As medical professionals offering healthcare services we are allowed to remain open during this time. We would like to reassure everyone that we are strictly adhering to all PHE and CSP Covid 19 guidelines. We wear PPE for face to face consultations and have strict cleaning policies in place. Appointments are spaced out to ensure you will not come into contact with anyone other than the physio you are seeing. Virtual appointments are also available.
£58 Initial Assessment £55 subsequent follow up sessions -Up to 45 minutes
£58 Initial Assessment £55 subsequent follow up sessions - Up to 45 minutes
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a dynamic profession which uses a range of treatment techniques to restore movement and function within the body. For a more in depth explanation of physiotherapy, see the CSP Curriculum Framework definition.
What conditions can physiotherapists treat?
Most people are aware that physiotherapists treat common ailments like back pain, muscle sprain and sports injury. However, every day physiotherapists are helping patients to overcome a much wider range of conditions such as incontinence, osteoporosis, depression, asthma and even irritable bowel syndrome. Our A-Z index of conditions (link) provides further examples.
"Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential:
it uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status
it is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery
the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core." (source CSP website)
Physiotherapists work in a wide variety of health settings such as intensive care, mental illness, stroke recovery, occupational health, and care of the elderly.
To build a better picture of the range of conditions that physiotherapists can treat, see our A-Z of physiotherapy conditions (link). Entries are included for asthma, incontinence and heart disease amongst many others.
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain, inflammation and as a means of enhancing the body's own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation. Acupuncture within physiotherapy is used within the background of clinical and research evidence. The concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] is an ancient system of written scripts as far back as 1000BC, founded on the holistic concept of treatment and an acknowledgement of the body's ability to return to its balanced state of health, given the correct stimulus to do so.
There are many forces within the body that require balance in order to achieve health and fitness; two forces that are commonly referred to are YIN [negative] and YANG [positive]. Treatment with Acupuncture is undertaken with the aim or restoring all the body systems to a state of balance (homeostasis). This is achieved by an in depth physiotherapy assessment to determine the source of the imbalance and the correct acupuncture points required to address this imbalance and facilitate the body's return to a state of health both physically and mentally.The body has the ability to "self repair; the use of Acupuncture, Acupressure or Electro-Acupuncture enhances the repair mechanism and enables an improved recovery time allowing other physiotherapy treatments such as exercise, muscle strengthening and rehabilitation can achieve effective results.
The acupuncture needle will stimulate the flow of QI, which circulates in channels or meridians within the body. The QI circulates within the deeper organs of the body, but connects to the superficial skin. In the state of a normal healthy body, a balance exists between these systems. Both the superficial energy and the deeper energy can be influenced by the stimulation of specific acupuncture points. If injury, disease, emotional trauma or infection occurs, the natural flow of QI within the meridians and organs may well be affected and the result is an altered flow, either a slowing or stagnation of QI causing pain and inflammation, or a deficit of QI, which may cause weakness, exhaustion and longer debilitating disease. The stimulation of relevant acupuncture points may free stagnation, reduce excess or indeed, increase QI to the specific area or organ and thus help to restore normal QI flow and balance.
Acupuncture is used by Physiotherapists, against a background of sound research and evidence, as a means of enhancing pain modulation via the stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce NATURAL pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; melatonin to promote sleep, serotonin to promote well being, to name but a few. These assist the body's healing process and offer pain relief as a precursor for other manual or exercise therapy. Acupuncture is also used by Advanced AACP members as a means of addressing some systemic and longer term illness, but always with the aim of enhancing physiotherapy treatment and improving the quality of life.