What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of injury and disease by natural means. The aim of Physiotherapy is to help to alleviate pain, restore normal movement patterns and help return the body to its natural balanced state without chemical intervention.
After understanding the nature and background of your problem, a treatment of management plan will be agreed and instigated.
Physiotherapists have a vast knowledge of anatomy and movement. Using this knowledge, the physiotherapist can identify the cause of the problem and devise a management or treatment programme.
Physiotherapists are governed by a professional code of conduct that ensures patient confidentiality.
Below are examples of conditions suitable for physiotherapy – please contact me to discuss.
• Back and neck problems, including Sciatica
• Sports injuries
• Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
• Arthritis and rheumatism
• Rehabilitation following surgery
• Postural problems
• Work-related injuries
• Rehabilitation after fractures
• Facial Palsy
• Back pain in pregnancy
Methods of Treatment
Treatment programmes are designed to meet the needs of an individuals’ problem.
Treatments may be hands-on, involving mobilisation or manipulation of joints or soft tissues. Other treatments include exercise programmes, muscle stretching or strengthening, balance retraining, walking re-education, postural advice, taping and electrotherapy.
Patients are encouraged to be involved in the self-management of their condition through education and advice.
The list of conditions is not exhaustive; please contact me if you need advice as to the suitability of your condition for Physiotherapy. If Physiotherapy is unsuitable for your condition, Nicola will be able to advise as to the best direction for your care and will be happy to liaise with your GP.