Manual Handling 1

 

Acupuncture

Many Physiotherapists undergo additional training to allow them to treat patients using Acupuncture.  It is one of a number of skills used within Physiotherapy for the management of pain and inflammation.

Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing and pain relieving chemicals (Endorphins),in order to promote repair and rehabilitation.

Pre-sterilised, disposable needles are positioned over specific acupuncture points. The points chosen will be specific to the patient and their condition.

Around 10 needles may be used in one session. They are then left in place for approximately 20 minutes before being removed.

Acupuncture is not painful but patients may be aware of some needles as they pierce the skin. Most patients find the experience to be surprisingly relaxing and effective.

Cost: 1 hour £55 ¾ hour £47 ½ hour £39

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Bowen Technique

This holistic treatment can be used by Physiotherapists who have undergone additional training in theBowen technique. The Physiotherapist will always carry out a full assessment and diagnosis of the patients condition to determine whether Bowen is a suitable form of treatment for that individual.

The Bowen technique is a gentle manipulation of soft tissue over specific points which often correspond with acupuncture points. The Physiotherapist will choose which points to stimulate in each treatment, depending on the patient’s condition and general health at that time.

Bowen technique can treat most aches and pains and can also be effective for gynaecological, respiratory, neurological,kidney and digestive problems. Although the treatment feels gentle it is usually incredibly effective and deeply relaxing, even after just one session.

The moves can be carried out on skin, or through loose, light clothing. Each session takes 30 – 60 minutes. The treatment will be combined with the ususual advice on posture and exercise that you would expect from a Physiotherapist.

Cost: 1 hour £55 ¾ hour £47 ½ hour £39

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Continence and Pelvic Health

Many people will experience difficulties with their pelvic floor at some point in their lives. This can manifest itself as urinary or faecal incontinence; urgent needs to pass urine; dragging sensations down below; discomfort during intercourse; or simply persistent pain. Whilst many of these conditions may be linked with childbirth, men, children and older clients will also commonly be seen.

Techniques to treat the pelvic floor may include exercise; relaxation; trigger point massage; and lifestyle alterations.

Ante natal and post natal issues of pelvic pain and lack of function can also be dealt with. Conditions such as Pubic Symphysis disfunction, Sacro-iliac joint pain and separation of the abdominal muscles are often helped through Physiotherapy and exercise.

Cost: 1 hour £55 3/4 hour £47 1/2 hour £39

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Massage

Many Physiotherapists use massage as part of their treatment repertoire. It is a part of the basic Physiotherapy degree training but many Physiotherapists choose to do additional post graduate training to enhance their skills in this valuable treatment.

Anyone who has ever experienced a proper massage knows how wonderful it can feel; but there are also physiological benefits to this ancient form of treatment. Use of skilled and focussed strokes and pressure points can begin to undo chronic muscular tension and postural holding that may be of many years standing.

The key is that massage increases bodily awareness, and once aware the recipient is more able to relax and let go of areas that are working too hard. Tired, stiff and aching muscles are warmed and softened by an increase in circulation. Once a state of relaxation has been achieved, it is much easier for the recipient to then reproduce this for themselves.

Although a single massage is always enjoyable, the effects of massage are cumulative, and more regular massage treatments will bring the most benefits.  Regular massage can have the effect of strengthening and toning the entire body mechanism, and so help to prevent unnecessary strains and injuries that might otherwise occur due to excess tension and any resulting structural weaknesses.

Massage can also be used with caution on injured tissues.The Physiotherapist can stimulate or calm the nervous system, depending upon what is required by the individual. Muscles can be stimulated or calmed down depending on the techniques used. The flow of blood and lymph around the area is improved, helping to reduce swelling and fasciltate healing of muscle or ligament damage. Deeper techniques can also help to soften and break down scar tissue.

At its best, massage has the potential to restore the individual physically, mentally and spiritually.All of the Physiotherapists at Balanced Physiotherapy are trained in Massage, many to a very high level, and able to incorporate it into their treatments where appropriate.

Cost: 1 hour £55 ¾ hour £47 ½ hour £39

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Physio in your Home

Sometimes it may be beneficial for the Physiotherapist to come to you in your home. This may be because you are unable to get out of the house easily or it may be because some of the problems you are having are related to things you do at home. Physiotherapists frequently carry out treatment in the home if the patient has recently had surgery and is having temporary difficulty getting about; or if they have very acute back pain and can't get out due to pain; or if they have a Neurological condition such as a stroke or Multiple Sclerosis where the Physiotherapy treatment would be based on providing exercises or passive movements to improve functional activities.

Our home based Physiotherapy service is provided by Fiona Rowney who has 20 years experience as a Physiotherapist, most of which has been gained working with patients in their homes. Fiona is happy to visit patients in their houses and in Residential or Nursing care homes.

Cost: £65 1hr initial appointment  £60 1hr follow-up appointment  £40 1/2hr

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Sports Physiotherapy

Like medicine, Physiotherapy is a multi specialised profession. Sports Physiotherapists specialise in sports injuries and the rehabilitation required to get athletes and active people back to their sport as quickly and safely as possible. Their treatments also aim to minimise the risk of injury reoccurrence.

Sports Physiotherapists require an in-depth knowledge of sport and are often athletes themselves, making it easier for them to advise and guide patients on injury prevention and training management.

The specific stresses and Biomechanics which occur in every sport are different.  Understanding how these affect an athlete is essential to correctly assess, diagnose, advise and treat sports injuries.

At Balanced Physiotherapy we have Physiotherapists with extensive experience in the treatment of injuries resulting from rugby, squash, football, swimming, climbing and running. If you tell us your main sport when booking we can pair you up with the Physiotherapist best qualified to treat your condition.

Cost: 1 Hour £55 3/4 hour £47 1/2 hour £39

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