Physiotherapy is provided in many different forms but primarily at Hadleigh Physiotherapy we offer a Musculoskeletal Service. This concentrates mainly on the assessment and treatment of soft tissues (muscle, ligaments and tendons) joints & bones.
Physiotherapy aims to help restore movement and dysfunction. It uses a wide range of skills including manipulation, mobilisation, massage and exercise, and is often assisted by other forms of treatment such as acupuncture and Clinical Pilates. Preventative measures and education are very important in the management plan given to patients as to avoid recurrence of the injury or condition.
Here at Hadleigh Physiotherapy we undertake a thorough assessment of each problem. This involves a physical examination, together with an understanding of your past medical history, occupation, social circumstances and your recreational activities. This comprehensive assessment may identify problems which are situated away from where the pain is felt, but our experienced clinicians will explain the diagnosis and the source of the problem. Our aim is to ensure your diagnosis and treatment relates to you and your whole lifestyle.
Conditions that may benefit from Physiotherapy include:
All our staff our Chartered Physiotherapists and members of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). These bodies ensure that a Physiotherapist has undergone the necessary training and continued professional development to allow them to practice within Private Practice.
Pilates is a form of exercise and body conditioning devised by German born Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It focuses on breathing, alignment, core strength and flexibility.
Clinical Pilates uses modified versions of Pilates’ original mat work exercises, making them appropriate for people recovering from injury or those working around specific conditions.
At Hadleigh Physiotherapy we offer 1:1, 2:1 sessions or small classes (max 5 clients). Our sessions are delivered by Chartered Physiotherapists and Sports Massage Therapists with a special interest in rehabilitation and Pilates.
Our aim is to deliver a personal Pilates service that is achievable, safe and effective. The team are trained by the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI), a leading provider of Physiotherapy treatment, education and products. The APPI have reviewed each of the original Pilates movements and modified them to develop a specialised Pilates programme that reflects current research and can be made suitable for all, regardless of age, experience or fitness levels.
The exercises taught have a beginner, intermediate & advanced level so that clients can be guided to work to their own individual pace and ability. All exercises are performed in a very precise and fluid manner. This slow and controlled approach brings long term results for all.
Clinical Pilates can help you to:
Clinical Pilates can be used to enhance elite performance athletes by challenging their stability and control in specific movement patterns relevant to their chosen sport, thereby improving overall efficiency and success.
“Pilates is like a manual for your body, let us help you reach its full potential” – Joseph Pilates
See our Pilates class schedule here
Providing support to people going through and following a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
As there are so many different types of cancer and therefore many different treatment options available, the side effects can vary significantly between individuals, as can the goals that people wish to achieve through physiotherapy. Cancer physiotherapy is patient focused and aimed at improving your quality of life as well as general health, therefore we will always ensure a thorough assessment where we can talk through your aims of treatment and come up with a plan together that meets your needs.
Due to the advances in medical treatment many people are living much longer after a diagnosis of cancer, yet so far, the attention paid to the side effects experienced by patients has been lacking. In part this is due to a lack of services offered but also many patients do not feel that they can report these symptoms as, in comparison with the cancer treatment they have just been through, they feel that they are relatively minor. Quality of life during and after treatment is something that is very valid, and you should discuss anything that challenges this with the appropriate professional, whether it be your consultant, nurse or physiotherapist.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are aggressive treatments that undoubtedly will have effects on other parts of the body as well as the cancer site, so it is important that through rehabilitation we focus on you as a whole. You are likely to have some specific areas of concern surrounding the area you have had treated and this is where an in-depth assessment is required to ascertain if physiotherapy can help - an example of this is scar tightness and restrictions in shoulder movement following treatment for breast cancer, where hands on therapy and exercise such as Pilates can help. Pre-habilitation is also something that many consultants favour now, for example to improve cardiovascular fitness before surgery, so if this is something that your consultant has discussed with you or you would like to know more about then please contact the practice and we can make an appointment for you to see our cancer physiotherapy specialist Jacqui Thorogood.
What is Women’s Health and Pelvic Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy offers physical treatments for any ailment affecting mechanical body function which results in pain, loss of function, weakness, or loss of movement. Women’s Health and Pelvic Physiotherapists are specialists at treating problems experienced during pregnancy and the post-natal period, problems affecting bladder and bowel function, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and pelvic pain.
Examples of conditions treated are:
What is likely to happen during an appointment?
Your first visit is likely to last between 45 minutes and 1 hour. During this time, I will thoroughly assess your condition. This assessment may be ‘head to toe’, or more focused on the specific area affected, depending on the problem. You will be asked lots of questions about your health and lifestyle. Assessment of bladder and bowel issues, prolapse or pelvic floor dysfunction will often include a vaginal examination if you consent to this. Vaginal examination is a normal part of physiotherapy assessment for these problems and you have the option of having a chaperone present. Based on the findings of the assessment, I will employ a variety of techniques to return you to full function. I will also give you an idea of how long it might take the resolve the problem and how to prevent recurrence.
Some commonly used techniques…..
Helen holds regular clinics on Monday and Friday at our Hadleigh Practice. For further information please don't hesitate to call.
Helen Forth, our Pelvic and Women’s Health Specialist is delighted to be offering The MummyMOT® in Hadleigh.
