Physiotherapy is a profession that can restore loss of movement, fitness and function, it is suitable for people of all ages. Physiotherapy encourages the correct development of the skeleton and the surrounding soft tissues, during growth and repair.  Physiotherapy facilitates the recovery of Injury, Illness and Disease by helping patients manage pain, stiffness, tightness, instability etc. amongst many other symptoms.  Physiotherapy can help people stay fit for work and leisure activities for longer, this enables independence for as long as possible.

Physiotherapists have specialist skills, to combine your symptom history and practical assessment results. This allows Physiotherapist to diagnose what specifically is causing your problems. Your problems can be due to an Injury, Illness or a Disease. Injury can arise from inactivity, inappropriate activity levels, poor alignment, over-activity or something in the environment that can cause injury (whiplash, impact, equipment failure etc.). Injury can occur to the bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage, tendon, muscles, nerves, brain, and organs, including the skin.

Illness and Disease can arise from a number of factors, contributing to detrimental health and well-being. Poor lifestyle choices (inactivity, unhealthy eating or drinking habits), exposure to something environmental or simply something within the body’s make up or genes.

During the initial assessment, the cause of the symptoms are established. The Physiotherapist will then devise a treatment plan, based on mutually agreed goals and includes a variety of treatment techniques.

Physiotherapists can have many different assessment skills and treatment techniques. This depends on the Physiotherapists individual career paths and experience. They can specialise in areas such as Sport & Exercise, Orthopaedics, Outpatients, Surgery, Neurology, Respiratory, Paediatrics (children), Oncology (cancer), Women’s & Men’s Health, Ergonomics (work) & Medical Conditions. Physiotherapist can also work in a variety of settings both in and out of the Hospital environment.

Within the last decade Physiotherapy has also proven to be valuable in helping reduce the risks to developing an Injury, Illness or Disease. Therefore, you don’t have to have an Injury, Illness or Disease to have Physiotherapy treatment. Some Physiotherapists offer movement screenings, these screening sessions can highlight an individual patients risks, which enable patients to focus on reducing their specific risk areas.

There are many treatments available from Physiotherapists. A treatment plan may incorporate a number of treatment techniques simultaneously or introduced over a period of time. Some of the main forms of treatment are listed below:

Education & Advice
Movement & Exercise Therapy
Manual Therapy including mobilisations & manipulations
Soft Tissue Techniques & Massage
Taping & Strapping
Electrotherapy
Acupuncture
Clinical Pilates

Physiotherapy was founded by four nurses in 1894, the leading membership organisation for Physiotherapy in the UK is the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). It was awarded its Royal Charter in 1920, therefore, to practice as a Physiotherapist professionals must be registered as Chartered members.

Please get in contact with us to find out how our Physiotherapists can help you.

Practitioners:

Michelle de Carle
www.decarlephysiotherapy.co.uk

Physiotherapy Links:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
http://www.csp.org.uk/
Physio First
http://www.physiofirst.org.uk/
Health & Care Professions Council
http://www.hcpc-uk.co.uk/