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Movement Check Up

A movement check-up by our physiotherapists is a comprehensive assessment aimed at promoting musculoskeletal health, preventing injuries, and improving overall movement and function.

It empowers individuals with knowledge about their bodies and provides a roadmap for addressing any issues that may be affecting their physical well-being.

 

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A movement check-up, often referred to as a movement assessment or musculoskeletal evaluation, is a thorough examination performed by your physiotherapist to assess an individual’s movement patterns, posture, flexibility, strength, and overall musculoskeletal health. This assessment helps identify any abnormalities, imbalances, or dysfunctions that may contribute to pain, discomfort, or limitations in physical function. Here’s a description of what typically occurs during a movement check-up by your physiotherapist:

  1. Patient History: The physiotherapist begins by taking a detailed medical history, including information about the patient’s current symptoms, past injuries, surgeries, and any relevant medical conditions. Understanding the patient’s lifestyle, occupation, and physical activity level is also important.

  2. Objective Assessment: The physiotherapist performs a series of objective assessments, which may include:

    • Postural Assessment: The patient’s posture is observed in various positions, such as sitting, standing, and walking. Any deviations from ideal alignment are noted.

    • Range of Motion Testing: The physiotherapist assesses the patient’s joint mobility and flexibility by measuring the range of motion in specific joints. Restricted or excessive motion can be indicative of underlying issues.

    • Strength Testing: Muscle strength is evaluated in various muscle groups, typically using manual resistance or specialized equipment. This helps identify weaknesses or muscle imbalances.

    • Functional Movement Screening: The patient is asked to perform a series of functional movements and exercises to assess their overall movement quality, coordination, and stability. This may include squatting, lunging, bending, and balance tests.

    • Palpation: The physiotherapist may use their hands to palpate and assess soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and trigger points, to identify areas of tenderness, tightness, or inflammation.

    • Neurological Assessment: If necessary, the physiotherapist may conduct neurological tests to assess reflexes, sensation, and nerve function.

  3. Functional Assessment: Based on the findings, the physiotherapist may ask the patient to perform tasks relevant to their daily life or specific activities or sports they participate in. This helps identify any movement patterns or dysfunctions that may contribute to pain or limitations during these activities.

  4. Discussion and Education: The physiotherapist discusses their findings with the patient, explaining any areas of concern or dysfunction. They educate the patient about the relationship between their movement patterns and their symptoms or discomfort.

  5. Treatment Plan: If issues are identified, the physiotherapist develops a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include a combination of the following:

    • Therapeutic Exercises: Prescribed exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination, tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

    • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, and stretching to address specific issues.

    • Postural and Movement Correction: Guidance on improving posture and biomechanics during daily activities.

    • Pain Management Strategies: Techniques to manage pain, such as modalities (e.g., heat or cold therapy), dry needling, taping, or pain-relief exercises.

    • Education: Information on self-care, injury prevention, and lifestyle modifications to support musculoskeletal health.

  6. Follow-Up: The physiotherapist schedules follow-up appointments to monitor progress, make adjustments to the treatment plan, and provide ongoing support.

A movement check-up by our physiotherapists is a comprehensive assessment aimed at promoting musculoskeletal health, preventing injuries, and improving overall movement and function.

It empowers individuals with knowledge about their bodies and provides a roadmap for addressing any issues that may be affecting their physical well-being.

 
PHYSIO CHECK UP