What is physiotherapy?
A Chartered Physiotherapist is trained to treat injury or disease by physical means, to influence and enhance the body’s own natural healing mechanism without the use of drugs unless prescribed by your doctor.
The First Visit
At the first visit The Physiotherapist will begin by taking a full case history, then you will be given standard orthopaedic and neurological tests and the movement of your joints will be checked. Your condition will then be explained to you and treatment will be discussed and carried out, if necessary.
Who Does it Suit?
Physiotherapy is suitable for everyone, including the elderly, pregnant women and sports enthusiasts.
What sort of conditions can a Physiotherapist treat?
- Slipped disc, back pain, sciatica, stiff/painful neck and referred arm and leg pain
- Also headaches and migraines
- Arthritis, injury, pain/swelling/stiffness in joints such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles
- To muscle, ligaments, tendons; including ‘tennis elbow’, cartilage problems, sprained ankles and dislocations
- Treatment may be given during the healing process or to restore function once the bones have healed.
- Pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, asthma
- Ante and post-natal exercise and advice, pregnancy back ache
What sort of treatments do Physiotherapists use?
- Joint Mobilisations
- Gentle manipulations
- Soft Tissue & Sports Massage
- Electrotherapy eg Ultrasound therapy
- Exercise, Posture Advice & Rehabilitation
- Acupuncture (with or without needles)
How many treatments will I need?
There is no set number and this will depend on the severity and length of time you’ve had your problem. Most problems need a short course of treatment. Occasionally for minor problems only a couple of treatments may be needed. The majority, though, may need a short course of 4 to 6 treatments designed for your particular problem. These are normally on a weekly basis and occasionally twice weekly if needed. Your Physiotherapist will give some idea at the onset. For those with more long-term conditions, maintenance treatment may be suggested for the future to maintain improvement.
Can the problem be cleared?
The news is good.
The vast majority of back or joint pain is due to simple straining which should respond within a month. More long lasting problems may take longer. This will be explained to you as you go through your treatment as it will be different in each case.
So whatever your age and whether you suffer with a chronic condition like arthritis, spondylitis or fibromyalgia, or have a more recent sports injury one thing that you can be assured of is the fact that the Physiotherapist will value every patient and you will always receive her best attention.