Advice and Education
At ASK Physio we feel it is of paramount importance that patients understand their condition. We actively encourage you to ask us questions.
Manual Therapy is hands on treatment, for example joint mobilisation or soft tissue release/massage of tight muscles.
Hydrotherapy is Physiotherapy in water, using the properties of water. This enables easier joint movement and assists muscle strengthening.
The practice of Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves inserting small sterile single use needles in specific points within the body to facilitate tissue healing and reduce pain.
Most conditions require some form of exercises to help strengthen muscles which have become weak or tight as a result of pain or injury. Exercise may be taught to stretch what is tight or to strengthen what is weak.
One of our specialities is rehabilitating people following surgery or trauma, i.e. joint replacement surgery or broken bones. It takes time to get things moving again and at ASK Physio we can facilitate this process.
We have three excellent sports massage therapists: Helen Czech, who is very experienced at working with athletes, but is also able to tailor her technique to those requiring a more gentle approach; Samantha Dunn, one of our physiotherapists who qualified initially as a sports massage therapist; and Natalie Lawrence, from Suppleflex.
Chronic pain management
Some people suffer with persistent pain and conditions such as Fibromyalgia or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. At ASK Physio we are fortunate enough to have highly experienced physiotherapists to deal with these more complex conditions.
Gina Wall works in the Chronic Fatigue service at The Royal Free hospital, as well as at our clinic. She is highly experienced in managing people with chronic fatigue and sleep problems, which often go hand in hand. Good quality sleep is so important, if poor sleep is something you suffer with, Gina can help you with this.
What To Expect
Your initial appointment will last between 45 and 60 mins. This will include us discussing your symptoms and the history of your symptoms, i.e. when it all started, any possible cause of the symptoms starting. After talking to you, we will examine you. Depending on which part of the body this is for, it may require you to undress, so please wear appropriate clothing, i.e, shorts for lower limb problems, for ladies, vest top for shoulder or spinal problems. We will need to see the part of the body that we are going to examine.
Following your assessment we aim to give you an explanation for your symptoms, and some advice for mananging these symptoms, which will often include some form of exercise therapy initially. We will discuss your treatment options with you and together we will formulate a plan for your treatment, and discuss any goals you wish to achieve.
Payment for sessions can be made by cheque or cash, or via on line banking. At present we are unable to accept card payments on site.