Physiotherapy aims to reduce pain, restore normal movement and get patients back to their usual activities. We identify the cause of the problem and work closely with the patient to help them become symptom free and prevent recurrences.
Manual therapy is a method of treatment which uses skilled and specific hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries and joint structures. These techniques help to reduce pain, increase range of movement, relax tight structures and improve tissue healing. Techniques include joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage and trigger point and myofascial release.
Physical exercise is any activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and well being. Exercises can strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve posture. We give advice on specific exercises to help recovery from injury or following orthopaedic surgery. Regular exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on general health, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, helping prevent diabetes and obesity, and reducing stress levels.
Physiotherapists use acupuncture as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation. Fine needles are used to stimulate nerves in deep tissue which, through the spinal cord and brain, release chemicals that help the body’s healing process. We use single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles.
Electrotherapy is used by physiotherapists to treat pain or enhance the tissue repair processes. The effects of electrotherapy can include an increase in blood flow, reduction of swelling, stimulation of muscles and sensory nerve endings. It can be used to treat acute and chronic conditions. Ultra-sound, interferential therapy, biofeedback and TENS are available at the practice.
‘Biomechanics’ is way our joints and muscles work and move together. It also determines how our tissues cope with the stresses and strains of life. It involves posture, joint alignment and control of movement by muscles. Physiotherapists are trained to analyse posture and movement and can advise on treatment to improve function and reduce stress on tissues.
Working environments can cause aches, pains and discomfort. Ergonomics examines how the body and the work place fit together to ensure best working conditions. Physiotherapists can offer advice regarding workstations, chairs and posture, repetitive movements and work practices to ensure well being and avoid work related disorders.