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What is Physiotherapy?

You have probably heard of the profession of physiotherapy. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function and don’t just treat people who are in pain. A large part of our therapist's programme is directed at preventing injury, loss of movement, and even surgery. The cornerstones of our physiotherapy treatment to achieve this are:

·                     Postural and ergonomic assessments / education

·                     Thermal modalities (ice / heat)

·                     Strapping / taping

·                     Soft tissue mobilisation  

·                     Orthopaedic manual therapy

·                     Exercise and functional movement therapy / education

·                     Injury, disease and lifestyle awareness / education 

Although other kinds of practitioners will offer some of these treatments as "physiotherapy," it's important for you to know that physiotherapy can only be provided by a qualified and state registered physiotherapist.

Physiotherapy is a diverse discipline treating a vast range of conditions and can therefore be accessed in a variety of settings such as NHS hospitals, GP practices, gyms, health and sports clubs.  
Why are people referred to physiotherapy?

Referrals to physiotherapy are often because of a movement dysfunction associated with pain. Individuals are frequently reporting difficulty in moving body part(s) such as bending at the low back or turning the neck. Others experience limitations with daily activities including difficulty getting out of a chair, an inability to play sports, or trouble with walking. People also complain of sustaining certain positions like sitting or standing and even difficulty sleeping on a shoulder. Physiotherapists commonly treat such movement and postural dysfunctions and their associated pains to restore your body's ability to move and position itself in a normal manner.

A typical consultation will start off with a full medical case history, clinical examination and diagnosis. This will be followed up with the appropriate treatment choice; managing both the cause and the symptoms.

Body-Pro physiotherapists predominantly use 'hands on' assessment and treatment techniques. It is therefore advisable to wear clothing such as shorts, loose tops, etc. and in most cases you will be asked to remove clothing to enable the physiotherapist to carry out the examination / treatment. 

Why should I choose a private practice physiotherapist?

Often individuals just want to avoid the NHS waiting lists, whilst others want an easily accessible and effective service. Interestingly, there is some significant research that shows the benefits of private clinics for the treatment of your movement impairments. 

Most forms of physiotherapy treatment are covered by health insurance companies; however over 80% of our clients pay themselves.

Read the following links for further information on why you should choose private practice physiotherapy:

·                     Mitchell, J., Scott, E., Physician Ownership of Physiotherapy Services: Effects on Charges, Utilization, Profits, and Service Characteristics, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992.

·                     "Joint Ventures Among Health Care Providers in Florida ," State of Florida Health Care Cost Containment Board, 1991.

·                     Domholdt E, Durchholz AG. Direct access use by experienced therapists in states with direct access. PhysTher. 1992 Aug;72(8):569-74.

·                     Federal Office of the Inspector General May 1, 2006 - This report calls into question billing processes done by non-physiotherapist owned practices.