Physiotherapy is used to improve or maintain physical abilities.
An assessment consists of a subjective assessment first and foremost. This is where you get to tell us all about the problem you have and we’ll ask for as much detail as you have. Sometimes people prefer to be asked specific questions and that’s fine too! We will always ask things like:
- How long have you had this pain/discomfort/restriction?
- Can you think of a reason it may have been triggered? (Sometimes this is something obvious like falling over, sometimes it’s less obvious, like changing cars and having a different style of seat!)
- What is the pattern of pain like? Is it constant or does it come and go?
- Do you get any associated pain anywhere else?
- Has it got better, worse or the same since it started?
We will also ask for your medical history, if you are on any medications, and a social history. This includes things like what you do for work and what hobbies you have.
The more we know about you the more we can tailor our physical assessment and subsequently your rehab programme. We’ve certainly found over the years that the more specific and personal we can make it, the better the results our patients get!
The objective assessment will follow, and this is where we assess things like range of movement, flexibility and strength of muscles, and functional ability (for example, if you tell us that picking things up off the floor is painful for you, then we’ll build this into our assessment so we can start to work out why it might be causing you pain and what we can do about it).
During and after the assessments we’ll give you a clear explanation of what we’ve found, and what the best course of action will be going forward.
Follow up appointments are encouraged so that we can see how you are responding to the treatment, and progress or regress the treatments to ensure you are getting the most out of your rehab.
We do not offer bulk discounts for blocks of sessions, because we want people to get back to normal as quickly as possible, not dragged out to fit the pre-arranged 6, 8 or 12 sessions that some places seem to offer!
Some of the most frequently asked questions can be found below, but if you have any more please feel free to get in touch via our website (thephysiocrew.co.uk) or Facebook (The Physio Crew Bristol/ The Physio Crew Barnstaple) or Instagram (physiocrewofficial).
We also offer sports and deep tissue massage, as well as acupuncture and sports/kinesiology taping.