Physiotherapy is used in the management of a wide variety of injuries and conditions to help relieve pain, restore function and mobility. It is used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions and injuries for all ages. The areas from head to toe can respond well to various forms of passive mobilisation, massage, electrotherapy. targeted exercise and lifestyle advice..
As physiotherapists, we start with a detailed review and Client examination to determine the structures of the body that needs support or further investigation, to reach a clinical diagnosis. We aim to treat the cause of the problem to alleviate the pain, restore normal movement and help the body along its healing pathway. We can use a variety of treatment techniques, equipment and facilities to do this. We listen to our clients, review their problems and restrictions, and then plan and discuss with them an appropriate treatment plan. We spend time with the client to show them how to help prevent the problem from happening again, and to understand their body’s recovery and strengthening process.
Clients may be taught a little about the mechanism and causes of their problem, so that they can understand the prescribed exercises or lifestyle advice that they may need to consider and help stop a re-occurrence.
We are all Chartered Physiotherapists and undergo three years of training culminating in a degree in physiotherapy, following which we may have chosen to specialise in certain areas. Such as post-graduate qualifications in manipulative or sports physiotherapy biomechanics, acupuncture.
Common problems treated by physiotherapy
Muscle and joint injuries
Manipulative therapy can be used for joint injuries such as a sprained ankle or a painful back. The hands of the physiotherapist are used to mobilise (gently move) or manipulate (stronger movement) stiff or painful joints and the soft tissues around them.
Muscle imbalance re-education – an assessment of muscle imbalance is undertaken to pick up poorly integrated working patterns between related muscle groups. This is followed by a program of exercises specific to the patient, aimed at full recovery and prevention of further injuries.
All parts of the body, including knees, back, neck, wrists and elbows can be treated in this way. The treatment is concentrated on the injured areas, but looks at other body problems that may have contributed to, or caused them.
Physiotherapists can review work specific ’or‘ sport specific problems. They can assist in self-assessment of the workstation or do a specialised review and report for the Employer.
They are trained to review the biomechanical structure and function of the foot .Also to recognise that the foot can cause strains upwards to the knees, hips or back. If appropriate, we work with specialist Podiatrists / Chiropodists to correct a foot mal-alignment. Read more about chiropody by clicking here.
Whatever the sport and whether injuries be sprains, strains or bruising, a quicker and more thorough recovery will be made if treated early using the PRICE system and in conjunction with Physiotherapy.
The PRICE system will speed up the rate of recovery by reducing pain , swelling and preventing joint stiffness, and muscle weakness.
Early treatment will also help minimise tissue damage and provide for a quicker return to active sport.
Get fit to ski or for other strenuous activities. If you are going on a sporting holiday or preparing for a physically demanding activity, then consult a physiotherapist to help prepare you and reduce the risk of injury
Neck and back injuries
If you suffer from a neck or back injury as a result of any of the following:
Whiplash or other injuries
Postural low back pain or neck pain
Poor bending or lifting technique
then a physiotherapist is able to provide a full assessment and appropriate treatment.
Spinal conditions in particular need to be treated promptly if long term disability and prolonged treatment are to be prevented.
Postural low back pain can be the start of more significant back problems such as disc problems. Long hours at a computer with poor sitting posture can contribute to lower back pain. See a physiotherapist for ergonomic advice.
Depending on diagnosis, treatment may be administered through a combination of:
Mobilisation and manipulation techniques
Postural advice and education, ergonomic evaluation.
Core stabilising exercises
Summary of common problems treated by our Physiotherapist
Spinal problems – disc related, low back pain, neck pain, referred to an arm or leg .
Joint problems – arthritis, injuries, pain and swelling, stiffness
Injuries – muscle strains, ligament sprains, cartilage problems, tendon injuries, repetitive strain injuries, sports injuries, whiplash following an accident
After surgery – orthopaedic treatment, post-operative treatment, hip/knee/shoulder/elbow replacements, foot operations
Fractures – treatment to increase the healing rate, increasing function
Chest conditions – rib fractures.
Neurological conditions – strokes, head injuries, nerve injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, and ME
Paediatrics – childhood conditions including postural and walking problems, sporting injuries
Circulatory problems – Raynaud’s Disease, cardiac rehabilitation
Work related – injuries
Vestibular Dysfunctions – vertigo, dizziness, loss of balance
Womens Health – continence promotion
We use many different treatment techniques including manipulation, mobilisation, massage, exercise programs, electrotherapy (e.g. ultrasound) and acupuncture
We treat within the clinic itself in either an individual or communal room . We also provide a home visit service where we visit you at home, providing you live within a 5 mile radius of the clinic. There is a rehabilitation gym with a treadmill, cycle, cross-trainer, concept rower, rehabilitation balls and much more.