Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists use physical treatments to help promote, restore and maintain your physical, psychological and social well-being.4-5,11 CHHC offer a quality service that is trustworthy and professional, without a long waiting list, and puts you and your goals first, enabling you to achieve the best results.

 

What is it?

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability” (www.csp.org.uk/your-health/what-physiotherapy)

 

Physiotherapy requires a minimum of 3 years rigorous training, with over 1,000 hours of intensive clinical practice in core specialties. Continued close monitoring ensures a high level of competency to ensure safe, evidence-based effective treatment for patients.1-3

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) members are bound by a code of professional values and behaviour, continued professional development and an annual clinical-audit to sustain and improve high standards of patient care.1-3

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Uses:

  • Beneficial for back-ache, sciatica and musculoskeletal problems, helps ease headaches, neck pain and whiplash5-7, 10-12, 14-16
  • Pain management, repetitive strain injuries, rheumatological conditions, joint range of movement and stiffness, and carpal tunnel
  • Individual rehabilitation for sports injuries, knee and ankle sprains or strains, tendinitis or overuse conditions like tennis elbow
  • Enhances optimum performance, sports stamina, flexibility and strength
  • Calms nervous system, reducing fatigue and boosting immunity
  • Stimulates digestion, waste elimination and encourages vitality
  • Promotes relaxation and tranquility by soothing anxiety, stress and tension
  • Effective in assessing safe ergonomic work-environments, preventing occupational overuse syndrome and postural dysfunction
  • Improves mental health and emotional condition, with advice on Lifestyle Management: Diet and Nutrition, Fitness and Exercise.

 

This is supported by a substantial amount of research and clinical evidence that shows the benefits of physiotherapy in illness and injury as well as promoting health and well-being.

 

Treatment Time + Approach:

Covering a wide range of health issues, Physiotherapists clinically reason in a holistic manner; that is to say, they look at the whole picture of what is going on, putting the patient at the centre of care and taking a flexible approach to treatment.

Initial clinical assessment will take 1 hour with detailed history and physical examination including palpation to feel problems – please bring a pair of loose shorts to your appointments, and be ready for lots of questions!5-12

We will take time to explain diagnosis and various treatment techniques. Then, in collaboration with the patient, a treatment plan will be agreed, which will be continually reviewed to enable the patient to achieve their goals.12-16 Treatments may include:

 

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Myotome,  dermatome and reflex tests

Remedial massage, mobilisation  and manual therapy

Exercise therapy

Trigger pointing, PNF and METS

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Core stability training

Postural correction and ergonomic advice

Breathing techniques and relaxation exercises

Education and advice


 

History: physio landscap 3

As far back as ancient Greece, physicians such as Hippocrates advocated massage and manual techniques to maintain good health.

The CSP was founded in 1894, awarded a Royal Charter in 1920, and certified as an independent trade union in 1976. Presently, the CSP is a leading professional and educational organisation in the UK that embodies the highest standards of care.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the regulatory body for health professions. Only fully qualified physiotherapists who meet the standards of training, professional skills, behaviour and health may register. You may check the HCPC Register at www.hcpc-uk.org/check/1-3

 

 

Recognised Body + References:

1        Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2011) Code of Professional Values and Behaviour
http://www.csp.org.uk/professional-union/professionalism/csp-expectations-members/code-professional-values-behaviour (accessed 121103)
2        Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2011) Measuring Quality Improvement
http://www.csp.org.uk/topics/measuring-quality-improvement-physiotherapy (accessed 121103)
3        Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 2012, Standards:
http://www.hpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/standards/ (accessed 121103)
4     Vicenzino B and Wright A (2007) Physical Treatments. In:  Strong J, Unruh A, Wright A, and Baxter GD (Eds). Pain a Textbook for Therapists. China: Churchill Livingstone.
5        Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2012) Physiotherapy Works: http://www.csp.org.uk/professional-union/practice/your-business/evidence-base/physiotherapy-works(accessed 121103)
6        Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2012) Conditions: http://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/conditions
7     Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2012) Healthy Living: http://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/move-health-campaign(accessed 121103)
8        Wittink H, Cohen LJ and Hoskins Michel T (2002) Pain Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy Treatment. In: Wittink H and Hoskins Michel T (Eds). Chronic Pain Management For Physical Therapists (2nd Edition). United States of America: Butterworth-Heinemann.
9        Vlaeyen JWS, Crombez G and Goubert L (2007) The Psychology Of Chronic Pain And Its Management. Physical Therapy Review; Special Issue – Pain, 12, (1): 179-188.
10      Watson P and Spanswick CC (2000) Maintenance of change and skill enhancement. In: Main CJ and Spanswick CC (Eds). Pain Management: Pain Management An Interdisciplinary Approach. China: Churchill Livingstone.
11       Sluka KA (2009) General Principles of Physical Therapy Practice in Pain Management. In: Sluka KA (Eds). Mechanisms and Management of Pain for the Physical Therapist (Editorial) United States of America: International Association for the Study of Pain.
12      Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2008) CSP Factsheet: Guide to Effective Stress-Busting! http://www.csp.org.uk/search/index.cfm (accessed 121103)
13      Sim J (2004) Fundamentals of Moral Decision-Making. In: French S and Sim J (Ed) Physiotherapy: A Psychosocial Approach (3rd Edition). Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann Publishers.
14      Liddle SD, Baxter and Gracy JH (2009) Physiotherapists Use of Advice and Exercise For the Management of Chronic Low Back Pain: A National Survey. Manual Therapy, 14 (1): 189-196.
15      Edwards I,  Jones M, Carr J, Braunack-Mayer A and Jensen GM (2004) Clinical Reasoning Strategies in Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy, 84 (12): 312-330.
16      Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (2008) Scope of Practice:
http://www.csp.org.uk/uploads/documents/PD001%20Scope%20of%20Practice%202008.pdf(accessed 121103)