Deep Oscilliation

What is Deep Oscillation?

Deep Oscillation® is a unique, gentle, pain free treatment. It is very relaxing for the patient as resonance vibrations (oscillations) are sent through the therapists’ fingers or the hand held applicator into the desired tissue.

Deep Oscillation® is highly regarded for its several benefits including the reduction of swelling and inflammation, pain relief, relaxed muscles, improved mobility and also the promotion of wound healing, for more information please see below.

 How does it work?

A specific spectrum of frequencies causes gentle electrostatic impulses that ‘knead’ your skin’s tissue by attracting and releasing it between 5-250 times a second.

This creates a deep vibrational effect within the myofascial tissue, which helps remove the protein solids, inflammatory by-products and lymph fluids. This aids their dispersal/removal out of the lymph system.

Your therapist will either use the hand held adapter or will be connected to the machine using an electrode and you will hold a light neutral titanium bar loosely between your fingers. Wearing vinyl gloves and using talc instead of oil, your therapist massages your target area allowing the pulsed oscillations to penetrate your skin to a depth of 8-12cm through skin, connective tissue, sub-cutaneous fat, muscle, blood and lymph vessels.

Is it like Ultrasound or Tens?

No, it is not. It does not require heat or electrical stimulation to achieve very effective results, making it completely safe to use over implanted pins and plates.

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling

Dry Needling (DN) is the skilled insertion of sterile single use needles directly into myofascial (muscular) trigger points.

Trigger points are tight, tender knots within the muscle, which cause and contribute to pain within the body. 

DN is used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia, and connective tissue. By helping to accelerate healing by allowing for increased circulation to the injured area, improved oxygen delivery, and stimulation of the neural pathways.

Used in combination with the appropriate stretching, strengthening or stabilization exercises, dry needling may help to alleviate both chronic and muscular disorders.

Is Dry Needling the same as acupuncture?

No they are not the same, although Dry Needling uses the same needles as Acupuncture, it is not the same technique. Dry Needling is strictly based upon Western medicine principles of treating myofascial trigger points, which are different to traditional Acupuncture points.

Our physiotherapists have all undergone specific training in Dry Needling techniques, which are recognised within the scope of physiotherapy.

Does Dry Needling hurt?

You may or may not feel the insertion of the needle. The specific needle manipulation is intended to produce a local twitch response that can elicit a very brief painful response. Patients can describe this as a deep ache or cramping sensation.  

What conditions does Dry Needling treat?

  • Neck/Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Headaches
  • Hip and Gluteal Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Muscular Strains/Ligament Sprains
  • Chronic Pain

How will I feel after the session?

Patients may report being sore and sometimes tighter after the treatment. Typically these symptoms can last anywhere between a few hours to a couple of days. Occasionally there may be some slight bleeding or bruising.  

These symptoms may be alleviated by applying heat to the area and performing specific stretches for the treated muscle. Your exercise program may have to be modified for a couple of days following the session.

What are the precautions?

Pregnancy: It is recommend to not use dry needling during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Bleeding disorders: We recommend not to dry needle patients that have bleeding disorders.

Local infection:  We recommend not to use dry needling with patients that have local infection near or around the site.

Fainting: due to the nature of the technique if you are prone to fainting we may be unable to use it.

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger points are sore, painful spots that occur in a muscle – most people refer to them as “knots”. Trigger points can develop over time through muscle strain (repetitive movements), postural strain (standing/sitting improperly for long periods), emotional stress, anxiety, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, and inflammation.

Trigger points may cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referral pain, which creates distress in another muscle of the body. An example is when the muscle at the top of your shoulder has a trigger point; it will refer pain up the side of your neck and head causing a headache.

Trigger point therapy is accomplished by relaxing the contracted muscles. By applying finger pressure on each trigger point we aim to prevent cycles of muscle pain and spasms. This also increases circulation and lymphatic drainage, while stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

What ailments can TPrT be used for?

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Rotator cuff (shoulder) pain
  • Jaw pain (TMJD)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hand and arm pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Pelvic pain
  • Hip pain
  • Sciatica
  • Leg and knee pain
  • Plantar fasciitis (foot) pain
  • Tendinitis/tendinopathy
  • Bursitis, arthritis
  • Disc pain (bulge/rupture/herniation) and radiculopathy
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fibromyalgia

It is common for patients to experience some soreness for one to two days after treatment.

Sports Massage

Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent injuries that may
greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in
athletic events. With a full recovery you will be able to increase your workouts and allow your body to adapt to higher stress levels. 

Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best
performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. More than a treatment for injuries, sports massage produces overwhelming benefits for athletes physically, physiologically, and psychologically.

Rewards of Massage:

  • Enhance body awareness
  • Identify problem areas before they develop into injuries
  • Remove trigger points formed as a result of injury
  • Relax and stretch muscles
  • Improve range of motion
  • Restore suppleness and elasticity
  • Relieve pain and stress
  • Free muscle adhesions and soften scar tissue caused by injury or overuse
  • Improve circulation
  • Flush out toxins that cause muscle stiffness and soreness
  • Relax the body and mine
  • Speed recovery and healing from exertion


Timings for Massage:

  • Pre-event:   For Pre-Event you need a quick treatment that will be an adjunct to your warm-up, to increase your circulation and flexibility, and leave your muscles resilient and ready to go.
  • Post-Event:  For Post-Event you need a massage that will increase your circulation to speed the removal of fatigue toxins, relieve your muscle spasms and prevent soreness.
  • Fine-tuning:  For regular fine-tuning you need a massage that will search out the areas of biomechanical stress in your muscles and relieve them, before they become problems, enabling you to train harder and more consistently.


