In a recent article, we answered questions such as ‘what is physiotherapy?’, ‘when is the right time to see a physiotherapist?’ and ‘what approach does Body Consultancy use?’. However, we didn’t cover what treatments we like to use at our Ringwood and Verwood clinics. So, in this article, we answer just that.
Each client that comes to see our physiotherapist will be provided with a completely bespoke plan for their pain management. This will depend on where the root of the pain has come from, how long you have been suffering and what treatments you may have already tried. When we know all this information from your initial consultation and examination, we will better understand what treatments may suit you best.
Below are some of the common physiotherapy treatments we use at Body Consultancy:
Soft tissue mobilisation is a form of manual physiotherapy using hands-on techniques on your muscles, ligaments and fascia. The goal of soft tissue mobilisations is to break adhesions, reduce swelling, improve blood flow and optimise your muscle function. By using this technique, we aim to move around any fluids that may be trapped in the soft tissue which is currently causing the pain.
As the title suggested, these mobilisations are done on the joints to decrease pain and increase the range of movement for optimum joint health. This treatment involves putting pressure on the joints where the pain is occurring to improve the function of the joint. Typically movements during joint mobilisations are graded 1-5. This grading system determines the speed of the movement and pressure used to treat the pain.
Post-orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation
If you have been through a surgery, you may have been given a plan for recovery which will include seeing a physiotherapist to support you in regaining full movement and function. This treatment at Body Consultancy will involve putting together a specific individualised post-surgery rehabilitation programme which will optimise your recovery with a variety of manual hands-on treatments and specifically tailored exercises.
Range of motion exercises
In order to preserve flexibility and mobility of the joints, exercises from your physiotherapist can reduce stiffness, decrease pain and allow you to move more freely. Examples of motion exercises may include:
- Passive – this is when your physiotherapist supports you to move your limbs.
- Active-assistive – an exercise in which you complete with your physiotherapist, such as a leg bend or arm movement.
- Active – these are exercises that you will complete on your own, without the help of a physiotherapist.
Strengthening exercises are exercises that are designed to increase the strength of specific groups of muscles. Weak muscles can increase the risk of injury to the surrounding joints and soft tissues.
Specifically tailored strength exercises will reduce injury risk, improve function, improve quality of movement, delay the onset of arthritic conditions and improve performance in all areas of life.
We see many sportspeople come through our clinic doors, and whether you do it ‘just for fun’, sport as a hobby or professionally, everyone can end up with a sport-related injury which may cause you pain. A sport-specific tailored rehabilitation plan will give you the best chance of reducing aches and pains, reducing injury risk, returning to play and improving all-around performance.
Kinesiology tape can be applied straight to the skin and is a great way to stabilise the joints and aid muscle movement. Whilst it’s more often associated with treatment for sports injuries, it’s actually used as a treatment for many ailments.
How does it work?
Where the tape is placed, it applies pressure to the tissues surrounding it and can encourage blood flow and movement of the muscles.
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Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into the physiotherapy treatments we may use when treating your pain. We always start with a complimentary consultation, which will allow us to assess you before starting the examination and treatment.