This is a must-do for all women who have ever given birth, ideally carried out from around 6 weeks postnatal, but beyond that too. It includes a 1hr and 15 min assessment of your posture and biomechanics, pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, and will help you on your path to recovery and back to physical exercise. It can also highlight any areas where further in-depth physiotherapy assessment and treatment is indicated. To avoid any long-term childbirth related complaints, it is advised to come early and get your tummy gap and pelvic floor tested – then start an optimal postnatal recovery programme. In France this is considered standard postnatal care, but sadly it is still not offered routinely in the UK.
Most women after having had a baby, will have weakness in either their tummy or pelvic floor muscles (or both!), which can lead to poor core strength. This in turn can result in back pain, pelvic pain, vaginal prolapse, and bladder or bowel control issues.
The MummyMOT® is a detailed physiotherapy assessment of the abdominal and pelvic area. It will check your posture, breathing, tummy gap and pelvic floor strength. You will receive a report of the findings on the day, plus an appropriate safe exercise programme will be prescribed. The MummyMOT® System combines the principles of Physiotherapy assessment with the practice of functional retraining. It is essential to address muscle weakness and imbalance, otherwise pain, prolapse, and continence issues can persist. Mums need to be able to bend, lift, squat, and twist safely, comfortably and without leakage, in order to care for their small children. The Mummy MOT exercises reflect the needs of your body at this unique time.
Book yours now by calling the practice on 01473 810185.
A children’s physiotherapist specialises in treating children from birth up to the age of 18 and has the additional knowledge of childhood diseases with the expertise to assess and devise management programs suitable for varying stages of development.
How can physiotherapy help children?
Children are prone to different conditions and injuries to that of adults, often requiring a modified approach to management. It is a specialist area of physio as additional knowledge of such childhood conditions and child development is needed. Overall, the aim is to ensure that they meet their physical potential while encouraging an active lifestyle for health and well-being.
Ruth holds weekly clinics on a Monday afternoon at our Hadleigh Practice. Home visits can also be arranged.
Respiratory Physiotherapy is a specialist branch of Physiotherapy aimed at those with breathing problems. It normalises and maximises your breathing function through breathing control exercises and re-education, postural exercises, sputum clearance techniques and education. Respiratory Physiotherapy aims to promote healthy breathing patterns and to reduce the impact of chronic respiratory disease.
Our experienced Respiratory Physiotherapist, Sarah Fowler, offers the following range of treatments:
Sarah also offers Buyteko training for Asthma sufferers.
Sarah holds regular clinics at Hadleigh on Wednesday mornings and also offers home visits.
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Sports, Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage can be used to effectively treat aches and pains throughout the body, either on its own or alongside other treatment plans such as Physiotherapy.
Sports Massage is not limited to sports injuries and can be used for anything from relieving tension in the neck and shoulders to easing off foot and ankle pains. Sports massage is an effective way to stretch out back, neck and shoulder muscles, especially when working daily in a hunched over positions at desk or steering wheel. It is equally suited to individuals who perform sports either as a pastime/hobby or at a professional level.
Sports and Deep Tissue Massage can be vigorous and tends to be more focussed, targeting the areas that are causing the problem. This will include effluage and petrissage (sweeping massage strokes) as well as tapotement (hacking, cupping and beating).
Swedish massage is generally used when the client requires a more relaxing massage and comprises of lighter sweeping massage strokes (effluage and petrissage).
Massage is highly recommended for those embarking on sporting challenges at all levels; from a 5k parkrun to a marathon or triathlon. Massage can help to keep persistent niggles and injuries at bay in your preparation, and helps with recovery post events.
Each body is different – you don't need to be an elite athlete to benefit from Sports Massage.
We run clinics every Wednesday evening and Friday during the day in our Hadleigh practice or on Monday afternoons/evenings and Thursday mornings in our Masterlord Office Village practice.
Find more information on Sports & Swedish Massage here.
Acupuncture is one of the many skills that can be used by Physiotherapists to help treat pain and inflammation. Dating back thousands of years, this form of traditional old Chinese medicine is now practiced widely within both the NHS and private practice.
It is proven that Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals to promote wellbeing. These endorphins and serotonin chemicals assist the body’s healing process and reduce its perception of pain allowing other treatments to aid recovery.
Acupuncture can be combined with and assist any of the following treatments options:
Please call the practice on 01473 810185 for further information.
We stock a range of rehabilitation and Pilates products for purchase to help aid in the recovery and prevention of future injuries/conditions and to facilitate more effective home exercise regimes.
Our range of products includes:
Please call or visit the clinic to speak to our staff about our full range of products.
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Helen Forth is our Pelvic and Women’s Health Specialist and she specialises in treating women throughout their childbearing years and beyond.
These are just some of the conditions Helen treats:
* Pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain
* Bladder and bowel control problems
* Pelvic organ prolapses
* Abdominal muscle separation after birth
* Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
* Painful bladder and vulval pain syndromes
* Mummy MOT – postnatal posture, stomach and pelvic floor muscle check and advice
* Pelvic floor issues relating to menopause
* Pelvic pain at any stage in life
Additionally, Helen also runs a Bumps & Babies Pilates class on a Wednesday with her regular clinics on a Monday or Friday in Hadleigh.
Please call the practice on 01473 810185 for further information or to book your appointment.
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