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Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.

Physiotherapists can give general advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries.  They may prescribe exercises to improve your general health and mobility and to strengthen specific parts of your body. They also use manual therapy to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body.

What to expect?

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    For your first appointment, we allow plenty of time to discuss your condition and establish what you need from the treatment. We will be asking you about why you have come and also about your medical history.

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    In order for us to examine you properly you will be asked to undress down to your underwear (loose shorts and vest tops are fine too if you prefer).  We will look at the way you move to assess your body mechanics and there will be a hands on examination. Depending on the nature of the problem, further tests may be required similar to those carried out by GPs, such as of your reflexes, blood pressure or using a stethoscope to listen to your heart or lungs. In some cases we may suggest you consider having further tests such as an X-ray or an MRI , privately or by referral through your GP.

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    We will provide a clear explanation of our findings and discuss a treatment plan (and what we can do to help you).  We encourage you to ask questions! Understanding how you got here and why we recommend a particular treatment plan is an important part of understanding how you can look after yourself.

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    A physiotherapist may use stretching, dry needling, taping and massage to improve muscle, tissue and joint function and get your body working how it should. We also like to give you exercises and advice on things that you can do to help your recovery.