Physiotherapy is clinically effective in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
The treatments are tailored on specific circumstances identified at the first assessment and they may include manual therapy, soft tissue massage, exercises, acupuncture, dry needling, taping and ultrasound.
A home exercise programme will probably be prescribed as well to maximise the benefit of the session.
Physiotherapy assessments and sessions are carried out by Manuela Stanciu on Monday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
Manuela Stanciu MCSP MSOM
Manuela graduated as a physiotherapist in 2000 and has over 10 years of clinical experience in the field of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions
What types of problems can physiotherapy help with?
Common conditions treated include back pain, neck pain, sprains, strains, arthritis, tennis elbow, workplace and sports injuries, problems with posture, and reduced mobility.
Why see a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists have an advanced understanding of anatomy and pathology and enrich their skills through on-going post graduate education. Physiotherapists are regulated by the Health Professions Council which maintains a high standard of ethics and professionalism.
What does the treatment involve?
Physiotherapists use different treatment methods in order to deal with a wide range of injuries. Depending on the nature and severity of your injury, you may require:
•Manipulation or mobilization of joints
•Stretching and strengthening
•Core stability training
•Soft tissue massage
•Heat or cold therapy
•Patient education, home exercises
What can I expect on my first appointment?
Usually the session is begun by taking a history of your present condition to help determine the cause of your pain. Following this the problematic area is then examined and assessed. Following this assessment, a diagnosis and treatment can begin immediately.
How many treatments will I need?
There is no pre-determined number of treatments for a specific condition. However following your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss and agree a treatment plan with you. This may include advice regarding the approximate number of treatments you may require. An individual’s response to treatment varies.
What should I wear for the first appointment?
Wear something comfortable. Bring a pair of shorts if it is a lower back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot problem. Bring a tank top if it is a neck, upper back, shoulder, elbow, or hand problem.
Is physiotherapy massage?
No, physiotherapy is much more than massage, although specific massage techniques may be used if they are regarded as an appropriate treatment to aid your recovery. Physiotherapy treatment can include manual therapy (moving your joints), soft tissue mobilisation (such as massage), acupuncture and electrotherapy, plus many more treatment options.
Do you get treatment on your initial appointment?
Your first session will involve a full assessment and in most cases treatment and recommendations will be made.
Will it hurt?
Some treatment can be uncomfortable but at no stage should you be unable to tolerate the level of discomfort. Your physiotherapist will give you clear guidelines on what to expect during and after treatment and what is a normal reaction. If you have any concerns then you should speak to your physiotherapist immediately.
How effective is physiotherapy?
In the vast majority of cases physiotherapy is considered extremely effective for appropriate conditions. Research suggests that physiotherapy significantly improves the rehabilitation and recovery of these conditions, as well as being instrumental in the prevention of further injury.