What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.
Physiotherapists use movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice to help patients manage pain.
Chiswick Physio, Nathan Carter specialises in back and neck pain, sports injuries, overuse injuries as well as post-operative management, offering a comprehensive range of chartered physiotherapy, fitness and training services.
The clinic has biomechanical assessment systems to assess you statically and dynamically in order to determine if poor mechanics is a factor of your back pain or sporting injury. Once this has been identified, Nathan can work to correct your biomechanics or stability to optimise your performance and relieve you of your pain. This may be through the insertion of podiatry orthotics, a gym and/or home based exercise programme or hands on treatment.
What conditions can it treat?
Orthopaedic physiotherapy is used to treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions such as
- Sport and workplace injuries
- Back pain
- Postural problems
- Reduced mobility
How does Physiotherapy work?
Physiotherapy predominantly works through movement and exercise. Your physiotherapist may massage or manipulate an area to improve motion. They will prescribe exercises designed to strengthen your body, improve function and range of motion. Exercises usually need to be repeated daily for a period of weeks. Physios advise you about which exercises you need to do and will demonstrate how to perform them for best results.
What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?
- Recovery from injury and physical trauma
- Pain management with reduced need for painkillers
- Improved mobility and movement
- Avoiding surgery
- Improved balance and fall prevention
Who can benefit from Physiotherapy?
Almost anyone who has an injury or physical disability can benefit from using physiotherapy, including children and elderly patients. It can help to reduce the pain of most musculoskeletal conditions and helps the sufferer to return to whichever activities that may be negatively affected by the pain.
How should I prepare for a Physiotherapy session?
When preparing for your initial physio session, take time to review the history of your problem. How and when did the issue begin? What was your functional mobility pre-injury? Has your problem changed at all or does anything make it feel better or worse? Your Physiotherapist will ask you questions related to your injury and may want to know what medications you are taking.
Your first session will involve an evaluation so be prepared to be asked to move a lot during the session. Make sure you wear clothes that are easy to move around in. Bring shorts with you if you have ankle, hip or knee pain and if you have upper body pain wear a shirt that provides access to your shoulders and arms.
Are there any side effects?
As with any physical therapy it is possible to experience muscle soreness or tenderness if deep massage or manipulation has been applied. It can also be possible to experience pain or fatigue in muscles as they adapt to new exercises. Any pain experienced should be minimal and it would be important to contact your physiotherapist if you’re feeling worse so that they can advise you on how best to manage the issue.
To find out more and book a treatment, please call The Massage Centre on 020 8166 8958