Physiotherapy - what is it and can it help me?

For patients in Nottingham, Arnold and Mapperley and broader Nottinghamshire


There are many different types of Physiotherapy, from rehabilitation physiotherapists working on wounded soldiers coming back from Afghanistan, to physiotherapy that helps get stroke sufferers back on their feet and living an independent life again. There’s community physiotherapy, helping people in their homes, following discharge from hospital after an operation, to physiotherapy in intensive care unit wards, ensuring the limbs of comatose patients are moved to prevent venous thrombus in legs, and the build up of mucous in the lungs that may lead to chest infections (both these conditions can be fatal to comatose patients).

The physiotherapy available at Nottingham Health and Wellbeing Clinic is the musculo-skeletal type.  It is what we like to call ‘mechanical’ physiotherapy because we are rectifying a structural problem within the skeleton and muscles of the body. 

The body has over 600 muscles, and the majority of them move joints.  If we didn’t have a muscular system, the body would collapse, as there would be nothing to hold it up and articulate the joints.

Kevin is the physiotherapist here, and he is very much a hands-on, 'traditional' physio when it comes to treatment. Our clients seeking physiotherapy services in Nottingham and other local towns like Arnold and Mapperley report that they prefer this approach and that they experience pain relief quickly.

New patients get a thorough examination, although it has to be said that as soon as the patient walks through the Clinic door, they are being assessed and examined.  You can tell a lot from the way a person walks, the angle of the head, are the hands turned inwards/outwards, are they stooping, do they have accentuated spinal curves etc, even before they’ve been physically examined.

After examination, Kevin will give an idea of the number of treatments required to achieve a good result, and this can be anywhere from 2 – 4 treatments.  Obviously he would have to take in certain factors, including age, general health, and how long the patient has had the problem, (i.e. is it acute or chronic).  For some of the more chronic musculo-skeletal problems, more treatments may be required.

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