What is Physiotherapy ?

Physiotherapy is primarily concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of injuries involving the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes joints, muscles, tendons and nerves. It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care.

A study by medical journal The Lancet, published in 2012, found that musculoskeletal conditions were the second greatest cause of disability in the world, affecting over 1.7 billion people worldwide and responsible for around 30% of all disability in the UK. Almost 31 million days of work were lost last year due to back, neck and muscle problems, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Physiotherapy has a key role to play in improving people’s health.

Gina has extensive experience in treating a wide range of conditions and takes a very “hands on” approach to patient care. Manual therapy treatments include joint and soft tissue mobilisation, trigger point releasing and stretching. However, for an injury to fully resolve, to maintain the benefits of your physio session, and to prevent reoccurrence, it is also important to do specific exercises as part of a home exercise programme. These may include strengthening exercises for weak muscles, stability and posture correction exercises to encourage normal joint movement, and stretches to improve flexibility. Gina will tailor these exercises to your individual needs and give you supervision to ensure that you are able to do them effectively.