What to expect
Remember: You don’t need to be referred by your doctor to seek treatment at Hale Physio.
We have a team of highly qualified and experienced Physiotherapists to return you to health, fitness and full activity. Treatment is comprehensive and actively based on the latest research.
Manual therapy is the mainstay of our practice – a vast array of hands-on techniques designed to improve joint mobility, muscle, tendon and ligament flexibility, neural mobility and sensitivity, soft tissue and fascial tension and muscle tone and activity.
Our Physiotherapists are highly skilled post-graduate trained manual and manipulative therapists with an active interest in the latest medical research.
Muscle Energy Techniques
These are gently resisted movements that ease muscle tightness and restore movement. They are gentle yet effective, pain-free and put you in complete control – ideal if you’re in lots of pain
Acupuncture is very effective and very useful. We use acupuncture in both its traditional Chinese form and its “Western” adaptation. We use it to ease pain and to improve the way muscles work and in combination with everything else we do. You can be assured that we use sterile, disposable needles. We are all registered with our professions leading Acupuncture regulatory body – the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
Soft-tissue techniques are everything from massage and stretching to sophisticated neuromuscular techniques. Always the aim is to improve the function, the flexibility and the health of the muscles and fascia and restore movement and control
Electrotherapy modalities like ultrasound, interferential and TENS are sometimes used to help control pain and neural sensitivity, muscle tightness, swelling and tenderness. They appear to improve the tissue environment to assist healing.
Always, as well as easing the pain, we are interested in getting rid of the problem causing the pain. These causal factors may have something to do with your posture, or the way you use your muscles and move your body or the way you play your sport. This all happens subconsciously but there are ways to improve the way your body operates that will help to make it better and more flexible, supple, stronger and more resilient. It should mean you’re less likely to get the problem again.
With EMG we can record the way in which your muscles are used as you move. It picks up the electrical activity that makes your muscles work and is very helpful in identifying specific deficits in their function that we can correct.
Iontophoresis is a special form of electrotherapy used to deliver drugs, usually steroids, through the skin. Rather than suffer the pain and trauma of an injection, iontophoresis uses an electric current to carry the medication in through the skin and to the tissues. It can be useful for superficial soft tissue inflammatory conditions such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patellar tendonitis and fat pad irritation. It is well researched and pain-free. Steroids must be obtained on prescription from your doctor.