Chronic (ongoing) muscular, skeletal or joint pain can be seriously debilitating. Movement becomes difficult and the constant pain can leave you tired, anxious and depressed. Without help, quality of life can be impaired.
But, don’t despair, at Medcare we offer a combination of treatments, including osteopathy and physiotherapy, to deal with pain and the causes of pain.
Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.
It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care.
When is physiotherapy used?
Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions, including problems affecting the:
- bones, joints and soft tissue – such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and sports injuries
- brain or nervous system – such as movement problems resulting from a stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease
- heart and circulation – such as rehabilitation after a heart attack
- lungs and breathing – such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis
Physiotherapy can improve your physical activity while helping you to prevent further injuries.
What physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness.
Some of the main approaches used by physiotherapists include:
- education and advice – physiotherapists can give general advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries
- movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises may be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body
- manual therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body
There are other techniques that may sometimes be used, such as exercises carried out in water (hydrotherapy or aquatic therapy) or acupuncture.
What is the difference between osteopathy and physiotherapy?
Both professions have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology and hands on techniques but there are differences with the two professions training. Physiotherapists in the UK generally train through the NHS and cover rotations in fields of the musculoskeletal, neurological and respiratory health. Osteopathic training specialises in musculoskeletal health, and they are well versed in the application of spinal and joint manipulation, a core part of their 4 year training. Osteopaths tend to work more with their hands. Physiotherapists are trained to use exercise and modalities such as ultrasound and electrotherapy. There are however several post graduate courses available to both professionals to train in these different treatment modalities.
Medcare’s clinician is qualified in osteopathy and physiotherapy.
Through massage, manipulation and realignment therapies, our highly qualified and experienced therapist can treat a range of painful conditions, including:
- Back pain
- Back pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Golf elbow
- Trapped nerves
- Headaches and migraine
- Tennis elbow
Our osteopath works closely with the Medcare GP so that any conditions that may require medical intervention can be quickly assessed and treated.
Often people talk about a chiropractor as well when discussing the treatment of back pain. Read more information about the whole range here; Chiropractic, Osteopathy or Physiotherapy? Which is right for you?
Block bookings are available to save you money on multiple treatments. Call to make an appointment on 966 860 258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org