What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy in Chichester
Physiotherapy is focused on restoring optimum mobility and stability to the joints of the body, reducing muscular tension, pain and discomfort; improving overall function and movement. When someone is affected by injury, illness or disability, Physiotherapists have multiple techniques available to help their patients through using styles of joint manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue therapy (massage, trigger points, fascial release techniques and many others), exercise & stretch prescription, manual therapy, education and advice.
Every day thousands of people visit Physiotherapists as a way to stay active, strong, increase flexibility, rehabilitate from injury, recover from surgery and improve their sports performance.
Physiotherapy in Chichester
Physiotherapy is a style of manual physical therapy that aims to rehabilitate injured soft tissue and joints, restore function to dysfunctional joint biomechanics. The methods used by physiotherapists aim to encourage optimum mobility and stability of joints, keeping soft tissue strong and supportive, yet flexible and loose. Education is a key component of physiotherapy treatment, helping you understand your body and its recovery process at every step. Physiotherapy includes a wide variety of techniques, each with its own role in your care, helping aid your recovery and improving your comfort. Physiotherapy in Littlehampton, West Sussex.
Manual therapy covers a wide scope of physical therapy that includes joint mobilisation and manipulation, to help restore optimal joint movement, treat soft tissue injuries, improve range of motion, help with pain management, reduce soft tissue & joint inflammation, relax the joint structures, encourage soft tissue repair and improve overall function.
Soft Tissue Therapy
This includes various massage and stretching techniques including massage, deep tissue massage sports massage, fascial release, trigger point therapy; among many others. These techniques are designed to release joint tension, encourage optimal movement, improve blood flow, drain the lymphatic system and help the body to return to normal function.
Kinesio Taping is a technique using a specialist tape, applied directly to the skin (around joints and over muscles) helping to offer support to unstable joints, encouraging improved joint biomechanics, taking the stress of injured soft tissue, and helping joints to heal faster. It does this by encouraging and maintaining a stable position of bones and muscles during joint and soft tissue recovery.
Dry needling is a technique used to help release overly tight and hypersensitive muscles. This technique is especially key when an area is too tender for the pressure of the typical massage and soft tissue release techniques. Most will barely feel the needles but notice the difference almost immediately, feeling the soft tissue relax and sensitivity reduce. Dry needling can also be used alongside other soft tissue and manual therapy techniques when needed.
Prehabilitation takes a proactive approach to avoiding pain and injury. It looks to protect you from future injury through specific training to increase your resistance or can be used to strengthen and condition you prior to surgery. It's as simple as adding additional exercises and stretches to ensure your body is ready for whatever you require of it. This technique improves your functional capacity through increased physical activity before an anticipated surgery or activity.
Physiotherapy has a primary focus on at home exercises and stretches to help you achieve daily progress in your recovery. These exercises are often simple, yet effective and can be done with basic equipment which can either be provided or easily accessible to most. Your physiotherapist will have a large array of rehabilitative stretches and exercises designed to help support your body back to normal function.
Your First Physiotherapy Appointment
Our main aim at the Chichester Chiropractic Health Centre is to improve your quality of life. Whether this is through reducing your pain, increasing flexibility, improving posture, maintaining a healthy body or increasing your performance. We help people manage life in a more positive manner.
Before we can proceed with any treatment we need to find out some details about you. Your Physiotherapist will run through a detailed personal history including details on your symptoms, any medications, operations or past treatments you have had. We will then run through a physical examination to get a good overview of how your body is functioning and to determine what is causing your symptoms. This physical assessment can include checking your joint range of motion, muscle strength, gait, skin sensations and neurological function. Your physio will also perform some specific orthopaedic tests where necessary. If indicated they will also run through a cardiovascular, respiratory and abdominal screening.
At the end of the examination, your physiotherapist will explain their initial findings and if you are both happy will proceed with your first treatment. Once we are happy we have a good understanding of the cause of your issues, we will explain our findings, recommended care plan and assuming we are both happy, we can then follow through with the first stage of your treatment. Throughout treatment, we will also recommend various stretches and exercises to help aid your recovery.
- Free Short Assessment - Free - Book Online
- New Patient Appointment - £62 - Book Online
- Follow-Up Appointment - £44 - Book Online
- 6 Treatment plan - £240 (equates to £40 per session)
Physiotherapy is available at Chichester Chiropractic Health Centre on Monday's.
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Physiotherapist in Chichester
James graduated from The University of Southampton and has since specialised in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy, with a particular interest in helping to recover weight-lifting injuries and sports injury management. He has a wide variety of experience and techniques in manual Physiotherapy including joint mobilisation, soft tissue release, joint articulation, taping, exercise rehabilitation and pre & post-operative rehabilitation.
James aims to educate and empower his patients, helping them look after their bodies and improve their overall quality of life. All patients are unique therefore the management and progression of treatment plans are unique to meet the needs of each patient.
Not sure whether Physiotherapy is the right option for you?
Start your journey back to health with a new patient appointment with our Physiotherapist James Silk. To book this consultation please contact the clinic on 01243 913923, or click below to make an appointment online.