At the Ashbourne Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Centre we concentrate mainly on musculoskeletal physiotherapy that is the assessment and treatment of soft tissues(muscles, ligaments and tendons), joints and bones.
The physiotherapist will assess how your muscles and joints are working and affecting your life, and the level of fitness you need for your usual activities. They will ask lots of questions, watch your movements and touch the areas near the problem area.
They will also explain how to manage the pain, contribute to your own recovery and prevent the problem recurring.
Your consultation is likely to include:
- advice about exercises or physical activities that will help
- posture and lifestyle advice and activities to avoid.
It may also include:
- manual therapy, such as manipulation and massage
- electrotherapy – using various machines to deliver energy to the tissues to relieve pain or aid healing
All proposed treatment is discussed with the patient whose consent is required before treatment can commence.
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.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has further defined physiotherapy as “a healthcare profession with a science foundation.
The range of work is very broad and varied and involves working with people to promote their own health and well being.”
People are often referred for physiotherapy by doctors or other health and social care professionals. Increasingly, as a result of changes in health care, people are referring themselves directly to physiotherapists without previously seeing any other health care professional.Physiotherapists work autonomously and their practice is characterised by reflective behaviour and systematic clinical reasoning, both contributing to and underpinning a problem-solving approach to patient-centred care. A more formal definition of physiotherapy comes from the 2002 CSP Curriculum Framework:
“It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status. Physiotherapy is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery.The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.”
“Physiotherapist”: A protected title
All physiotherapists in the UK have to be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (or HCPC). This is a condition of using the title ‘physiotherapist’ or ‘physical therapist’, claiming to be an active member of the profession, and practising physiotherapy anywhere in the UK (whether in the NHS or in the independent or other sectors). The HCPC is an independent, UK-wide health regulator. It currently regulates thirteen different professions, including physiotherapy.
(Much of this information is taken from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website www.csp.org.uk).