Frequently Asked Questions
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement, and maximizing potential. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well being, taking account of variations in health status. (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
What is Neuro Physiotherapy?
Neuro Physiotherapy is a specialised branch of Physiotherapy that focuses on treating neurological conditions. The therapists are trained in a variety of movement re-education techniques that help to formulate new useful pathways in the brain or strengthen existing ones while trying to prevent formulation of unhelpful pathways that can lead to problems
Physiotherapy aims to normalise movement and re-educate skills and function through hands on therapy, guidance and correction. Once the client can control the movement independently physiotherapy helps to strengthen the muscles and direct the client towards self-management for long term benefit.
What is musculoskeletal physiotherapy? This branch of physiotherapy focuses on treating problems associated with the joints and muscles such as sports injuries, back/neck pain, joint replacements and many more. The therapist uses a mixture of manual skills, specific assessments and knowledge around muscle rehabilitation and exercise prescription to formulate a treatment programme to restore the affected area back to function.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise first developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1940’s. It focuses on beginning movement from a central core of stability and by concentrating on precision of movement, awareness of breath control and a continued flowing movement, the exerciser can alter abnormal patterns of movement and achieve a carry over effect into daily
Clinical Pilates is usually taught by a physiotherapist, the movements are practiced in sequences with breathing and focus and can be progressed and adapted for every level and ability. Evidence has shown improvements in balance, core strength, walking ability and a reduction in falls in older people and neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Stroke. Early results also suggest that the flowing, rhythmic sequences in conjunction with increased flexibility and core control can have a beneficial effect on those with Parkinson’s Disease.
What are the benefits of a physiotherapist led class over a pilates instructor led class?
A physiotherapist led class is kept small enough to allow for individual corrections to be made and ensure everyone is working safely and at the right level. An assessment will be made prior to the classes starting to establish the right exercises for the participant and to take outcome measures enabling you to track your progress. A physiotherapist trained in Pilates also has the added background skills and training to know the abilities and limitations of individual conditions, meaning a safe exercise environment for all participants. Sense Ability Therapy Classes have a particular background in managing neurological conditions and the complex multi pathology that can be present as people get older.
How can physiotherapy help dizziness?
Dizziness can be caused by a multitude of problems. Physiotherapy exercises cannot help all causes of dizziness but following assessment your physiotherapist will be able to tell you if further assessment or onward referral is required or if a programme of rehabilitation is suitable for you. Vestibular rehabilitation consists of specific eye and head exercises to challenge and retrain the vestibular system in conjunction with general balance exercise rehabilitation.
What is Women’s Health physiotherapy? Women’s Health physios are specialised in assessing the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women and working with you to regain strength and control in this area to avoid problems with incontinence, prolapse and constipation for example. They can also advise and treat ante and post natal client’s with issues related to pelvic floor pain, weakness and diastasis of the abdominal wall.
What age limit is there for your classes?
None! All ages are welcome to attend following initial assessment providing no contraindications are present and it is safe for you to do so.
Sometimes it may be necessary for us to contact your GP to check you are ok to start a new programme of exercise. The oldest person treated has been 100 so there really is no limit!
What are the benefits of the review packages?
The review packages are there for people who may not feel they need regular physiotherapy but would like the reassurance that someone will keep in contact and reassess their situation and needs occasionally, or that there is someone they can call should their circumstances change.
There is no waiting list or need to see your GP first. The initial assessment on signing up means all your details are recorded and you won’t need to go through them time and again. You can simply have a brief physical re- assessment, your outcome measures taken and then advised on any changes or referrals you might benefit from.
What do I need to wear to my sessions/exercise class?
It is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing for all sessions. The classes will often be carried out in bare feet but flat shoes or non-slip socks may be worn if required.
What if I am not sure your services are right for me?
Not a problem. We offer a free initial phone consultation and talk through all the options that are available to you, including if we think you should see another provider. All advice and information given over the phone is free of charge.
How can I pay?
You can pay by cash, cheque, card (in clinic) or bank transfer. Payment can be taken at the time of treatment or is invoiced at the end of the month for settlement within two working weeks, whichever you prefer.