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James Nolan

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a therapy in which physical methods are used to help reduce pain and to assist in the healing of the body.  Methods used can include mobilisation of the joints, massage of tissues, ultrasound for tissue injury and acupuncture for pain.

The NHS recognises that Physiotherapists with their anatomical knowledge are very good at helping people with different sorts of pain. NICE recommends that Physiotherapists utilising acupuncture are very successful in treating osteoarthritis and back pain.

Conditions, Treatments and Goals

A variety of conditions can be treated.  These include muscle, joint, soft tissue problems and back pain as well as conditions with nerve pain (sciatica). Treatments are tailored to the individual and an hour is allowed for each visit to ensure the best possible treatment and understanding of the condition.

The Physiotherapist will assess the painful condition by taking a history and analysing movement and muscle problems. A Plan of Recovery is agreed and methods to implement it chosen. These may include mobilisation, soft tissue techniques, massage, electrotherapy or acupuncture/acupressure.  The goal will be to

  1. Reduce pain

  2. Improve/restore movement

  3. To restore full function in the final recovery


To complement the work Acupuncture may also be used by the Physiotherapist. This uses fine needles inserted at precise points. The effects are

  1. Establishing energy flow

  2. Release natural pain killers

  3. Improving circulation

All these effects help to relieve pain and stress.

Conditions Treated

  • Joint pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis & Fibromyalgia

  • Back & neck pain, and sciatica

  • Soft tissue injury, RSI, golfers or Tennis Elbow & strains and sprains

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Stress

  • Arthroscopies and joint replacement

  • Asthma

  • Neurological conditions e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

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