What is AposTherapy®?
AposTherapy® is a clinically proven, drug-free and non-surgical treatment for various musculoskeletal disorders such as:
Developed by experts in orthopaedics and in sports medicine, AposTherapy® uses specialist biomechanical technology. The hi-tech device is worn on the foot of the patient for around an hour a day going about normal daily activities. The device is adjusted by specially trained chartered physiotherapists. Patients can benefit from significant pain relief, improved function and in some cases the treatment can deter from surgical option.
Who provides the treatment?
Treatment is administered by AposTherapists, Chartered Physiotherapists who are specially trained to deliver AposTherapy® treatment.
AposTherapy® is available Nationwide via a network of selected Private Physiotherapist Clinics.
What makes the AposTherapy® personalised medicine approach so successful?
Many of our patients tell us that having tried endless solutions, with AposTherapy® they’ve finally found an approach that works. That’s because we treat you the patient as an individual, starting with a full clinical analysis of your problem joints, level of pain and day-to-day restrictions - whether climbing stairs, walking, gardening or dancing. This in-depth evaluation forms the basis of your personalised treatment programme which is easy to carry out and blends in with your daily life for around an hour a day.
Over 50,000 have benefited from AposTherapy® and we have a dedicated section on our website where some of our patients talk about their journey and how the treatment has enabled them to become more mobile and do the things they love to do again.
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What is the technology behind AposTherapy?
As part of the AposTherapy® treatment you receive a personally adjusted biomechanical system featuring Pertupods - convex pods located beneath the front foot and heel. Your AposTherapist will select and position the most suitable Pertupods in order to release pressure from your painful joint and introduce controlled micro-instability for muscle re-education.
By combining correct body alignment with micro-instability, the unique AposTherapy® technology represents a breakthrough in the treatment of knee pain. Optimal body alignment is determined by Pertupod positioning and height, shifting the centre of pressure to control the forces acting on the joints. Controlled micro-instability – perturbation – is achieved by selecting the appropriate Pertupod convexity, resilience and weight combination.
What do AposTherapy® consultations entail?
During your initial consultation at an AposTherapy® Centre your AposTherapist will conduct a number of examinations in order to develop a personalised therapy programme that responds to your unique treatment needs. Click the link below to watch a video with outlines exactly what happens during your initial consultation.
The AposTherapy® team regularly initiates phone check-ups to monitor your progress more closely, as well as continually reassessing your therapy programme at follow-up consultations which take place at the AposTherapy® Centre. Here you’ll repeat many of the examinations you did at the initial consultation to provide an objective and subjective assessment. Throughout the process, wherever necessary, your AposTherapy® biomechanical system is adjusted and your personalised therapy programme updated to ensure you reach optimal treatment outcomes.
What does the computerised walking analysis check?
When an individual suffers from knee or low back pain, typically they change the way they walk to compensate for the pain. Stride gets shorter, walking speed decreases, and they avoid putting weight on the injured leg, which may lead to limping. A computerised gait analysis provides an objective scientific assessment of the way the patient walks including load distribution on each leg, stride length, gait symmetry, and more. This enables the personalised therapy programme to be developed in such a way that it responds to your unique therapy needs, as well as a source for objective comparison throughout your pathway of care.
Do I have to exercise with AposTherapy®?
The beauty of the AposTherapy® treatment is that it transforms your ordinary daily routine into a positive and simple rehabilitation process. Treatment aligns your body and re-educates your muscles with minimal interruption to daily life and maximum rehabilitation. In fact, you won’t feel as if you’re working your muscles at all, you’ll just stop noticing the pain.
Do I have to set time aside for AposTherapy?
The AposTherapy® treatment was designed to fit seamlessly into your everyday life and takes place in your own home or work environment You only need to wear the device for around an hour a day, making treatment easy to comply with, giving you the best results. AposTherapy® allows you to decide the time and place, ensuring that therapy fits in with your lifestyle, as opposed to having to fit your life around the therapy.
How long does the AposTherapy® treatment process last?
AposTherapy® treatment fits seamlessly into your existing daily routine needing only around an hour a day, at home or at work with no special exercises required. Your personalised treatment programme continues for an average of 6-12 month depending on your specific clinical needs.
The process begins with visiting the AposTherapy® Centre for an initial consultation, typically lasting up 1.5 hours, and then 3-5 follow up consultations, typically around an hour each. The purpose of the follow-ups is to ensure on-going optimal progress and maximum pain relief.
How long before an improvement is felt?
Many AposTherapy® patients say they feel some pain relief during their initial consultation, while experiencing the unique biomechanical system for the first time. According to a survey of patients who had been suffering for an average of 6 years, patients reported reduced pain within 4 weeks of starting AposTherapy®1.
A clinical study that monitored patients for two years attests to the lasting effect of AposTherapy®2. As with any medical interventions, individual results may vary.
1. Independent survey conducted by Network Research in Nov., 2009 amongst 150 AposTherapy patients.