Physiotherapy can be used to help treat a wide range of physical ailments caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing. They see 'normal' human movement and function as central to the health and well-being of individuals and combine their knowledge and skills to identify and maximise health promotion through advice, education, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy is a evidence based practice characterised by reflective behaviour and systematic clinical reasoning which contribute to a solution focused approach to individual patient-centred care. It takes a holistic approach that empowers patients to take control of their own conditions, encourageing development and facilitating recovery. This enables their patients to return to work, sport or general activities of daily living quicker or simply to remain independent at home for as long as possible.
A physiotherapist's core skills include manual therapy such as joint mobilisation or manipulation, massage, therapeutic exercise prescription and the application of electro-physical modalities such as TENS, ultrasound or laser therapy. They also have an appreciation of psychological, cultural and social factors influencing their clients.
What can Physiotherapists treat?
Conditions treated by physiotherapists at the clinic include:
- Spinal problems - Prolapsed discs, degenerationn, sciatica, lunbago, stiff/painful neck and referred arm and leg pains
- Joint problems - arthritis, injury, dislocation, pain and swelling, stiffness in joints
- Soft tissue injuries - to muscle ligaments, cartilage and tendons commonly associated with work related conditions and sport injuries
- Surgery - rehabilitation after both elective and traumatic operations e.g. hip and knee replacements, shoulder surgeries, hand wrist and elbow spinal surgery, ligament reconstruction, foot and ankle surgery, lower limb reconstruction (circular frames) etc
- Fractures - treatment to increase the healing rate and regain full function once the bones have healed
- Chest conditions - both medical and surgical including asthmam pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy and ME
- Paediatrics - for childhod orthopaedic conditions, postural and walking problems
Physiotherapists not only treat the problem but often identify the underlying cause of it by spending time with their patients to show them how to minimise the impact of their problem and to help prevent the problem happening again. Each person makes different demands of their body, depending on their lifestyle and the activities they carry out. How their body responds to those demands is governed by a range of factors, including their overall physical condition. A physiotherapist can help you find the best way to use your body to maximise your strengths, eliminate bad habits and put minimal strain on weaker areas, to help you enjoy a more full and healthy and active life.
Physiotherapy is a protected profession, which means that it is regulated by law to ensure that only people who have passed state approved training courses and have registered with the state regulator, may practise. The state regulator for physiotherapists is the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Only those people who register with the HPC may call themselves physiotherapists and practise physiotherapy autonomously and only those who are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy may call themselves chartered physiotherapists
What to expect when you visit a Chartered Physiotherapist in Private Practice
Physiotherapists will first take a detailed history of your presenting condition together with any relevant past medical history and establish your goals or expectations from therapy.
A physical assessment will then be undertaken to determine the clinical diagnosis of your problem. The physiotherapist will discuss with you a proposed treatment plan and will give you an estimate as to the length of treatment required and the proposed outcome of your treatment.
The initial assessment will probably last up to one hour and subsequent treatment sessions will last thirty minutes.
Every opportunity will be given to you to ask questions about your condition and advice regarding its management and prevention in the future.