Rehabilitation Physiotherapy

Assessment –  A detailed clinical and fitness assessment identifies areas of weakness, stiffness and alterations in posture body mechanics and movement patterns that are contributing to your on-going problem.

Measurements are used to show where you are compared to norm’s for your age and gender. These measurements show you how you are progressing in your rehabilitation programme.

Programmes –  A unique progressive rehabilitation programme is designed and taught on a one to one basis; exercise diaries and instructions help you to remember and follow the programme. Regular re-assessment of your improvement allows us to progress your programme so you can meet your goals.

All treatment programs are tailored to meet your individual needs and focus on improving strength, flexibility and ability to self-manage your condition for the future.

Our Occupational Physiotherapists offer specialist return to work rehabilitation programmes for people who are having difficulties remaining at work or returning to work following an injury or ill health.

Our work-focused assessment and rehabilitation programmes help people build their confidence and fitness to return to work and to stay at work without further injury.

Functional assessment –  This 3 to 4 hour detailed assessment comprises a semi structured interview to understand the presenting problem and its impact on work and daily activities and a physical and functional assessment to determine current functional capability. This is compared to the requirements of your job or lifestyle to design a programme to get you back where you need to be.

Functional Rehabilitation – This is an intensive progressive exercise and work conditioning programme that includes: aerobic exercise, medical exercise therapy, body conditioning, work hardening and education sessions. Training in optimal postures and body mechanics are essential parts of the programme. You are re-assessed throughout to monitor your progress and to progress your rehabilitation and work programme.

To support this service we can offer work site visits and management reporting which include recommendations for safe working and graded return to work plans.

Assessment to identify personal needs and gain an understanding of a clients condition and current level of function will be required initially. This will result in a unique structured treatment programme.

Treatment programmes may include: Improving standing and quality of walking, strengthening, balance exercises, developing gross and fine motor skills, re-educating normal movement patterns, stretching, offering guidance and advice to family and carers.

Acupuncture and Physiotherapy – Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points on the body in order to enhance the body’s production of its own healing chemicals and re balance energy levels.

It is used with other physiotherapy treatments to ease pain and improve movement in a variety of conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, limb pain, osteoarthritis, headaches/migraines, and neurological conditions.

Acupuncture that is given as part of the physiotherapy treatment is covered by most insurance companies. It uses very find sterile needles which are disposable.

In a conventional acupuncture treatment needles are carefully put in place and then left in for 20-30 minutes to achieve pain relief. Trigger point acupuncture is sometimes indicated. In this method the needles stay in for a much shorter period of time.

All the Colney Physio physiotherapists are registered with the governing body Association of Acupuncture Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) This body ensures acupuncture is provided within the background of clinical and research evidence. For further information see

Manual Therapy – Physiotherapists often use manual therapy techniques as a treatment to improve the condition and mobility of the tissues in a painful or injured area.

This is in order that you can move and reactivate more easily to help your tissue to heal. Manual Therapy works best when used in combination with exercise and activity. Your physiotherapist will explain to you what you need to do to help the healing of your tissues between therapy sessions.

Manual therapy includes treatments such as massage, soft tissue mobilisation, connective tissue techniques, myo-fascial release and strain and counterstrain techniques.



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