Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions that, by using mechanical force and movements (bio-mechanics or kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, re-mediates impairments and promotes mobility and function. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient's quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, and patient education. It is performed by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in many countries).
In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation and administration. Physical therapy services may be provided as primary care treatment or alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services.
Sports massage has many beneficial effects and can be used pre-performance, post-performance, during training, or for rehabilitation. From elite athletes to recreational exercisers, it is a popular choice. Sports massage focuses on the soft tissues and muscles relevant to sport. Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete’s body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.
There are a multitude of benefits brought about by sports massage. Some of which are physiological, and some are psychological. These benefits are listed in our blog. All of our physiotherapists at Touchline Physio are qualified in sports massage and often use this as part of a treatment program. If you would like to know more about sports massage, please read my article on our journal page or contact the clinic, where we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of healthcare devised by the Chinese and other eastern cultures. It is now widely used and accepted all over the world.
At Touchline Physio we use Acupuncture to give pain relief, improve healing times and reduce stiffness. We use it as part of a treatment plan, not instead of traditional Physiotherapy, as we believe it is the combination of hands on therapy and Acupuncture that can give the best and fastest results. Acupuncture works to maintain the body’s equilibrium by focusing on all aspects of wellbeing; physical, mental and emotional states. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependant on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels below the skin. This energy is known as ‘qi’. The flow of qi can be disturbed by any number of factors, such as grief, anxiety, anger, infections and trauma. When the qi is unbalanced, illness and pain can develop.
At Touchline, we use acupuncture in two main ways; one is to relax muscle and connective tissue, the other is to stimulate the body’s own healing response and restore natural balance by inserting the needles along the channels of energy called ‘meridians’.
Acupuncture needles are finer than needles used for injections and blood tests. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as tingling or a dull ache. Acupuncture is very safe. The results of two independent surveys published in the British Medical Journal in 2001 concluded that the risk of serious adverse reaction to acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. The needles we use are single, sterile and disposable. Responses to treatment can sometimes include tiredness or mild dizziness and very occasionally minor bruising can occur. However, all such reactions are short lived.
You can get more information about acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
CBT can help with depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Eating Disorders, low self –esteem, childhood trauma and phobias. It may be necessary to explore childhood and adolescent experiences, however, the focus of the therapy will primarily be on the ‘here and now’ with an understanding of how childhood experiences may be affecting life now.
CBT aims to help the individual link their thoughts, feelings and behaviors and to establish any unhelpful thoughts and behaviors that may be keeping their problems going. CBT is a brief and goal focused therapy, which has a focus on tasks in-between sessions so that the individual can learn new more helpful behaviors, which will improve mood. Tasks in-between sessions, are likely to involve facing fears to test out their beliefs and predictions in certain situations.
The work in-between sessions will be decided in the session in a collaborative manner applying the rule that behavior change can take place in a small (or specific) and measurable way and the client will decide what behavior changes are achievable and realistic to them. The role that thinking has is fundamental as thoughts often maintaining symptoms. In a collaborative manner the client can learn new more adaptive ways of thinking about themselves, the world, and others, which will serve to lessen their distress and enhance their emotional well-being. CBT aims to provide clients with a set of tools or skills that they can apply to many problem situations and/or events in their life.
Aromatherapy is an alternative form of holistic therapy that uses essential oils to help improve and balance you both emotionally and physically, while helping you to take time out for yourself, to be mindful and to reconnect with yourself, even for a moment. The aromas experienced through aromatherapy and essential oils have a dynamic effect on the mind and body.
The effect is experienced through the sense of smell which is linked to the deepest parts of the brain governed by your basic instincts, thoughts and emotions. On a physical level, essential oils help to ease muscular aches and pains, improve circulation, ease sinus congestion and act as a strong antioxidant.
Plant extracts have been used for thousands of years for their exquisite aromas and natural healing powers. Rich in botanical activity and antioxidants, plant oils encourage radiant, healthy skin, working at a cellular level to keep the complexion soft and looking youthful. By harnessing their therapeutic properties, aromatherapy works to improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.