What to expect

physical-therapy

Initial Evaluation

IT is recommended that you wear loose fitting exercise clothing and footwear for maximum comfort. You may be asked to remove some of your outer garments in order to carry out a thorough examination, assessment and treatment. If it is your first visit a full history of your presenting condition will be taken, along with your personal details. This make take from 10 to 15 minutes.

During this initial consultation your goals and specific needs will be discussed in order to develop an individualised treatment plan. The length of your treatment depends on your presenting injury or condition (45 minutes to an hour is the norm for a first time visit). Informed consent is sought at each stage of the consultation process so there is no misunderstanding or pressure on the client.

Physical Examination

A physical examination will begin after all your details and history have been taken. This involves a visual examination to assess any compensatory patterns or postural distortions and some movements to try and pin point the origin and cause of the pain. Based on the findings a diagnosis and a treatment plan will be discussed with the client and explained in understandable terms.

Treatment

Treatment will then begin after informed consent is gotten. The treatment may include a variety of soft tissue techniques, gentle joint mobilizations, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and a home care program.

Home Care Programme

This will consist of various stretching and strengthening exercises in order to compliment the treatment and further speed up the recovery of the client. Advice will be given and any questions the client may have will be answered. Your injury/condition can often require more treatment sessions, this will be discussed as well as a professional opinion in regards to the time for the injury/condition to resolve.