At Square One it is important for patients to be involved in their own care, through education, awareness and participation in their treatment. Physiotherapy helps people affected by injury, illness or disability by restoring movement and function, encouraging development and facilitating recovery, through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Our team of musculoskeletal physiotherapists have carried out extensive training and have many years of musculoskeletal physiotherapy experience within the NHS, military services and private clinical practice.
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a holistic ‘whole person’ approach to health and well-being, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
What do Physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with the different systems of the body and consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness. A patient’s involvement in their own care is essential and this is achieved through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with the different systems of the body. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy that treats injuries and conditions which affect the muscles, joints and soft tissue structures. Injuries which can be treated by musculoskeletal physiotherapy can include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Ligament sprains and muscle strains
- Frozen Shoulder
- Knee pain
- Sports injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendinopathy
- Osgood Schlatter disease in adolescents
- Severs disease in adolescents
Physiotherapists use some of the following approaches:
- Education and advice – Physiotherapists can give general advice on work-related posture, including correct lifting or carrying techniques.
- Movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – Exercises may be recommended to improve general health and mobility and to strengthen specific parts of the body.
- Manual therapy – Physiotherapists can use hands-on treatment techniques to help relieve pain and stiffness and to improve flexibility and joint mobility. This can include soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations and manipulations.
- Acupuncture – Physiotherapists use acupuncture to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Acupuncture initiates a variety of physiological responses that can reduce pain and inflammation and help to promote healing and recovery.
- Shockwave Therapy – For chronic musculoskeletal conditions that have not responded to conservative treatment methods, physiotherapists can administer shockwave therapy. This treatment is a revolutionary treatment that has an excellent success rate.