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What is Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy (or physical therapy), originated from ancient Greece. Its benefits were identified by Hippocrates around 400BC.
It evolved from simple massage technique to the physiotherapy of today which now uses a number of techniques to treat patients.
A popular technique of physiotherapy used today is hydrotherapy (using water immersion). This technique was practised by Hippocrates.
How does Physiotherapy work?
The Physiotherapist will aim to increase the range of movement in the client's body and re-energise the strength of the muscles.
The Physiotherapist will use a number of techniques which aim to restore the body to its correct functioning state. These techniques include massage, manipulation, heat therapy, mobilisation and hydrotherapy.
A further technique called electrotherapy is sometimes used. Using ultrasound, laser therapy and electrical nerve stimulation, the physiotherapist will aim to improve circulation, stimulate the body's own pain relieving chemicals (called endorphins) and reduce swelling.
In order to facilitate the most effective healing process, the Physiotherapist will also look at the client's diet and a regime of exercises to enhance the treatments.
What does Physiotherapy treatment involve?
The initial appointment is usually up to an hour.
After taking medical notes, the Physiotherapist will carry out an examination of the problem and carry out appropriate treatment. Follow up appointments are usually 30 minutes. The number of appointments needed will depend on the nature of the problem.
What can Physiotherapy help?
Neck and shoulder pain including whiplash injury, weakness including strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, loss of movement, arthritic pain, migraine and repetitive strain injuries.