What is Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is a form of “hands-on” manual therapy used to aid in a rapid recovery and rehabilitation from all forms of injury, sports related or otherwise.
In addition, Physiotherapy can be used to maintain your body in its optimum state which can enhance your performance during sport and also aid in reducing the chances of and even preventing a re-injury. Physiotherapy treatment is usually quite gentle and is very safe. Techniques commonly used by Physiotherapists are: Joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), combined with home based stretching and strengthening exercises. All of the above techniques allow your joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons to function better.
What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) describes Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy as follows:
If you have neck, back, joint or muscle pain then obviously you want the quickest, and longest lasting relief possible. That’s why musculoskeletal physiotherapy is your best option.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are qualified health professionals who specialise in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly neck and back pain. They employ the most advanced techniques and their results are sometimes instantaneous.
More ways to help you move well and stay well
Apart from providing rapid an effective drug-free pain relief, there are a number of important ways that musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help. Connexus Health and Rehabilitation use advanced clinical assessment and diagnosis methods and have been trained in a broader range of treatment techniques than many other health professionals. As a result, they are in the best position to improve your mobility, co-ordination, strength and overall fitness level.
CHR’s physiotherapists can offer assistance in many ways. They can teach you about posture, how to move well, lift correctly, avoid muscle strain and injury and even return to fitness after childbirth, inactivity or illness.
Mobilisation, manipulation, stretching, massage and exercise prescription are some of the key methods employed by practitioners to help improve your mobility.
Precise, specific exercise advice can help you to correct faulty spinal movement and improve coordination, leading to smoother, pain-free movement.
Customised exercise programs can improve power, endurance, work tolerance and overall fitness and can help to increase your strength and prevent injury recurring.
What happens at your Initial Physiotherapy consultation?
• Your physiotherapist will go through your relevant medical history with you. • Your posture and movements will be examined and assessed. • Specific muscle and nerve tests may be conducted to assist in the accurate diagnosis of your problem. • Your Physiotherapist will discuss the results and diagnosis with you and encourage you to ask questions and voice any concerns. • You will be advised about they think is the most appropriate treatment for your condition. • With your consent you will be treated to relieve pain and help regain movement. • You will be advised about other treatment options if Physiotherapy is not the best option.
The future – a plan to improve
Once your initial assessment and treatment has been carried out, your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a plan for the future management and improvement of your condition.
They will give you a realistic idea of the number and frequency of treatments you are likely to need and may prescribe a specific home exercise program to address your problem or disorder. They will outline what to do in your daily activities to maintain your improvement and to reach the optimal fitness level for your age and condition.
Every CHR physiotherapist has achieved the required qualifications as an absolute minimum and are fully registered with the CSP. Physiotherapists are health professionals, deemed fully capable of independent assessment and clinical reasoning. You can consult a Physiotherapist in private practice without a referral from your doctor.