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David Schofield, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist took a break from his clinic to answer some of those unanswered questions.
No. Whilst we accept referrals from GP’s and consultants whom we regularly liaise with, we are able to see patients without a referral. However, if you are using private medical insurance it is always advisable to check their protocol prior to booking.
The exact number is difficult to say as we would do a thorough initial assessment of your problem and tailor a treatment programme to meet your needs. On average, most conditions are settled with 4-6 treatment sessions.
You do not need to wear anything specific for physiotherapy but your physiotherapist will need to be able to see the area being treated so clothing allowing this is fine.
A good sitting posture is essential in the modern working environment. Regularly changing position or walking around is important as our bodies like movement rather than being in static positions for many hours.
Heat is useful when trying to relax muscles and increase circulation to an area. This tends to be with ongoing or chronic conditions.
Ice, or cold, is useful in acute conditions where you are trying to control inflammation, eg: sprained ankle or muscle tears.
Both taping and bracing have been shown to be ideal in protecting healing tissue when returning to sport. Taping is often used as the tape is able to be customised for your problem but it is important this it is applied, or shown how to be applied by a professional/physiotherapist.
The more recent evidence suggests that stretching before activity does not prevent injury. There is evidence to suggest a good warm-up will prevent injury and cool-down and stretching after activity helps prevent injury the next time you are active.