A Physiotherapist is qualified to perform a variety of treatments to help you.
Joint mobilisation can be useful for treating both pain and stiffness of any joint. Mobilisations can be very small or large movements depending on the joint being moved and the desired outcome. Joint mobilisation can include manipulation if appropriate and consented by the patient.
Soft Tissue Mobilisation
This includes Massage, transverse frictions, trigger point massage, muscle energy techniques and myofascial release. These techniques are used to improve circulation, drainage of lymph and flexibility. Soft tissues treated include muscle, tendon, ligament and fascia. Soft tissue mobilisation can be used to reduce inflammation, ease stiffness, promote healing and restore normal function.
Electrotherapy can be used for reducing inflammation and promoting healing of injured tissue. Ultrasound therapy is the most commonly used electrotherapy treatment. A small ultrasound head is slowly moved over the area to be treated, using a gel to maintain contact. Various setting are used to gain different effects, depending on the nature of the tissue being treated.
Often exercises are used as part of your physiotherapy treatment. Exercises are tailored and prescribed to each individual patient, to ensure that the appropriate exercises are carried out for your condition. Exercises are used acutely to restore function and also long term for prevention of reoccurrence of any problems.
Stretches can be carried out passively by the physiotherapy and also actively by your self. Emphasis is again placed on the correct stretches being used, based on assessment findings. They are intended to restore normal length to a tight or injured area, thus restoring normal function.
Acupuncture may be offered to you as part of your rehabilitation and pain management programme. Acupuncture is one of a number of different types of treatment a physiotherapist can provide and there is good evidence for its effectiveness. Acupuncture is viewed by physiotherapists as a complementary therapy rather than alternative therapy. (Read More).
The Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique is a gentle, subtle and relaxing hands-on treatment. The practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to make a series of precise, rolling-type moves over muscle. During the treatment there are a series of short breaks where the patient is left resting to allow their body to respond to the gentle moves that have been performed. This rest period is an important part of the treatment and gives the body time to make the subtle and fine adjustments, which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain. It is these features which make the Bowen Technique unique. (Read More).