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DRY NEEDLING

Purpose: Dry needling is a form of acupuncture used to release myofascial trigger points which are hyperirritable spots, usually within a taut band of skeletal muscle. This spot is painful with compression and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, tenderness and autonomic phenomena

How it can help you? If you are tight or tender in any particular muscles, dry needling quickly works to help release these muscles by inserting an acupuncture needle into the taut band. People experience generally a dull ache when the needle is in. However the changes to muscle tension is directly correlated in many cases to reduction in pain and tenderness.

Who Dry Needles: Steven our podiatrist is trained specifically in the dry needling of the leg, ankle and foot.

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ADJUSTMENT AND MANIPULATION

Purpose: Also known as cavitation, this type of treatment is commonly associated with a “cracking of the joint” undergoing treatment. The purpose of this is to free a tight or stiff joint.

How it can help you? Releasing a joint through manipulation works on providing two very important responses. Firstly it aims to immediately relieve discomfort or pain with in a joint or surrounding muscles. Secondly it has a profound effect on the central nervous system, and the way the body sustains tension.

Who performs adjustments: Osteopath Michael Singh and Simon

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REHAB AND STRENGTH EXERCISES

Purpose: Functional rehabilitation and strength exercises are a collective of movements provided to assist clients return back from injury and assist in the prevention of it returning.

How it can help you? We aim in using strength programs to build both global and stabilising muscles. Our job is to make sure the exercises we give you are not extensive unless your job requires it. And most importantly are effective based on the goal or activity you need to achieve. We generally combine some strength work in our gym with movement exercises away from the ACPAC rooms so you can be self sustainable.

Who creates rehab and strength plans: Podiatrist Steven Singh and Osteo Michael Singh.

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CUSTOMISED ORTHOTICS

Purpose: The joints in your foot all move in multiple different directions. Each podiatrist designs and creates orthotics differently pending their assessment, casting and method of creation to assist in the best movement for the joints in the foot, ankle and leg. Steven our Director and Podiatrist has tutored undergraduates and presented a multiple number of times to podiatrists and other experts in their field on what does effective orthotic design and management look like. The design process he works on is to allow the joint to be positioned in a way so muscles activate stronger and easier. “Perfect” alignment so to speak doesn’t always correlate to a perfect result. Therefore there needs to be a clear biomechanical understanding of what assessments and treatments directly relate to assisting in an effective orthotic creation.

When can orthotics help you?

  • Lower back, Hip, Knee, Ankle or Foot Pain
  • Postural assistance and support
  • An increase in lower body power output with an effective alignment of the foot to the hip
  • To assist in the prevention of arthritis
  • Alternate to moon boot when callous has occurred in a fractured but non displaced bone.
  • Bunion Pain, Mortons Neuroma, Arch Pain, Plantar Fascitiis
  • Light weight alignment tool if you are wanting to run in a lightweight neutral shoe to optimise speed

PLEASE NOTE: We will never create an orthotic on a first appointment unless it has been advised through referral by another health professional who has properly assessed and diagnosed you. This is because it is an art to know how much pressure you need to apply to certain joints. So we find by taping, wedging, altering gait or footwear it will give us quick feedback so that if we do need to create an orthotic it doesn’t need to be bulkier than it has too. And most importantly we have gained a a better insight into how you or another clients body will tolerate a change in joint positioning.

Who designs the orthotic: Steven our Podiatrist casts and designs all orthotics in house.

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ALPHA ALIGNMENT

Purpose: To unblock neural fatigue and tightness through moving specific body parts quicker than reflex’s have the ability to respond. This is a method to balance the mind by putting it into an alpha brain wave state, allowing calmness and clarity.

Who performs alpha alignment: Michael our osteopath.

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RIGID AND K TAPE STRAPPING

Purpose: Too offload and facilitate joints and muscles that are over worked or in pain. Tape is widely used over the body especially in the foot and ankle, knees, back and shoulder regions.

How it can help you? Rigid Tape works on fixating a joint in to a position where as the K tape works on facilitating proprioceptive feedback to the joint. Feedback is also attained in rigid taping however it’s sole purpose is to fixate any joints it crosses over.

Who performs strapping: All our practitioners are exceptional at strapping.

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RUNNING COACHING

Purpose: Run confidently with a smart running program and technical assessment to achieve your desired goal.

Technical assessments are done in a 50m hallway not on a treadmill (which we have if you just run in the gym) because most people run outdoors, and therefore you need an accurate assessment. Quite often people run very differently on a treadmill compared to outdoors.

How it can help you? We specialise in 2 areas.

  • Pre – Marathon / Fun Run events. Our podiatrist Steven Singh has been a running coach with Lululemon who sponsor Run Melbourne. He has guided and directed many people in their journey to achieve a running goal.
  • Sprint technique – sprint work has many benefits from increase athletic performance through to rapid weight loss. However without the correct guidance the risk to break down when doing high intensity exercise is very high.

Who undertakes the assessment?

Steven our podiatrist is both a runner and a running coach. He has an indoor 50m hallway where all running assessments take place. This provides accurate assessment as opposed to using a treadmill. Correct assessment allows for the right footwear advice, technical advice and most importantly an effective program and result.

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GAIT RETRAINING

Purpose: Used especially with children and clients post injury or surgery. Gait re-training purposely works on altering walking mechanics so you protect your joints with each step by using the correct muscles and movement patterns.

How it can help you? If you have flat feet, poor posture or an unstable ankle joint gait retraining works incredibly effectively. It tends to be something that can be implemented with in 1 – 2 appointments. So it is not a long process.

Who provides gait re-training: Steven our Podiatrist takes a special interest in this field. He has extensively studied and taught gait analysis and re-training methods at La Trobe University.

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FOOTWEAR ANALYSIS & ADJUSTMENTS

Purpose: GET YOUR FOOTWEAR BLUEPRINT at The ACPAC. You live the majority of your day in footwear. Know based on your job, activity and lifestyle the ways in which you can move as efficiently as possible without compromising looks and comfort.

How it can help you? We understand you may work corporate, like wearing narrow shoes or minimalist nikes. So our job is not to tell you what styles you can’t wear. It’s more so to give you ways to get around what you wear + a special blueprint you can hold on to for life. This blueprint is so when you go into any store you know the specs required to make the ideal shoe for you.

Who does this?: Steven can help your posture and biomechanics by adjusting many different types of shoes such as football boots, dress shoes, high heels and runners.

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DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Purpose: This technique can be used by any health professional not just a massage therapist. The goal of either a deep or soft tissue massage is to reduce the tension in one or multiple muscles by pressing into tense bound areas called taut bands that are restricting the joints ability to move freely.

How it can help you? This technique is used by all our clinicians regularly in combination with other release methods such as mobilisation, dry needling, cupping and manipulation to give the best possible release of a muscle. Thus causing an effective release of tension in any tight, immobile areas that are hindering movement and causing discomfort or pain.

Who soft tissues: Steven will soft tissue only the lower body, Michael, Simon and Steph can soft tissue any area of the body.

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