Physiotherapists specialise in the assessment, treatment and management of musculoskeletal, respiratory and neurological pain and dysfunction.
Physiotherapy is a 3-year university degree and entails over 1000 hours of supervised clinical placement time within the NHS. Upon graduating, the qualified physiotherapist must join ‘The Health and Care Professions Council’ (HCPC) and commit to ongoing professional development and reflective practice. Many therapists refer to themselves as being a ‘physio’, but did you know ‘Physiotherapist’ is a protected title? You can check the online register here: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/check-the-register/
A Physiotherapist will use an evidence-based approach to treatment, selecting the right mix of techniques to help achieve the desired goal (reduce pain, improve movement, restore function) and then re-enforce this with an individually tailored rehab plan.
At Regeneration Physiotherapy, our therapists adopt a ‘hands on’ approach to treatment based upon the latest evidence-based research. Our team of vastly experienced physiotherapists collaborate regularly, sharing knowledge and expertise at our weekly patient review and development sessions. This allows us to keep you at the centre of our collective knowledge, providing you with a personal and professional treatment plan tailored to ensure we achieve your goals in the fastest possible way. Whether you are looking to reduce pain, return to normal function or gain a performance impact in your sport, our team at Regeneration Physiotherapy have the skills and the tools to help.
Treatment techniques used at our clinics include:
• Joint mobilisations/manipulations
• Sports & Remedial Massage
• Postural Re-education
• Core Stability Programmes
• Biomechanical Assessments
• Static and dynamic balance
• Muscle Strengthening & Conditioning
• Soft tissue & Deep friction work
• PNF stretching
• Muscle Energy Techniques
• Exercise therapy
• Sports Specific Training
• Gym Rehabilitation
• Hot/cold therapy
• Taping techniques
• Neuro-Muscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
Why Choose a Physiotherapist?
In simple terms, physiotherapy encompasses the best practices from each of the mainstream therapies you might be considering. Combining an in-depth knowledge provided by a full time university degree, physios are uniquely qualified to diagnose how? why? and what? is causing your problem. Subsequently, we can then draw upon a wide variety of treatment techniques in order to deliver a bespoke rehabilitation plan designed specifically for each individual, allowing optimum recovery and goal achievement.
“What’s the difference between a Physio and a Chiropractor, a Sports Rehabilitator, an Osteopath, or Sports Massage Therapist?”
• A Chiropractor will generally treat pain using a technique called “manipulation” where a high velocity thrust, mainly of the spine and other limbs, is used to “correct” the patient’s symptoms passively by “moving their joints further than they would normally move” (www.gcc-uk.org).
• A sports Rehabilitator has completed a degree encompassing 400 hours of supervised assessment. They focus solely on musculoskeletal (MSK) injury and rehabilitation within the context of sporting injury. Very similar to the MKS branch of physiotherapy, they too will use a variety of techniques and rehabilitation plans to restore an athlete back to full health and fitness. (https://beta.salford.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/sport-rehabilitation)
• “An osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself”. Osteopathy uses some “conventional medical techniques… such as massage, stretching, manipulation and joint articulation to… reduce pain, improve movement and encourage blood flow…however the use of osteopathy isn't always based on scientific evidence”. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/)
• Sports massage is a technique used to treat soft tissue tightness, spasm and soreness and so is useful as a tool for maintenance and recovery. A soft tissue therapist is not qualified to diagnose injuries as they have only been trained in the application of a massage technique. Soft tissue therapy remains an unregulated industry meaning a therapist’s skill set can vary massively and is not governed to maintain standards since training courses can last between a weekend and a few months.