reduce muscle tension and pain relief. Trigger point therapy is for almost everyone. Muscles with active trigger points are always weaker than healthy muscles and unable to move through their full range of motion. Often because they are unable to perform their normal function, you recruit alternative muscles to perform the compromised muscle activity. These secondary muscles can develop trigger points themselves if you don't treat the original hypertonic muscle.

Dry Needling

Dry needling may help decrease local muscular pain and improve function by restoring your muscle's ability to elongate and shorten. When your therapist inserts a fine filament needle into the centre of a myofascial trigger point, blood pools around the needle triggering the contracted muscle fibres to relax by providing those fibres with fresh oxygen and nutrients as by flushing away any additional acidic chemicals. This reaction leads to the decompression of the local blood and nerve supply.

How Does Dry Needling Work?

The needle sites can be at the epicentre of taut, tender muscle bands, or they can be near the spine where the nerve root may have become irritated and supersensitive. Penetration of a healthy muscle is painless. But, a shortened, supersensitive muscle may 'grasp' the needle or trigger the muscle. Dry needling of the 'shortened' muscle band causes an immediate, palpable relaxation. The patient often experiences a sense of release and increased range of motion. When used in conjunction with motor control retraining and postural and movement behaviour retraining, the trigger point release obtained from dry needling can be long-lasting. The result is a stimulation of the stretch receptor within the muscle (muscle spindle), producing a reflex relaxation or lengthening response.

Dry Needling vs Trigger Point Injections

Researchers have studied trigger point injections using placebo saline and drug therapy. They have concluded that the only consistent factor is that the pain relief is from the needle's stimulation for the infusion itself, rather than the drug or saline solution used. While the jury is probably still out on the effect of trigger point injections, it is perhaps fair to suggest that the trigger point's mechanical needle stimulation without the use of a drug  (dry needling) does have a positive effect upon hyperstimulated trigger points. If you are interested in dry needling, most of our PhysioWorks physiotherapists are dry needle trained. More info: Dry Needling Acupuncture Trigger Point Massage Trigger Point Massage Tools

Experience the PhysioWorks Massage Difference!

Have you ever experienced a lousy massage? Wondered about the massage quality you could receive, or if it's a legitimate massage service? Yes, there's a vast difference between people claiming to be "massage therapists" and precisely what service you'll receive when you get there. That's why at PhysioWorks, we only engage the services of tertiary qualified remedial massage therapists with a minimum of three years of full-time training. Their training guarantees you'll receive a far more beneficial massage than a simple skin rub!

What Massage Styles Does PhysioWorks Offer?

Our registered remedial massage therapists perform a broad range of specialised massage styles. Their specific massage techniques may include deep tissue, sports massage, acupressure, Swedish, cross-fibre, trigger point therapy, relaxation, 0r more. You'll benefit from their experience and training to perform the most appropriate massage specifically for you and your condition. Of course, your caring therapist will ask you what style you'd prefer. We wouldn't want to give you a firm sports massage if all you wanted was some tender loving care. It's Easy to Relax, Rehabilitate or Rejuvenate with a PhysioWorks Massage. Please call us if you think you'd benefit from a fantastic massage. Gift vouchers and private health insurance rebates are also available. Experienced? You Bet!

Private Health Insurance Rebates Available

A fantastic PhysioWorks massage may be more affordable than you think. Your private health insurance usually pays for the majority of your massage, leaving you with only a few dollars to pay for the gap. For more details, please contact your nearest PhysioWorks Massage Clinic.

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Massage Gift Vouchers Available

Do you know someone who'll benefit from the magical hands of a PhysioWorks Massage Therapist? A massage is an excellent idea for birthdays, anniversaries or those just in need of a little pampering. Phone our Receptionist to arrange your gift voucher now or Purchase a Massage Gift Voucher Online.

Massage Satisfaction Guarantee

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Guaranteed Massage Relief!

If you've never had the pleasure of a quality professional massage, PhysioWorks is providing you with an excellent opportunity to have a risk-free massage. It's our PhysioWorks Massage Guarantee. "If you are not completely satisfied within the first 30 minutes of your massage, you're free to leave then and there and not pay a cent." It's as simple at that! Actions speak louder than words: Let our hands do the talking. We know that you'll be impressed or it's FREE!

Private Health Insurance Rebates Available

A fantastic PhysioWorks massage may be more affordable than you think. Your private health insurance usually pays for the majority of your massage, leaving you with only a few dollars to pay for the gap. For more details, please contact your nearest PhysioWorks Massage Clinic.

What Causes Muscular Pain?

You know the feeling… dreaded “stiff and sore muscles” a day or two after you’ve done a little more exercise than usual. Shortly after exercise begins, a mix of lactic and carbonic acids builds up in muscle tissue. These acids are waste products of muscle contractions. Don’t worry these acids are normal. To produce “energy”, muscles burn stored glycogen. Lactic and carbonic acids are by-products of this metabolic process. The good news is that most of these acids convert back into glycogen and are restored in preparation for your next bout of exercise. Pain and muscle fatigue can exist until the acid levels in your muscles return to normal.

How Does Massage Help?

Massage helps to eliminate the irritation caused by these acidic wastes. Research shows that massage can increase muscle recovery much quicker than rest alone.

Why is Massage So Useful When You Exercise?

Regular exercise causes many body changes. To meet the demand for more oxygen and nutrients, one improvement is the increase in blood vessels to the muscles. This circulation increase helps to eliminate the waste products and toxins that build up with exercise. Importantly, it can take several weeks to develop improved muscular circulation. Until the blood supply increases, you will have trouble with oxygen and nutrients supply. This allows toxic wastes to back up and stagnate. You will experience soreness, pain and stiffness. Many exercise enthusiasts regard aches and pains as the inevitable price to be paid. This is usually not true.

What about Muscle & Joint Stiffness?

Massage eases muscle and joint stiffness. Using massage strokes to reduce muscle tension and passive movement to stretch the connective tissue found around joints, massage will improve your performance. Massage also lengthens muscle and tendon units to help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.

What about Soft Tissue Injuries and Massage?

Massage aids recovery from soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains. Tissue repair accelerates by increasing circulation in the injured area. Massage therapy can help speed, improve recovery, and reduce discomfort from soft tissue injuries.

Massage is Drug-Free Treatment

Massage is a drugless therapy. Headaches, insomnia, neck and back pain, digestive disorders including constipation and spastic colon, arthritis, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and muscular aches and pains are just some of the problems that can respond to massage therapy.

Private Health Insurance Rebates

PhysioWorks Physiotherapy and Remedial Massage are more affordable than you think. Your Private Health Insurance (PHI) usually pays for the majority of your treatment fees, leaving you with only a small gap payment.

However, Private Health Funds do vary their rebates payable depending upon the level of cover that you have taken. Some funds have kept up with the costs of modern medicine whereas, sadly others haven't, with rebates similar to what they were a decade ago.

HICAPS - Instant Health Fund Claims


Most health funds are members of the HICAPS instant claims system.  Swipe your health insurance card at our reception counter, and you can instantly claim your physiotherapy treatment via our online Hicaps System. Remedial Massage is claimable via Hicaps for some but not all funds. For more information, please visit Hicaps for the latest funds which can use their instant claiming system.

Private health insurance rebates are available for all of our physiotherapists. Instant claims are possible via our in-practice Hicaps system.

Third-Party Insurers

PhysioWorks practitioners are registered providers for government, Workcover and insurance companies including:

  • Workcover
  • InjuryNet
  • Australia Post; Coles Myer; Woolworths
  • Medicare
  • Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • CTP & Sports Insurers

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