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What is Physiotherapy?


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What is Physiotherapy?


What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a degree level science-based profession that uses physical modalities to decrease pain and help recover movement and function after injury, dysfunction or illness.
A thorough assessment prior to any treatment is key - Diagnosis of the pain or dysfunction is then made and the ‘whats’, ‘whys’ and ‘wheres’ are fully explained.
A treatment plan is then made and discussed, with treatment usually starting immediately!

Our aim is to reduce your pain, treat the injury and prevent re-occurrence!


HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT TO TREAT?

Chartered Physiotherapists are trained to fully assess the problem area, and to make a clinical diagnosis.  
A ‘whole person’ approach to assessment is taken, with the health and lifestyle of the person being taken into consideration.  We also liaise with your doctor if needed (with your permission), if there is any information we need to know or to send them a report about our assessment findings, treatment done or our recommendations.

 
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What conditions are treated?


What conditions are treated?


What conditions are treated?

We treat all Musculo-skeletal and Orthopaedic complaints. 

 

These include: 

  • Pre and Post-operative Surgery – eg. knee arthroscopy/ACL reconstruction
  • Joint Replacements
  • Sports Injuries – eg. muscle tears, ligament sprains. 
  • Work-related Injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis joint pains
  • Postural issues
  • Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Pelvic, hip and back Issues during and after Pregnancy
  • Neck Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Arm pain
  • Headaches
  • Pre Triathlon/Marathon or Ski MOT (Body Check)
  • Undiagnosed Joint or muscle pains
Please contact us to find out how Physiotherapy can help you.
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What treatments are offered?


What treatments are offered?


What treatments are offered?

As every person and every pain/injury is unique – your treatment will be individual to you.

 

Treatment modalities that may be used include:

  • Pilates/ exercise therapy
  • Postural Advice and Education 
  • Soft Tissue (Massage) type treatments (eg. myo-fascial release)
  • Joint Mobilisations
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • Lifestyle advice

Awareness of, and education about the causes of pain and injury are an important part of empowering you to take control of your problem. 

Your participation in your treatment is important in getting, and staying better…. That’s where Pilates really comes into it’s own!

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What is Acupuncture?


What is Acupuncture?


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture forms one of the many treatment options within the scope of Physiotherapy.

 

It can often be used during part of a treatment session, to help reduce pain, muscle spasm or inflammation.

There is scientific evidence that shows how acupuncture can stimulate the brain and spinal cord to release natural pain relieving chemicals, which also promotes sleep and well-being.

(This is why you may feel a bit sleepy and happy after acupuncture, and why it’s advisable not to drive,)
Acupuncture forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where it is believed that energy (Qi) flows along certain pathways (Meridians) in the body.  It involves the insertion of single use pre-sterilized needles into the skin at specific points along these meridians.  

The needles can be left in situ for up to 30 minutes.

Acupuncture can also be the term used for dry needling trigger points (tension points) in muscles (that are tight or over-active). 


Acupuncture within Physiotherapy

 

All of our Physiotherapists who practice acupuncture, are an associate member of the AACP (the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists), and follow their strict guidelines.  

Not everybody likes the idea of acupuncture – I get that!... There is always a treatment alternative.  We will only suggest acupuncture if we think there is a clear clinical reason, and we rarely suggest acupuncture on the first session.

There is a medical check list and information sheet that we will check through with you before using acupuncture.

It is advisable to:

  • Eat within the 2 hours before having acupuncture
  • Bring someone with you on the first visit
  • Not drive immediately after acupuncture

Any questions – just ask!  

Health Checks


Health Checks


 

Health Checks

You can have an NHS Health Check if you're aged 40-74 and you haven't had a stroke, or don't already have heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease.

If this applies to you, you can expect to receive a letter from your GP or local authority inviting you for an NHS Health Check every five years.

You don't have to wait for an NHS Health Check to learn more about taking care of your health. You can find information about most health conditions and how to have a healthier lifestyle on the NHS Choices website.

There are many online interactive tools and self-assessments that can help you immediately get an idea of how healthy you are, of which some of these are below:

 

bmi calculator

Use the BMI calculator to see whether you're a healthy weight for your height. If you're overweight, it will also tell you what your daily calorie range should be to help you lose weight.

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diabetes self assessment

There are two main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes– where the body's immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • Type 2 diabetes– where the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't react to insulin
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Kidney disease check

People can have kidney disease and not be aware of it. There are often no symptoms until the disease is quite advanced. Use this test to see if you're at higher risk of developing kidney disease and should have your kidney function checked.

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