What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.
The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible or to enjoy their sporting activities.
Physiotherapy can help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.
You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life.
At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.
Here at the clinic, we treat conditions such as:
– Sporting and soft tissue injuries
– Repetitive strain injuries
– Shoulder injuries
– Rotator Cuff injuries
– Post-surgical rehabilitation
– Postural dysfunction
– Neck Pain
– Back Pain
– Muscle imbalance
– Chronic pain
– Arthritic conditions
– Occupational injuries
Your first visit:
Please allow up to 1 hour for your initial consultation
When booking your appointment, you will be sent a registration and consent form to complete prior your visit – this will allow you time to read through the questions and answer them in your own time. The forms can also be completed at the clinic on arrival.
On arrival you will be asked to document your personal details and information relating to your occupation, hobbies, GP/consultant details & funding arrangements, this will then be followed by:
You will be asked questions regarding your general health, medical history, medication and current complaint. You will be asked about how the problem started, where your symptoms occur, what aggravates them and what eases them. Your physiotherapist will then proceed to perform a physical and movement assessment.
Physical and Movement Assessment
A physical and movement examination will take place, this will allow us to investigate the structure/structures that are causing the problem. It also seeks to discover any factors which may be contributing to your condition. At this point it may be necessary to undress to allow the affected area to be examined thoroughly, if you do not feel comfortable with this please tell your physiotherapist. If wish to have a chaperone during your assessment, please ask & this will be arranged. The physiotherapist will then examine the areas involved.
Findings and Explanation
Your findings will be explained to you in a way you are comfortable with. We often use models/IT equipment of the joint and muscles involved so that we leave you with a clear idea about what is going on.
Treatment and treatment options:
The Physiotherapist will discuss with you the options available to treat your condition.
We will explain what techniques we can use, and where possible, suggest the different treatments available. This will enable you to make an informed choice regarding your treatment options.
At this point you will be asked to provide informed consent to allow us to commence treatment.
The treatment may include hands on manipulation, electrotherapy treatments, provide you with an exercise programme, accessible on an electronic device, & advise you on any lifestyle/sports changes that may promote your recovery & prevent recurrence of your symptoms
The first session will also involve treating the condition as well as assessing it.
We do not have a set number of treatments for any condition – every patient is an individual. However, following your first appointment the Physiotherapist will discuss the anticipated number of treatments. If you require further treatment sessions, we will book them at your convenience. You will be reassessed on each visit. Our aim is to provide effective treatment in as short a time as possible. If we feel that you require further investigations or additional support from other healthcare professions, we will write to you GP and ask for onward referral to the appropriate authorities
Please note that we require a parent or designated chaperone to be in attendance for assessment & treatment of children up to the age of 14, we may also require verbal or written consent to treat a child between the ages of 14 & 16 if it is not possible for a chaperone to be present. To arrange an appointment, call now on 07512112202.