We offer a team of experienced Manchester physiotherapists at our clinic. They’re ready to help you with current injuries as well as avoiding these injuries from worsening in the future.
What is Physiotherapy?
Many people wonder exactly what physiotherapy is, and if it is a true medical treatment. We’d like to assure you that physiotherapy (also called physio) is a science-based healthcare profession that uses a holistic approach to treating injuries, disabilities, and which can also help with recovery after an illness.
The goal of physiotherapy is to improve the movement and function of your body. This is accomplished through corrective techniques that help to rehabilitate muscles, joints, and soft tissue structures. Physio also provides preventative healthcare and lifestyle advice to help avoid the same problem from recurring, or to keep an individual from developing additional problems in the future.
What is a Physiotherapist & What are Their Qualifications?
Freedom Care Clinics only hires medical professionals for our Manchester physiotherapists. The person who offers you physiotherapy is called a physiotherapist. In the UK, physiotherapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the UK’s regulatory body for health and care professionals.
Physiotherapists are highly trained healthcare practitioners who must complete a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in physical therapy and earn their physiotherapy license in order to start their practice as healthcare professionals.
In addition, a physiotherapist’s degree has to be certified by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. And, if a physiotherapist wishes to specialise in a certain area, they are required to complete an additional degree, which may include orthopaedics or sports medicine.
What Does a Physiotherapist Do?
First, you’ll physiotherapists in their own clinics, or working alongside doctors in a clinic or hospital. Not only do they work with doctors, but Physiotherapists also work with nurse, psychologists, occupational therapists and other healthcare providers.
They work with people of all ages; in fact, a physiotherapist make work on newborn babies, and on patients all the way up to those who are extremely old.
Physiotherapists work to assess, treat and manage a wide range of physical problems. They can treat medical issues dealing with the cardiovascular, neuromuscular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. When it comes to musculoskeletal conditions, physiotherapists can treat the following:
Spinal problems: including back pain, slipped or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, sciatica, neck pain (including neck injuries such as whiplash) and even osteoporosis.
Soft tissue injuries: including sports injuries, knee pain or injuries, meniscus tear, hamstring injuries, repetitive strain injuries, groin pain, should pain (rotator cuff, bursitis, tendonitis), wrist pain (including carpal tunnel), sprained ankles, foot pain and more.
Rheumatological issues: which include arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), gout, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and joint pain.
Rehabilitation: after a discectomy, laminectomy, lumbar fusion, shoulder operations, knee and hip replacements, and more.
In addition, a physiotherapist can educate a patient and offer advice on how to improve certain aspects of their life. This may include advice on improving posture, how to correctly lift and carry objects, help improve pain and disability, and how to prevent future injuries or recurring injuries.
In our physiotherapy Manchester clinic, the physiotherapist also provides guidance on how to correctly do exercises, as well as recommending exercises for a patient’s overall wellbeing. Exercises may be recommended to improve health and mobility, strengthen specific areas on the body, improve sensibility, coordination, balance and to do tasks. Physical activity and exercise have been proven to be effective in the treatment, and management, of many health conditions.
Physiotherapists may also use manual therapy through the use of their hands to help relieve pain, stiffness, and improve mobility of parts of the body that have been injured or that need rehabilitation. For this type of therapy, the physiotherapist will use controlled, passive movements to help loosen tissues and joints that have been injured. They may also use mobilisation techniques, which are under the patient’s control.
Another type of manual therapy that may be required is manipulation. This type of therapy uses fast, somewhat forceful, single movements which are controlled by the physiotherapist. This work helps to loosen up joints.
Massage is another technique used by physiotherapists, which can be used to relieve pain and swelling.
This type of therapy is sometimes recommended by the physiotherapist in Manchester to treat orthopaedic, neurological, and rheumatological conditions. Hydrotherapy is usually done in a shallow pool that is heated to body temperature. During this therapy, the physiotherapist helps the patient to perform certain exercises in the water.
This form of therapy makes use of water’s resistance and assistance, so the patient can work in a low-gravity environment. This makes it much easier to move joints and muscles without stress and pain. In addition, hydrotherapy can work to improve breathing, relieve pain, improve mobility, strengthen muscles, improve circulation and help the patient to fell better overall.
Our physiotherapists can also use acupuncture to treat certain medical conditions. Acupuncture is a therapy based on ancient Chinese medicine, which uses very fine needles that are inserted into the skin. The needles are placed on specific points of the body to treat a wide variety of conditions including inflammation and pain.
How Do I Know if Physiotherapy is Right for Me?
Physiotherapy is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions (see our list above). If you have an injury that’s causing pain, or pain that has developed over time, you may be a good candidate for physiotherapy. Please contact our physiotherapy Manchester clinic if you have any questions.
What Can I Expect on the First Visit to a Manchester Physiotherapist?
For your first visit, the physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your medical issue(s). Then they will provide a diagnosis, and then recommend a treatment plan. Before creating a treatment plan, the physiotherapist will discuss all treatment options, techniques and more that can be used to treat your condition.
Do I Need a Referral from a Doctor to See a Physiotherapist?
No, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. However, you may be referred to the physiotherapist by another healthcare professional. You can easily book an appointment directly with the physiotherapist.
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
Manchester : 0161 503 5656
Leeds Park Sq
Lower Ground Floor
29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ
Manchester, Queen Street
Freedom Care Clinics
Same Day Doctor
28 Queen St