Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of conditions which affect a great deal of the population at some point in their lifetime. Conditions such as back pain, muscular strains and other joint problems are all successfully treated by Physiotherapists. Physiotherapists utilise a great deal of treatment techniques to assist in the recovery process. Essentially treatment techniques aim to optimise our own in-built healing processes, in order that we recover as quickly and effectively as possible.
Some Physiotherapists are also involved in preventing injury by providing sound, best-practice advice and assessment of work-stations and work areas. Physiotherapists at Focus Physiotherapy and Ergonomics provide this service for clients. Individuals who come to see a Physiotherapist at one of our clinics are also provided with this information should it be relevant to their particular situation.

What we treat

We treat a wide variety of conditions which affect the general public including:

Sports injuries:

 Sports injuries come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They affect both the amateur as well as the professional and can greatly affect our ability to return to our chosen activity. Some injuries are cumulative in nature i.e. they come on over a gradual period of time and probably start out as a ‘niggle’ and slowly increase in symptoms and effect. Some injuries are in the ‘cause and effect’ bracket, for example you twist your ankle and it becomes sore and swollen afterwards!
Factors affecting athletes, which can create problems, include poor training schedules. Essentially if we do not train to an optimal level, the individual does not allow their soft tissues and joints time to acclimatise to the demand levels which their training is asking of them. This might be not writing in adequate rest and recovery time into their training schedule or ramping up the distance they run too quickly. Other factors such as use of poor equipment or inappropriate equipment may also affect the individual. Physiotherapists at Focus Physiotherapy and Ergonomics can help advise you on such matters.

Back and neck pain

Back and neck pain are conditions commonly seen and successfully treated by Physiotherapists. Usually the underlying causes of back pain are mechanical in origin i.e.  the problem is due to a problem with a component making up the spine, such as a joint, ligament or muscle. This can also include discs which are components of the spine. By far the majority of mechanical problems, including those affecting the discs, are not serious and will recover by themselves and/or with the assistance of a Physiotherapist.

Physiotherapists at Focus Physiotherapy and Ergonomics treat back and neck pains with a variety of manual techniques, such as joint mobilisation and manipulation, acupuncture and specific exercise regimes to help improve core control and joint mobility. The core control muscles are those which we require to provide support to our spines, trunk and limbs whilst undertaking all of our daily tasks, including ‘low-load’ tasks such as sitting and standing. Core control muscles do not work as well during an episode of pain and don’t always return to their normal level of function once the pain has subsided. Physiotherapists can help to provide the appropriate advice on which exercise to use to target the core muscles. This would be included as part of your treatment regime should it be required. Your core control muscles can also be affected by problems with peripheral joints such as knees and ankles.

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How to prevent back pains

  1. Avoid prolonged static postures such as sitting or standing. A change of position even a small change on a regular basis can help to prevent pain. 
  2. Regular activity – activities such as a short, brisk walk at lunch time, a regular stand and easy stretch or a stretch whilst in your chair, if it’s difficult to stand up, may well help you in managing to prevent pain. Other strategies such as ensuring you take walk to the printer or go to get the drinks for yourself and colleagues may well help in preventing pains, essentially by ensuring you change you activities and position/posture on a regular basis.
  3. If you spend a significant amount of time sat at work (or home), apart from ensuring that you don’t spend too long sat before you move, how you sit can be a significant factor in prevention of back pain. If you adjust your chair correctly, it can provide your spine with support and effectively reduce some of the load on the spine. Some chairs have other in-built features which help the user further reduce the load on their spines. Physiotherapists from Focus Physiotherapy and Ergonomics can help assess your optimal seating position and advise you on the features that your chair has to help optimise your sitting position.
  4. Specific exercise to help optimise your spinal muscle support can help in back pain prevention.
  5. Staying fit and healthy can help in the prevention and recovery from back pain, according to research.

Avoiding neck pain

Neck pain can be cumulative in nature i.e. related to lifestyle factors such as the positions we adopt whilst sitting standing and lying down, as well as related to specific incident such as sprains and strains sustained.
  1. Maintaining a good posture is a key factor in avoiding neck pain or indeed reducing neck pain if you are experiencing pain. Maintaining a good overall posture from low back up to neck and shoulders is very important. Lifting your sternum (breast bone) up slightly as well as lifting your head and drawing your shoulder blades back slightly also helps in adopting your optimal posture.
  2. Avoidance of prolonged static postures is key to reducing or preventing pains.
  3. Staying fit and active helps prevent and reduce pain.
  4. Specific treatment including exercises may well help you reduce pain or stay pain free.

Staying healthy in the office

  1. Ensure that you change activities regularly or take small breaks in the tasks that you are carrying out in order to change postures.
  2. Maintain a good posture whilst you are at your desk – having your workstation set up to optimise your seating position will facilitate this.
  3. If you are unsure as to how to set up your workstation to optimise your working position, the Physiotherapists at Focus Physiotherapy and Ergonomics can assess and advise on this.
  4. Staying fit and healthy can help to reduce aches and pains or the effects of aches on pains on us.
  5. Remaining hydrated helps us to remain alert and well. If you feel tired you will find it harder to maintain an optimal posture.
  6. Try to take some exercise regularly, perhaps a brisk walk at lunchtime for example, may help reduce the effects of static, sedentary tasks.
  7. If you have a problem seek advice.