Physiotherapy is a form of rehabilitation which combines active treatment with advice, a program of stretches and movements, and hands-on support. For most of our patients and clients, our branch of Essex physiotherapy is centred around rehabilitating past injuries; ensuring that they do not occur again, through strengthening the body in a multitude of different ways.
Crucially, physiotherapy does not focus on one branch of treatment or exercise, but rather on a culmination of different disciplines which all work together to restore movement and body functions, to strengthen the muscles, to relieve pain, and to optimise physical health.
With that said, how do you know when you’ve found a good physiotherapist – and what should you ask at each session to make sure that you maximise your own chances of a full recovery? Here are three questions that we recommend asking to ensure that you get the right level of treatment that you need.
1. What can I do to boost my own recovery?
Perhaps the most important thing that we recommend all patients ask is how to boost their own recovery at home. From your very first session, your physiotherapist will recommend a series of exercises and stretches which you can perform at home to continue your recovery between sessions. The aim is to continue strengthening your muscles and joints between sessions, enhancing flexibility and granting yourself the strength to really utilise each session as best you can.
2. How much does treatment cost?
Treatment from a private physiotherapist is different from that provided by the NHS – not least because private therapists can give you both the time you need to maximise treatment and the benefit of a tailored program that’s centred around your specific needs.
Treatment costs vary depending on the length of time you require our services and the complexity of your case. Regardless of your circumstance, we accept both self-funding and insured patients at Faye Pattison, and are happy to discuss your situation directly.
3. What are the different types of massage available and how do they help?
Physiotherapy involves a combination of different techniques and treatment methods, many of which combine physical stretching and movement with massage therapy.
Those who have been through any kind of massage in the past will know that the intensity of the massage differs depending on the goal – with a light full body massage ideal for relaxation while sports therapy massage tends to be much more targeted and heavy-handed.
The massage therapy offered by your physiotherapist will depend on the area that you are seeking treatment for, with our team at Faye Pattison offering deep tissue massage, remedial massage, and sports therapy massage, as well as soft tissue massage, to our patients.
You can find out more about these individual massage treatments on our website or by getting in touch with the team. Alternatively, get in touch with us to discuss the next steps for your own personalised treatment plan, and get your body moving again in a way which feels right for you.