All Physiotherapists work differently. I use my skills in Pilates and rehabilitation to ensure that the correct muscles are working and doing the job they’re designed to do. I use manual techniques to manipulate and mobilise joints and muscles. Why? Sometimes joints can become stiff and therefore reduce movement, causing pain and dysfunction. I also use a variety of massage techniques to reduce swelling, pain and increase range of movement. In addition to this I am qualified in dry needling, which is similar to Acupunture but is only used to treat tension in muscles ‘trigger points’ which are tight spots in muscles. They can be painful and cause dysfunction in the muscles.
If you would like further information on any of these techniques, just ask. All potential treatments are discussed with you and we find one that you’re happy with.
I generally allow an hour for your initial assessment. Firstly we discuss the issue, symptoms and how this is impacting on your day to day life. A physical examination is then carried out. This involves observing movements, testing of joints and muscles. I then discuss your findings and provide a possible diagnosis and treatment options. Treatment is then carried out and home exercises are explained and emailed to you. You may be advised to attend for another visit, or a few; this will also be discussed.
Due to the physical nature of assessment and treatment, I always advise to wear loose comfortable clothing. It may well be that shorts are required and perhaps a vest top for the female patients. Occasionally, it may be better for you to remove your outer clothing but divinity is maintained at all times. This is only if you’re happy to do so.
Yes we educate you to manage your condition so this will involve lifestyle changes or exercises.
As your physio, I seek to empower you. This may be with one or two exercises designed to reduce pain or occasionally a more structured programme of exercises may be required. This will all be discussed with you and tailored to what you can manage.