Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

Introduction

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession committed to working with people helping them to identify and maximise their ability to function and move throughout their lives.

This can be achieved by:

  • Promoting optimal mobility, physical activity and overall health and wellbeing
  • Preventing injury, disease and disability
  • Managing acute and chronic conditions and activity limitations
  • Improving and maintaining optimal functional and independence
  • Rehabilitating injury and the effects of disease or disability with therapeutic exercise programmes and other interventions
  • Planning maintenance and support programmes to prevent re-occurrence, re-injury or functional decline enhanced with education

 

The profession is dedicated to health, lifestyle and quality of life.

 

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal disorders consist of a variety of conditions that affect the muscles, bones, and joints that may interfere with everyday activities.

Disorders commonly treated:

  • Spinal pain/ back and neck pain
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
  • Knee and hip pain
  • Ankle injuries/pain
  • Sports injury
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • RSI repetitive strain injury
  • Ligament and tendon problems
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Tension headaches

Modalities

Physiotherapists use a variety of modalities to help treat their patients that can help strengthen, relax, and heal muscles. Below is a comprehensive list of modalities used in our practice:

  • Manual Therapy mobilisation, manipulations, connective tissue massage and deep fascial release
  • Exercise programmes specifically designed to patients needs
  • Acupuncture for pain relief and muscle relaxation
  • Electrotherapy Ultrasound, Electrical current-different frequencies, Shortwave Diathermy, Biofeedback and electric stimulation
  • Cold therapy
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage reduces swelling after abdominal or breast carcinoma surgeries, reduces congestions in the lymphatic flow
  • Bowen therapy remedial therapy to promote healing and pain relief thebowentechnique.com
  • Core Stability Training – modified Pilates adapted to be safe, gentle and specific for people with musculoskeletal problems; we also offer classes with a low number of participants that allows still for very individual care
  • Women’s Health pelvic floor training including biofeedback to increase muscle tone to reduce/prevent incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse discomfort. Manual techniques to treat pelvic girdle pain related to pregnancy. Manual therapy for dyspareunia and chronic pelvic pain. Therapeutic re-education for bladder and bowel management.
  • Kinesio Taping fascia correction, space correction, functional correction, neuromuscular off loading and lymphatic correction
  • Strapping supports an injured structure, limits harmful movements, allows pain free functional movement and permits early resumption of activities
  • Ergonomics general and work stations, postural advice and education in order to minimise stress on the body during regular activities e.g. work and hobbies
  • Relaxation and Stress Releasing Classes with muscle relaxing and meditation exercises
 

Neuro Physiotherapy

 

Patients being seen in Wellington Hospital Platinum Medical Centre

Neuro Physiotherapy is physiotherapy for people with physical problems as a result of neurological conditions.

Examples of neurological conditions treated include:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Guillain Barré Syndrome
  • Neuropathies
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Any other neurological disorder

At your first appointment:

We will discuss what has happened, what physical difficulties you are experiencing and what you aim to get from physiotherapy. The physiotherapist will then want to take a look at you and how you are moving to assess the difficulties you are having. Finally you will discuss a plan as to what input is recommended in order for the physiotherapist to try to help you achieve your aims.

Everyone is different and some people need or want more help from their physiotherapist than others. We understand this and want to get what is right for you.

Treatment may include:

  • Exercises aimed at stretching, strengthening and / or improving balance and co-ordination.
  • Gait re-education – to improve walking style.
  • Arm and hand exercises to improve function, co-ordination and dexterity.
  • Saeboflex / Saeboglove – arm and hand training.
  • ableX – computer task-based arm and hand rehabilitation.
  • Advice with independent home exercise / stretching programmes.
  • Advice on use and provision of splints and mobility aids.
  • Joint orthotics clinic with an orthotist who specialises in neurological conditions.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for foot drop including WalkAide.
  • Specific manoeuvres and exercises designed to treat vestibular problems.
 

Women’s & Men’s Health

Our Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy team provide a specialist service, treating conditions such as:

  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Prolapse
  • Bladder Problems (Incontinence and Urgency)
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Vaginismus
  • Dyspareunia, Vestibulitis
  • Bowel Problems
  • Prostatitis
  • Antenatal back and pelvic pains
  • Postnatal MOT

Physiotherapy Assessment

Consists of taking important medical history and other relevant information that relates to your injury or health problem. You might be asked to perform simple tasks and your therapist will observe you and mark it down. Your body might be assessed through palpation and a treatment plan will be discussed with you.

We advise you to wear shorts and a t-shirt or other loose clothing that can be taken off easily and quickly.

 

Pilates

Pilates class

We offer one to one Pilates and small groups.

The groups sessions can be booked in blocks of 6 for the price of £100.