What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is an established and dynamic profession that uses a range of treatment techniques to restore movement and function to the body.
Physiotherapy can be beneficial at the first sign of a problem and can stop minor niggles developing into the major problems which leave you unable to carry out normal daily activities, hobbies or sports.
We provide 'hands on Physiotherapy' treatment at Totally Tranquil, as well as exercise prescription, ultrasound, acupuncture, to name a few. We can liaise with your GP as required if other management options, investigations or if a referral to a consultant is required.
Physiotherapy at Totally Tranquil, Sunderland is designed to help musculoskeletal conditions including:
- Spinal problems – irritated/ prolapsed discs, joint degeneration/ wear and tear, neck pain and headaches, whiplash, back pain in pregnancy, sciatica and other nerve injuries causing pain in the legs or arms
- Joint problems – arthritis, pain and swelling, stiffness, frozen shoulder, cartilage problems
- Sports injuries- sprains and strains to ligaments, muscles and tendons
- Work related conditions such as repetitive strain injury (RSI), carpal tunnel and tennis elbow. Workstation (DSE) advice is also provided where appropriate
- After surgery – rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery e.g. hip and knee replacements or general physiotherapy after general surgery
- Fractures – treatment to increase the healing rate and gain full function once the bones have healed
As well as providing Physiotherapy to our customers within the clinic we also provide Occupational Physiotherapy Services to local businesses, both on and off- site. Please contact us if you would like to receive further information on our Occupational Physiotherapy Services.
What to expect:
At your first appointment the physiotherapist will carry out an in depth assessment of your symptoms as well as taking a full medical history. A physical assessment will then be carried out. This may require you to partially undress in order for the therapist to see the problem area, therefore please come dressed appropriately. You may wish to bring shorts/ vest top as applicable. Following this detailed assessment the therapist will be able to give you a clinical diagnosis of your condition and discuss with you recommended management. This will include treatment options, expected length of treatment and expected outcome.
Every opportunity will be given to you to ask questions about your condition to ensure you have a full understanding of the diagnosis and its management. It is normal to experience a temporary mild increase in your symptoms following your initial assessment.
Treatment is aimed at restoring normal movement and function as quickly as possible. Treatment options may include: pain relieving techniques, soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, exercise programmes (including core stability), electrotherapy, acupuncture, taping and biomechanics/ footwear advice. You will also receive advice on how to get back to normal activities at home and work as well as ways to prevent recurrence in the future. For the sports person our advice will include information on safely returning to your training and sport and ways to prevent re-injury in the future. This can be done in conjunction with team coaches where necessary.
Initial assessment will last 30minutes. Subsequent treatments will also be 30minutes, unless a longer massage is recommended.
Do I need to be referred by my GP for physiotherapy treatment?
No, you do not need to be referred by your doctor for treatment. Physiotherapists are autonomous practitioners and their extensive specialist training means they should be your first ‘port of call’ for any musculoskeletal problem. With your permission, your physiotherapist will write a report to your GP on completion of your treatment, and will advise you if you need to see a doctor with regard to your condition.
We are registered with all major health insurance companies such as BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva to name a few. Please check your individual policy for more details on how to access Physiotherapy via your insurance.