andover therapy

 

Conditions We Treat

 

Andover Therapy provides assessment and treatment sessions for a wide range of conditions including:

  • Lower and upper back pain (Mechanical back pain, Sciatica, Disc problems)
  • Neck Pain (Whiplash, Wry Neck, Spondylosis) and Headaches
  • Sport Injuries (Muscle & Ligament Sprains / Strains)
  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Joint pain
  • Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation after Orthopaedic or general surgery
  • Recurrent and Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Bounce Back classes for Upper back/shoulder or Lower back/ hip problems
  • Neurological rehab following stroke or other conditions such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Rehabilitation following amputations, falls and fractures
  • Chest Physiotherapy to help with COPD and Bronchiectasis and other lung conditions
  • Elderly care including visits to residential and nursing homes
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Advice on aids and appliances
  • Postural assessment and advice
  • Feet and lower limb biomechanical assessment and advice
  • Sports massage

Most Common conditions and treatments


Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can be caused by direct impact as result of a sudden event such as twisting an ankle or knee which is called an acute injury.  A chronic injury can occur over a period of time by overusing the same joints or muscle groups. The most common sports injuries we see is tendinitis or tendinopathies of the Achilles tendon or shoulder, ankle or knee sprains, shin splints and tennis or golfer’s elbow. A Physiotherapist will assess you to look at movement and movement patterns to try and determine any structural or pattern abnormality.  Weakness, stiffness, hypermobility or biomechanical issues can also lead to abnormal movement patterns, overload and injury.

When a diagnosis is made the Physiotherapist can refer for further investigations or Consultant opinions or refer on to the sports masseuse if soft tissue massage is required or to Podiatry if a biomechanical issue has been identified. 

Back and Neck pain

We regularly see clients with various types of neck and back pain.  Research has shown that in the UK more than 40% of people will experience back or neck pain at some point in their lives.  When you have an episode of back pain our advice is to keep relatively active and not have to prolonged periods of inactivity or immobility, since this can lead to further stiffness and weakness. Our physiotherapists are able to assess an apply a regime of manual therapy and other modalities that will help with pain relief and prescribe an exercises program that would help to alleviate pain in both short and long term.

Bounce Back is a proven, well researched program that might be offered to certain clients, especially if they had previous episodes of back or neck pain.

Work related injuries

A large amount of people are working at desks for extended periods of time.  This can lead to problems like RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) or  WRULD (Work Related Upper Limb Disorder).  Poor posture and repetitive activities can cause strain and overuse.  Our objective is to recognise the tissue under strain and the factors which can be adding to the symptoms. More often than not it relates to poor posture or ergonomics (work station set up), repetitive tasks such as using the mouse or typing.  Treatment may include manual therapy (mobilisations and soft tissue and myofascial release), strengthening of postural muscles and advise on posture and ergonomics.