Kinesiology taping

How Does RockTape Work?

Unlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn’t stretch, RockTape does stretch and is engineered to mimic the natural movement of human skin. RockTape stretches up to 180% of its original length but has amazing ‘snap-back’ or recovery, which gives it a performance advantage over other tapes.

Having an elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what is known as Proprioception. Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of applying RockTape is to improve our Proprioception, which can both decrease pain and improve the way we move.

When RockTape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained, torn, weakened or lengthened. By adding more elastic recoil to the taped area, functional stability and tissue ‘snap-back’ are enhanced.

RockTape can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different benefits:

When RockTape is applied with little or no stretch on the tape but lots of stretch on the tissue it causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. It is believed that this decompression and having tape on our skin creates 3 main effects:

Fluid Effect: By causing local decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also, blood has less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery. This fluid effect is probably behind the dramatic improvement in swollen and bruised tissue that is often seen when RockTape is applied.

Mechanical Effect: As pressure on the vertical layer cake of tissue between skin and bone is reduced a more normal slide and glide mechanics between the layers of tissue is restored. It is likely that this is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend as far as their knees touch their toes in an instant!

Neurological Effect: A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source.

Neuro Kinetic Therapy (NKT)

What is NeuroKinetic Therapy™ (NKT)

NeuroKinetic Therapy™ is a form of movement therapy that goes beyond the treatment of symptoms and instead focuses on the root causes of pain and dysfunction. It can be used as both an assessment tool and rehabilitative technique for chronic pain and injury.

Through a series of hands-on muscle tests, certified NKT professionals assess movement systems to determine the specific patterns of imbalance, dysfunction, and compensation. This problem-solving technique can quickly zero in on the muscle or muscles responsible for pain and injury. Your therapist can then utilize massage therapy, dry needling, stretching, or other therapy modality to release the appropriate muscles tissues; and corrective exercises to strengthen imbalances.  The result is quick, long lasting relief from pain, stiffness and dysfunction, and overall improved movement quality and performance.

NKT can be a powerful tool to help heal from an acute injury, reduce your risk of pain and injury, break from the injury cycle, and get you moving and feeling better. NKT is quick, cost effective treatment for both rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.

Will NeuroKinetic Therapy be helpful for you? Every case is different and every person responds differently to therapy. NKT is an interesting and profound therapy and only true way to understand this work is to experience it.

Strength & Conditioning

It is easy to go to the gym and ‘exercise’ but it can be hard to understand why you need to perform different exercises or more importantly why you shouldn’t perform certain ones. Many injuries can manifest through repetition and overuse – commonly associated with improper lifting techniques.

Having an understanding of movement mechanics and lifting technique coupled with a structure to your training you will benefit from better reward and gains in your health and fitness.

At Adelaide Physio, your therapist, following a structured movement screening or injury assessment, can provide you with the best program for your needs. This will allow a strong foundation to be laid for progressions in your training.

Pre & Post Operative Rehabilitation

Unfortunately for a percentage of the population the need for a operations of varied types arise. This can be quite a traumatic episode for the body and in some cases results in a long lay off from work and a long recovery period.

To reduce recovery time and accelerate your return to an active life then it is vital to prepair yourself and your body for the impending surgery. The stronger you are going in – the better the recovery time coming out.

At Adelaide Physio we can work together to best prepare you for your surgery and provide you with the best exercises so that you are fit and strong going into the surgery. Following your surgery we can bring you through all stages of your recovery, from pain management to sports specific training.

Ergonomic workplace evaluation

Believe it or not, you can be injured tough sitting at your desk in work. Repetitive strain injuries can occur in the work place do to poor posture, incorrect workplace setup, poor seating or desk height.

Staff in pain may be distracted, even at a subconscious level, and as a result may not perform their duties to the best of their ability. This can cost a company a lot of money in lost productivity across a workforce.

Adelaide Physio can come into your workplace and evaluate the workstations for your employees. This provides them with the best ergonomic workstation thus reducing the chance of injury, which increases productivity.

Added to this, Adelaide Physio can provide an on-site Chartered Physiotherapy service. This will reduce the time lost if your staff has to go off site to get treatments – on average 2 hours depending on travel time. If you would like to discuss this service in further detail please get in touch.

Pitch Side Care

Adelaide Physio has been providing pitch side care for years to all levels of athletes. Currently we provide cover for Blackrock College RFC and Cabinteely FC league of Ireland team as well as St. Andrews school. If you are a sporting team or are having a work event such a sports day and would like physiotherapy cover for the day please contact us to discuss.

Home Visits

We understand that not everyone is able to come to us, that is why we are happy to come to you! This service is a limited one and will incur a further cost that will depend on the distance travelled.