Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy includes the treatment of a variety of common problems such as:-
•Spinal Problems: slipped disc, back pain, sciatica, stiff or painful necks, whiplash injuries.
•Joint Problems: osteo-arthiritis, rheumatoid arthitritis, ankylosing spondylitis, frozen shoulders.
•Soft Tissue Injuries: tennis elbow, tendinitis, repetitive strain injuries.
•Orthopaedics: rehabilitation after fractures, dislocations, joint replacement surgery.
•Sporting Injuries: ligament, cartilage or tendon damage.
Treatments include using a range of skills and techniques including manipulation and massage, stretches and exercises, electrotherapy or acupuncture when appropriate and advice on prevention.
All physiotherapists at Oakley Physio are Chartered Physiotherapists. Achieving Chartered Physiotherapist status means that a physiotherapist must go through rigorous degree-level training for at least three years. After passing exams, they become state registered and qualified to work alongside medical teams in the NHS and in private practice.
Therefore you are in the safest hands when visiting them at the Clinic for treatments.
Pilates is a body conditioning method that targets the deep postural muscles in the back, and abdomen, building strength and control from the inside out.
It focuses on good posture, bringing the body into its correct alignment and adding slow controlled movements of the limbs to challenge balance.
Individuals can be seen for a tailored pilates programme where Lisa will assess the individual's needs and prescribe exercises which will help them.
Small daytime classes are also held at the new studio. Lisa will always adapt exercises to suit the individuals in the class.
Lisa also runs evening classes on a Tuesday at the Elms Community Centre - it is a very popular class and is too big to take to the new studio.
Smaller classes generally mean more individual attention - prices reflect that.
Contact us to book an appointment.
Urinary incontinence or difficulty controlling your bladder is a symptom, not a disease.
It is still considered a taboo subject so many women (and men) who suffer with bladder problems do not seek help. However, 6 million people are affected in the UK; in fact more people suffer with bladder problems than asthma, epilepsy and diabetes put together!
•Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, laugh or exercise?
•Do you go to the toilet more than 8 times a day or get up more than once in the night?
•Do you get little warning before needing to get to the toilet quickly?
Most people consider their toilet habits to be normal but if you answered YES to any of the above questions than we could help you.
During your initial appointment, you will be asked many questions about your bladder and bowel, your medical history, and your work and lifestyle. A vaginal examination can be carried out with your full consent to ascertain your pelvic floor function.
Your physiotherapist will then be able to advise you on the best way to treat the problem. You may be taught about the pelvic floor muscles and bladder function.
You will be taught strengthening exercises and may require the use of electrical stimulation to help. You will also be given lots of advice on training your bladder and perhaps some lifestyle changes.
Acupuncture can be used with great success when it comes to relieving pain.
At Oakley Physio you may be offered acupuncture as part of your treatment if it is appropriate. It could help relieve pain associated with acute or chronic muscle or joint problems including arthritis, low back pain, neck pain or ‘whiplash‘, headaches, repetitive strain or sports injuries.
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used for thousands of years. The theory is that where there is pain in the body, there is a blockage of energy (Qi). By stimulating appropriate points along the energy channels called meridians, using very fine needles, these can be ‘unblocked‘ and energy can flow freely.
In Western medicine, there is sound evidence showing that acupuncture
stimulates the body‘s release of endorphins which reduce pain and aid recovery.
As we are a Physiotherapy Clinic and are governed by a Code of Conduct by the CSP, we will not undertake treatment of other conditions using acupuncture e.g. weight loss, smoking cessation, fertility, irritable bowel syndrome etc.
Safety and hygiene are paramount: only single use disposable needles are used.
PREGNANCY RELATED PROBLEMS
Most women will experience some sort of back pain during their pregnancy. Increases in levels of the hormone elastin soften the ligaments around the low back and pelvis to allow for the growing baby and the birth. Weight gain and the expanding abdomen alter the curve in the lower back and can put stress on the joints of the spine and pelvis.
The laxity in the ligaments coupled with the dominant muscles pulling on the joints can lead to asymmetry of the pelvis which is usually the reason for the more severe pains felt typically when turning over in bed, getting in and out the car, climbing stairs and walking any distance. Stability of the joints depends greatly on the lower stomach muscles which are stretched during pregnancy.
Physiotherapy can often help. Mobilisations of the joints, massage, stretches and strengthening of muscles can be effective in reducing pain and discomfort. Using a pelvic support brace and crutches can be useful to reduce the forces through the pelvis in more severe cases.
Unfortunately the ageing population has a high risk of falls.
We pride ourselves on rehabilitating our elderly patients, give the time and care they require.
We are able to do home visits if they are unable to get to our clinic.
We have the studio space where we can see them for exercise, tailored for their specific needs.
We can teach someone how to get in and out of a chair or bed, how to walk with or without a walking aid and recommend the most appropriate aid to suit their needs.
We will look at the risk factors for falls and discuss reducing the risks, rehabilitating following an injury or preventing an injury from happening.
Exercises include those that build stamina, balance, strength and confidence.