Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapists can help through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.
What physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical conditions such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.
We see the way that you move as central to your health and wellbeing. We are here to help you identify movement problems that may be contributing to pain, stiffness and/or weakness.
Treatment options will be discussed at your initial assessment and may include:
•Soft tissue massage
•Mobilisation (a gentle form of joint movement)
•Electrotherapy such as ultrasound or interferential to assist in tissue recovery
•Rehabilitation including stretching, strength and postural advice.
We can help you recover from illness and operations with a gradual programme of exercises, advice about what you can and cannot do and hands on treatment where necessary.
We also offer home visits if you are unable to attend either the Brighton or Hove clinics at the start of your recovery.
- Acupuncture/Dry Needling Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine, being first recorded over 3,000 years ago. Increasingly, many physiotherapists are finding acupuncture an effective complement to their skills as it assists the body to heal itself and it eases pain. There are several theories as to how acupuncture works. The traditional Chinese view is that Qi (energy) flows freely when the body is healthy but stagnates when there is a problem, and that stimulation of acupuncture points frees this stagnation. Certainly research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving and healing chemicals. So there is now increasing scientific evidence to support the traditional Chinese view. Acupuncture at this clinic is only practised by physiotherapists who are trained to use the strictest hygienic and safe techniques. Only sterile disposable needles are used. For further information, please visit the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists website: www.aacp.co.uk