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Welcome….

….to The Physio Workshop’s first blog! Wow, what a reality check and what a great opportunity.  Having cut my physio teeth in the wonderful National Health Service, at a time when I was used to sharing information with patients through tediously boring leaflets and bland booklets.  It is refreshing (and a little daunting) to be sharing information via our first blog.

So what can readers expect?  I think this is an exciting opportunity to share some of our experiences in treating a wide variety of conditions over the last 20 years.  An opportunity for readers to take away little golden nuggets of rehab information, trade secrets and understanding of how their bodies work.  We will endeavor to deliver topics in a clear, concise and informative manner. Right, lets get started…

What exactly is Physio? What do we do?

“Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.  Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.  They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.  The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.” –  Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Sounds terrific! What exactly does that mean for my pain/injury?

‘Normal movement’ and function is probably one of the most underrated states of being we have.  Much like the boring everyday where everything is, as it should be, we often overlook the fact that everything is working just as it was intended.  However when something goes wrong…we all love a good old moan!  When our bodies are not functioning normally, one of the most popular signals is our friend ‘PAIN’.  And that’s where we, the medical community, come in.

As a Chartered Physiotherapist, it is our job to provide a detailed assessment, evaluation and diagnosis of your pain/injury.  However all too often we only ever get half the story.  Have you ever felt a pull in your hamstring, shown it to a therapist/GP and have them think very carefully, before grandly stating, “I think you’ve pulled your hamstring”.  Very insightful I’m sure!  However unless you were hopping at the time, there are some more pertinent questions remaining.  Why did only one hamstring pull? There must be a reason.  If you went to your GP, pointed at your head and said this hurts.  I’m sure you would hope for something a little more detailed from your GP other than “you’ve got a headache”.

Over the coming installments we will explore the more pertinent questions.  Why did the hamstring tear in the first place and why only that one.  If it was tight, why and how did it get tight?  If the root cause was a stiff lower back, then why is that the case?  By the continual asking and most importantly answering these questions, we get to the heart of any issue.  These answers lie in examining the body.  Most problems can be chased back to having either a structural origin (leg length difference, joint replacements etc) or a functional origin (what you do everyday).

Once you have the root causes to a problem, you can begin to formulate a care plan.  We can figure the most efficient and effective way of restoring the normal movement and function that’s so important to all of us.  As always there is more than one way to skin a cat, hopefully we can show you some of the best ways we have developed.  We will also introduce  you to other healthcare professionals that make up our extended team.  We will leave you today with a thought.  If you bang your head against a brick wall, you will get a headache. Until you stop, it won’t get better!

The Physio Workshop – Complete Body Rehab.

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....to The Physio Workshop's first blog! Wow, what a reality check and what a great opportunity.  Having cut my physio teeth in the wonderful National Health Service, at a time when I was used to sharing information with patients through tediously b...
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