Treatment

Physiotherapy treatment at our Bishop’s Stortford clinic

The best method of treatment will be decided in consultation with you and aims of treatment discussed. We have extensive experience of all the following techniques:

Manual Therapy

Hands-on mobilisation and manipulation techniques of joints can ease pain by reducing swelling and inflammation, while also regaining joint mobility and changing muscle function.These techniques can be effective on all joints, including the spine.

Electrotherapy

Several electrotherapy techniques are available: therapeutic ultrasound is used to improve tissue healing.  The ultrasound head is used directly on the skin with a gel to improve contact; interferential therapy can provide drug-free pain relief for a variety of musculo-skeletal problems; TENS machines are small, portable devices providing pain relief for acute or chronic pain.  This can be especially useful for self-management.

Acupuncture

Using fine needles, this is an ancient Chinese technique that has increasingly been backed up by scientific research.  There is a growing evidence base to support its use for a variety of conditions.  Acupuncture’s intended benefits are reduction in pain, alleviation of muscle spasm and tension, facilitation of the healing process and promotion of general well-being.

Soft Tissue Techniques

Soft tissue techniques, such as massage and myofascial release, target the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia.  Massage promotes increased blood flow and relaxes muscles, which stimulates healing and alleviates painful symptoms.

Taping

Taping can be used to promote recovery or relieve pain and swelling, depending on the technique used.  The tape is water resistant and can be worn for up to 5 days.

It can be particularly helpful when working with athletes, like swimmers, runners, and cyclists.

Therapeutic Exercise

A programme of exercises can be specifically tailored for you. Home-based therapeutic exercise is often an effective complement to treatment in clinic, whether before or after surgery, or for ongoing problems. We have a range of equipment (such as wobble boards, wobble cushions and gym balls) that make the rehabilitation process more dynamic – and even fun!

tissueMyofascial Release technique

Natalie offers this as a specialist treatment.  This is a hands-on treatment which involves gently applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions.  This can alleviate pain and improve movement.

After an initial assessment/treatment, this treatment can be booked as an hour session costing £80.

Long Covid/post-covid syndrome

If you are still struggling with symptoms of covid after 12 weeks, you could have ‘long-covid’. It is estimated that 1.5million people in the UK have ‘long covid’ so you are not alone. The most common symptoms are persistent fatigue, brain ‘fog’ and breathlessness, as well as a whole host of other symptoms such as pain, sleep disturbance, exercise intolerance, dizziness and heart rate fluctuations. The management of long covid is initially to ‘stop, rest, pace’, followed by a very gradual return to usual activities. We know this can be difficult to do on your own, especially if symptoms fluctuate.

Natalie has been supporting many people with long covid throughout the pandemic as she has a special interest in post-viral conditions and fatigue management. If you would like someone to support you on your road to recovery, you can book in to see Natalie in clinic, at your home or virtually, via video link.

There are a variety of products for sale to facilitate your rehabilitation. Please contact us for more information.

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