Following a detailed initial assessment and examination, a physiotherapist is likely to recommend one of the following methods of treatment.
Education and Advice
General advice about activity and lifestyle often plays a major part in making sure that issues do not recur. A physiotherapist may recommend simple things like taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight, along with improvements to your posture and lifting technique.
For some conditions, a physiotherapist will suggest a programme of exercise. This may include whole body exercises like swimming or walking, especially when you are recovering from an operation, or need to restore general mobility. Exercises carried out in warm water (hydrotherapy) can also be recommended to help with this kind of issue. Most often, the physiotherapist will prescribe a programme of exercises designed to strengthen and/or increase mobility in a specific area. This will be particularly common in relation to muscular or joint problems, and the exercises will normally need to be done for a period of weeks in order to take full effect. Sometimes, the exercises will be designed to be carried out indefinitely to ensure a sustained benefit.
Manipulation and Massage
These types of manual therapy can help to ease pain or stiffness, enhance mobility, improve circulation, and even help you to relax. Physiotherapists are highly trained in such techniques, and will often employ them to ease your symptoms or help your recovery.
Our Physiotherapists are able to K-tape and strap to provide support for a painful area, allowing normal activity to be resumed more quickly and pain to be reduced. We also offer acupuncture for our clients in order to ensure that they have access to everything they can to aid recovery.
If you are suffering from any of the problems mentioned here, make an appointment to see one of the team at PhysioSpace. Our experts will do their utmost to help you.