Physiotherapy treatment involves several hands-on treatment options. Preventative exercise-based approaches are combined with deep tissue massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture and manipulation. All work well to reduce pain, relax muscles and strengthen the body. Physiotherapy involves looking at the body as a whole. Rather than focusing on individual areas, they look for the primary or root causes within the body. This advanced approach can help reduce the risk of people injuring themselves all over again. Physiotherapy treatment has excellent preventative plans. You can apply them to everyday activities such as your favourite hobby, sport, workplace or if you want your body to feel better. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us and ask as many questions as you need to.
Can a Physiotherapist help?
Physiotherapy treatment Works. It’s clinically tested, cost-effective and can make an enormous difference to people’s quality of life. Physiotherapy is perfect for treating everyday mishaps, work or sports injuries. Physical rehabilitation after road traffic accidents, surgery or illness can reduce the use of painkillers and reduce the risk of ongoing pain. Physiotherapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, which maintains a high standard of ethics and professionalism.
What does physiotherapy treatment involve?
A physiotherapy treatment program may involve specific deep muscle massage, joint mobilisations, actively resisted muscle stretches, manipulation, posture correction etc. After treatment, you may receive further advice and a functional exercise plan. Physiotherapists use many treatment techniques for a wide range of injuries.
- Manipulation or mobilisation of joints
- Electrotherapy (Ultrasound, H-Wave and TENs)
- Core stability training
- Deep soft tissue massage
- Acupuncture treatment
- Exercise therapy
- Specific stretching and strengthening of muscles and joints
- Nerve mobility exercises
- Patient education, home exercises
- Complete biomechanical analysis and examination
- Manipulation – similar to that of an Osteopath
Are The Physiotherapists qualified?
Our Physiotherapists are Chartered and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. A Chartered Physiotherapist is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP), the professional regulatory body of the profession. This means that the Physiotherapist has undergone an approved training course (usually a 3-4 year MSc (masters degree course). A professional code of Practice governs all chartered physiotherapists.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
Well, a smile, a warm welcome and a cup of tea would be lovely. Please arrive about 20 minutes before your first appointment as the receptionist will ask you to complete a registration form.
The Physiotherapist will take a detailed case history asking how the problem started, your symptoms and any relevant past medical history. They will then carry out a physical examination to discover the origin and extent of your current situation. Your Physiotherapist will give a full explanation of your problem, together with an outline of the appropriate treatment, rehabilitation and, if possible, an estimate of the number of treatments you may require.
Treatment will begin at your first visit. Following the initial evaluation/treatment session, your Physiotherapist will often give you a regime of rehabilitation exercises to continue at home. Bring a friend if you need support and help. If there are any worries, please ask reception. We want your experience at the Hatfield Practice to be a pleasant one.
Does the treatment hurt?
Treatment is not inherently painful. Some discomfort is likely to be experienced when an injury is inflamed and treated, even with gentle techniques. Your therapist will be sensitive to your symptoms and your sensitivity levels. They will discuss the best treatment options with you before you start on an agreed programme.
How long does a physiotherapy appointment last?
There is no fixed amount for an appointment, although they are generally in the region of 25 to 45 minutes. Conditions vary considerably in the amount of time required, and we are committed to achieving the best for you. Most patients improve significantly after 3-4 visits. Remember that what is performed inside the consulting room is only a proportion of the Physiotherapist’s work. It is necessary to write detailed notes, communicate with GPs, review hospital X-rays and scans, write reports, liaise with staff and upgrade our skills.
Should I bring my x-rays or scans with me?
Yes, please do; it is also helpful to bring other medical details such as the medication you take and dates of previous medical events such as surgery or accidents. You are also welcome to bring your partner if needed. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
How many Physio treatments will I need, and how often?
The number of treatments you may need often depends on the presenting problem and its severity. Your Physiotherapist will discuss everything with you and agree on a precise treatment plan with you in mind. The consultation often includes information regarding the number of treatments you may need, what type of treatment and how long it will take to get better.
In some cases, especially if the pain is severe, it’s probably much more effective to see you again within a few days. Generally, treatments are spaced roughly four to seven days apart. Although as your symptoms begin to improve, they may space them more widely. Your recovery rate will also depend upon several other factors, including your age, general health, sensitivity to treatment and general activity level. Everyone is individual and responds slightly differently.
What should I wear for my first Physiotherapy appointment?
Please arrive wearing something comfortable. Some people bring shorts. Others, if it’s neck pain, wear a loose top or vest. Please don’t wear anything too “special” as the oils used can stain your clothes. We have towels and covers if required. You can easily choose a male or female practitioner. The most important thing is that you’re happy and comfortable. Reception staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
How much will it cost per session?
For a list of the current fee for all services, please click here. They can also be found at the reception desk. Fees are payable at the time of your visit unless otherwise agreed. Payment can be by cash, cheque or card.
Do you treat patients covered by Medical Insurance?
Yes, we do. The majority of medical insurance companies cover Physiotherapy. Please call us on 01707 888229 to check if your medical insurance covers you for treatment. We have specialist status with Bupa, PPP and most insurance companies; many now refund part or all of the patients of your fees. Some insurance policies have special conditions such as an excess. Some but not many these days require you to see .your GP first. If you have complimentary health cover, it’s best to obtain an authorisation number before your appointment.
Can I phone between treatments?
100% Yes, please do if you have concerns between treatments. It is always better to speak to reception. Rather than be anxious or in pain. Your practitioner will always call you for support if you are worried.
Will I need a regular checkup?
Many people ask questions about regular maintenance treatments or body checkups. In general, once the person’s pain has eased, you will be fine. However, many people will have a monthly treatment or massage or an MOT Physio or Osteopathy treatment. Some long-term conditions such as back or joint pain, arthritis and muscle conditions may vary from month to month, and occasional top-up treatment or tweaking of exercises may be very beneficial.
Why go to The Hatfield Practice For Physiotherapy?
Overall, Hatfield Practice provides the best quality, individual one to one treatments. The practitioners are safe, handpicked and experienced within their field.
Your experience at our Practice will always be our number one priority, and we feel our feedback and reviews reflect this feeling. The Hatfield Practice team all play a very active role in the clinic, helping to develop and improve the patients’ experience. Our ethos and drive from day one have been to provide the best treatments and patient experience available. Also, to provide patient support, treat, educate and support all the way. It’s never been a numbers game, and we will always go the extra mile where your satisfaction is concerned. Hatfield Practice is always happy to answer any questions you may have.