'Physio' in its purest form is the study of physiology. Physiotherapy is an in depth study of the body's anatomy, physiology and all of the detailed components required in normal movement. Combined with a sound knowledge of pathology a physiotherapist can evaluate pain and dysfunction and determine how best to resolve it.
Physiotherapy combines medical knowledge with a natural approach. A physiotherapist's essential tools are knowledge, problem solving and communication skills and also therapeutic hands. It is an established and evolving profession.
Chartered physiotherapists are governed by a professional body, this is to ensure that high standards of practice are maintained. West End Physiotherapy specialises in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of muscle, joint and soft tissue trauma and pain.
You need physiotherapy if you:
- Have injured a joint or a muscle
- Are experiencing persistent pain in your neck, back or any other muscle or joint
What is a Muscle Balance Assessment?
A Muscle Balance assessment is specifically designed to detect imbalances in posture and gait that can lead to injury. When a joint is incorrectly aligned, the muscles that normally protect the joints are compromised in their performance and as a result, they weaken.
Other muscles may be recruited as a substitute but their performance will be less than that of the muscle designed for the task.
Why have a Muscle Balance Assessment?
- It will help identify areas to work on that will improve strength and flexibility, enhance running efficiency and prevent injury.
- The results of this muscle balance assessment will be discussed with you and a programme designed to correct any imbalances detected.
- Our strength and conditioning team will focus your training on injury prevention and be able to monitor your progress along the way.
A Bodycheck assessment is specifically designed to detect imbalances in posture that can lead to injury before you feel pain. Subtle changes in posture over a few years can result in joints being put under excessive strain. When a joint is incorrectly aligned the muscles that normally protect the joints are compromised in their performance and as a result they weaken.
Weak muscles perform poorly. Other muscles may be recruited as a substitute but their performance will be less than that of the muscle designed for the task. Additionally the joints will have less protection and you will be more vulnerable to injury.
A Bodycheck assessment is suitable for you if:
- You want to learn how to improve your posture and protect your joints at the same time.
- You are about to start an exercise regime or running programme and want to check that your joints and muscles will not be put under undue strain.
- You are injured, keep injuring the same area or are getting lots of different injuries as a result of exercise.
The findings of the assessments will allow the Physiotherapist to prescribe exercises that will help correct imbalances. Injury prevention exercises may mean that your training in the months leading up to an event won’t be in vain if you prevent an injury that may have excluded you from competing. We can also liaise closely with your coach or personal trainer to ensure the areas of concern are included in your current programme.
Sports Massage is designed to relieve tight and fatigued muscles. It is useful in the management of sports injuries as well as the rehabilitation following injury. Massage improves soft tissue flexibility and blood flow. It can help recover after strenuous exercise like marathon running or triathlon but is also a useful adjunct to have along side your regular training. We often suggest endurance athletes have regular sports massage to help prevent injury. Our therapists also offer swedish deep tissue massage and massage for stress relief.
Sitting in front of a computer screen for more than an hour a day can change your body and your life.
West End Physiotherapy offers a new and innovative service for companies interested in the welfare of their employees. An On-site Ergonomic Assessment involves an in-depth evaluation of each individual's workstation or office. The positioning, height and relationship of keyboards, screen, chair and telephone are examined.
If communication with colleagues is an essential part the working day, we also evaluate relative seating positions. Each of these factors have an effect on the positioning of the spine, muscles and joints and are therefore taken into account during our on-site assessments.
Physiotherapists from West End Physiotherapy have already changed the way many people work and as a consequence the way that they feel. Small changes in positioning of office equipment and posture can make a significant difference to the health of the muscles and joints.
A simple On-site Ergonomic Assessment may be all that is needed to avoid loss of productivity through back and neck problems and/or repetitive strain injury (R.S.I.).
Most adjustments recommended by West End Physiotherapy are easy to implement and have profitable long-term effects for the health and well being of the individual.
West End Physiotherapy have formed a partnership with City Chiropody to provide General Chiropody & Podiatry treatments dealing with any skin or nail problems such as:
- Hard skin
- Corns and callus
- Warts and verrucae
- Infected and deformed toe nails
- Diabetic foot problems
- Ingrowing toe nails
- Fungal infections
- Nail surgery under local anaesthetic
- Footcare and footwear advice
- Sports injuries
Podiatry is a Biomechanical in-depth study of pain and discomfort, in this case related to foot function. It looks at joints, muscles and general posture. A Podiatrist examines the foot and leg function and may make individually tailored orthotics (insoles).
Signs of Biomechanical imbalances in the foot:
- Your shoes always wear out on one side
- You have flattened arches or excessively high arches
- You walk on the outside/inside of your feet/heels
- You constantly have calluses on various areas of your foot
- You experience pain, aching or tiredness in your feet or legs with or after walking or standing
For more information please visit www.citychiropody.co.uk