What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a treatment with the primary aim of helping individuals with a variety of conditions to alleviate pain and improve their physical function. Treatment aims to enhance independence with functional and sporting activities following injury, illness, ageing or development of a disability.
Our Physiotherapists use a combination of treatment techniques to improve mobility and increase muscle strength, range of movement, balance and posture. Physiotherapists help children and adults from different cultural, psychological and social backgrounds that may have complex rehabilitation needs. We help to promote positive lifestyle behaviours by teaching individuals to self manage their condition hence improving confidence, sense of well being and quality of life.
Who benefits from physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy treatment may be beneficial to patients of all ages to relieve pain and improve movement, allowing the body to function more efficiently. Physiotherapy aims to restore normal posture and alignment to prevent recurrence and achieve a speedy recovery.
What conditions can be treated?
Physiotherapists can treat almost all conditions which have one or more of these symptoms: pain, weakness, stiffness, loss of movement
What should I expect during my initial consultation?
- Your physiotherapist will take your full medical history. Sometimes it may be helpful to have this written down and bring along a list of your current medication.
- We will ask you about your present condition, how it is affecting your usual activities and the goals you would like to achieve.
- A physical examination and mechanical assessment will follow and we will then discuss our findings with you and aim to establish a treatment plan.
- We aim to deliver treatment and advice at the first session.
Are home visits available?
Yes, home visits are available by prior arrangement, if appropriate. Please note that fees for this may vary dependent on mileage or expenses.
What can I expect when I receive treatment?
Via a thorough assessment we aim to provide each patient with a diagnosis of their condition, an individual treatment plan with approximate duration and likely prognosis. We discuss every stage with you. The treatment effects will be monitored and if necessary adjusted to ensure that agreed and realistic outcomes can be achieved.
How many treatments will I need?
We do not have a set number of treatment sessions as every patient is individual and therefore has different treatment needs and expected outcomes. However, following your first appointment the physiotherapist will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. You will be reassessed on each visit and if progress plateaus out or if no improvement seems apparent then your treatment will be altered accordingly or you will be referred back to your GP/Specialist. However if your progress is quicker than initially anticipated you may choose to self-manage earlier than expected.
Will I be expected to do anything in between treatments?
Yes, absolutely! We will work in partnership with you to ensure your recovery is optimal and to minimise the chances of any relapse. Therefore you will be given lots of things to think about and do during the week. What you do between treatments is just as important as your treatment.
Is physiotherapy treatment appropriate for back and neck problems?
The treatment of back and neck pain is often associated with chiropractors and osteopaths. However, Chartered physiotherapists are qualified to treat all spinal problems. In fact a large percentage of their workload consists of back and neck problems and they have an excellent track record of positive outcomes due to extensive training and evidence based research.
What is the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor/Osteopath?
Depending on the technique used by each professional, treatment with physiotherapy vs Chiropractic/Osteopath can be quite a similar or very different experience. In the United Kingdom each profession tends to use mobilisation and manipulation techniques to naturally ease body dysfunction and promote healing.
Physiotherapists, in addition to these manual techniques, include acunpuncture, massage, strength training, flexibility training, postural awareness and electrotherapy in your treatment. We also have a strong bias towards permanent and lasting rehabilitation of your injuries.
What is electrotherapy?
Electrotherpy may include modalities such as Ultrasound and interferential. This involves the use of electrical energy waves which affect tissues by helping to reduce swelling, pain and muscle spasm therefore assisting the healing process.
Can Physiotherapists manipulate?
Yes, all Chartered physiotherapists can manipulate with the appropriate post-graduate training. However, they will only do this if deemed appropriate following a thorough assessment.
Do I need to be referred by a Doctor?
No, anyone can refer themselves for treatment. However, if you have medical insurance and wish to use this to claim for your treatment costs, some policies require your GP to authorise this so it’s best to check first.
I have private medical insurance – will I be covered with you?
We are recognised by most of the major insurance companies, as we are all Chartered Physiotherapists and Members of the Health Professionals Council. However, you will need to check with your insurance company prior to treatment and some companies require a referral from a Doctor beforehand.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
We require a minimum of 24 hours notice for cancellation of appointments.We regret to advise that any cancellation made with less than 24 hours notice will incur a charge equal to the full cost of the session.