Physiotherapy & Osteopathy

“Pure PT & Pilates” provides a comprehensive service for the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal (bone, muscle, nerve, disc, tendon, ligament) injuries that combines the approaches of Physiotherapy and Osteopathy to provide our patients with the most effective treatment strategy.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a profession dedicated to restoring and maintaining optimal function of the joints, bones, muscles and nerves of the body. It’s a hands on therapy that involves observing, testing and feeling how your body moves to determine what is causing your injury/ pain.

It uses a variety of techniques such as:

  • Joint Manipulation
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercises
  • Taping
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Stretching
  • Taping
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Ultrasound

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy, similar to physiotherapy is a system of complementary medicine involving the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal complaints via a range of hands on manipulative therapies

In many senses it is very similar to Physiotherapy, however the philosophy of Osteopathy sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles of Osteopathic practise are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is not functioning properly, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to common problems such as joint stiffness, muscular tension, inflammation, pain and other health conditions. Osteopathy aims free the body of restrictions. When your body moves freely and forces are balanced, it is given an opportunity to heal itself therefore decreasing the likelihood of pain.

Osteopaths use a similar range of techniques to Physiotherapists including

soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints.

Osteopathy is a five-year university course, which includes a degree and masters qualification. Osteopaths are highly regulated by the general Osteopathic Council and works closely with GPs and other allied health professionals.

What to expect from your first appointment

Your therapist will:

  • Talk to you about your problem and discuss your medical history (please bring any relevant letters, scans, x-ray reports and a list of current medication).
  • Assess your problem by watching you move and using diagnostic tests. This is a hands on therapy so the area in question and adjacent areas will also be assessed.
  • Give you a working diagnosis – i.e. what they think the problem is. Sometimes this is not completely clear initially but becomes more apparent through the treatment process.
  • Will give you a short treatment or some exercises dependant on the time left after assessment. 

Your initial appointment should last 40 minutes. If you have more than one area that needs assessing please request a longer 55 minute initial assessment.

Follow up appointments are either 25 or 40 minutes in length depending on how many body areas are being treated. These sessions are predominantly treatment or exercise based.

How to dress

Please wear comfortable, loose clothing such as tracksuit bottoms that can be easily rolled up/ down and are comfortable to lie in. Jeans for example are not appropriate. In some cases we will need you to undress to your underwear. You may choose to bring a vest top or shorts with you to wear during your treatment for the sake of modesty. If you are a keen exerciser and have a lower limb injury it is also wise to bring your trainers for assessment.

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