Physiotherapy: Restoring movement and function from injury, illness or disability. This can be achieved through a number of methods from Manual Therapy, Structured Exercise and Movement to Education and Advice.
Although your treatment is physio led, passive treatment alone will not provide a miracle cure. We blend scientifically led knowledge, our own clinical expertise and your investment in yourself to get you back on the road to health.
Our approach is not a passive one. Do not expect to simply be poked and prodded, or just to be given a sheet of exercises before being shoved out of the door. We believe in the power of knowledge – both of your problem, and how to make it better. Your involvement in the process is key.
For us, it is important that you understand why something hurts or why it has a reduced level of movement or function. This leads on to what we can do to help restore that to better function, and, importantly, what you can do, (and why), to help get back to normal.
At Global Therapies we know the last thing you want to hear is “well just stop doing your sport” and do our utmost to keep you active and doing the things you want to do, whilst getting better. This isn’t possible all the time, but is certainly something we take into account.
If we think that a rest from a particular sport is a necessity (which isn’t as common as you might think), we work with you to provide alternatives and physical and psychological support in your quest to attain functionality and ability again.
Conditions that we treat include:
- Shoulder, neck and back pain
- Whiplash Associated Disorder
- Piriformis syndrome
- Hip and Sacroiliac problems
- Achillies Tendonitis (tendinopathy)
- Hand and finger injuries (rock climbing related)
- Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
- Breathing Pattern Disorders (including stitch)
- other musculoskeletal injuries – sporting or general life related
Acupuncture / Dry Needling is one of the many techniques used in physiotherapy to create an integrated treatment approach. The difference in wording can be seen as a semantic difference. Acupuncture refers more to the Chinese art, and Dry Needling is the western “version” that is more focused on reducing specific painful areas.
By using acupuncture as an adjunct rather than as a stand alone treatment, we look to treat the cause of issues, not just reduce pain.
Simply inserting needles into a patient may help them to feel better, but might not help the long term management of their problem. As such we work with a number of different modalities, of which acupuncture is a small, but significant part. We feel this is a more considered approach, giving long term benefits rather than a short term quick fix.
What is Acupuncture? It is the practice of inserting very thin, sterile needles into tissue to elicit a healing and pain relieving response. It has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and perhaps even further back in time. All needles used are sterile single use needles and are used with an aseptic technique.
A number of trials have been conducted to discover the efficacy of this treatment with mixed results. On balance, and in our own clinical findings, Dry Needling appears to give relief to pain in a number of situations, and has a tangible effect on levels of pain from specific tender points.
What is Acupuncture used to treat? Pain relief is the most common reason for having acupuncture, though it also has its uses in other musculoskeletal conditions (both acute and chronic), and also in restoring the body’s homeostasis. By stimulating the brain and spinal cord the body produces natural pain modifying chemicals such as serotonin and endorphin which can have the added effect of promoting better sleep.
Common conditions treated:
Chronic lower back pain
Headaches / migraines
Acupuncture in a TCM basis may be used for other treatments to do with fertility, health and other issues. This is not something we cover at Global Therapies.