COVID-19 UPDATE NOVEMBER 2021

ALL Face to Face Physiotherapy Consultations can now be made online as well as directly with our Reception team - 0131 447 9990. Our Reception Team will discuss our COVID-19 procedures with you prior to your first visit to the clinic. Our procedures are in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce risk to our clients, staff and therapist. All our Physiotherapists are fully vaccinated and will be wearing PPE. We thank our clients for their loyalty and support and we hope you keep safe and well.

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Treatments

Your treatment plan will be tailored to your needs, clearly explained and the aim will be for a speedy reduction in your pain and symptoms and return normal activity as soon as possible.

The treatment options are available to all clients providing there are no contra indications for that individual client and condition. The treatments chosen or each patient have specific purposes for helping to return our clients to full function. Your individual treatment plan will be aimed to help to reduce pain, improve range, gain strength/stability and rehabilitate to full pain free function and could include one or many of the treatment options below. Manual therapy, which is a hands-on approach can be expected at appointments within the clinic unless this is deemed inappropriate for the condition being treated. Explanation of what to expect following treatment and ensuring that the treatments are improving your problem are explained. The aim of any treatment is to improve your symptoms so we will ask at follow up sessions how you are improving and adjust treatment accordingly:

Remember of motto is to “Treat you Better”

Treatments available in clinic include:

Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Western Acupuncture is on offer within the clinic to treat a wide variety of MSK conditions both acute and chronic. You can expect a full explanation of what to expect with acupuncture. Our Physiotherapists have all attended additional training courses in how to use acupuncture safely and effectively.

The acupuncture can be used as a treatment on its own or as an adjunct to other manual therapies. For a stand-alone treatment for chronic/persistent MSK pain, the benefits can take a few sessions of treatment before you start to feel the longterm benefits. The acupuncture needles the Physiotherapist use are all single use, hypoallergenic and disposable. Your skin will be cleaned prior to the needles being inserted. The length of time the needles are left is dependent on your problem/pathology. The Physiotherapist will explain this all to you and ensure you are happy to proceed and gain your verbal consent.

Advice & Education

Following the initial clinical assessment of your problem your Physiotherapist will give you an explanation of your specific problem- we will tailor advice appropriate for your condition and this will be personalised and specific to you and your lifestyle demands and requirements.

You can expect clear explanation and direction to the best way to manage your problem and ways you can help yourself as well as what you can expect from Physiotherapy. Simple pathology and anatomy explanations will be given so you understand the reasons for your treatment and what you can do for self-help.

Balance & Proprioception

After sustaining an injury or inflammation of joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons you will be left with a disruption to your internal balance mechanisms. The proprioceptors within our joints, ligaments and tendons are responsible for informing your brain where your body is in space. When you injure the joints and soft tissues this mechanism is disrupted. You may have noticed that your balance has been affected by your injury. Our Physiotherapists can help to restore these pathways with you.

It is important that those pathways are reconnected to help to prevent a recurrence of the injury. You will be given exercises that are appropriate and specific to your injury and lifestyle requirements.

Did you know that balance and centre of gravity is also affected as we grow as a child and adolescent and as we advance in age. Your Physiotherapist can help guide you how to improve balance at these stages in life.

For more information on the conditions we treat and the services we offer or to book an appointment please call 0131 447 9990 or email us at info@jillkerrphysiotherapy.co.uk

Hyaluronic Acid Knee Joint Injections

We can offer Hyaluronic Acid Injections into Knee joint and for Mild to Moderate Degeneration/Osteoarthritis. The aim of these injections is to improve the health of the joints’ articular cartilage. We use Ostenil Plus which is a single dose injection and is a man-made version of the synovial fluid present in joints. This in turn can reduce pain and improve the function in the knee. For more information please click this link. It normally takes up to 4 weeks to notice the improvement and this can last for 6 months to a year. Withing the clinic we have seen some incredible improvements in knee function, mobility and pain relief with these injections.

