Treatments We Offer:
Here's how our treatments work :
- this is a treatment which can work on both new and more longstanding problems and involves inserting very fine needles to target either known acupuncture points or trigger points brought on by certain problems. We think there is an element of a local reaction stimulated by the needle itself, coupled with an unconscious nervous system response which is thought to prime the body to optimise it’s healing and pain fighting responses
Strapping / Taping
- this is adhesive tape used either to support and / or encourage the correct use of a joint or muscle to help correct movement and encourage efficient healing to occur. This is often used alongside all of our other treatments and can be used for old or new problems.
- injuries, biomechanical problems and rehabilitation is usually facilitated by doing the right exercises (or stretches) at precisely the right time. Physiotherapists have expert working knowledge about the right time to apply both joint and / or soft tissue exercises, in relation to the underlying healing mechanisms and timescales. Part of our treatment input is to guide you through the correct application of what to do and when, in relation to your specific problem. This is a very bespoke process and ongoing analysis of your progress is used to determine your particular requirements.
- A Chartered Physiotherapist also have expert working knowledge of what you should and shouldn't do with your ‘problem area’, during and after healing. They will also give you preventative advice to minimise the risk of future problems, where appropriate. Again, our treatments incorporate very bespoke advice each step along the recovery process for your particular problem.
Hands-on / Manual
- this ranges from simple gentle massage techniques of freshly injured or very painful areas through to very specific techniques used to stretch / realign / release specific structures and tissues. The techniques can be used on superficial and deep soft tissues - (muscles, tendons and ligaments), the tissue surrounding internal organs (fascia) and on all joints.
Through this we break down the components of movement and encourage the mechanics of your body to be as close to normal as we can. It encourages the optimal internal healing environment and to gives the best chance of pain free movement / use.
- we mainly use ultrasound, pulsed shortwave diathermy, interferential and TENS. These treatments are usually applied to and directly influence the problem area.
Ultrasound - this is a treatment applied via a small treatment head onto the skin over an injured part - it is mainly used for joints, ligaments and tendons. It works at a cellular level and accelerates the body’s normal healing processes for a few hours following treatment. This can be used to stimulate healing of fresh injuries as well as longer standing problems. In addition to the stimulation of healing, it also encourages soft tissue to heal in a stronger way in that it encourages collagen fibres to align in a more ordered way.
Pulsed Shortwave Diathermy / Curapuls - the treatment head for this machine is much larger and hence a wider area can be targeted. It is primarily used for larger muscular structures and swollen areas. Again, like ultrasound, this influences the body’s cells for several hours and the outcome is an acceleration of healing processes. Sometimes higher settings are used to have a secondary deep heating effect within your body tissues - this is particularly useful to stimulate and give relief from longer standing conditions such as arthritis.
Interferential and TENS - these are low frequency electrical currents which we can use to give pain relief, stimulate muscle contraction and stimulate local circulation. They are applied via pads placed over the affected area (or sometimes related trigger point or acupuncture sites). A small current is passed through the area and this either desensitises the area or stimulates acupuncture points to give longer lasting relief (if this works in clinic, a TENS machine may be suggested for home use). We can also place pads to stimulate muscles which helps restore function if they have significantly wasted or the nerve supply has been damaged.
What is Physiotherapy?
A Chartered, HPC Registered Physiotherapist has undergone specific training (now degree level) to enable them to practice. They are recognised by the letters MCSP after their name and have to be registered with the HPC to practice. They encourage correct and early healing of injuries and help keep symptoms to a minimum. They can also offer long-term pain relief and management ideas with ongoing conditions, such as arthritis. Physiotherapy stimulates and uses the body's own natural healing processes to achieve this.
Hospitals & Medical Centers
Grange Park Surgery - 862108
Ilkley Moor Medical Practice - 604999
Ilkley & Whafedale Medical Practice - 604455
Addingham Surgery - 830367
Airedale General Hospital - 01535 552511