Common problems treated by physiotherapy
Muscle and joint injuries
Manipulative therapy can be used for joint injuries such as a sprained ankle or a painful back. The hands of the physiotherapist are used to mobilise (gently move) or manipulate (stronger movement) stiff or painful joints and the soft tissues around them.
Muscle imbalance re-education – an assessment of muscle imbalance is undertaken to pick up poorly integrated working patterns between related muscle groups. This is followed by a program of exercises specific to the patient, aimed at full recovery and prevention of further injuries.
All parts of the body, including knees, back, neck, wrists and elbows can be treated in this way. The treatment is concentrated on the injured areas, but looks at other body problems that may have contributed to, or caused them.
Physiotherapists can review work specific ’or‘ sport specific problems. They can assist in self-assessment of the workstation or do a specialised review and report for the Employer.
They are trained to review the biomechanical structure and function of the foot .Also to recognise that the foot can cause strains upwards to the knees, hips or back. If appropriate, we work with specialist Podiatrists / Chiropodists to correct a foot mal-alignment. Read more about chiropody by clicking here.
Osteopathy – Recovery and pain relief
Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and treatment, which is recognised by the British Medical Association and is complementary to other medical disciplines. It is unique in the fact that mechanical, functional, postural and lifestyle factors are all taken into consideration when making a diagnosis.
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle form of osteopathy, which makes it ideal for treating everyone from newborn babies to the elderly. Treatment can be to any part of the body and is aimed at reducing the restrictions and tensions that have led to the patient’s symptoms.
Examples of conditions that people often seek out cranial osteopathy for include: headaches, pregnancy ailments, infantile colic, whiplash and irritable bowel syndrome.
A detailed case history will be taken during the initial consultation and a thorough examination is necessary before a diagnosis can be made.
Follow up treatments last approximately 30 minutes and are individually tailored to each patient. The number of treatments needed depends on the diagnosis and may vary from a single session to a course of treatments.
The techniques used during treatment can range from specific to general and from firm to gentle. Where appropriate, advice is given to maximize treatment. This can be in the form of prescribed exercises, stretches and postural or lifestyle advice.
Who can Benefit From Osteopathy?
Whether it be for acute injuries, chronic conditions or even just an “MOT for the body”, almost everybody can benefit from osteopathy.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points in the body to illicit a therapeutic response. Originating in China thousands of years ago an acupuncturist trained in Chinese Medicine will often combine needle insertion with Tui Na Or Shiatsu (types of oriental massage), moxibustion (heating of needles) and/or lifestyle/dietary advise according to individual diagnosis.
What can it do for me?
Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of well-being. Traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.
An acupuncturist treats the person, not just the condition which you have, so each patient’s treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask one of us to contact you to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.
At the Centre we have four fully qualified therapists offering Traditional Chinese Acupuncture. All are registered with and members of The British Acupuncture Council, the leading British regulatory body for acupuncture which ensures that all its members have the first degree level training in traditional acupuncture and comply with strict Safe Practice standard.
Chiropody & Podiatry
The Longfield Foot clinic, operated by Mr Ian Lenehan, an HCPC registered practitioner, is well established, having been running for 15 years, providing specialist foot care and treatments for all ages. Working within the Integrated Care and Physiotherapy Centre also means that it forms a close network with other clinic professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.
We have extensive training in sports medicine, podopaediatrics and care of the retired and elderly.
What do we treat?
If you are you suffering from pain in your feet or problems with walking or running, then help is at hand. The clinic specialises in finding solutions and treatments for your foot problems.
Common Conditions treated (but not limited to)
- Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Mortons neuroma (trapped nerve)
- Flat feet
- Hammer toes
- Corns and calluses (hard skin)
- Ingrowing toe nails
- Children’s foot health (Podo paediatrics)
- Sports Injury’s
The clinic also provides specialist care and advice in respect of the foot function and how you move, these treatments provide long term and preventative health solutions in the form of;
- Gait Analysis
- Sports and running assessments
- Orthoses and Biomechanical assessments
Many foot and ankle problems are stress loading injuries, caused by inappropriate footwear and poor gait when walking or running. These injuries can be treated by Podiatry using a combination of Orthoses, exercises, footwear advice, modifications to lifestyle and, where appropriate, surgery.
