What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of injury and disease. The practice of Physiotherapy aims to help alleviate pain, restore normal movement and increase performance. Physio aims to help you manage your symptoms and teaches long term self management in order to prevent further episodes. Whilst physical therapy is the central treatment, prevention of injury and disease encompasses whole body well-being.
Movement and exercise
Invariably, movement and exercise prescription will be is vital to help aid improvements in your mobility and function.
Functional activities that involve moving your whole body, such as walking or swimming, these can help if you're recovering from an operation or injury that affects your mobility
advice will be given on the importance of keeping active, and how to do this in a safe, effective way
Following your clinic appointment, I will often email you with an exercise programme specific to your needs in order for you to strengthen weak muscles, stretch short/tight muscles and rebalance your system.
Manual therapy is a technique where II use my hands to manipulate, mobilise and massage the body tissues.
This can help:
relieve pain and stiffness
improve blood circulation
help fluid drain more efficiently from parts of the body
improve the movement of different parts of the body
During your consulation, I may feel that you would benefit from additional specific treatment to alleviate your symptoms and speed up your recovery. These may include:
strapping or taping
Electrical muscle stimulation
These will be discussed with you at the time of your appointment.
For information on specific stand-alone treatments, please visit the relevant page from the drop down menu.
The consultation process
What you need to know
I undertake a thorough assessment of each problem. This will involve a full case history and examination usually lasting between 45 and 60 minutes. This, together with an understanding of your work, rest and recreational activities, will help identify your problem(s), which in some circumstances may be situated some distance from where the pain is felt. It also ensures that the diagnosis and treatment will relate to you and your lifestyle. After a full consultation the best form of treatment will be determined. Preventative measures are very important in physiotherapy. I will spend time teaching you how to avoid recurrence of your problem.
Follow-up treatment sessions will normally last between 30 and 45 minutes.
Please wear loose comfortable clothes