Definition from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy:
‘Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability… this can be done through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice’
….but in reality physiotherapy can be much more than this- it is the restoration of physical health and can also be preventative. Because of my varied career pathway, I have gained expertise in some subjects you may not automatically relate to physiotherapy. I have written booklets on Sleep, Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness Management which are used nationally. Therefore, if you have any respiratory condition, are anxious or depressed, have insomnia, Chronic Fatigue or Cancer Related Fatigue I can help and also give advice to keep you well into the future.
Of course, I also use traditional physiotherapeutic modalities and versatile treatment programmes which aim to rehabilitate you in the shortest time… exercise and rehabilitation, manual therapy, therapeutic massage, ultra sound, kinesio taping, but also new interventions such as Hypervibe Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT)
Whole Body Vibration Therapy
Vibration exercise is a new and effective modality which can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. In essence a client will stand on a vibrating platform whilst performing appropriate exercises for the condition in question. It is versatile and can be used for any age group. It can be used to prevent muscular atrophy related to ageing or injury, improve muscle tone and core strength and if used regularly can also be used for weight management. It improves bone density, balance, flexibility, circulation, lymphatic return, reduces pain and reduces inflammation.
Treatment sessions are short- up to 20 minutes, but the effects and benefits for the body are equivalent to a much longer workout.
There is a wealth of clinical evidence for its use in the following conditions:
- Chronic low back pain
- Core stability issues
- Women’s Health (e.g.weak pelvic floor post-partum, age related weakness)
- Muscle tears
- Post operative rehabilitation (hip/knee replacements)
- Parkinson’s Disease/MS
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Childhood Obesity
- Falls prevention/elderly care (WBV may be effective in improving relatively basic balance ability and mobility among older adults, particularly frailer ones)
For chronic conditions and improving general wellbeing I would recommend a supervised weekly treatment session initially with a supportive home exercise plan, reducing to independent use of the apparatus at your convenience and equipment availability.
Acute injuries will be treated under supervision until resolved.
To access WBVT I prefer to see you in the clinic as this equipment is not portable.
I can also advise on appropriate walking aids, and advise or refer you for aids within your home to help maintain your independence.
For your convenience I will visit you at home, in a care home or you can see me in clinic, whichever suits you best.