On your first appointment a full medical case history will be taken, followed by an assessment of the symptomatic area, or assessment of the main problems presenting.
This may involve you removing some items of clothing where appropriate.
Please wear comfortable clothing for the session that you can move around in easily.
You will be asked to move the body part and perform some simple movements and if needed the Physiotherapist may also carry out further orthopaedic, neurological or respiratory tests.
If working with orthopaedic conditions for example they will then carefully and sensitively assess the area for any signs of swelling, heat, pain, tenderness, strain or restriction.
From the assessment the practitioner will then discuss a provisional diagnosis and advice on a course of treatment.
When working with other conditions further assessments and questioning may be required and be on-going throughout the course of a few sessions to help highlight further issues.
Treatment will be focused
on short and long term goals, and may involve a variety of different treatment techniques including the following.
Education and advice
Mobilisation; joint and soft tissue Massage
Trigger point therapy
Postural advise and re-education
Rehabilitation exercises and advise
Lifestyle and well-being guidance
Pilates and Yoga exercises
The initial session is one hour and follow
up sessions are generally 45 minutes
unless the Physiotherapist specific recommends hourly sessions.