Is physiotherapy massage?
No, physiotherapy is much more than massage. Physiotherapy treatment can include manual therapy (moving your joints), soft tissue mobilisation and electrotherapy, plus many more treatment options.
What types of problem can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy can be used to help manage a wide variety of health conditions that affect many of the body’s systems. Most often these conditions relate to problems with bones, nerves, joints and soft tissues. A few day to day examples of these are painful backs, necks and joints, sports injuries, injury resulting from accidents or rehabilitation after surgery or strokes.
What does the treatment involve? / What treatments will you use?
Your physiotherapist will begin with a full assessment and physical examination to establish the cause and nature of your condition. After this, the physiotherapist will look at the results and consider your past medical history to determine, in conjunction with your wishes, what treatment is most fitting for your needs and create a personalised treatment plan.
How long do sessions last?
The first appointment will involve a full assessment and will take up to 45 minutes. Following sessions will depend on what your treatment plan requires, however if you have any concerns about timings then you’re welcome to discuss this with your physiotherapist. Most follow up appointments are 30 minutes.
Will it hurt?
Some treatment can be uncomfortable but at no stage should you be unable to tolerate the level of discomfort. Your physiotherapist will give you clear guidelines on what to expect during and after treatment and what is a normal reaction. If you have any concerns then you should speak to your physiotherapist immediately.
How effective is physiotherapy?
In the vast majority of cases physiotherapy is considered extremely effective for appropriate conditions. Research suggests that physiotherapy significantly improves the rehabilitation and recovery of these conditions, as well as being instrumental in the prevention of further injury.
How many sessions will I need?
Your physiotherapy treatment is tailored to your individual needs, so it is not possible to advise in advance how many sessions will be required. At the first appointment your physiotherapist will suggest the number of treatments you will require based on your assessment findings.
You can be assured at Nuffield Health you will not be over or under-treated. We give all our physiotherapists regular audits and case reviews to ensure all our practitioners treat to the same high quality. We will never continue treating beyond the point that is necessary and will teach you how to take steps to help prevent needing future treatment.