What is Podiatry?
Podiatry is a modern word for Chiropody and is a term perhaps more recognised internationally, whereas in the UK it has been traditionally referred to as Chiropody. It involves the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions of the feet and lower limbs. The scope of practice is extensive including:
- Assessment and treatment of common foot problems
- Assessment of the structure and alignment & function of the feet & legs – Biomechanics
- Nail surgery using local anesthetics
- Management of patients at increased risk of foot problems such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral vascular disease
- Advice on footwear
- Advice on prevention of foot problems & good health
A podiatrist is a qualified health professional with a degree in Podiatric medicine and registered with the HCPC , who regulates the profession and ensures all its members meet standards for training, professional skills and health.
Potential Benefits of a Massage at our Clinic
Generally we can view the reasons and potential benefits of massage on 2 levels: Physiological and Psychological
- Potential Physiological benefits:
- Stimulate blood circulation
- Aids elimination of waste throughout the body
- Relieves accumulated tension and restores flexibility to tight and sore muscles
- Improves posture by enhancing one’s own awareness of the body
- Relieves cramps and muscle spasms
- Promotes healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments by preventing and reducing excessive scar tissue
- Increases joint mobility and range of motion
- Lowers blood pressure and reduces heart rate
- Become less prone to injury
- Potential Psychological benefits:
- Reduces mental stress
- Promotes better sleep
- Improves concentration
- Enhance capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Remember prevention is better than cure. Once you show signs of improvement we will continue to work with you to help stop future tension and stress accumulating.
What a Typical Massage Therapy Session is Like
Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. You will be asked to undress (people keep their underwear on) while the massage therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table. You are underneath the towel at all times, and only the part of the body being treated at any one time is uncovered. Take your time getting up. If you sit or stand too quickly you may feel lightheaded or dizzy. How Will I Feel After a Massage? Most people feel calm and relaxed after a treatment. Occasionally, people experience mild temporary aching for a day.
- Massage therapy is not recommended for certain people:
- People with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
- Immediately after surgery
- Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- People prone to blood clots.
- If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
- Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by
- Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
- Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
Sports and Deep Tissue Massage
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity and those who prefer a deeper massage.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.
A combination of techniques are used. The strokes are generally faster than a Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury.
It targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle.
People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Dietician & Nutrition
What Do Dietitians Do?
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They work with both healthy and sick people. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. Dietitians help to educate, guide and inform the public about healthy eating and lifestyle messages, while underpinning and cementing the role of the Dietitian in aiding everyone to achieve better health and well being. Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law, and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). Dietitians advise and influence food and health policy across the spectrum from government, to local communities and individuals.
Reasons to see a dietitian
Finding and accessing the services of a dietitian can be achieved in several ways, but why choose a dietitian in the first place? There are many reasons why people choose to visit a dietitian such as a specific medical/health need or condition. Here are just a few examples where dietitians, working on a one-to-one basis or part of a wider health team, can help improve your health and lifestyle if:
- you suffer with digestive problems
- you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coeliac, etc
- you have or suspect you have an eating disorder
- you are wanting or needing to lose weight in a safe and sensible way
- you need to put weight on following a spell of ill-health or as the result of a medical condition
- you want to improve your athletic performance or general fitness levels
- you want to maximise your chances to become pregnant
- you think you have an allergy or intolerance to a certain food.
Is the title ‘dietitian’ protected by law?
YES. Only those registered with the statutory regulator, the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) can use the title of ‘dietitian’. What qualifications do dietitians have? The minimum requirement is a BSc Hons in Dietetics, or a related science degree with a postgraduate diploma or higher degree in Dietetics. Dietetic courses are structured to include biochemistry, physiology, applied sciences and research methods which underpin nutrition and dietetics. These are complemented by social and behavioural sciences and the theories of communication to support the development of skills required for professional dietetic Courses must be approved by the HCPC and demonstrate that graduates meet the Standards of Proficiency for Dietetics.
Hynosis & Hypnotherapy
What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is a natural state of total relaxation within the body and a heightened awareness in the mind. In this relaxed state of hypnosis wonderful change can happen when the subconscious mind is more receptive.
