Physiotherapy services

Manual therapy
Manual therapy includes massage and manipulative techniques to improve joint movement and reduce pain. It can also reduce swelling, mobilise muscles, joints and nerves, and promote blood circulation to improve healing. We will always treat you on a "one to one" basis, in you rown consulting room, and have the luxury of a number of very experienced physiotherapists in this field.

Exercise therapy
Exercise forms an important part of physiotherapy. The aim is to increase mobility, muscle strength, and general fitness, build core stability, and reduce symptoms. We understand that exercise facilitates a return to your normal way of life as smoothly as possible.

Electrotherapy
Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy to manage pain, reduce inflammation and rehabilitate muscles. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to promote healing. TENS is a form of electrotherapy that uses surface electrodes to stimulate nerve fibres, primarily for pain relief. Another form of electrotherapy is called biofeedback, this can be used to teach the patient how to better control their movements to minimise pain.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is offered by some physiotherapists who have undertaken post graduate training. Acupuncture can be used on its own or in combination with physiotherapy to treat a range of musculo-skeletal conditions. Amongst other things, acupuncture may help relieve back pain.

Women's Health (pelvic floor muscle weakness/incontinence)
Pelvic floor exercises can help resolve incontinence problems in men and women by strengthening the muscles which support and surround the bladder. There are no side effects, the exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce the possibility of future complications. In fact, pelvic floor exercises are proven to improve over 70% of cases*. Treating incontinence with simple rehabilitation is now widely supported by healthcare professionals. It is recommended that sufferers undergo at least three months of conservative treatment before considering surgery.

Sports injuries
The treatment of sports injuries is part of the service at BMI Woodlands Hospital. We will not only offer the best treatment available for your injury, but we will also look at the underlying cause for the injury, and how to prevent further injuries.

We can offer you advice on prevention of sports injuries, warm up and muscle training for your particular sport, muscle imbalance and overuse and a biomechanical assessment. We can offer radiological services and consultants on site, thereby facilitating a quick return to your sport.

Post operative rehabilitation
At BMI Woodlands Hospital we are ideally situated near the Consultants to be able to offer comprehensive post operative physiotherapy. Meeting regularly with Consultants we are able to keep abreast of the latest advances and current trends regarding the operations performed. We have access to radiology and reporting on site, offering patients an efficient and effective rehabilitation.

Hand therapy
At BMI Woodlands Hospital we have two dedicated hand therapists – one occupational therapist and one physiotherapist – who specialise in the treatment of post-operative hand rehabilitation, splinting, and the treatment of painful hand conditions.

Gaitscan
Gaitscan is an assessment of the way you walk or run, which may have an impact on aches and pains in the rest of your body. The gait scanning service offers an assessment by a chartered physiotherapist using a specialised scanning machine to measure and assess your foot mechanics. The Gaitscan™ system records the timing sequences as you walk across the pressure plate.

This enables your physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics; this combined with a lower limb biomechanical analysis can help us to determine whether you would benefit from custom made foot orthotics to avoid any further strain on your body and if required, tailor any physiotherapy you require from this analysis.

Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy
This is a procedure that can be used to treat recalcitrant or stubborn conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonopathy. We have one of the only units in the North east and are able to provide immediate treatment for a wide range of conditions

Nerve Conduction Studies
We are able to provide immediate appointments for nerve conduction studies. This is particularly important for conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Results are available after 30min, and can be interpreted immediately. This service runs as both a self-pay and NHS service.

For further enquiries or to make a booking, please call us on 01325 341712 or make an online enquiry.

*Bond E, Dorey G, Eckford S and McDonnel K, (2004) Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health. Vol 95, pp 66-70.