What is Physiotherapy ?
Physiotherapy is a mainstream, NHS recognised, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. It is designed to alleviate painful symptoms and restore normal movement and function. All joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and peripheral nerves can be treated in this way. Examples include sports injuries, back and neck pain, post-operative care and work-related upper limb disorders to name but a few. Physiotherapists are medically trained.
During your first consultation, you will be asked about the nature and history of your problem, including past episodes of similar symptoms. A physical examination will then be carried out to determine a diagnosis. You will then be offered initial treatment and advice for self-management and exercises. Follow up treatments will consist of further assessment, treatment and progression of exercises and advice.
You will also be advised on injury prevention and rehabilitative exercises which can include a gym session to devise a tailor-made programme which you can then carry out independently to protect against further injury and improve sports performance.
What can Physiotherapy help to treat?
- Sports injuries
- Neck and back pain/sciatica (acute and chronic)
- Postural problems
- Work related upper limb disorder (RSI)
- Muscle/tendon and ligament strains/sprains and tears
- Joint pain and swelling
- Overuse injuries
What a physiotherapy treatment may involve:
- Muscle imbalance re-education
- Massage/frictions/myofascial release
- Muscle energy techniques
- Joint mobilisation
- Exercise therapy
- Advice on injury prevention
- Postural correction
- Pilates based core stability exercise
- Manipulation and adverse neural tension techniques
- Ergonomic advice