Your first physio assessment at Abbey Physiotherapy will typically be a 45-minute consultation which allows time for a full clinical comprehensive assessment and a short treatment in the remaining time available. If you would prefer more time for treatment on this initial appointment, you may wish to book in for 45 or 60 minutes. At Abbey Physiotherapy we treat each client as an individual, your 1st appointment and treatment programme will not be an off-the-shelf package, but a recovery approach that will take into consideration your own goals towards treatment and rehabilitation. Our Physiotherapists are trained to recognise when physiotherapy is not suitable and can refer you for further investigations, either privately on the NHS or via your GP. It is important to us that you understand your condition before we start treatment and so please feel comfortable asking questions about your diagnosis and care plan.
On arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly receptionist, Emma who will welcome you to our Clinic
Please ensure that you input your vehicle registration plate into the tablet. This can be done in the Pharmacy or at the top of the stairs on the 1st Floor
Doing so will allow you 1.5 hours of free parking
It must be entered at each appointment
Please note – car parking spaces are taken on a 'first come, first served' basis but there are not normally any problems
Our car park operates an ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Registration) system.
Those who don't do this, or who stay over 1.5 hours will get fined.
Please note this is operated by an external company and we DO NOT receive any money from fines issued
Once your physiotherapist has built up a good picture in their head about what might be going on, then they will go into a physical examination
PLEASE NOTE: In order to complete a thorough assessment, we will need to examine the area to be treated. You may, therefore, find it more comfortable to bring a vest top if your condition is with your upper body, or a pair of shorts if you have a lower body condition. Loose-fitting clothes are also a good idea
During your initial assessment for physiotherapy, your physiotherapist will ask a series of questions about your condition. This will be followed by a detailed examination involving some movements and tests that highlight the problem and potential causes of your condition. These findings will then be discussed with you to formulate a personalised treatment plan.
Next, your physiotherapist may do several physical tests to determine things such as your:
With the remaining time after this, you will be offered a short treatment/self-management advice. Your injury needs to be accurately diagnosed to ensure that you can be treated effectively. Your assessment will help to map out the nature of your physiotherapy treatment programme, which will take into account your current fitness level, lifestyle, work, any sporting activities and what levels of function you need to attain. This introductory physio assessment enables us to be able to indicate the likely timescale of rehabilitation.
ALL INFORMATION DISCLOSED DURING YOUR CONSULTATION IS CONFIDENTIAL
Your physiotherapist will discuss possible treatment options with you and decide where to start. This will incorporate your preference for treatments and our recommendations. For example, we may suggest acupuncture but if you have a fear of needles this may not be the best option for you! Feedback from you is always important as this guides the best approach. It may be that you experience some soreness after treatment, this normally resolves within 24 hours. At each appointment, the Physiotherapist will ask about your response to treatment and adjust your treatment accordingly
Note: Please feel free to bring a partner or friend along to accompany or chaperone you during your visits. Well-behaved children are also welcome but remain your responsibility.
Sports massage is a firm deep tissue massage therapy which is the most effective therapy for treating muscular pain, tension and for putting your body in balanceSports Massage
Joint mobilisation techniques focus on attaining a normal range of pain-free joint motion.Mobilisations
TENS is an abbreviation of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. A Tens machine may assist in modest short-term pain relief. Ultrasound aids tissue healing for soft tissue injuriesElectrotherapy
the use of taping and strapping techniques to aid both the treatment and prevention of injurySports taping
Rehabilitation is the process to regain full function following injury. This involves restoring strength, flexibility, endurance and power and is achieved through various exercises and drillsExercise Rehabilitation
An exercise programme that aims to improve stabilisation and support to the spine. This is achieved by re-training specific trunk muscles, which may be under usedCore Strength
Treatment for a sports injury will depend on factors such as how severe the injury is and the part of your body affected.Sports Injuries
Upper back and neck pain can stop you in your tracks, making it difficult to go about your typical day.Back Pain
The most common soft tissues injured are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries often occur during sports and exercise activities, but sometimes simple everyday activities can cause an injury.Strains and Sprains
A fracture is when a bone has been broken. A dislocation is where a bone has been displaced from its normal position at a joint.Fractures
Whiplash is a term that describes a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sidewaysWhiplash Symptoms
A Headache is a pain in any region of the head. Headaches can occur on one or both sides of the head, or be isolated to a certain location. A headache may be a sharp pain, throbbing sensation or dull acheHeadaches
is a pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an inter-vertebral disc.Sciatica
Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with ageArthritis
a condition in which the prolonged performance of repetitive actions, typically with the hands, causes pain or impairment of function in the tendons and muscles involvedRSI