What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can help to find the reason why your body is in pain, or not able to undertake the things you would like to when your musculoskeletal (muscles, joints, nerves and other soft tissues) system doesn’t allow.
After an initial interview the physiotherapist will assess how your joints are moving, how strong or flexible your muscles are, if there are any restrictions in the other soft tissues or how your nerves are working. After this they can let you know what is causing your problems and offer suggestions to get you better.
These may be suggestions on activity advice, different ways of performing tasks around the house or work, giving you some mobility, stretches or strengthening exercises, performing treatments on your body.
Both you and the physiotherapist will set some goals on things to be achieved within a set time which will help to motivate you. You can be monitored with your progress during treatment sessions, or via phone/email between treatment sessions.
Who can benefit from physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy can treat a very wide range of people. At PhysioFixx we see a range of people from elite sporting athletes performing on the world stage, to people who are struggling to complete their everyday tasks in life. If you have a musculoskeletal problem we should be able to provide help.
For those who have had pain for many years (often referred to as chronic pain) we are here to help. Part of Bob’s Masters degree was in pain and neuroscience and he has great experience in helping those with long standing pain understand their pain better and improve their condition and daily levels of activity. In fact Bob is due to start some research with Mick Thacker (one of the countries highest acclaimed pain and neuroscience lecturers).
Even if you are not injured or in pain, we can still provide you with assistance in the form of activity and lifting advice and ways of promoting a healthy lifestyle to keep you fit and healthy into your more mature years or even keep you functioning for as long as possible even if you have reached those times already.
Sports people who are injured can be provided with a tailored treatment approach to get you better, from managing new and fresh injuries to ones which have been causing you problems for a long time. If you are not injured we can still benefit you in performing a Musculoskeletal Profiling to assess where your body may not be performing so well and therefore where you may be at risk of injury. Some athletes have even reported improvements to their performance after these assessments.
What treatments do we offer?
During your time being treated by one of the physiotherapists they are likely to use a range of different treatment techniques to get the best response for you.
The treatments may include any of the following:
- Joint mobilisations – where the joints are specificly moved for you
- Specific soft tissue massage – where the muscles are helped to relax and loosen via pressure, manual or active stretches
- Combined joint and soft tissue therapy – using movements and pressure applied to joints and or muscles to help relax muscles and increase range of movement at specific joints
- Manipulations – the use of small movements in a specific direction to the body to treat restrictions in joints – only used with specific patient consent
- Taping – using traditional zinc oxide tape or the newer Kinesiotaping/Kinesiology taping – to help restrict joint movement in a new injury, or to facilitate movement and control of movement as you start to recover
- Acupuncture – the use of very fine needles in specific points of the body to aid with pain relief or to encourage better healing. Only used with specific patient consent
- Fascia releases, nervous system mobilisation – the use of pressure in a specific way applied to the body to encourage the soft tissue which holds and supports our tissues and to help increase the glide and sliding motion of our nervous system
- Radial pressure wave (RPW) therapy – non-invasive treatment for chronic tendinopathies and soft tissue injuries
The range of services on offer to you are:
- Injury assessment / treatment / rehabilitation
- Musculoskeletal profiling – improve performance, reduce risk of injury
- Running analysis – on and off a treadmill with video capture
- Bike fitting – Retul system and video capture system fits on offer
- Made to measure trainer/shoe insoles/orthoses
- Strength and conditioning and prehabilitation programmes
- Manual therapy – mobilisation, manipulation, soft tissue treatment, sports massage
- Analysis of technique / performance using video analysis and computer software
Made to measure insoles/orthoses/orthotics
Many of us have inherited biomechanics (bone and joint set up) from our parents which are less than ideal to allow the human body to function at its optimum and which can lead to a great susceptibility for injury. Many years ago when we walked around over soft ground these variations wouldn’t cause a problem. Now we walk around in hard sole shoes and over hard concrete and tarmac floors and pavements, these biomechanical differences can cause problems.
For those who have suffered an injury, an orthotic may help. An orthotic device for the feet is an insert which goes inside your shoe and helps the foot to gain better function during walking, running and other sporting activities by altering how you move and by taking the strain away from overloaded areas of the body.
At PhysioFixx we can cater for your every need when it comes to providing you with an orthotic should you need them.
We can provide premade ones, ones which can be made on the day for you to take away and custom made ones specifically made to the contours of your feet and demands you require.
Depending on your needs and budget we have a solution for you.
The costs of the different types are:
- Premade – £40
- Made to measure on the day – £80
- Custom made (made in a laboratory off site) – £140
What to expect at your appointment
On your initial appointment you will be asked to fill in a short administration questionnaire before you see your physiotherapist. Once you have been greeted by your physiotherapist you will be asked a series of questions about your injury/condition to gain as much information as possible.
After this you will be physically assessed. This is likely to involve getting you to do various movements and having gentle pressure applied to your joints, testing how strong and flexible your muscles are, seeing what shape your feet and bones are in and looking at how your body moves.
With all this information the physiothearpist can then let you know what is wrong with your body, what structures are causing your pain and how best to resolve your problems and improve the way your body functions and get you back to your sport/job/hobbies as quickly as possible.
Once you have been educated about your injury/condition, you will be given some initial advice and exercises which will assist in resolving your pain and improving your flexibility, joint range and muscle strength. We are happy to provide you with exercise sheets to help you remember these – so don’t worry if your memory is not so good!
Then you will be advised on what further treatments may benefit you and how frequently you would be advised to attend
What to wear and bring with you to your physiotherapy appointments
For any conditions affecting your back or legs you are recommended to bring a pair of shorts along with you, so you feel more comfortable during your assessments and treatment and to also help your physiotherapist to assess you.
For ladies with back, neck or arm conditions you are recommended to wear a sports bra for comfort/privacy during your assessment and treatment.
Sports people are advised to bring along the shoes/trainers they wear to play their sport, this can give a lot of information to the physiotherapist regarding possible causes of your injury. You may be asked to bring in other items of your sporting equipment for the same reason – if you are a sports person ask when booking your appointment if you will need to bring anything specific with you.
Physiotherapy with our lead physiotherapist Bob:
Initial Assessment: £50.00 – Allow approximately 70 minutes Follow-up appointment: £42.00 – Allow approximately £40 minutes Musculoskeletal profiling: £55.00 – Allow 75 minutes
Physiotherapy services with the senior physiotherapy team:
Initial Assessment: £45.00 – Allow approximiately 60 minutes Follow-up appointment: £37.00. Allow approximately 40 minutes.
RPW Shockwave therapy – additional treatment:
£25 per session – allow approximately 20 minutes
Visits to sporting venues for video analysis or joint assessments with coaches can be arranged – please email for further firstname.lastname@example.org