Every physiotherapy session will begin with a static and dynamic assessment followed by a skeletal and soft tissue assessment. This allows treatment to be case specific and and of optimal benefit and ensure no harm is caused.
Treatments are generally made up of a combination of manual therapies, electrotherapies and remedial exercise as detailed below.
Manual therapies include massage, stretching, fascial release and trigger point therapy. These have multitude of applications and benefits.
Whilst individual massage techniques have individual effects, generic benefits of massage include:
- Alleviating pain
- Improving muscular tone
- Breaking down adhesions
- Reducing odema swelling
- Improving range of motion
- Improving post exercise recovery
Stretching is generally used at the end of a session and can be active or passive. Benefits of stretching include:
- Loosening tight muscles
- Mobilising restricted joints
- Improving postural balance
- Improving neuromuscular responsiveness
- Improving flexibility
- Reducing post exercise related muscular soreness
Trigger points are abnormally sensitive and irritable areas of tissue located within fascia or muscle. They cause pain, restrict range of motion and flexibility and reduce bloodflow. Trigger point therapy can reduce pain and in most cases remove the trigger point.
Electrotherapy services currently offered by Katherine are Pulsed electromagnetic therapy and Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. As funds become available, this range will increase.
PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD THERAPY (PEMF)*
During the inflammatory process, cell function becomes impaired. This causes imbalance within the cell. PEMF aids the transportation of ions across cells membranes. This helps to restore the correct cell membrane potential and homeostasis within the cell. This allows the natural healing processes to occur more efficiently.
PEMF is of particular benefit for:
- Pain management
- Soft tissue injuries
- Reduction of bruising or odema
- Neurological injuries/conditions
- Fracture repair
- Joint injury
TRANSCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE STIMULATION (TENS)*
As in humans this machine is primarily used for the reduction of pain. It also shows a positive effect on muscular tone and neuromuscular responsiveness. TENS shows good results not only in cases of rehabilitation but as a maintenance tool, particularly for those dealing with long term physical compromise.
* Both therapies can be left with owners for more regular use for a small hire fee.
Remedial Exercise Prescription (REP)
REP is providing targeted exercises to improve or maintain function of specific areas of the body. Exercises range from weight shifts to lateral work and are chosen taking into account the patient's level of fitness and training alongside other factors. Exercise programs can be performed by the owner and allow for work to be tailored to optimise locomotion and performance.
Single treatment session: £40*
Group discount (2 or more patients in the same location): £35 per patient*
These prices apply to locations within a 30 mile radius of IP30 0AB. For areas outside of this a 45p per mile charge will be added for every additional mile.