Ever wondered what physiotherapy actually involves? Is it the same as having a massage? How long does the average session last and how should I dress? We’ve put together these answers to the questions that we often asked…
What exactly is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is treatment that can be given patients in order to aid with pain relief, healing and rehabilitation of injuries, pain, medical and surgical conditions. The treatment is often recommended for a variety of muscular, joint and nerve conditions that may be the result of injury, illness or disability.
Achieve Physiotherapy will treat the patient using hands-on techniques. Aside from the included manual treatment, physiotherapists can also give advice on how to alter your lifestyle which can reduce the possibility of further muscular pain and joint problems, as well as providing you with exercises to take care of chronic conditions.
Is physiotherapy the same as massage?
Physiotherapy will introduce massage techniques if it is a suitable treatment to aid in a patient’s recovery however; it is more than a massage. Treatments can range from manual therapy which moves the joints, soft tissue mobilisation which would introduce a massage, to acupuncture, exercises and many more.
What problems can physiotherapy help with?
There is a wide variety of health conditions that physiotherapy can aid with, many of these conditions are in relation to the bones and joints, nerves, and soft tissues. Achieve Physiotherapy specialises in the assistance of conditions such as: arthritis; sports injuries; antenatal and postnatal; post operative recovery; back and neck pain; issues with the bones and joints and issues that occure in the occupational/corporate workplace environment.
What does treatment involve?
Upon meeting a physiotherapist, they will initially begin a full assessment and physical examination in order to determine the nature of the patient’s condition, as well as the cause. Following this, the impact of the condition will be reviewed, as will the patient’s medical history to establish, in mutual agreement with the patient’s wishes, which treatment is most suitable and will then compile a tailored treatment programme.
How should I dress?
It is advised that patients wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Bear in mind that a physiotherapist will need to visually assess a patient regarding posture and movement, and will possibly need to move various areas of the body, thus these areas will need to be visible and assessable. Additionally, when the treatments involve manipulation and massage the site of injury will need to be exposed.
How long does a regular session last?
The initial appointment will involve a full assessment and will last 30 minutes. Most follow up appointments will last for 30 minutes.
Is it possible for treatment to be received on the first appointment?
Initial meetings with a physiotherapist will involve a full assessment and, frequently, recommendations and treatment will be made.
Will I need to see a doctor prior to treatment?
If a patient is referring themselves to a physiotherapist and will be paying for their own treatment, a visit to the GP is not necessary.
If a patient holds private medical insurance, they may need to obtain a referral from their GP in accordance to their insurer’s requirement. It is important to know that you should always check with your insurance company prior to attending your first session.
Will treatment hurt?
On some occasions there can be discomfort. Physiotherapists will provide patients with an overview of what to expect prior, during, and following treatment and what reaction is expected from the treatment that is being given. Patients are advised to consult with their physiotherapist immediately if they have any concerns about the treatment.
Can I bring someone with me?
Patients are welcome to bring a friend/family member with them to act a chaperone, of sorts, during the treatment. There are some cases where a chaperone is obligatory, such as with a patient with a disability or a child.
If you have any concerns, please speak to one of our Birmingham-based physiotherapists who will be happy help…