What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.
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Physiotherapy takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care.
When is Physiotherapy used?
Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions, including problems associated with:
Bones, joints and soft tissues, such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and sports injuries
Pre- and post- operative care, such as joint replacement or arthroscopic surgery
Illness, such as cancer or longer term chronic conditions than impact on energy levels, physical deconditioning, impaired function and reduced quality of life
Pregnancy: supporting safe exercise during pregnancy, return to exercise after pregnancy, and management of musculoskeletal pains that can occur during pregnancy
Physiotherapy can improve your physical activity while helping you to prevent further injuries.
What Physiotherapists do
Physiotherapists consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness. Some of the main approaches used by physiotherapists include:
Movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises may be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body. Our physiotherapist has special training in Pilates, and draws on this approach to inform treatment plans.
Manual therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body
Taping - to support recovery away from the session. Using tape can offer joint support and stability, alleviate pain and increase confidence to exercise
Dry-needling – similar to acupuncture, our physiotherapist has additional training in dry-needling, and will offer this as part of a treatment plan where it can provide additional benefits.
Education and advice – physiotherapists can give advice about things that can affect your daily life, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries.