In simple terms physiotherapy is about trying to recover normal function to the musculoskeletal system. Most people see a physiotherapist because they are in pain due to a musculoskeletal problem. The principle of physiotherapy is to get that musculoskeletal problem functioning properly and the pain will then look after itself, however chartered physiotherapists have a number of techniques they can use to treat the pain also, to make the rehabilitation process as comfortable as possible.
As part of rehabilitation physiotherapy may include:
- Advice - Diagnosing the problem through a thorough clinical examination and letting you know what to expect and how to manage yourself through the recovery
- Mobilisation - Hands on treatment to mobilise stiff and painful joints from grades I-IV.
- Manipulation – A grade V mobilisation technique to achieve full range of movement of a joint, similar to that used by Chiropractors and Osteopaths, only possible after grade IV mobilisation has been achieved. Otherwise known as a High Velocity Thrust.
- Acupuncture - involves inserting thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body to decrease tissue inflammation, reduce pain and promote healing.
More about acupuncture.
- Trigger Point Needling - A method used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle and nerve problems using very thin, solid needles, with no medication (i.e. a dry needle) as used in acupuncture, which is based on western medical principles and scientific research.
More about trigger point needling.
- Pilates - Body conditioning system of exercise which stabilises the body’s central core and improves posture. At spinalphysio Pilates is carried out on a one to one basis with a suitably qualified chartered physiotherapist.
- Exercise – A physiotherapist can design an exercise programme to suit your personal needs and limitations. Exercise can be very important at keeping you right but it may not get you right. It is very important that a physiotherapist assess and if necessary treats your particular injury before recommending a suitable exercise program.
- Postural Education - Helping people to become aware of their posture and improve their posture, by finding ways to remember to regularly check and improve their position, and through exercises to strengthen certain muscle groups
- Ergonomics - Determining what equipment is needed, and in what way it should be used, to avoid muscular strain and repetitive strain injuries, taking into account people's capabilities and limitations
- Strapping - applying taping techniques to protect injured parts, control or limit movement.
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