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Physiotherapy Services We Offer
Here at Bentham Physiotherapy Clinic we are pleased to be able to offer a wide range of Musculoskeletal Treatments including:
Mobilisation and Massage of joints and soft tissues
Soft tissues and joints often become tight and restricted following injury, surgery or even just a lifetime of poor posture, they can often be a cause of ongoing pain and stiffness. Hands on techniques that stretch and mobilise these tissues can really improve pain and movement.
Trigger Point Releases
This is another “hands on” technique used to release tightness specifically in muscles and myofascial junctions. Trigger points can cause muscle stiffness and pain both locally and referring some distance from the point. Releasing these points can help this pain and longer term, be an important part of rehabilitating poor movement patterns and preventing recurrence as well.
Deep Friction Therapy
Following injury, the normal healing process of the body causes scar tissue. We find that sometimes the scar tissue limits and tightens surrounding soft tissues so that normal painfree movement is impossible. Deep Friction Therapy is a very small amplitude, localised massage technique that helps to mobilise and release the tightened scar and surrounding tissue. Typical conditions where deep friction therapy can help include: medial collateral ligament of the knee, chronic Achilles tendonitis, Muscle tear or strain.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used for over 3,000 years in China. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture uses specific acupuncture points along consistent channels to stimulate and optimise the body’s energy (Qi). Western Acupuncture utilises local acupuncture points that are identified often by palpation, and may or may not correlate with Traditional Chinese points. Trigger points can often be treated very successfully using local acupuncture needles.
Research has shown that 70% of people gain pain relief with acupuncture. It does not work for everyone and every condition but, frequently, good results are achieved when more conventional treatment has failed. Some people are particularly good responders but others may see little benefit until they have had a few treatments; this is more likely with chronic conditions.
Conditions that may be helped by acupuncture: acute and chronic pain, nausea, dizziness, sports injuries, arthritis, back and neck pain, headaches and muscle and joint problems.
Electrotherapy including ultrasound and TENS
The Clinic will use various forms of electrotherapy to assist your recovery from injury and pain.
Ultrasound is a very high frequency sound wave that is transmitted into the tissues, it promotes accelerated healing. This is particularly useful in acute conditions where there is a lot of swelling and inflammation e.g. sprained ankle, acute osteoarthritis, Trochanteric bursitis, or Achilles tendonitis. It is rarely a stand alone treatment and normally is one part of a complete treatment regime.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (acronym TENS) is the use of an electric current produced by a TENS machine to stimulate the nerves in the spinal cord. It works by modulating the pain messages that are being produced by painful structures in the periphery and can decrease the amount of pain that is perceived by the patient both whilst it is turned on and for a period afterwards. It is very helpful in chronic pain management and also in cases of acute pain e.g. back pain or sciatica.
Following a thorough assessment your therapist will not only have made a diagnosis of your problem but also identified the likely “weak links” in your body that may be contributing to the problem.
Your individual rehabilitation programme will look at correcting as many of these issues as possible. It may involve stretching tight structures, strengthening weak muscles, optimising your biomechanics, and correcting any poor movement patterns. Progression using more specific exercises will continue until you return to your chosen activities. This process may take place over many months depending on your problem and outcome goals.
Advice and Education
Having studied anatomy, physiology, biology and pathology - Physiotherapists are well placed to advise you following our thorough assessment. Advising on your diagnosis and a prognosis for recovery as well as agreeing a plan to help you achieve this, can make your problem seem much more manageable. We also use our knowledge of posture, ergonomics, biomechanics and exercise therapy to educate you on the best ways to prevent recurrence of your problem in the future.
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Our physiotherapists are members of the Health Professions Council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, Physiofirst.
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