Smithy Clinic

Treatments

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What kind of problems does Physiotherapy help ?

  1. Most spinal problems, whether in the neck or back.
  2. Sports injuries
  3. Painful shoulders, elbows, hips, knees etc.
  4. Arthritic conditions affecting the joints
  5. Rheumatic conditions such as Ankylosing Spondylitis or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  6. Weakness after illness or injury, especially following immobilisation in plaster.
  7. Helping you get back to fitness.
  8. Neurological conditions such as Stroke or Parkinson’s Disease.
  9. Chronic chest conditions where the chest needs clearing.

 

For further help and information you can access the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy at www.csp.org.uk

To check on the registration of our therapists you can access the Health Profession Council website at  www.hpc-uk.org

What sort of treatments do we provide

A full examination and assessment

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    1. Mobilisation
    2. Manipulation of joints
    3. Exercise prescription
    4. Postural realignment
    5. Electrotherapy (Ultrasound, Megapulse, Interferential, Rebox, Infrared)
    6. Acupuncture
    7. Massage (as a part of a treatment plan)
    8. Bowen technique

 

More about treatments.

The main thrust of physiotherapy is, of course, to relieve pain. After this our watchword is restore function.

This is usually accomplished by restoring movement to stiff or blocked joints, wherever they may be in the body. We teach exercises to do at home to restore the normal alignment of the body, and to help it to heal.

Healing is encouraged by electrical modalities (listed above) and by Acupuncture. There may be lifestyle or work related problems which impact on the patient and we always try to advise and encourage change in those things that can be altered.

Following on from formal physiotherapy treatment.

Your physiotherapist may feel that you need to work a little harder at keeping yourself fit and strong in the future. We are able to arrange one to one sessions with a Yoga teacher Anny Mulder-Nomen, and also one to one Pilates with Trish Darling.

The one to one format is intended to be helpful to those who find exercise classes intimidating. However we are hopeful that once you have tried a form of exercise you will really want to join a class and maintain your fitness.

Your Doctor

Do you need to see your GP before coming to us?

NO – unless your health insurance provider insists upon this.

Although a great many of our patients are referred to us by their GP’s or Consultants it is OK to be seen here directly. We will always liaise with whichever doctor you wish us to contact if we feel that there is a problem requiring further tests, for example Xrays or Blood tests, or if a surgical opinion is required.
For example – if you have a knee problem click here:- www.neiltheknee.co.uk for Neil Bradbury, specialist knee surgeon in Bath & London.

If you are suffering from shoulder pain and you need to see an Orthopaedic Consultant you should contact www.shoulderspecialists.co.uk

We have the facility to organise MRI scans if they seem to be appropriate.