Physiotherapist in ​ Southampton

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If you have something going wrong within your body, you want to be firing on all cylinders, not waiting for it to get worse.

Physiotherapy covers such a broad range of help when it comes to regaining mobility within the body, whether this be from an injury, disability or illness. 

The real aim of a physiotherapist is to improve quality of life, in the forms of keeping mobile even if the individual is in an immobile situation. By adding the smallest of movements into your routine can benefit anyone in the long run.

What is a physiotherapist?

A physiotherapist is a degree trained occupation within the healthcare industry. The degree itself is based on the science of movement, therefore their knowledge of the human body is second to none. It uses a wide variety of techniques to overcome a restricted movement and promoting recovery. 

An example of when to use a physiotherapist could be following a discharge from hospital. If you’ve had a recent surgery, have been immobile, or had a recent injury, certain parts of your body will begin to feel restrained. When in hospital, you will obviously receive a regular physio doing the rounds, but once you’ve left you may face a wait for an appointment. Even in serious cases this may take weeks. You want to get on your feet in no time and seeking a physiotherapist is just the thing you need.

Whether this is continuing a plan from the hospital or you may want a second opinion. 
A physiotherapist will be able to advise you on the best types of movement for getting you active again. First of all, you may focus on building strength back up in core muscle groups, which could then follow by an exercise plan to get you moving. 
Depending on your situation, a physiotherapist can tailor a care plan suitable for your needs.

The good thing about physiotherapy is that it looks at the patient as a whole, rather than focusing on just one area. 
It’s a great allrounder for feeling confident in your body again. From neck pain to toe pain, there really are no limits. Physiotherapy can also help with conditions such as:

  • Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedic Post-Operative Care
  • Postural/Ergonomic Advice
  • Arthritis
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Bursitis
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Muscle Pain, Strain or Tension
  • Pelvis issues/ post childbirth issues
  • Shoulder & Rotator Cuff Injury/Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Women’s Health – Pelvic Floor 
  • Achilles Injury
  • Balance and Proprioception
  • Lower Limb Injuries
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow

Using specific techniques, a physiotherapist will be able to treat some of the symptoms from all of the above. From massages to exercise plans, physiotherapists have got you covered.

What to expect

Before you begin your treatment, you will undertake a consultation lasting approximately an hour. This is to go over your complete medical history, current lifestyle and the reason for visiting. Your experience should feel completely unique as it takes a whole-body approach at diagnosing and treating. 

It is advised to wear loose comfortable clothing to an appointment as your physiotherapist may ask you to perform some movements, along with walking in a straight line. This is to determine if your condition is affecting your walking capabilities. Additional nerve-based assessments may be performed such as reflexes of the legs. These are non-invasive and painless.
After your assessment is complete, you will be diagnosed, and a treatment plan will be discussed. This will likely consist of a series of daily/weekly exercises for you to perform before coming back for your initial first session. 

After you have completed this, your first appointment should take 30 minutes, to go over how the week has been and if any improvements have been made. Additional stretches and massages may be introduced, alongside increasing your exercises as the weeks go on. If you are getting stronger every week, you may only need so many sessions before you are discharged and given exercises to complete going forward.

Physiotherapists like to inspire confidence in their clients, ensuring they get the best advice given for their condition. There really are multiple advantages for a better quality of life after seeing a physiotherapist.

The benefits:

  • Reduces pain and discomfort
  • It can avoid future surgery
  • Improves balance and prevents falls
  • It can help manage diabetic symptoms
  • It can manage women specific health problems
  • It encourages confidence in reduced mobility
  • It’s drug free
  • It can improve your quality of sleep
  • It can potentially help you gain your life back

Related questions:

What’s the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?

The key difference between the two is that a chiropractor uses a hands-on manipulation approach in comparison to a physiotherapist using mobility techniques for the individual to perform on themselves as a more long-term recovery process. You may even find that you require both of these services, and they usually go hand in hand. They are both holistic and clinical treatments that take you into consideration as a whole. You may have an issue with your spine that requires the manipulation of a chiropractor and the mobility advice of a physiotherapist. A consultation with either or can help determine what is the most suitable service available to you.

How long does physiotherapy take to work?

This is completely down to the personal situation, but for a mild condition you are looking at approximately 6- 8 weekly sessions. With physiotherapy, you get what you put into it. If you are given weekly exercises, stretches and massages, you should try your best to complete these. If you are struggling to do so then have your physiotherapist alter your treatment plan. It may be a difficult road ahead, but with the support from your physiotherapist you should be making progress in no time

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