What is physiotherapy?
In the Oxford English dictionary physiotherapy is defined as “the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.”
Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession which means physiotherapists are recognised health care professionals who have the ability to assess, diagnose and manage a variety of conditions. Physiotherapy and physiotherapists are also protected titles which means for an individual to call themselves a “physiotherapist” they must have the necessary qualifications and conform to certain professional standards and be registered with the appropriate national bodies.
Physiotherapy usually involves an assessment, where questions are asked and an examination is performed to find the cause of the problem the individual presents with. From this assessment a structured treatment programme can be developed to allow the individual to manage and recover from the problem they present with.
Who can physiotherapy help?
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy usually involves assessing and treating a wide variety of injuries, conditions and diseases that affect the individual’s ability to move and function normally. These can involve the joints and bones of the body along with soft tissues such as muscles, nerves and ligaments.
Here at the Farnsfield physiotherapy and sports injury clinic we provide treatment for;
- Back and neck joint problems
- Upper limb and lower limb joint conditions
- Muscle and ligament injuries
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Sports injuries
- Ergonomic and workstation assessments
- Paediatric neurodevelopmental assessment
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists can use a variety of interventions to help relieve pain and help resolve those dysfunctions that cause problems with posture and movement that affect the many activities we perform on a day to day basis.
The physiotherapy interventions utilised at the Farnsfield physiotherapy and sports injury clinic are;
- Patient education
- Pain relieving modalities
- Exercise rehabilitation
- Manual therapy including joint, muscle and nerve mobilisation