What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession. Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.
What is a Women's Health Physiotherapist?
Female or Women’s Health Physiotherapists have the skills and knowledge (achieved through post-graduate study) to treat a range of conditions such as pregnancy related pelvic issues, problems with bladder or bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and pelvic floor weakness. They will assist and advise you on the best course of action for your symptoms following a thorough assessment.
Do physiotherapists need to be registered with the HCPC?
Yes! It is a legal requirement that your physiotherapist is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means that your practitioner will be closely regulated to ensure they are abiding by professional standards of practice, maintaining only the highest standards of care and that they are able to demonstrate their commitment to using the latest research and treatment methods to improve your condition.
Do Physiotherapist need to have chartered status?
No. Being chartered provides a range of benefits for the Physiotherapist but it is not a legal requirement to practice. It is not a qualification nor does it guarantee quality of treatment.
What is Physio-Led Pilates?
Also known as Clinical Pilates, is a form of gentle-impact conditioning exercise that helps to strengthen the core and improve flexibility, restoring normal muscle balance in the body. It also improves postural awareness and breathing-control to help you feel relaxed and refreshed after every class. Physio-Led Pilates is suitable for almost everyone, including those with postural, spinal, musculoskeletal or neurological conditions.
What is medical acupuncture?
Medical acupuncture is the use of acupuncture that typically follows a diagnosis. It can be used to treat a wide range of health conditions, but the most common reason to try medical acupuncture is for pain relief. A course of acupuncture usually creates longer-lasting pain relief compared to a single treatment. Treatment might be once a week to begin with, then spaced at longer intervals as the condition responds. A typical course of treatment lasts five to eight sessions. In my experience, clients are reassured that they are receiving treatment from a qualified healthcare professional, fully regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
How does acupuncture work?
Needling specific body parts is thought to stimulate sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. It is thought that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced from acupuncture.