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What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy aims to restore movement and function when you are affected by injury, illness or disability.  I can do this by using manual therapy techniques such as joint mobilisations, massage, acupuncture, taping, stretching and soft tissue release combined with postural assessment.  You are likely to be given exercises to complete and lifestyle advice to follow.  It is your choice if you follow these but if you don’t change habits that have caused the problem, any relief you gain could be short-term.  It is important that you are involved in your own recovery through awareness, empowerment and participation in your treatment.

What happens when I come for physiotherapy?

At your first appointment you will be thoroughly assessed in order for me to determine what is at fault - you might not realise that pain in your knees can be caused by an imbalance in the hips or back.

A treatment programme will then be discussed so together we can relieve pain and prevent any recurrence.  Techniques will be used to address your particular injury or condition and I will discuss what exercises would be useful for you to do at home.  It will then be discussed if you need any further appointments and they can be booked in there and then.

I will advise you if you need referral to another specialist and will ask your permission to write to your GP if required.

You may want to wear or bring shorts for any lower limb problems or a sleeveless top for any upper limb issues.  If you are suffering from an overuse injury, such as knee pain when running, it would be useful for you to bring any trainers you normally wear when running.

It will be useful to bring a list of medications you are currently taking.

Who can practice Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapist is a protected title by law this meaning that all physiotherapists have undergone degree level training and are bound by rules and regulations to ensure patient safety.  Most physiotherapists are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has published some public information leaflets that you may find useful here

How much are appointments?

 The initial appointment is £40 and can take up to an hour, subsequent appointments are £35 for up to 45 minutes.