What is ConnectTherapy?
A complete model of assessment and treatment which looks at how different regions and systems of the body are connected
- The process:
The physiotherapist will first conduct a very detailed interview regarding the injury and what activities are contributing to the problem. Any reports or imaging will be reviewed as normal. A Meaningful Task will be determined – this is a particular movement or activity that the person is having difficulty with
They will then conduct a full assessment of standing alignment from head to toe
Any special tests of the specific area of injury will then be performed as needed e.g. ligament tests, nerve tests
The physiotherapist will conduct a biomechanical examination of the patient’s Meaningful Task (for example squatting). During this task the physiotherapist will determine how each region of the body is moving and also how it relates to the movement. Any areas that are moving non-optimally are noted.
Once this has been completed, the physiotherapist will manually assist or correct areas that are not well controlled. They will complete a diagnostic chart to determine how all regions and systems interact with one another.
There are commonly one or two areas of manual correction that will give a marked improvement to performance of the task and this will become the primary area for treatment.
If there is a specific pathology requiring treatment (for example an inflamed Achilles tendon or a recent surgical operation) – the physiotherapist will directly treat this area AND the areas of non-optimal movement found in the examination. This will reduce barriers to full tissue healing that are commonly faced by physiotherapists and patients.
- The grand scheme of things: The model is useful in finding what effect your current injury has on the rest of your body AND also how the rest of your body relates to your current injury
- Goal oriented: The model is centred on the Meaningful Task. This is the number one activity that the person is having difficulty with and wants to improve. This may change as treatment progresses
- Every patient can benefit from this approach: It can be utilised in the assessment and treatment of both acute and chronic conditions.It can also speed up recovery post surgery
- A safer option: It is a safer approach to assessment/treatment as it ensures nothing is missed away from the direct site of injury. Example: A patient presents for treatment of low back pain which improves with direct treatment to the low back region however, the patient then returns the next day with severe headaches post treatment
- Treatment: Treatment can involve a wide range of existing physiotherapy techniques e.g. soft tissue massage, mobilisation and dry needling. Treatment selection is based on the true underlying cause of the problem and is highly specific
Who is trained in these models?
- Emily Standen, Jared Reyes and Robert Standen are all trained in the ConnectTherapy model
- They are among the total of 100 physiotherapists within Australia that are trained in this approach
- Due to the greater detail required in assessment it is necessary for the initial consultation to have a longer duration of 1 hour
Within the initial consultation, the true source or driver of your problem will be discovered. A treatment plan will then be developed in relation to the findings and the patient’s goals
The initial consultation is billed at a rate of $125 for the hour (by comparison a standard 30 minute consult is $80)
- Treatment should commence within 1-2 days after the initial assessment depending on the patient/therapist availability. Because the patient has already been assessed in detail, these follow-up sessions will have a standard duration of 30 mins only
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