What is Physiotherapy? Physiotherapists are specialized healthcare professionals who help and treat people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, sports injury, accident or ageing. Physiotherapy is a profession which sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of individuals. Physiotherapists identify and maximise movement potential through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation.
Within the profession of physiotherapy, manual therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing specific hands-on techniques.
Manual Therapy treatments may include massage, soft tissue mobilization, various connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, mobilization of joints, joint manipulation or mobilization of nerve tissue.
Physiotherapy initial assessment (30 minutes) £40.00
Follow up treatments (30 minutes) £40.00
Acupuncture is a technique of inserting and manipulating fine needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain for therapeutic purposes. The word acupuncture comes from the Latin acus, "needle", and pungere, "to prick".
According to traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture points are situated on meridians along which 'Qi', the vital energy, flows.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It aims to relieve pain and restore and maintain health We still do not truly understand how or why acupunture works. However it is accepted more readily in the western world today. The World Health Organisation published a review of controlled trials using acupuncture and concluded it was an effective treatment for a number of different conditions.
Additionally, the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), have also studied and positively commented on the efficacy of acupuncture. There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe and very effective in treating pain when administered by well-trained practitioners.
Acupuncture (30 minutes) £40.00
Sports Massage is the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, ligaments and tendons.
The techniques used by sports massage practitioners have been developed to ensure effective and efficient results are gained from each massage given. The reported benefits of Sports Massage include
• Improve circulation & lymphatic flow
• Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
• Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
• Increase or decrease muscle tone
• Increase or decrease muscle length
• Remodel scar tissue when required
• Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
To benefit from a sports massage you do not need to be a sports performer. There are many practitioners that work with a great range of clients. The benefits above can also help relieve many day to day problems that everyone experiences.
Depending on the type and timing of activity these benefits can be achieved for anyone. If you are a sports performer, of any level, a sports specific massage can be beneficial at various stages of participation. For example
• The conditioning / training phase
• Pre competition
• Inter competition
• Post competition
• Post travel
• Injury prevention
• Injury recovery
Regardless of your experiences in sport or exercise whether you exercise socially or compete to an international level - sports massage may have something to offer you.
Sports Massage (30 minutes) £30.00
Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality that has been used by physical therapists since the 1940s. Ultrasound is applied using a round-headed wand or probe that is put in direct contact with the patient's skin. Ultrasound gel is used on the head in order to reduce friction and assist in the transmission of the ultrasonic waves. Therapeutic ultrasound is in the frequency range of about 0.8-3.0 MHz.
Ultrasound is used to
• break up scar tissue and adhesions
• reduce inflammation and swelling
• increase soft tissue extensibility prior to stretching and exercise
• facilitate healing at the cellular level
• improve blood flow
Ultrasound Treatment (30 minutes) £40.00
Exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise regularly. Injuries can occur due to overuse of a part of the body, direct contact accidents, poor training practices and/or improper footwear.
The most common sports injuries are
• Sprains and strains
• Knee injuries
• Ankle sprains
At Pier Physiotherapy we can offer treatment for all kinds of different sporting injuries. We will also offer you a full rehabilitation programme that will get you back to participating in your favourite sport in no time.
We perform Biomechanical Assessments to find out why and how your particular problem or injury has occurred.
Identifiying whether your problem is related to your feet, knee or back is fundamental to treating your condition. Our podiatrist is able to provide you with a correct diagnosis, treatment, plan or orthotics.
A Biomechanical Assessment is an investigation into the structure and function of your feet and lower limb with the purpose of identifying abnormalities, dysfunction and compensations in your musculoskeletal system.
The underlying cause of common injuries such as foot pain, knee pain and back pain can often be attributed to faulty foot mechanics which negatively impact muscles and joints throughout your body.
Biomechanics (30 minutes) £40.00