What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a science based health care profession in which principles from biological, physical and behavioural sciences are integrated and applied. It involves the identification and maximisation of the individual patients functional ability and potential, prevention of disease or injury, treatment and rehabilitation. It is particularly concerned with enabling patients to restore and maintain maximal movement and functional ability throughout their life span. This is especially important when movement and function are compromised by injury, pain, disease, environmental factors or the ageing process.
Is physiotherapy the right treatment choice for me?
There are many hands on therapies but physiotherapy is unique in its approach. Through training and continuous professional development, physiotherapists gain an in depth knowledge of the normal and pathological human body functions. Physiotherapy is holistic in the way all body tissues are considered in conjunction with movement and functional disorders. If your dysfunction is as a result of injury or illness, or affects the skeletal, joint, soft tissue, lymphatic, or neural structures, then physiotherapy can help you.
What does a physiotherapy treatment involve at The Therapy Room?
During your first visit to The Therapy Room you will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms and any other health issues. Your movement and function will then be fully assessed to investigate the quality and range of movement to identify any structures causing limitations. After a full treatment, the assessment findings will be shared with you so you have a clear idea of what is going on. We can discuss the options available so that you can make an informed choice about your treatment. We will work with you to achieve realistic goals that are relevant to your individual lifestyle. If more sessions are required these can be booked at your convenience.
At The Therapy Room, the physiotherapist works as part of a larger multi disciplinary team, to ensure that you are receiving the best possible care. It is sometimes necessary therefore to refer clients on to other specialists, e.g. orthopaedic consultants, or for further investigations e.g. X Rays or MRI scans.
Do you need a doctor’s referral to receive physiotherapy treatment at The Therapy Room?
To receive physiotherapy in the NHS you will need either a referral from your GP or hospital consultant. To attend private physiotherapy you are able to make an appointment without referral. However, if you have private health care insurance, they often state that you need a GP referral to verify your treatment.
What is a chartered physiotherapist?
To work in the NHS or private practice, a physiotherapist needs to be chartered - which means they are an active member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, indicated by the letters MCSP after their name.
To maintain membership, physiotherapists have to keep unto date with current practise and maintain a professional portfolio of their continual professional development actiivity, this is to protect the public from substandard practice, and to ensure high professional standards of evidence based care are maintained.
How do I find a qualified physiotherapist?
When looking for a qualified physiotherapist, always look for the letters MCSP after their name, an unto date list of qualified current members can be found on the HPC or CSP website.
What can a physiotherapist treat at The Therapy Room?
Physiotherapists specialise in alleviating pain, restoring and increasing the range of motion in joints, improving muscle power and coordination, increasing the rate and healing of soft tissue, bone and neural structures, rehabilitation, biomechanics and postural re-education, ergonomics and prevention of injury. Physiotherapists have extensively studied pathologies pertaining to movement dysfunctions in all areas of the body.
At The Therapy Room you can receive physiotherapy treatment for: soft tissue injuries such as muscular, ligamental and fascial problems; joint problems such as cartilage tears, hypermobility, subluxation, dislocation and arthritis; biomechanical and postural problems; orthopaedic problems, following a fracture or operation, and much more.
What treatments does a physiotherapist use at The Therapy Room?
Physiotherapists use clinical reasoning based on scientific evidence when deciding on your individual treatment program. They use a combination of techniques including joint mobilisations and manipulations, massage and soft tissue techniques, neural tissue techniques, taping, personal exercise programs, muscle strengthening and core stability work, stretching, biomechanics and injury prevention, postural and ergonomic advice, electrotherapy and much more.
How long does a physiotherapy treatment last at The Therapy Room?
Your first session will last for about 1 hour and will involve a full assessment, first treatment, explanation of assessment findings and explanation of treatment plan. Future treatments will last up to an hour, depending on the symptoms you are presenting with, and the subsequent treatment involved.
How much does a physiotherapy treatment cost at The Therapy Room?
An initial consultancy costs £50, with follow up sessions at £40.
What do I need to bring to a physiotherapy session?
The physiotherapist will need to see the affected joint and the surrounding joints clearly. It is a good idea to wear shorts if you have a lower limb problem, to wear a vest top if you have a neck or shoulder problem, and to wear suitable underwear if you have a spinal problem. Your privacy and dignity will be maintained at all times. It is also helpful to bring a list of your present medications and the names of any other medical personnel you are currently receiving treatment from.