Physiotherapy – An insight

 
Physiotherapy is a treatment that aims to improve the way your joints and muscles work. It can help to maximise your movement, flexibility, coordination, and strength. Also, optimise your body’s normal functioning and physical ability. Here at Core Physio, Physiotherapy helps people recover from illnesses and injuries. Also helping treat long-term health conditions and disabilities.
 
Anti Gravity Treadmill training for performance and recovery
 

What does a physiotherapist do?

 
A physiotherapist at Core Physio is a health professional registered with HCPC. Specialising in maintaining and improving movement and mobility. Your physiotherapist will discuss your care with you before carrying out any treatment. They will carry out a thorough examination to understand how best to help you. Your care may be different from what we describe here as it has to meet your personal needs. This information explains what physiotherapists do. Some of the techniques they use and answers to some frequently asked questions.
 

How can physiotherapy help me?

 
Physiotherapy can help to treat a wide range of conditions including:
 
  • acute injuries or pain (pain that starts quickly, for example, because of a fall). In your muscles, bones, and joints, such as back pain, neck pain, or knee injuries
 
  • chronic (long-term) musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis or osteoporosis
 
  • conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or multiple sclerosis (MS). All which affect your nervous system
 
  • recovery after stroke, bed rest, or surgery
 
Our Physiotherapy is a combination of ‘hands-on’ care, supervised exercises, advice and education. Our physiotherapists will coach you through exercises. You can then do them yourself at home. Physiotherapy is also sometimes called physical therapy.
 

How can I find a physiotherapist?

 
Your GP may refer you to an NHS physiotherapist. Or you may be able to refer yourself directly (self-referral). You can ask for information about this at your GP surgery. Or, you may wish to book to see a private physiotherapist. If you have private health insurance, contact your insurer. They should be able to refer you quickly to a physiotherapist in your area.
 
Make sure your physiotherapist is registered. In the UK with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means they have completed approved standards of training. Following the HCPC rules of professional conduct.
 

What are the different types of physiotherapy?

 
Your physiotherapist will ask about your symptoms and examine you. Working with you, they’ll create a treatment programme that will be most helpful for you. This may include advice and information, exercises for you to do, and manual therapy. They will aim to treat and ease your symptoms. And to look at and solve any factors that may have contributed to the problem. This will also help prevent the problem from happening again.
 
The exercises or techniques suggested will depend on why you’re having physiotherapy. There are many different techniques physios may use. The ones explained below may be used at clinic appointments (out-patient physiotherapy).
 

 

Mobility exercises

 
If you have stiff joints. These exercises can help to increase your flexibility. Mobility exercises may help you to get your movement back after a stroke or a long period of bed rest, for example. Your physiotherapy sessions might involve you doing exercises and stretches by yourself. Or with the physical support of your physiotherapist.

 

Muscle-strengthening exercises

 

Strength exercises are a relevant part of treatment. For any area of the body that has lost strength because of pain, injury, or lack of use. These exercises may help prevent injury from happening again. By supporting and protecting the bone, joints, ligaments, and tendons. For example. You might do these types of exercises after an ankle sprain or dislocating your shoulder. Or you might do core stability exercises to strengthen your abdominals and spine. Exercises might also include resistance training. For example, your physiotherapist may ask you to use stretchy bands. Also weights or your own body weight.
 

Manipulation

 
During manipulation, your physiotherapist moves or puts pressure on a precise area. They may use increasing pressure or a sudden controlled push for this. Back manipulation is safe. It can be effective at reducing back pain and improving mobility. It’s important that it’s carried out by an appropriately trained physiotherapist. One who can assess when it will be a helpful treatment to use.

Injection Therapy is the use of anti-inflammatory agents. Administered into joints and soft tissues.  For pain relief and reduction of swelling. It has been part of the practice of Physiotherapists trained in the technique since 1997.  Any joint can be injected but common injures treated with this are approach are osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis.

Acupuncture

 
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy.  Involving inserting fine needles into your skin at defined points. Your physiotherapist may use it with other types of physiotherapy. Helping relieve pain.
 

Dry needling

 
Dry needling is a technique involving needles but is different from acupuncture. Acupuncture and dry needling have differences in their philosophy. Where the needles are placed and how the treatments are practised.
 
In dry needling, needles are placed into specific points of your muscles. To treat pain and tightness and to improve movement.
 

Electrotherapy

 
Electrotherapy is a general term for therapies that use low-level electrical energy. To reduce your pain and encourage healing. It can be used in combination with other types of physiotherapy. For example, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) uses a low-level electric pulse. This usually feels like a tingle.
 

Schedule an Appointment

 
Looking to book an appointment with a Physiotherapist? You can call our team on 01698 540380 or even book online at www.core-physio.org
 
Our clinics are in Hamilton, Bothwell, and Glasgow. They are all registered with major health insurance providers. Including BUPA, AXA, and AVIVA.