Physiotherapy is an evidence-based practice using thorough assessment to diagnose the root cause of your pain. This assessment allows us to tailor a treatment program specific to your problem. We will also work with you to help you understand your problem and get you back to the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible. To acheive this we will use various techniques which help to reduce pain and restore normal movement. We will also give advice to prevent your problem recurring in future.
Sports massage is a hands-on treatment targeting the superficial and deep layers of your soft tissues (muscles and connective tissues). It can help to improve blood and lymphatic flow, desensitise the nervous system, release specific areas of tension and restore normal movement to your tissues. We will apply pressure using our palms, thumbs, fingers, knuckles, forearms or elbows. The main techniques used are effleurage, petrissage, compression and tapotement.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the skin at key points. Its use has increased significantly in the west since it was introduced in the 1970s. This is partly due to a growing body of evidence, which led to its inclusion in the NICE guidelines. Acupuncture is generally used to treat a wide range of conditions. Physiotherapists specifically use its ability to stimulate natural pain killers to treat pain and desensitise tissues.
The word ‘Yoga’ means union, specifically between body and mind. Scientific studies have demonstrated a range of health benefits from practicing yoga. Benefits include reduced pain, stress levels and depression, while improvements have been found in mobility, cardiac health, blood pressure and general quality of life scores. As physiotherapists, we choose specific movements based on the clinical need of each individual, tailoring sessions specifically to treat issues with muscles, joints and nerves.
If you are struggling to get out and about, or would simply prefer to be seen in the comfort of your own home, we are happy to come to you. We visit homes all over the South Hams providing physiotherapy, sports massage, acupuncture and one-to-one yoga sessions.
Home visits are a unique and personal service requiring a greater investment of the clinician's time which is reflected in the session cost.