We feel that it is important that you understand why you are getting the symptoms that are affecting you. If you twist an ankle walking over cobbles you know why you have pain. You might not fully know what damage you have done, but you will have a definite reason why you get pain.
However, many people experience pain that they either, “just woke up with it” or “it just slowly come on and getting worse”. What has happened to the body to now start getting pain. This generally comes down to the stresses and strains the body is under in general day to day activities. For example, if you are a cleaner who spends the day on your knees bending over cleaning floors you might expect to get knee and lower back pain.
If you play sport maybe you have just increased your training intensity for your hobbies/sports. This places extra stress on the body that it sometimes cant initially cope with.
The questioning in the assessment of how the pain started is crucial for your physio to figure out why you have the pain. Then between you and the physio changes can be made to make sure the pain settles and doesn’t return in the future.
Hands on treatment is great at decreasing pain. There is a lot of science behind how it works. That’s for us to know, you just need to know that it works. As we physically move your limbs, spine or whatever area needs treating, we are looking to restore normal movement to the joints, nerves and muscles. Your treatment is unlikely to just focus on just a joint or nerve. The body is a complex machine and we might need to add in massage to relax muscles and decrease inflammation, sports taping to support joints or manipulation to the joints to get them moving effectively. Your treatment is specifically tailored to your symptoms.
The exercises you get given will help the effectiveness of the hands-on treatment. We try to make these as simple as we can and get them to fit in around your day. That way you’re more likely to do them and this will not only improve your symptoms but often minimise the chance of you getting them in the future.