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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is an established health care profession, offering a wide range of skills for the prevention and treatment of disorders of human movement, injury or disease.
The primary focus of Physiotherapy is to restore movement and function in the individual.   A physiotherapist is a person who practices physiotherapy by assessing and diagnosing the problem then planning and administering treatment and specific programmes that aim to restore movement and minimise dysfunction after injury or disease.
Physiotherapy employs a wide range of skills/modalities to achieve the above including:

  • Electrotherapy (Ultrasound, Laser and Interferential)
  • Mobilisations
  • Manipulations 
  • Muscle Balancing techniques
  • Taping techniques
  • Exercise Prescription  
  • Re-education and postural correction
  • Rehabilitation
  • Relaxation
  • Acupuncture
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Assessment and advice on mobility aids

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another modality that Physiotherapists trained in acupuncture might offer you as part of your treatment. Not all physiotherapists are trained in acupuncture, but need to keep their knowledge relevant and are bound by the rules of professional conduct.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient tradition that the Chinese has been using very successfully for over two thousand years. There is the Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the more Western concept of “dry needling”. Clinicians are forever striving to understand the effects and effectiveness of acupuncture and there is an ever-growing body of evidence to support the use of acupuncture in treatment of pain.
 When is treatment with Acupuncture appropriate?
After a thorough assessment, acupuncture might be suggested as part of your treatment plan and to influence the overall outcome of your symptoms.

What does Acupuncture treatment involve?

Acupuncture is a treatment that consists in inserting a specific sterile needle into specific chosen points.  The needles are very thin - much finer than an injection needle - and are inserted quickly through the skin into the tissues. Normally acupuncture is not painful, but it can depend on the area of the body the needle is inserted and sometimes clients might experience some discomfort.

How many treatments are needed?

Each acupuncture session should be individually tailored to your symptoms. The number of treatments and frequency of treatment will also be determined by the physiotherapist. According to research a course of six to ten treatments is required to achieve optimum results for chronic conditions such as longstanding lower back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Your physiotherapist will discuss your individual management plan with you.

Possible side effects?
Sometimes a small bruise may appear which is normally caused by a little blood vessel that was broken by the insertion of the needle.  In some clients their pain or other symptoms become temporarily worse for some time after acupuncture.  If this does happen make sure you inform your clinician when you attend the follow up session, the clinician might want to consider using fewer needles or treating away from the affected area.

What if I am a blood donor?
If you inform your clinician you are a blood donor, they will provide you with a certificate to certify that a sterile procedure has been used and the necessary safety procedures was implemented.

Neurology

Our Physiotherapists offers thorough assessment and treatment plans for conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s and Strokes. After an initial assessment a treatment plan is formulated, which may include regular follow up session especially following hospital discharge, regular maintenance sessions or domiciliary  or nursing home visits.

BOUNCE BACK


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BOUNCE b*a*c*k is a graded active rehabilitation exercise system, developed in Australia and backed by research which is delivered in small groups or individually!  Each BOUNCE b*a*c*k class is run by a specially trained, tertiary qualified health care professional.
The BOUNCE b*a*c*k program is designed for people with lower back/hip or neck/shoulder conditions, post- surgical clients through to the elite athlete.

Who will benefit from BOUNCE b*a*c*k?

  • Clients with significant back, hip, neck and shoulder pain
  • Post-surgical clients
  • Clients wanting to prepare for general exercise or to join other group classes eg. Pilates or a gym
  • Manual workers suffering with recurrent spinal or other problems
  • Desk workers suffering with postural pain and overuse issues
  • Sports professionals/athletes looking for the performance edge

What makes BOUNCE b*a*c*k different to traditional classes?

  • Highly specialised and focus on the individual
  • Have to undergo pre-course assessment by a qualified physiotherapist to understand individual needs and goals
  • Led by trained and qualified Physiotherapist                                                  
  • Small classes (max of 8 participants)
  • Home exercise sheets given after every class
  • Exercises program backed up by research

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In Bounce back we teach very specific graded exercises that has been well researched that help to improve spinal stabilization and motor relearning.

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BOUNCE b*a*c*k classes

One hour classes which run for 8 weeks using gym balls and elastic bands to progressively improve spinal strength, co-ordination and balance.  This allows you to return with confidence to the activities you enjoy doing or improve the way you do them. Level 1 and 2 classes specifically focus on neck and upper back or lower back, hip and limb exercises.


BEGINNERS (LEVEL 1)
Back to moving with confidence & control- gentle exercises that gradually progress to more functional tasks.

INTERMEDIATE (LEVEL 2)
For those who already have an appropriate level of core and spinal stability. These Classes will challenge and develop dynamic posture for the Neck/shoulder or lower back/hip and limb so that you’ll move more effective.

ADVANCED LEVEL
This class is suitable for participants who have a high level of stability achieved after completing the Level 2 stream. 
This class builds the confidence needed for a full return to work and peak sporting activity knowing your body can now operate at its best. 
 

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Sports massage

Massage which has been practised for hundreds of years, is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing activities one can experience. It is both physically and mentally relaxing. The therapeutic touch relieves stress and tension of everyday living, leaving a feeling of well-being and an increased level of energy.

Sports massage is for the benefit of all sport and exercise participants, newcomers and long term athletes, and is tailored to each individual's needs. Many conditions and injuries are successfully treated by using a variety of massage techniques, stretching methods and aftercare advice.

There are many benefits to have sport massages and no matter what the level of participant or what training phase you are in

  • Pre conditioning for the training phase
  • Prevention of injuries before competition
  • Before travel and competitions
  • During competitions
  • On return from competition and travel
  • As part of injury rehabilitation

Amongst many other benefits sports massage improve lymphatic drainage, scar tissue remodelling and has an effect on muscle tone and length.

Conditions Treated

  • Muscle injuries
  • Hip, knee, ankle problems
  • Shoulder, neck or back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Limited flexibility
  • Pre and post-operative conditions
  • Stress

Podiatry

Our Podiatrist specializes in biomechanical assessment of the feet and lower limb. He often uses taping, stretching and orthoses (insoles) as treating modalities. He will see anyone who has conditions affecting the lower limb e.g. Knee, ankle, and heel or shin pain.  Biomechanical problems might be the cause or contributing factor to many conditions even lower back and hip pain.  Feet problems are very common in all age groups. To arrange a Podiatry assessment contact Rob directly on www.robfootitt.co.uk or alternatively contact Physiotherapy.

Appointments

Appointments can be made via telephone, text or email.  If you have been referred by your GP or Consultant we will often receive a letter with your contact details on.  In this instance we will get in touch with you, but if you have not heard from us in a week after your GP or Consultants appointment, please call us.