Manual Therapy is a specialised form of physiotherapy delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practictioners use their hands to put pressure on muscle tissue and mobilise/manipulate joints in an attempt to decrease pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction.
A personalised programme of theraputic exercise prescribed by your physiotherapist to help achieve your goals identified during assessment. These may be to mobilise or help stabilise painful joints and strengthen weak muscles.
Other forms of exercise such as swimming or cycling are often included in a programme to help return to the appropriate level of fitness, activity and endurance required to lead a normal life (e.g. work, walk the dog or any sport)
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used forover 3,000 years in China. There are several theories as to how the effects are produced. However, research shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natura lpain relieving chemicals – endorphins. It does not work for everybody and every condition, but frequently good results are achieved. The effects of acupuncture often increase as treatment progresses. Initially, the condition may worsen slightly before you feel any benefit. Physiotherapists providing acupuncture will have completed a recognised post graduate training course and be a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered
Education and Advice
In order to recover from illness, injury or surgery it is essential to have an understanding of what is going on and how to make a swift and permanent recovery. Physiotherapists are key to providing the appropriate information and guiding and supporting you through each stage of recovery – and finally teaching you how to prevent reoccurance.
Often used as an adjunct to other treatment modalities, e.g. ultrasound, to speed up the healing process.