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  • I have had lower back pain for years, is there any point trying physiotherapy?
    Definitely! There are many reasons why your back still hurts, this could be muscle imbalance, incorrect movement patterns, sensitisation of the nervous system or even bad habits. All of these can be rectified through a thorough physiotherapy assessment followed by a combination of manual therapy, education and an induvidualised exercise programme. The easiest way to find out why your back still hurts is to book in for a free assessment.
  • I injured myself a while ago and everytime I try to get back to running it comes back, why is this?
    As a Royal Marine, you are expected to maintain a high level of physical fitness and performance. However, even the most dedicated and disciplined individuals can sometimes experience injuries or other issues that affect their movement and function. If you are dealing with such matters, we encourage you to learn more about our Royal Marine screening programme. Even though the clinic is based in Billericay, these screenings are targeted to both face to face and virtually. The majority of these highly successful screenings have been completed virtually for potential recruits all across the UK.
  • What is a tendinopathy?
    A tendinopathy is commonly seen in the Achilles, front of the knee ( patella tendon) or the shoulder, although it can happen anywhere. A tendinopathy is just the medical term for an overuse injury in the tendon, which in simple terms attaches muscle to bone. Due to over-training or progressive training too quickly, the soft tissue cannot adapt in time and therefore causes pain and an inflammatory response. These can be very painful and if not dealt with correctly within a good time frame can be quite a stubborn injury to treat. So, if your symptoms are not settling after 6 weeks, it is a good idea to get these checked out! As a general rule: the quicker you are treated the easier it is to resolve.
  • Why would I need to consider an injury prevention programme?
    Injury prevention is becoming more and more common and is currently utilised in professional sport. If you are a high performing athlete or an athlete who trains a lot during the week, you will always be at more risk of developing an over-training injury than someone who plays football once a week. Therefore, you need to make sure you lower your risk of injury as best you can and look after your body. If you fit in the above category than an injury prevention assessment is what you need! It includes a full body MOT for use of a better word by checking your individual muscle group and functional strength, mobility, flexibility and control. If during the assessment, any of the above flag up as a potential risk factor than it can be easily rectified with manual therapy and a personalised exercise programme, that way you can continue doing what you do best!
  • I get shin pain every time I try and increase my running miles
    Shin pain or medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) is an overload of the muscles and bone structures at the front of your lower leg. There are several reasons why people get shin pain when running. The main cause is a muscular weakness somewhere in the lower limb chain, for example the calf muscle. Deficiencies in main muscle groups will cause the wrong muscles to work too hard, fatigue and result in pain. Other causes include is overtraining i.e doing too much too soon or a biomechanical issue, such as running styles or incorrect trainers. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation is the main treatment for shin pain. Holly has a specialises in the treatment of shin pain from her career working alongside the military.
  • Why do I get a pinching pain in my shoulder when I use it?
    This is a very common issue seen in our clinic and is almost always caused by a rotator cuff issue (a group of 4 muscles that rotate the shoulder). This can be resolved by a tailored exercise program to strengthen the rotator cuff and eliminate the pain.
  • Why do I find it difficult or painful when I turn my head?
    This is most commonly due to inflammation or irritation of the joints in the neck where the nerves exit from the spine. A course of manual therapy, strength exercises and regular movement of the neck will help to alleviate the symptoms.
  • Why does my lower back hurt if I sit for too long?
    The lower back (lumbar spine) relies on regular movement and exercise to maintain its health as the joints of the spine don’t have a great blood supply. The movement stimulates fluid production that keeps the spine happy and prevents a build-up of inflammation which is often the culprit. Sitting for too long can limit regular movement and cause pain in the joints of the spine by allowing inflammation to build up. A person specific exercise/movement program and manual techniques will help to alleviate the pain.
  • What is physiotherapy and how can it help me?
    Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of physical impairments, disabilities, and pain. Physiotherapists work with individuals of all ages to improve their movement, manage their pain, and prevent further injury. Physiotherapy can help individuals recover from a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, respiratory problems, and cardiovascular issues. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to help patients improve their physical function, including manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, and advice on self-management. One of the primary benefits of physiotherapy is pain management. Physiotherapists use a combination of manual therapy, exercise, and advice to help patients manage their pain and improve their mobility. This can be especially beneficial for individuals who have suffered an injury or are living with a chronic condition. Another key benefit of physiotherapy is the prevention of injury. Physiotherapists work with patients to identify areas of weakness and help them improve their physical function. This can include providing advice on proper posture, exercise, and body mechanics, as well as developing rehabilitation programs to help individuals return to full strength after an injury. In addition to these benefits, physiotherapy can also help individuals improve their overall quality of life. Physiotherapists work with patients to help them achieve their goals, whether that be returning to sport, managing their pain, or simply improving their mobility. If you are living with pain or have suffered an injury, physiotherapy may be able to help. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals and improve your physical function.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    For many individuals in, paying for physiotherapy can be a concern. However, there are options available to help cover the cost of treatment, including private medical insurance and cash plans. Private Medical Insurance Many private medical insurance plans cover the cost of physiotherapy. If you have private medical insurance, it is important to check your policy to see what is covered. Some policies may require a referral from a GP, while others may allow you to see a physiotherapist directly. If you are unsure about what your policy covers, you can contact your insurance provider for more information. Cash Plans Cash plans are another option for those looking to cover the cost of physiotherapy. With a cash plan, you pay a monthly premium and can then claim back the cost of certain healthcare services, including physiotherapy. Cash plans are a flexible and cost-effective way to cover the cost of physiotherapy and can be a good option for individuals who do not have private medical insurance. There are options available for those looking to cover the cost of physiotherapy. If you are unsure about what options are available to you, it is best to speak with your insurance provider or GP for more information.
  • Can you provide home physiotherapy services?
    For many individuals, the thought of traveling to a physiotherapy clinic can be a barrier to accessing the care they need. Whether it's due to mobility issues, lack of transportation, or confidence, the convenience of receiving physiotherapy in the comfort of one's own home can be a game-changer. So, the answer to the question of whether home physiotherapy services are available is a resounding yes. However, the availability and cost of these services may vary depending on your location. Home physiotherapy services typically involve a physiotherapist coming to your home to provide treatment. This can include a range of services, such as manual therapy, exercise programs, and pain management. The benefit of receiving physiotherapy in the home is that you have the opportunity to receive care in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to you. This can lead to improved outcomes and a more positive experience overall. When it comes to the cost of home physiotherapy services, this can vary depending on your location. Factors that may impact the cost include the physiotherapist's hourly rate, travel time and expenses, and the length of each session. In some cases, private medical insurance or cash plans may cover the cost of home physiotherapy services. In conclusion, home physiotherapy services are available in many locations and can provide a convenient and effective option for those looking to receive care in the comfort of their own home. With the right support and care, you can take the first step towards improved physical function and a better quality of life.
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