Physiotherapy in Ringwood & Verwood… what you need to know
As a multi-discipline health clinic, one of the services we can provide to our clients is physiotherapy, but did you know there are as many as seven different types of physiotherapy? In this article, we wanted to give you some more information about this service, when it’s time to consider seeing a physiotherapist at our Ringwood or Verwood clinics and what results you can expect to see.
What is physiotherapy?
We will start with the basics… physiotherapy is the treatment of an injury, illness or disability via manual methods, without the use of drugs or medicine. These methods typically include; manipulation, massage or exercise.
The aim of a physiotherapist will be to reduce pain and manage and maintain the development of movement, functional ability and well-being. Some common problems that our physiotherapists treat at Body Consultancy include;
- Back, shoulder and neck pain
- Knee and foot pain
- Joints and muscle health
- Chronic pain
- Falls and fractures
When is the right time to see a physiotherapist?
It’s always best to seek professional advice and treatment as soon as you notice the problem occurring. If you are looking for pain management for a disease, such as arthritis, MS or Cancer, your doctor may have recommended you see a physiotherapist.
If we can find the root of the pain quickly, we’ll be able to manage the pain sooner.
What approach to physiotherapy does Body Consultancy use?
We use a holistic approach for all of our customers. Whilst people have their own definition of what this means, according to the Oxford dictionary, ‘holistic’ is the ‘treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease’.
We get to know you as a person, how you live your life and what factors could affect the pain you are suffering from.
Your consultation and examination with our Ringwood physiotherapist will allow us to establish the root cause of your pain.
What’s the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Chiropractor?
There are definitely overlaps between the two professions, however, the main difference is that a chiropractor focuses more on the spine and pelvis, using manipulation to ease the pain within your body. Whereas, a physiotherapist will be using mobilisations across your whole body to relieve pain.
Physios are more focussed on the soft tissues as opposed to the bones and limbs.
How long will I need to see a physiotherapist?
How long is a piece of string? This is entirely dependent on the person, the treatment required, how long you’ve had your pain, where the pain originated from and many other factors.
These are all questions we will go through in your complimentary consultation with your practitioner which will help us to suggest a treatment plan.
Generally, we follow a 3-stage approach to treat you, stabilise the pain and then maintain the results. This could be anything from 6 sessions to a continuous maintenance plan over many years.
Book your complimentary consultation with our Ringwood physiotherapist
We will always match you with the practitioner best suited to your needs and pain. In some cases, our clients believe they need to be seen by a sports therapist (for example), but actually, after coming to us for their complimentary consultation, it will be apparent that treatment with a physiotherapist is more suited to them. This is why a multi-disciplinary clinic is the best choice for our clients, as you get the expertise of many practitioners all under one roof, it’s a win-win!
Your complimentary consultation will last 15 minutes, and then if you are happy to proceed, it will lead to an examination and then your treatment.