What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a treatment used to help with the pain relief, healing and rehabilitation of most medical and surgical conditions. It is appropriate for a range of muscle, joint and nerve conditions whether resulting from injury, illness or disability.

Physiotherapists use a range of physical, hands-on techniques. As well as manual treatment they will also advise you on changes to lifestyle and ways you can reduce further muscle and joint problems with exercise programs and methods to cope with chronic conditions.

If they consider it appropriate, physiotherapists may recommend you are seen by other specialists, for example orthopaedic surgeons, pain specialists or rheumatologists.

Is physiotherapy a massage?

Physiotherapy is much more than massage, although physiotherapy treatment can include manual therapy (moving your joints), soft tissue mobilisation (such as massage), acupuncture and electrotherapy, plus many more treatment options.

What types of problem can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy can be used to help manage a wide variety of health conditions that affect many of the body's systems. Most often these conditions relate to problems with bones, nerves, joints and soft tissues. A few day to day examples of these are painful backs, necks and joints, sports injuries, injury resulting from accidents or rehabilitation after surgery or strokes.

What does the treatment involve? / What treatments will you use?

Your physiotherapist will begin with a full assessment and physical examination to establish the cause and nature of your condition. After this, the physiotherapist will look at the results and consider your past medical history to determine, in conjunction with your wishes, what treatment is most fitting for your needs and create a personalised treatment plan.

How effective is physiotherapy?

In the vast majority of cases physiotherapy is considered extremely effective for appropriate conditions. Research suggests that physiotherapy significantly improves the rehabilitation and recovery of these conditions, as well as being instrumental in the prevention of further injury.

The amount of treatment that is required will vary from person to person but Nuffield Health monitors the average volume of treatment our patients receive. The average number of treatment sessions needed to achieve your anticipated results is approximately 5 sessions.

Why choose a Nuffield Health physiotherapist?

Our patients tell us that they come to Nuffield Health for physiotherapy as they want to be able to choose the location and timing of the appointment and know that they are being treated with the best approach to get them better.

Nuffield Health is the largest provider of physiotherapy services outside of the NHS. We have an extensive network of physiotherapists across the UK, meaning that we can offer easy access and appointments so that you don’t have to wait.

All Nuffield Health physiotherapists are Chartered Physiotherapists and are highly skilled, trained and registered to practice. Nuffield Health invests in developing our physiotherapists, who all practice to our agreed best care protocols, ensuring you know the treatment you get is the right approach to maximise your recovery.

All treatment plans and sessions are monitored so that each physiotherapist can assure you of the quality care they offer.