What is Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession concerned with human function and movement and maximizing potential. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status. It is science based and the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.

Chartered Physiotherapists study for 3 to 4 years at university, completing over 1,000 hours of clinical practice in a number of different specialities and settings. Chartered Physiotherapists are involved in the treatment and management of a huge range of conditions that include:

Neck pain, back pain including sciatica – Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. Brachialgia is the equivalent in the arm. These can be caused by injury to or pressure on major nerves. Possible causes are prolapsed or ‘slipped’ discs, ‘trapped’ nerves, postural and other mechanical disorders.

Arthritis and rheumatism – Arthritis relates to inflammation within a joint. Rheumatism is a more general term that describes aches and pains in or around the joints.

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis are all common types of arthritis. Considering the many different types and clinical presentations physiotherapists are trained to make a detailed assessment and devise specific management programmes that address symptoms such as pain, stiffness and weakness.

Whiplash – Whiplash is a term that is used to describe a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. Ligaments and muscles can be sprained causing headaches, pain, stiffness and spasm in the neck, chest and arms.

Headaches -many headaches are of a muscusloskeletal origin. Joints, ligaments and muscles can become strained due to prolonged poor posture, stress or injury.

Sports injuries and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) – we are skilled at the management of muscle sprains, ligament strains and tendinopathies to regain full function. Tendinopathies relate to the disease of a tendon such as Achilles tendinosis or Tennis Elbow.

Fractures and joint replacements – including hip replacement, knee replacement and shoulder replacement – we work closely with orthopaedic surgeons to optimise healing times and gain the fullest function.

Gynaecological conditions -we can offer advice for the management of stress incontinence and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Obstetrics – including ante and post-natal classes/exercise/relaxation/advice and treatment for back pain during pregnancy

Chest conditions – we are trained in the management of respiratory conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, bronchitis and bronchiectasis.

Neurological conditions – our training provides us the skills in the rehabilitation of neurological cases such as strokes, head injuries, nerve injuries, multiple sclerosis, shingles, cerebral palsy and ME

Paediatrics – for childhood conditions including postural and walking problems