Are you struggling with pain and stiffness? Do you struggle with pain? Fed up with not being able to do the things you want and your health is suffering? You’re not alone.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the health profession with expertise in movement which should involve the holistic approach to the prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic management of pain, disorders of movement and posture or optimisation of function to enhance the health and welfare of the community from an individual or population perspective.
Physiotherapy is integral to all spheres of health and well-being and encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and social factors. Physiotherapy involve the inter-action of the physiotherapist with the client, helping him to achieve his personal goal through the rehabilitation process, including the collaboration with his family, care givers or relevant other health professionals and communities.
What is a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists are autonomous health professionals who are responsible for developing, maintaining or restoring motor function and movement throughout the lifespan using evidence-based practice. They relieve pain and treat or prevent physical conditions associated with injury, disease or other impairments. Physiotherapists empower patients and their carers to manage the condition outside clinical settings. They work within their scope of practice and their professional Code of Conduct.
Here at The Wellbeing Centre, Alessio, founder of Hito Physiotherapy, offers consultations on Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays/Sundays 9am-6pm.
Sheila Bond also offers Physiotherapy sessions.
How does physiotherapy work?
Physiotherapy includes many techniques and methods depending on the physiotherapist skills and the contingent pathology. It may vary from the prescription of an exercises plan to a joint mobilisation, from a soft tissue massage to a visceral manipulation, from the use of acupressure or acupuncture to the application of some type of bandaging or tape, etc. The aim is to reduce the level of pain, increasing the range of motion in joints as well as the strength in muscles, enabling the patient to reach the best possible autonomy in daily life activities and the highest standards of living, including the opportunity to return to his sports, hobbies and social life.
Physiotherapy mainly works inducing changes in the body structure, increasing force, flexibility, hydration, elasticity in different tissues as well as restoring the function of all involved physiological systems, including often a change of habits in patients life, promoting the right range of physical activity, improving the body awareness, the joint or postural control and a deeper self-knowledge.
What is the training undertaken by a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists study for 3 years at the first degree level. This study involves all branches of medicine as well as clinical reasoning, diagnosis, examination, treatment, prevention, exercises and medication prescription.
After passing the degree they are able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council which will check who meets the standards in terms of training, professional skills, behaviour and health. After this registration necessary to practice, they can become members of Chartered Society of Physiotherapist, which is the UK’s only professional, educational and trade union body for people working in (or studying) physiotherapy, representing, protecting and supporting the physiotherapy profession and promoting the continuous professional development (CPD). Under the umbrella of CSP there are many special sub-groups related to specific area of rehabilitation or branches of medicine like neurological, vestibular, musculoskeletal, veterinary, energy medicine, etc.
What happens in a new patient consultation?
During the initial 60 minutes consultation the physiotherapist will take note of any aspect of your actual condition, including symptoms, localisation, onset, aggravating/easing factors and previous medical history and list of medications in last 6 months. Then he will start his assessment which is a combination of range of motion, gait and posture evaluation, specific physical tests, a palpation of the area affected. The examination will also consider any other screening, scale or scan necessary to make a diagnosis and choose the most appropriate treatment in agreement and collaboration with the patient.
To better asses or treat the patient, it is preferable that the patient will undress to his underwear or it is advisable to wear at least something comfortable, like gym wear, swim suit, lose trousers or vests to give the maximum access to the skin during the hands on treatment, avoiding tight jeans, high neck sweater or skirts. Of course the physiotherapist will meet the needs of his clients, trying his best even treating over the clothes in case the patient is feeling uncomfortable to get undress. It is also possible to perform the treatment covering the patient’s body with a blanket or a wide towel.
After the a diagnosis the physiotherapist will present his treatment plan explaining what he would do and what the patient will need to do, overall collaborating, following at home the program of necessary exercises (stretching, strengthening, postural control or joints mobilisations, etc.).
The treatment plan will be actuated only under the patient’s agreement and consent.
The most part of patient will receive a hands-on treatment during the first session which can last from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the presenting condition. A multiple condition can request over 30-40 minutes of assessment or sometime the physiotherapist can decide to give priority to the exercises spending the whole session to explain and try them, directly with the patient. If you cannot be treated your physiotherapist will explain you the reasons why he cannot deliver the treatment.
Any 30 minutes follow up session will be taken after 1-2 weeks except if differently needed. Complex cases can require 2 or more sessions per week for the first 2-3 weeks or longer treatment of 60 minutes: the practitioner will give advices to the patient about the best solution and plan, fixing common goals or fitting any special patient’s requirement. The patient can also get advices about how to manage a working station settlement for or change the driving posture or sleeping habits.
How can Physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy can help in the management of many conditions including:
- Chronic pain
- Sport, work, domestic injuries
- Neck pain, whiplash, migraines/headaches, jaws pain/clicks
- Back pain (upper/middle/lower back, sacroiliac, coccygeal)
- Sciatica, nerve pain or entrapments
- Shoulders (impingement, frozen, instability, post-surgery)
- Hips and Knees (OA, replacements, hip impingement, bursitis, tendonitis, injuries, etc.)
- Visceral pain (period pain, irregular periods, infertility, kidney/gallbladder stones, gastric reflux and hiatal hernia, IBS, constipation, repetitive urinary/intestinal infections, colitis, etc.)
- Poor posture (scoliosis, hyper kyphosis/lordosis, apparent legs discrepancy, cervical inversions, psycho-somatic posture, etc.)
- Joints, muscles, tendons pain (OA, carpal/tarsal tunnel, tennis/golf elbow, ankle sprains, Morton’s neuroma, tear muscles, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, etc.)
- Vestibular diseases and balance problems
- Psycho-emotional traumas
Prices and booking details:
Please click on the therapists below for further information with regards to pricing and booking information.
Alternatively, you can contact The Wellbeing Centre Reception Team on 01635 552874 to make your booking. The Reception is available to take drop-in and telephone enquiries weekdays 9:30am – 5:30pm (excluding Bank Holidays) and Saturdays 9:30am – 1pm.