Occupational Therapy

Next Wave occupational therapy is tailored to meet your individual needs. 

Whether you have muscle pain and stiffness, persistent pain, sleep or a mental health concern our experienced therapists can help.

Occupational Therapy helps you fully participate in life. Everything you do in life; work, cooking, driving and sleeping, are occupations. What we do, defines who we are. If pain, stress, illness or injury prevents us from doing…then who are we?


    Next Wave Occupational Therapy is for:

     

    Pain

    • Muscle pain
    • Soft tissue injury
    • Referred pain – headaches, migraines, repetitive strain injury
    • Chronic or persistent pain
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Neurasthenia – unexplained pain

    psychological health

    • Anxiety
    • Depression 
    • Post natal depression
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Grief
    • Self confidence
    • Trauma
    • Stress

    Related concerns

    • low energy
    • chronic fatigue
    • low motivation
    • wanting to withdraw socially
    • feeling misunderstood
    • substance over-use
    • searching for meaning in life
    • feeling unable to cope
     
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    Myo-fascial Therapy

    Myo-fascial therapy is a broad heading that covers several treatment techniques such as trigger point therapy, soft tissue massage, acupressure & fascia release; all used to treat soft tissue injury, pain and stiffness.

    A trigger point is a hyper-irritable (contracted) band in the muscle or its fascia. In trigger point therapy, localised, deep pressure is applied to treat the contraction cycle. This restores full length to the muscle and re-establishes normal blood/lymph flow, allowing the injury to heal.

    A myo-fascial approach treats the cause of pain, not just the symptoms. It helps the body to heal injured tissue and restores normal movement and quality of life.

    You can expect to:

    • experience pain free movement
    • gain ease in your daily activities
    • have increased muscle strength
    • feel relaxed and rejuvenated
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    Acupressure

    Acupressure is a form of neuro-sensory-modulation with underlying theory and principles similar to that of acupuncture. Acu (Latin ‘needle’) + Pressure.

    Research shows, when pressure is applied to specific 'acu' points on the body, this signals changes to the nervous system. 

    Our Occupational Therapist has extensive training and experience in 5 Elements Acupressure. Treatments are applied in person and can be taught for self care and management at home.

     
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    Focused Psychological Therapy

    Our highly experienced occupational therapist's have special skills in assessing and treating mental health concerns. A focus on occupations (those things we need, want and are expected to do) enables life enrichment.

    Psychological therapy approaches used include:

    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Psycho-education - stress reduction, anxiety management, assertion skills, building self-esteem, anger management & relaxation training
    • Self Awareness and self management skills
    • Sensory-modulation
    “Mindfulness is consciously bringing awareness to you’re here-and-now experience with openness, interest and receptiveness.” Dr Russel Harris, 2006 Psychotherapy in Australia, 12 (4)
    Medicare Rebates apply with Referral
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    Mindfulness & Relaxation Training

    This high quality group program teaches Acceptance & Commitment Therapy principles, mindfulness and relaxation skills. Designed for chronic pain care and psychological wellbeing, it will also suit people wanting to live more consciously.

    It runs as an 8 module program. A maximum of 6 people/class ensures a supportive group learning environment.

    Course Outline

    • Getting Started
    • Being Present
    • Noticing Thoughts
    • Acceptance
    • Values
    • Committed Action
    • Self Awareness
    • Integration

    Each session begins with breath awareness, a gentle way to reconnect with one self and what is important in life.