What is Physiotherapy?

"Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability.
And as a healthcare profession, physiotherapy's science foundation covers a broad and varied range of work which involves working with people to promote their own health and well being." 2012
The skills and knowledge of physiotherapists are valued in many different settings from intensive care units and other hospital wards to specialist neurological units, industry, sport, research and in the community.

What to expect from your first appointment

Your physiotherapy assessment is usually in 2 parts - a detailed discussion of your injury and then the physical examination.
1) The initial discussion - this is to enable the physiotherapist to understand the history of your injury, how it affects your life and activities and the types of stresses and strains your injury is under in your day to day life. we will also ask about your medical history and what medication you are currently taking
2) The physical examination - this is where we systematically test the different tissues and look at your movement, strength, balance and muscle length amongst many other things to track down where your injury is coming from.
We can usually start your treatment as part of your first appointment.

What to wear 

Please wear loose comfortable clothes to your assessment and depending on your injury you may need to take off some of your clothes to enable us to see your joints and muscles moving. If you have a back or lower limb injury please bring a pair of shorts if possible.