Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to treating injured muscles, bones, ligaments or nerves.
Physiotherapists are highly trained musculoskeletal specialists who are registered with the health professions council. Physiotherapists are able to help you recover from injuries, manage chronic pain and degenerative conditions, help to relieve the pain of neural irritations such as sciatica and to rehabilitate weak or imbalanced muscles after surgery.
When you first see a physiotherapist they must perform an assessment before treatment can start. The assessment will involve discussing specific information about your symptoms.
They will enquire about sporting, occupational and lifestyle factors in addition to taking history of relevant past medical history. After taking this information the physiotherapists will perform a physical examination.
During this examination you will need to undress so the affected area can be properly examined but your therapist will always take good care to ensure you feel comfortable.
The physiotherapist will look at your posture, the position of your joints, the movements, strength and control of the problem area and will also screen strength and movement in other body areas which might impact on your symptoms.
In most cases an assessment will take between 20-30 minutes.
The assessment will allow the physiotherapist to determine what structures are involved in your problem and what type of condition you have.
Based on this assessment the physiotherapist will then decide on a treatment plan for you. The types of treatment you can expect to have include: manual therapy (such as massage and mobilisations of affected joints), postural re-alignment and education, specific exercises, education on your injury and things that you can do to help improve it at home, advice on orthotic and ergonomic devices.
Physiotherapists can help with:
- Sciatica Back and neck pain
- Upper or lower limb conditions
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Whiplash injuries
- Sub-acromial shoulder impingement
- Frozen shoulder
- Occupational or postural injuries
- Sporting injuries
- Recovery from broken bones or surgery
- Fibromyalgia and chronic pain conditions
- Post-natal pain problems and rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscles
- Some types of headache and jaw pain
Initial session 60 minutes £70 (includes assessment and treatment)
Follow up sessions 30 minutes £45