What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of individuals. Physiotherapy identifies and maximises movement potential through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation.

As a physiotherapist, I help and treat people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, accident, joint replacement or ageing. My aims are to restore balance and facilitate the body’s own healing processes. I believe in a more “holistic” approach and feel that it is important to look at the “whole” person taking into account previous medical history, work and lifestyle before making a diagnosis and devising a treatment programme that is tailored to an individual’s needs.

What does it involve?

Treatment starts with an initial 60-minute appointment to talk through you previous medical history, you work and your lifestyle. You would them be recommended a treatment plan that would normally involve further visits to the clinic and a home treatment plan so you can maximise your progress.

The actual treatment depends on your individual condition: each treatment is specific to you and could involve one or a combination of complimentary techniques. Combined with massage, specific skills embracing neuromuscular techniques, Muscle Energy, Strain Counter Strain, Soft Tissue Release, Trigger Point and Acupressure are used to help the body to heal itself. Electrotherapy involving the use of Ultrasound, Long Wave, Interferential or Laser is especially beneficial on areas that are just too uncomfortable to touch. Kinesio Tex Tape can also be used to either facilitate (help) movement or inhibit (restrict) movement. This can be used in between appointments to enhance progress. Kinesio Tex Tape has been used in the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Paralympics. (You will recognise it as the varied coloured tape worn by the athletes.)

Physiotherapy can help you with a host of issues including:

... and many more.