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All consultations with the physiotherapist will start with a full and thorough history of the problem and any relevant medical history, followed by a physical examination. A treatment plan will be discussed which may involve treatments such as mobilisation, manipulation, massage or electrotherapy and will probably be supported by an exercise program and any helpful advice or tips.

manipulationMobilisation

Is a painfree, hands-on treatment using the therapists knowledge and experience of joint movement and anatomy to ease joint pain and stiffness.

Manipulation

Follows similar lines to mobilisation of using the orientation and planes of movement but at the end of the range, helping to restore full functional range and reduce pain.

Massage

May be used after mobilisation or manipulation to ease muscle soreness and facilitate relaxation.

Electrotherapy

Uses various electrical modalities such as ultrasound, interferrential, TENS or muscle stimulation to increase and improve blood flow therefore increase the rate of healing and help to relieve pain.

Exercises & home exercise programs

May be done as part of your physiotherapy session, but will probably be recommended to do at home to support and enhance your treatment. Exercises are used to maintain the range of joint movement and strengthen and stabilise the core function of the body.

Pilates

Body conditioning system of exercise which stabilises the body's central core and improves posture.

Postural advice and guidance

Helping people to become aware of their posture and improve their posture, by finding ways to remember to regularly check and improve their position, and through exercises to strengthen certain muscle groups.

Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional Therapy is an individual-centred approach to healthcare that applies the principles derived from current biochemical and physiological scientific knowledge for the purpose of promoting optimal health and wellbeing whilst recognising biochemical individuality. The Nutritional Therapist assesses a person's nutritional needs through discussion, observation, physical signs, laboratory testing and nutritional and lifestyle analysis to determine an education nutrition programme.

Educational protocols recommended by the Nutritional Therapist may include nutrition and lifestyle changes, vitamin and mineral supplementation, explanation of physiological, biochemical and regenerative processes. The use of food and lifestyle changes is recognised as a principle component of achieving and maintaining optimal levels of health. A qualified Nutritional Therapist will work with you to achieve the best food selection for your personal needs.

Nutrition and lifestyle approaches to healthcare have been repeatedly shown to support the health of all the major systems of the body (skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune, reproductive skin, hair and nails). Typical priorities in nutritional therapy consultations are support to achieve optimum energy levels, balanced blood‐sugar levels, bone and joint health, hormonal balance, immune health, emotional and psychological wellbeing, optimise gastrointestinal health and tolerance to a broad range of food groups.

Food supplementation is sometimes challenged by people who recognise that a balanced diet should meet everyone's unique and biochemcal needs. Whilst Nutritional Therapists are trained in the application of food as a health modifier, they also recognise, as do more and more scientists that there are distinct benefits to the use of specific food supplements in conjunction with both a healthy and well balanced diet and a specific lifestyle programme.

Food Intolerance Testing

Food Intolerance Testing identifies foods causing food specific IgG antibody production which may be involved in various conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, asthma, migraines, inflammatory bowel disease, water retention, eczema and arthritis to name but a few.

A small blood sample is taken from a finger-prick and is then diluted and added to the tray.

In subsequent steps the use of detector and developer solutions identifies the presence of antibodies to a food through the appearance of one or more blue spots on the tray. Reference to the food layout plan allows the foods causing antibody production to be identified. Once identified, the trigger foods may be eliminated from your diet.

Food Intolerance Testing appointments last one hour so that Fiona can take a verbal case history from the client and make additional recommendations about dietary and lifestyle factors that could help to optimise their client's health. Many client's find this really useful especially if the test result is negative.

Test results, recommendations and handouts are then provided for the client to take away with them.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat 'like with like', that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, so according to this principle, when made into a homeopathic medicine, it could be used to treat people with these symptoms.

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