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Where to go for Professional Advice?

Suffering from aches and pains? Not sure where to turn? There are professionals waiting to help you whatever your condition.

Physiotherapist

A physiotherapist provides treatment which is designed to restore movement in ill, injured or disabled people.

Physiotherapists treat physical problems including:

  • Those of the musculoskeletal system, which affect bones, joints and muscles
  • Neuromuscular conditions affecting the nerves and brain
  • Cardiovascular conditions affecting the heart and circulatory system
  • Respiratory conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis and Asthma

 

Physiotherapy uses multiple physical techniques such as exercise, manipulation, mobilisation, soft tissue release, and hydrotherapy. These techniques work to improve motion and function, aiding recovery and rehabilitation from injury and trauma and improving the effects of some long term medical conditions.

You can gain access to physiotherapy through the NHS referral system or through a private practitioner. If you decide to see a private practitioner make sure they are a fully qualified member of a recognised professional body, such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). In some areas it is possible to use self-referral to access a physiotherapist. Contact your Primary Care Trust (PCT) to find out whether self-referral is available in your area.

Podiatrist/Chiropodist

Chiropodists/Podiatrists are specialists in assessing, diagnosing, treating and correcting conditions of the feet. They are also able to pinpoint potential problems and help correct problems at their source before they begin. They will prescribe and fit orthotics where necessary, perform minor surgical procedures and will also provide advice on proper foot care.

Problems they regularly treat include:

  • Veruccas , Corns, Fungal Infections and Ingrown Toenails
  • Foot deformity and complications caused by diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes
  • Biomechanical instabilities of the feet, including Pronated and Supinated feet

 

You can see a chiropodist/podiatrist working with the NHS in GP surgeries and healthcare drop-in centres. You can also access a private practitioner, but if you decide to go this route it is important to consider their reputability.

Chiropractor

Chiropractors use their hands to diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of the spine, joints and muscles. Adjustments are made to the joints and are known as “manipulation” techniques.

Chiropractors place particular emphasis on spinal manipulation, believing that misalignment of the spine causes certain health conditions to occur. Spinal manipulation aims to correct the position of the spine, to allow proper function of the nervous system.

Chiropractors offer therapy that aims to treat:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and Migraine
  • Leg pain and sciatica
  • Sports injuries

 

Chiropractic treatment is considered a complementary or alternative therapy, meaning that it is not usually available on the NHS. If it is not available on the NHS in your area then your GP may refer you to a private therapist or you can arrange this yourself.

Sports Masseur

When compared with conventional massage therapy, sports massage consists of deeper, more focused massage strokes designed to treat certain muscle groups. Sports Massage therapy aims to speed up healing and recovery of sports injuries and can also be used as a preventative measure. A qualified sports masseur will have detailed knowledge of the muscle groups in primary use during each sport and will be able to tailor the treatment to the needs of the individual athlete.

Find A Practitioner

You can use TalarMade’s Find a Practitioner application in order to locate health practitioners in your area. As well as those practitioners featured in this article this application also provides contact details for GP’s, Osteopaths, Reflexologists, Orthotists, and Occupational Therapists.

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