Physiotherapy can benefit you at any point in your life, and helps with a range of conditions such as neck, shoulder & back pain, whiplash or sudden injury. Physio treatment is also useful for managing long-term medical conditions, post-operative rehabilitation as well as preparation for changes in life-style or a sporting event.
Diagnosing your condition
During your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will carry out a thorough examination in order to diagnosis your problem and plan your treatment. He/she will look at the causation and history of your condition, your medical history, general health and any medication you are currently being prescribed by your doctor.
Your physiotherapist may ask you to perform various movements, such as walking, standing and sitting. They will assess your posture, balance and ask you to perform more specific movements to help identify objective measures, such as muscle strength and range of motion of joints.
Planning your treatment
The treatment plan will be specific to you and your condition and could include joint mobilisation & manipulation, soft tissue techniques, nerve mobilisation, and electro-therapy. Most treatment plans will include strengthening exercises and stretching programmes.
Each treatment session (whether it is for an initial consultation, or a follow-on treatment) is priced at £60.
Physiotherapists use a range of spinal or joint manipulation and soft tissue techniques to reduce muscular tension, increase range of motion in stiff joints to improve mobility, increase blood flow to the injured area and minimise recovery time. In addition, your physiotherapist may advise on a home exercise program to aid and maintain your recovery, as well as improve your posture, fitness and work towards prevention of re-occurrence. They may also advise on bio-mechanics, correct technique for everyday or specific activities, coping strategies for those in severe pain, and equipment that you can use at home to enhance your recovery.
Consultation/Treatment sessions will take 30 minutes. (Occasionally we may allow up to 45 minutes for the Initial/First Consultation session but you will be notified of this at the time of booking.)
Your initial consultation will start by taking a full history, this will require asking you many questions about you, your symptoms and general state of health; also required are full details of all medication you have been prescribed, whether it is for your current condition or not. Your physiotherapist will then carry out a thorough physical examination. There is normally time in this first session to start treatment and provide an initial exercise plan. Follow-up appointments will be more focused on treatment, checking progress using objective measures and developing plans.
Some patients will only require one or two visits to experience a significant improvement; others will need more, depending on your condition. This can be discussed with your physiotherapist at your initial consultation.
No, but it if you have a complex medical history it is preferable to discuss physiotherapy with your doctor. A referral can provide your physiotherapist with useful information about the condition, your general health and detail from any prior investigations (X-ray, MRI). Furthermore, you may not be able to make a claim on your health insurance unless you have been referred by your doctor or specialist*.
* Staff employed by Lloyd’s Corporation, Catlin or QBE who hold AXA PPP medical cover, are eligible to receive ‘fast track’ access to physical therapy services provided at the Wellbeing Centre. This means that no GP referral is required before commencing treatment.
It depends on the injury, but not more than the pain you may already experience and for which you are seeking treatment. During treatment it’s important that you communicate with the physiotherapist. The aim is for you to feel an improvement when you leave. You may on some occasions feel sore, but this should disappear within a day or two.
Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to adjust or remove. Your physiotherapist will require access to the relevant problem area, in order to assess, make a diagnosis and treat.
Your Lloyd’s Wellbeing Centre physiotherapist will have completed a degree-based education and worked a minimum of a thousand hours of clinical practice within the NHS, before qualification. Physiotherapists are registered with the Health Professional Council; which can be verified online.