Manipulation

Manipulation is a minimal amplitude high velocity technique performed at the end of available range and should be pain free. These techniques are used mainly for spinal problems of a mechanical origin where there are no contra indications. The benefit of manipulation is it can produce a speedy positive response to the treatment. Our Physiotherapists have attended advanced training to ensure the delivery of the manipulation techniques is safe and specific. The Physiotherapists are aware of the tissue response to manipulation by reassessing each clients’ symptoms and movements between techniques. A full explanation of what to expect will be given and verbal consent gained.

Massage/ Myofascial Release

Soft tissue techniques such as Massage and Myofascial release target the soft tissues within the MSK system: muscles: tendons: ligaments: fascia. Examples of these soft tissue techniques includes: myofascial release, transverse frictions and traditional massage techniques such as effleurage and deep tissue massage. Soft tissue techniques can increase the circulation within the tissues, promote healing and give pain relief. Your Physiotherapist will make a clinical judgement which techniques will be the best option for your problem/condition.

Historically massage one of the Pillars that the Physiotherapy Profession was founded on. Within the clinic you can expect a hands on approach to treatment by the Physiotherapists as appropriate.

Mobilisation

Joint mobilisations are used for peripheral and spinal conditions. These hands-on techniques aim to improve joint mobility, reduce stiffness, increase circulation and reduce pain. There are numerous techniques available for the clinicians to choose from and the techniques chosen are deemed the best for the clients at that time. Techniques are progressed or changed depending on the response of your problem to the techniques. Your Physiotherapist will explain the treatment to you prior to commencing and gain verbal consent.

Neural Mobilisations

Neural mobilisation techniques can be used to help to reduce sensory changes within the central and peripheral nervous system. This is often used in clients with persistent referred pain.

Specific techniques are chosen to facilitate the reduction in your symptoms. A full explanation of what to expect from this treatment and how it can relieve your symptoms will be discussed you.

One to One Pilates

Pilates is an excellent way to improve your core muscle strength and control. It is a perfect addition to MSK Physiotherapy for back pain sufferers and can help reduce the chances of recurrence. One to one bespoke sessions are with our Expert Pilates Physiotherapist Ruth, who has done extensive training. Pilates are an ideal way to grasp the basics under the watchful eyes of the expert, enabling you to continue to strengthen at home.

There is the option of a one hour Virtual Pilates 1:1 session or a 45 minute 1:1 Face to Face session in the clinic.

Rehabilitation & Exercise

No two people are identical in their MSK presentation to the physiotherapist: work demands and lifestyle demands will vary hugely between individuals. Therefore, our Physiotherapy team feel it is important that the exercises you are given are tailored to fit into your life demands and enable you to return to your full activity level.

You will not receive standard exercise sheets but will be given a few specific exercises aimed to help you return to full function. The physiotherapist will check on follow up appointments that you are performing the exercises correctly and how to progress. Examples of rehabilitation may include strengthening, functional exercises, mobility and progressive loading.

Taping and strapping

Using a variety of different tapes from Zinc oxide, to Fixomull and Kineseotape (K-Tape). The tape selected to be used will be dependent on the reason for the strapping.

Strapping can be used for a variety of reasons for all areas withing the Musculoskeletal system: Support to injured structures to improve function: Offloading the injured part: Facilitating sensory and proprioceptive information to previously injured area. The strapping used will be specifically tailored to your specific needs/requirements.

Ultrasound & Laser

All forms of electrotherapy are based on using different energy sources to aid the healing process and reduce pain. The energy is transferred to the cells within the soft tissues and this is used for therapeutic benefit. The form of electrotherapy given to you and the settings used in your treatment will be set specifically for the type of condition you have. The forms of electrotherapy we use regularly are Ultrasound and Laser Therapy. Both have similar clinical outcomes and are applied externally to the injured area to promote healing and reduce pain and inflammation. The Physiotherapist will explain the benefit of these treatments to you and ensure there are no contra indications to the treatment. These treatments are used more commonly on new injuries and inflamed peripheral joints.