Physiotherapy is a science based healthcare profession involving an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology. At Premier Physio, our principle aim is to help restore movement and function through effective diagnosis and treatment of pain, injury and ailments.
Below is a definition taken from the CSP curriculum framework (January 2002)
“Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical and social well being, taking into account variations in health status. Physiotherapy offers an array of therapeutic avenues from which we select the most appropriate. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status”
Examples of commonly treated problems include:
Treatments tools available include:
- Back and neck pain
- Muscular problems
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Sport related injuries
Exercise prescription (core stability, strength and stretching)
The aim of core stability training is to effectively engage the trunk muscles and then learn to control the position of the lumbar spine during dynamic movements to effectively assist in pain reduction.
Manual techniques (joint mobilisation and manipulation)
Joint mobilisation and manipulation are treatment techniques used to manage musculoskeletal dysfunction. They are used to restore joint flexibility that has been lost due to injury or disease. Therefore are used when range of motion or mobility is lacking along with a treatment tool to help reduce pain.
Soft tissue techniques (massage therapy)
More and more people are realising that a complete workout routine includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.
Electrotherapy (ultrasound and interferential)
Electrotherapy is used for relaxation of muscle spasms, prevention of muscle atrophy, increase of local blood circulation and muscle rehabilitation. It can directly block the transmission of pain signals along nerves. In addition, electrical stimulation has been shown to promote the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the body.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which involves the insertion of very fine needles at key points (known as acupuncture points) into the body. Acupuncture is primarily used to ease symptoms of pain and discomfort, allowing further treatment modalities to take place.
Selections of techniques are employed to ensure optimum benefit to your health.
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