Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Osteopath? Which one should you choose?
Your body is a a highly connected structure, working on one part in isolation is unlikely to yield long term results. Like many leading practitioners we think about care holistically. To provide this level of care means that we offer the full range of manipulative and therapeutic techniques.
For example, your condition may require manipulation, the kind of treatment Chiropractor’s often provide. However, for long term recovery manipulation alone may not be enough. To achieve lasting pain relief and mobility manipulation may need to be accompanied by joint mobilisation, soft tissue work and specific exercises. Recovery and Beyond are set up precisely with this type of holistic care plan in mind.
Here are some of the techniques and treatments available
The Physiotherapist may use high velocity low amplitude thrust techniques to increase range of movement at a specific joint . This can produce the characteristic click.
This is a specific technique only to be used when appropriate and only by those with specialist training. This will only be used in treatment when indicated and only done with your prior consent.
Joint mobilisations are repetitive or sustained specific joint movements which are used to relieve pain and increase movement .
Soft tissue techniques e.g. myofascial release
We are trained to use a wide range of soft tissues techniques including sports massage strokes , myofascial release , connective tissue and fascial manipulation , specific soft tissue mobilisation and muscle energy techniques among others . These are combined with other techniques to improve mobility and joint function . We also have two sports massage here at the clinic , and we work closely as part of a team , you may be referred to one of our sports masseurs should more soft tissue massage be recommended .
If indicated your Physiotherapist may decide to specifically mobilise neural structures , specific stretching movements with a combination of joint or soft tissue mobilisation techniques .
Specific Exercise Prescription
Exercise and functional rehabilitation and prehabititation is paramount in injury recovery and prevention , and is something we take very seriously at Recovery and Beyond Physiotherapy .
Keeping up to date with the latest research is important as things can change quickly in exercise medicine . Our exercises will always be evidence based and our expertise and involvement with sports teams and individuals means we have vast experience in exercise and rehabilitation .
Strength and conditioning principles are used for optimising normal , functional and sporting movement.
We use Acupuncture for pain relief and for the treatment of trigger point . Our approach combines traditional Chinese medicine points as well as additional western approaches including dry needling .
Not all of our Physiotherapists are qualified to provide this as part of your treatment if you are particularly interested in receiving acupuncture or have received it in the past with good effect , please tell reception at time of booking so you are booked in with one of our Acupuncture trained physios . Our clinic is licenced by Cardiff city council to carry out the practice of acupuncture by Qualified personel within the establishment .
We use electrotherapy when appropriate to either help relieve pain or to facilitate the bodys healing process. These are used when necessary but less frequently than our other techniques as we believe improving function with experienced hands on treatment to be the primary target of any intervention and which responds with the best results