Yes. Back and neck problems are among the most common types of problems seen in
our clinic and respond very well to the treatments we administer.
When I experience pain or injure myself,
how long should I wait before seeking treatment?
This depends on the severity of your injury. If you feel it is only a minor
injury and you have minimal pain try following our advice on how to treat
recent injuries. If after 48 hours it is still painful you should contact the
clinic for an appointment. If the injury is more serious you should try to make
an appointment as soon as possible
When should I use heat and when
should I use ice on an injury?
Ice should be used in the first 48 - 72 hours after an injury to limit the
inflammation and swelling. Heat can be used after this period to help promote
healing. If in doubt about your particular injury contact a medical
professional for further advice. See our page on
hot and cold therapies.
How many treatments will I need?
There is no pre-determined number of treatments for a specific
condition. However following your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will
discuss and agree a treatment plan with you. This may include advice regarding
the approximate number of treatments you may require. Individual's response to
What should I wear for the first
Wear something comfortable. Bring a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, we will need
to be able to view the injured area and flexibility tests will be part of the
session. Restrictive clothing can make this difficult.
Do I need a referral from a GP or
doctor to come to the clinic?
You do not need to be referred to the clinic by your doctor, but with your
approval, the Clinic will keep your doctor fully informed of the treatment you
receive if required or if relevant to any other conditions you may have.
Should I bring my X-rays or other
medical details with me?
Yes bring any relevant medical information you may have, it will help us
formulate a treatment plan.
What is Proprioception?
The proprioception system is made up of receptors which is located in our
muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. These receptors give us information
about the position of our body parts. From the Latin word for "one's own." The
sensations from the muscles and joints. Proprioceptive input tells the brain
when and how the muscles are contracting or stretching, and when and how the
joints are bending, extending, or being pulled or compressed. This information
enables the brain to know where each part of the body is and how it is moving.
When working correctly proprioception gives stability to joints by
subconsciously making tiny corrections to our posture during activity, it will
even try to correct a joint against excessive force. An example of this would
be when we sprain our ankle on a kerb stone or the stairs. If it is a minor
fall our body may be able to correct itself before too much damage is done,
however if the force on the joint is too much for it to take then the joint
will be injured and the propreoceptive abilities will be weakened. As part of
any rehabilitation this has to be rebuilt to avoid future injury to the same
area. How many time do we hear somebody say that the have always had a weak
ankle or knee and never seems to get better, this is probably because it is now
unstable an they have never rebuilt their propreoception.