Arogi Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre
We at Arogi strive to provide the best possible service to provide you with the best possible care. Using evidence based practice, delivered to UK standards, we ensure that our patients and clients receive over and above the care they need.
Please take the time to read through this pamphlet outlining some of the physiotherapy interventions that could be used to treat your injury or condition.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask one of our members of staff for more details.
Thank you for your time and we hope you have as smooth and as quick a recovery as possible.
Laser treatment in physiotherapy is also commonly referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT).
It uses light energy to target injuries, both acute and chronic, and assist in tissue healing. In addition, it can significantly reduce pain levels.
By helping the body accelerate the healing process, laser can greatly reduce healing time by working alongside the body’s defence mechanisms. Laser therapy has been shown to have the best results when treating nerves, muscles and tendons.
LLLT is safe to use alongside other physiotherapy techniques. Many patients report positive results after just one treatment, though the average number of treatments required to see a significant improvement in pain reduction is three to four.
Soft Tissue Manipulation
Soft tissues include fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Although thought of as a massage, soft tissue manipulation has a variety of techniques that can be used to:
1. Release tightness
2. Improve circulation
3. Reduce oedema
4. Increase flexibility
5. Breakdown scar tissue
Depending on your condition and injury, the physiotherapist will assess which treatment techniques will be most effective. In combination with other interventions, a holistic approach will be taken to ensure the best possible treatment regime is received.
Joint Mobilisation Techniques
Using the Maitland Concept of Manipulative Physiotherapy, your initial session will begin with a detailed assessment. Your therapist will then perform a variety of manipulation techniques based on your condition.
The main aims of these techniques are:
1. Pain reduction
2. Improved range of motion
3. Decreased dysfunction
4. Reduced stiffness
When performed in conjunction with correct exercise prescription, positive results may be felt within a relatively small number of therapy sessions.
Exercise prescription is a programme of stretching, strengthening, balance and proprioception exercises.
It is tailored for each individual patient.
The physiotherapist and patient work together in creating a well formed exercise plan that is:
1. Specific to the patient’s needs
2. Focused on the patient’s sports and activities of daily living
3. Within the limits and time frame the patient can manage comfortably.
It has been scientifically proven that one of the best ways to achieve positive results and speed up recovery times is effective exercise prescription.
Kinesiology taping works by affecting the skin, fascia, muscles, lymphatic and neurological systems of the body. The tape has a positive effect on the body’s ability to heal.
The physiotherapist has been specially trained in the correct application of kinesiology tape and will use various techniques in order to:
1. Improve range of motion
2. Reduce pain
3. Support injuries
4. Relieve strain on underlying structures
5. Reduce swelling
6. Assist muscular action
Electrotherapy has been used in physiotherapy since the 1950’s, and large amounts of scientific evidence have been acquired on its positive effects.
Electrotherapy aims to provide an accelerated healing response from the body in order to decrease pain and improve range of motion.
Types of electrotherapy used include:
1. Interferential therapy – electrical impulses are used to provide pain relief, muscle stimulation, increased local blood flow or reduced swelling (oedema).
2. Ultrasound – sound-waves are transferred to the underlying tissues, having a positive effect on injured and dysfunctional tendons, ligaments, fascia, joint capsules and scar tissue.
3. TENS – Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a method of electrotherapy that aims to provide symptomatic pain relief by acting on the sensory nerves. The effects of TENS are instantaneous, yet short term.
Heat & Cold Therapy
When injured, the body’s natural healing mechanisms immediately react, leading to pain and swelling.
Cold therapy can be used to reduce both oedema and pain. In conjunction with other physiotherapy interventions, the stages of healing can be accelerated, significantly improving healing and recovery times.
Chronic conditions have been shown to be positively affected by the use of heat therapy. Heat can improve blood flow to the area and relax the surrounding tissues, providing pain relief.
Neurodynamics is based on applying and relieving tension on the nerves. It is used for testing and as an effective treatment technique.
By applying and relieving tension to the nervous system, areas which have become inflamed, trapped or damaged, can be positively affected by increasing the flexibility of the tissues.