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Beginners Guide To Physiotherapy…

Beginners guide to physiotherapy ….

Not everyone knows what to expect when attending their first Physiotherapy appointment and for some clients it’s the first time they have considered attending a healthcare professional. A Physiotherapist has a wealth of knowledge which they are keen to impart onto you and give you the tools self-manage and return to your previous level of function. 

The first time you visit a Physiotherapist the appointment is an initial assessment and will most likely last an hour. The Physiotherapist will ask several questions about whether you are in pain, what makes it worse and any patterns to your symptoms. This is all in order to build a clinical picture of your health and to understand how the injury may have occurred. There may be more questions about your more personal life, such as what you do for a living and your interests. This gives the Physiotherapist and idea of what you need to achieve and rehabilitation aims. 

Once the Physiotherapist has completed the verbal aspect of the assessment they will then go onto exam the problem area to narrow down the causes of the issue. During this part of the initial assessment the Physiotherapist will be observing how you move looking at the way your muscles are working and how your joints move. For your ease and the ease of the clinician suitable clothing is needed such as something comfortable and stretchy.  Always ask your physio if you are concerned.

The initial session will involve some treatment and there are several different treatment techniques that the Physiotherapist can use. Some may use massage therapy, electrotherapy or gentle mobilisations. The choice of treatment is a clinical decision made by the clinician and often involves a combination of techniques. Your programme will most likely involve exercises which you will be asked to complete at home. Your physiotherapist will ask you to set goals to your recovery which will be constantly monitored throughout your rehabilitation.

In some cases Physiotherapy may not be the most appropriate method of Treatment, in these situations your Physiotherapist will refer you onto the most suitable healthcare professional that can be of help.

If you do have any niggles that you’re ignoring or long term pain you’ve just become accustomed too, we may be able to help don’t be afraid to phone our reception and ask.

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