Physiotherapy is a medical treatment approach that uses a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential. It can help repair damage by optimising the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness. Physiotherapists also have an important role in rehabilitation, for example, helping people who have had strokes to relearn basic movements.
Virtually any condition that affects your muscles, joints or nerves can be helped by physiotherapy. Common problems treated include those shown opposite.
Your Chartered Physiotherapist will conduct a detailed examination and discuss your problem and medical history in order to accurately diagnose your condition. Treatment methods are used that aim to restore normal pain-free movement. Treatment techniques may include manipulation, mobilisation, stretching, massage, electrotherapy (for example, ultrasound), acupuncture, strapping and supports.
The emphasis is placed on helping patients to help themselves through individually prescribed exercises, posture and movement education. Advice is also given on how to avoid recurrence.
Many long term complications can be prevented by appropriate physiotherapy at an early stage.