What is physiotherapy?

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. 

Is physiotherapy for me?

Pain is usually a signal that something is ‘wrong’ in your body. What is ‘wrong’ varies widely. Perhaps you have broken a bone or torn a muscle. Perhaps you have been sitting for too long which has made your muscles ‘shorten’ and allowed your joints to become stiff. Perhaps you have been active but have an underlying weakness that is causing stress on your joints.  
If you have had an injury or are experiencing ongoing pain then it is a good idea to get a physiotherapy assessment. After an injury early intervention is vital to facilitate a fast recovery so you can return to doing the things you love. If you have ongoing pain, it is important to find the cause so that you can avoid things getting worse and get on the road to recovery.

What to expect

As physiotherapists, we are specialists in assessing and screening you thoroughly. This will help you to understand the ‘problem’ but also to establish the cause. The assessment will include an initial chat about your problem followed by a physical assessment of your overall movement, muscles, joints and nerves. 
Following this, manual techniques can help to reduce pain, joint stiffness and muscle spasm. The exercises and movements we give you will help to maintain these benefits and prevent further issues in the future. Our aim is to help you understand your body and how you can prevent and manage further problems, rather than providing an ‘MOT’ where you become reliant on us for ‘treatment’. Depending on the problem, this may take one session, or it may take several, in order to progress you to a place where you feel you can manage independently.