What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a treatment used to help with the pain relief, healing and rehabilitation of most medical and surgical conditions. It is appropriate for a range of muscle, joint and nerve conditions whether resulting from injury, illness or disability.

Physiotherapists use a range of physical, hands-on techniques. As well as manual treatment they will also advise you on changes to lifestyle and ways you can reduce further muscle and joint problems with exercise programs and methods to cope with chronic conditions. If they consider it appropriate, physiotherapists may recommend you are seen by other specialists, for example orthopaedic surgeons, pain specialists or rheumatologists.

Is physiotherapy massage?

No, physiotherapy is much more than massage, although specific massage techniques may be used if they are regarded as an appropriate treatment to aid your recovery. Physiotherapy treatment can include manual therapy (moving your joints), soft tissue mobilisation (such as massage), acupuncture and electrotherapy, plus many more treatment options.

What types of problem can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy can be used to help manage a wide variety of health conditions that affect many of the body's systems. Most often these conditions relate to problems with bones, nerves, joints and soft tissues. A few day to day examples of these are painful backs, necks and joints, sports injuries, injury resulting from accidents or rehabilitation after surgery or strokes.

What does the treatment involve? / What treatments will you use?

Your physiotherapist will begin with a full assessment and physical examination to establish the cause and nature of your condition. After this, the physiotherapist will look at the results and consider your past medical history to determine, in conjunction with your wishes, what treatment is most fitting for your needs and create a personalised treatment plan.

What should I wear?

Wear some comfortable clothing such as a loose top, tracksuit or shorts and trainers that you feel able to move around in easily. Physiotherapists need to visually assess you in terms of movement and posture, as well as move different areas of your body, so these need to be accessible and visible.

How long do sessions last?

The first appointment will involve a full assessment and will take up to 45 minutes. Following sessions will depend on what your treatment plan requires, however if you have any concerns about timings then you’re welcome to discuss this with your physiotherapist. Most follow up appointments are 30 minutes.

Do you get treatment on your initial appointment?

Your first session will involve a full assessment and in most cases treatment and recommendations will be made.

Will it hurt?

Some treatment can be uncomfortable but at no stage should you be unable to tolerate the level of discomfort. Your physiotherapist will give you clear guidelines on what to expect during and after treatment and what is a normal reaction. If you have any concerns then you should speak to your physiotherapist immediately.

Can I bring someone with me?

You are more than welcome to have someone chaperone you during your treatment. In some cases a chaperone is compulsory, such as for children or someone with special needs.

How effective is physiotherapy?

In the vast majority of cases physiotherapy is considered extremely effective for appropriate conditions. Research suggests that physiotherapy significantly improves the rehabilitation and recovery of these conditions, as well as being instrumental in the prevention of further injury.

The amount of treatment that is required will vary from person to person but ActiveAyuLife monitors the average volume of treatment our patients receive. The average number of treatment sessions needed to achieve a positive post treatment outcome is approximately 5 sessions.

How will payment be taken?

For all bookings payment will be taken at the time of booking.

Why choose aActiveAyuLife physiotherapist?

Our patients tell us that they come to ActiveAyuLife for physiotherapy as they want to be able to choose the location and timing of the appointment and know that they are being treated with the best approach to get them better.

How many sessions will I need?

Your physiotherapy treatment is tailored to your individual needs, so it is not possible to advise in advance how many sessions will be required. At the first appointment your physiotherapist will suggest the number of treatments you will require based on your assessment findings.

You can be assured at ActiveAyuLife you will not be over or under-treated. We give all our physiotherapists regular audits and case reviews to ensure all our practitioners treat to the same high quality. We will never continue treating beyond the point that is necessary and will teach you how to take steps to help prevent needing future treatment.

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