Area we cover
Our physiotherapy services cover the following areas:
Kew - Richmond - Brentford - Chiswick - Twickenham - Barnes - Isleworth - Mortlake - London
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Physiotherapists have a wide range of skills to suit your particular problems. Treatment directed at addressing the contributing factors that result in injury is most efficient at resolving the issues that keep you away from your chosen activity.
Contact us on 0208 332 2467 if you want to find out more or discuss further.
Manipulation and mobilisation of joints used to relieve stiffness and pain.
Soft tissue release techniques (a form of massage) help to improve flexibility, posture and function. This is a key feature of our approach to management as hands-on management is known to be the most effective way of helping recovery.
These techniques and exercises are based on the activation of the deep abdominal and low back muscles to protect the spine, through exercise. The results are, improved posture and body shape, reduced back pain, neck pain and headaches, and enhanced sports performance.
We have established links with Pilates instructors in the area who can supplement the training received from physiotherapy to optimise muscle function in everyday life.
Stability doesnít just relate to the abdominal muscles and the trunk but to all joints as one area is often dependent on anotherís stable positioning to function well eg the shoulder blade needs good control for the shoulder joint to remain free from problems.
There is often too much emphasis on ďthe coreĒ and whilst this is important, coordination with other muscles is also valuable. With a sensible programme of exercises you can achieve correct balance and this exercise routine is made functional so that you incorporate it into everyday activity rather than have to get out of bed half an hour earlier each day!
Physiotherapists are skilled in advice and education for a variety of muscular and joint problems. Once the basics for improving stability have been accomplished, you need to be fit and strong enough to return to your chosen sport or activity. We have a fully equipped gym adjacent to the clinic for this purpose. We also work with sports trainers who can help that process further by tailor made training for you dependant on your individual requirements.
This technology is useful for identifying movement faults and then helping retrain for specific actions, whether it is running, a golf swing or a swimming stroke. Any muscle weakness and poor movement pattern that is identified can then be worked on with exercises and therefore decreasing abnormal loads that will contribute to injury.
Despite the most common form of analysis involves running, other types of movement analysis is also possible, such as a golf swing, cycling positioning and technique (with use of an Ergo-trainer) and a multitude of everyday, non-sporting activity.
Running / Walking (Gait) Retraining
With the use of Video Analysis, we can help retrain and restore the movement patterns that relate to normal walking and running. Most sports involve running to some degree and if your running form is not optimal, it can lead to common problems of overuse to tendons and joints.
An orthotic is a device that goes into your sports shoe (or your work shoes) which will help control foot posture via mechanical and neural mechanisms. That means that not only will it change forces going through the leg, but it will also provide a type of retraining tool by its interaction with your foot.
We can provide simple and cost effective off-the-shelf orthotic devices which can be moulded and modified to suit the individual based on dynamic and static foot posture. This can be a useful adjunct to muscle retraining and movement re-education in activities such as running.
The clinic uses some electrical modalities in a very limited capacity. There is growing evidence about the limited effect of these tools and they are used very sparingly as an adjunct to more useful treatments. The best way to stimulate healing and repair is to move normally and challenge the body so that it responds by improving its healing response.
Biofeedback machines and muscle stimulators are available to help retrain muscles which are not working correctly.
Massage comes under various forms of application some of which come under conventional physiotherapy techniques. The techniques used allow for gentle or deep soft tissue release as required. Massage helps improve circulation and can help reduce post-exercise soreness in some cases. It can also help flexibility, releases tight muscles and therefore enhances overall sports performance and daily activity.
Work station analysis & Reeducation
In todayís world, most of us use computers to varying degrees. Worse still, with work pressures we donít get away from the computer. Even worse still! The use of laptops is becoming more widespread. If it wasnít bad enough with normal computers, laptop usage puts the individual user at risk of injury and this is further enhanced by the fact that education on laptop use is often limited.
Companies have addressed issues of workstation interaction by implementing software that the user can self-educate, with some additional support form a duly trained individual, often from HR.
Unfortunately, this often isnít enough because we are all built differently and most importantly move differently. Physiotherapists, by their training as movement experts and understanding how the body responds to overload, are in a great position to help with these issues.
We can provide ergonomic support at your workstation and help you interact with your working environment more efficiently to minimise risk of injury such as RSI, now more aptly named work-related upper limb disorders WRULD.
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