What is hypnotherapy? A relaxing therapy and a natural method of lulling the conscious mind in order to reach the subconscious. Suggestion or deeper analysis may be used depending on the need of the individual. Other interesting things can be included like visualisation and goal setting.
Practical uses of hypnotherapy.. In a nutshell hypnotherapy can generally help with most problems you are finding hard to handle on your own, thoughts and actions you would like to banish or acquire or emotional suffering that has gone on too long. Health and weight issues Fears, phobias and panic attacks Self confidence Breaking dangerous habits like smoking Sports and business improvement.
It is normal for many people to experience problems at some time in their lives. Usually, when other areas of their lives are running smoothly they generally have the capacity to deal with them. However, when a number of difficulties occur at any one time, we sometimes feel overwhelmed, vulnerable and unable to cope. Counselling/Psychotherapy can provide a safe, confidential space to learn the skills necessary to overcome your problems and the accompanying distress. Counselling allows the opportunity to tell your story, be listened to, have your individual needs understood and find a way forward which is the most helpful for you. At the assessment session you will have the opportunity to discuss your problems and to decide whether you want to work with your counsellor.
What is Craniosacral? Therapy Craniosacral Therapy is based on a number of discoveries about the body’s subtle physiology observed by Osteopaths nearly 100 years ago. In response to physical injury, emotional trauma or stress, the cranial membranes and other areas of the body may become tense and contracted thereby causing restrictions. These restrictions can impact the flow of cerebrospinal fluid which bathes, nourishes and protects the brain and spinal cord. The natural and free movement of the body, the flow of blood and lymph can also be affected resulting in pain. If the body is unable to resolve these restrictions the effects may be both physical or emotional. Treatment involves helping the body to release restrictions. This happens at a deep, subconscious level by very subtle manipulation of the cranium of affected tissue.
The treatment – This extremely gentle therapy uses no manipulation. The therapist evaluates what is going on in your body and in this way both identifies and relieves restrictions or tensions held in the body Craniosacral therapy is so gentle that it is safe and suitable for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly. It is often appropriate when other therapies may be unsafe; such as during pregnancy, after an operation, accident, fall or injury and for young babies. Craniosacral therapy may aid people with almost any condition by raising the vitality and enabling the body’s own self-healing process to be utilised. The therapy is client- led. Your body will set the pace of the work so you will remain comfortable, in control and able to integrate the changes that occur.
Homeopathy & Allergy Testing
Homeopathy is a complete system of medicine based on the principle of ‘like cures like’ and has been in use since the late 1700’s. It is also very popular with members of the royal family, athletes and sports people in particular as there is no physical trace of the original substance in the majority of the medicines used. It is increasingly popular in India where the President, Sri Pranab Mukherjee wants the first line medicine to be homeopathy due to its’ effectiveness & cost to provide. Medicines are prescribed in dilute substances, which given to a healthy person in their natural state would produce symptoms similar to those of the person to be treated. Is it safe? Remedies can be prescribed for babies, children, adults and pregnant women. You can take them alongside any prescribed medication. Homeopathic remedies are non-habit forming and non- toxic.
How does it work? The ability to heal yourself exists throughout your whole body, but there are many occasions when your body needs help to do this. Homeopathic remedies can help stimulate your own resources to restore health. Whether your problem is physical or of a more emotional nature, homeopathy looks to address the cause and not just the symptoms you are experiencing now.
Allergy testing is carried out using a kinesiology method of muscle testing. This method does not involve any blood tests and is therefore completely safe to do in a clinic environment.
Your results are obtained on the day and you are given a report of all the items that were identified in the test that day.
Appointments are up to 2 hours in duration as the first part of the session involves taking a detailed history of your health and finding out all about your health problems. After this the allergy test is done & the report written up.
Usually at this point an individual health plan is devised and this could comprise of desensitising remedies, supplements, or homeopathic remedies as well as advice on how to incorporate the findings of your test into daily life.
Follow up appointments are available if required and usually would take place 4-6 weeks after the initial test.
Longfield Poly Clinic also offer the following exercise classes to all levels and abilities.
- Cardiac Rehab Phase 4
- Clinical Pilates
- Mobility Class
- MS Group Exercise
- Post Natal / Pre Natal Yoga (for mums & babies)
- T’ai Chi
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