Electrotherapy is a form of medical treatment, which uses small electrical impulses to repair tissue, stimulate muscles and increase sensations and muscle strength. These include ultrasound, interferential therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
Exercise therapy uses specific stylised movements to improve the way the body functions. It focuses on moving the body and its different parts to relieve symptoms and improve mobility, strength and balance to aid recovery, with patient specific programmes.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into the skin. This process has been uses for over 2000 years in China becoming an accepted for of western medicine in 1970@s. Chinese medicine belief is that energy through the body via channels, which have stagnated creating health issues. Stimulating these points with acupuncture helps restore the healthy flow of energy through the body
by the production of chemicals, such as endorphins which help control pain and reduce the sensitivity of tender points in the body.
Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. This practice augments the use of regular acupuncture, can restore health and well-being, and is particularly good for treating pain.
Cupping therapy is the method of using plastic cups with suction to create localised pressure by a vacuum. The vacuum inside the cups causes the blood to form in the area and help the healing in that area. Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. The suction from the cups can penetrate deep into your tissues causing the tissues to release harmful toxins. It triggers the lymphatic system, clears the blood vessels, and stretches and activates the skin.
Guasha manual therapy techniques which can be used to release tight muscle and connective tissue – all with the aid of simple tools, Guasha has been used with effect in many areas, from the Rugby World Cup and the field of sports medicine, to those patients with high muscle tone from stress related problems and for the treatment of more acute injuries such as whiplash. Results can be immediate.
Manual therapy is a hands on treatment which can include moving joints in specific directions at different speeds to regain movement (joint mobilisation and manipulation, muscle stretching passive movements of the affected area. Common techniques are Maitland Mobilisations, Mackenzie and Mulligan.
Soft Tissue Massage
Soft tissue massage is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body i.e. muscles, connective tissue/fascia, tendons, ligaments and joints. Soft tissue therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with every day and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, soft tissue therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Strapping Techniques are used by a physiotherapist in two ways, immediately after injury to prevent further movement which will aggravate the injury and to provide compressive support to control swelling. During the active rehabilitation period to provide mechanical support and proprioceptive feedback to the damaged muscle or joint to reduce the risk of further injury.
Advice is an essential part of Physiotherapy and Orthotics to help recovery from injury, prevention of further injury, re education to prevent poor working postures and repetitive strains. Everybody recovers at different speeds for different conditions so advice and support help clients to enable a happy pain free active life. One to One explanations enable myth busting and a better understanding of the client’s
own condition thus helping recovery.