What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the treatment of injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, rather than by drugs or surgery. Physiotherapists use a range of techniques to reduce muscular tension, increase range of motion, increase blood flow to the injured area and minimise recovery time. Physiotherapy plays a key role in maintaining health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

What are the reasons for having Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can be beneficial in all stages of life to improve health and wellbeing. You may choose to have physiotherapy because you are experiencing pain or have a reduced range of movement either due to an injury or a longer term condition. We treat patients who have back or neck pain, are suffering from headaches or arthritis, along with sports injuries, work related conditions and pre and post operative rehabilitation.

What are the main Physiotherapy techniques?

Manual therapy – a technique where a physiotherapist uses their hands to manipulate, mobilise and massage the body tissues.

Movement and exercise – your physiotherapist may recommend movement and exercise to help improve your mobility and function.

Education and advice – your physiotherapist will look at the body holistically and will provide general advice about ways to improve your well being.

Ultrasound – this is where high-frequency sound waves are used to treat deep tissue injuries by stimulating blood circulation and cell activity, with the aim of reducing pain and spasms, as well as speeding up healing.

Do I need a medical referral?

No, but it can be beneficial to discuss physiotherapy with your doctor, especially if you have a complex medical history. A referral can provide your physio with useful information about the condition and your general health. Some medical insurance requires a referral from a doctor so please check this before going ahead.

What can I expect from an appointment?

We begin by carrying out an initial assessment, which will last around 60 minutes. Your physiotherapist will ask you questions about your symptoms and general state of health and then carry out a physical examination. Follow-up appointments will be focused on treatment, checking progress and developing plans for a home exercise programme, and will last either 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the requirements of the individual.

How many sessions of physiotherapy will I need?

This varies depending on the patient and condition. After the initial assessment, your physiotherapist will talk you through a treatment plan which will include expected timeframes and number of sessions. We pride ourselves at this practice in never over-treating. Normally we recommend 3 sessions, after which, the patient should feel a definite improvement. Further treatment is by discussion with the patient.

How can I ensure the physiotherapist is qualified?

Your Physiotherapist will have completed a degree-based education and worked a minimum of a thousand hours of clinical practice within the NHS, before qualification. Physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professional Council, which can be verified online. Both our Physiotherapists have many years experience of working in private practice.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing loose fitting, comfortable clothes which are easy to adjust.

Does it hurt?

It depends on the patient, but certainly no more than the pain you may already experience as a result of the injury or condition. It is important that you communicate with your physiotherapist during the treatment. The aim is for you to feel an improvement to your condition when you leave. You may occasionally feel sore but this should ease within a day or two.

How do I make an appointment?

Please call 01423 884 to make an appointment at either our Harrogate or Collingham clinic. You will be asked to leave a message with your details and we will call you back to arrange a time for you to attend.