Spinal Mobilisation / Manipulation
There are many different approaches to treating the spine and back pain. At Bassett Physiotherapy patients are treated with a combination of approaches depending on the presenting dysfunction. Spinal mobilisation involves the therapist using manual techniques to help the movement of specific stiff or dysfunctional vertebral segments, helping the spine to move in greater unison and with less pain. A graded system of pressure is used and constantly communicated with the patient ensuring discomfort is kept to a minimum.
Soft Tissue Release / Deep Tissue Massage
At Bassett Physiotherapy, soft tissue release and deep tissue massage can be helpful for a number of conditions. Whether problems have developed from a specific injury or tightness and pain from everyday activities. A physio will use massage techniques to help treat pain, muscle tension, tightness and reduced range of movement. Aimed at the deeper tissue structures of muscle or superficially called fascia or connective tissue, graded massage is used to treat muscle adhesions, break down hard fibrous tissue, realign collagen fibres back into normal form and encourage greater elasticity in the collagen to prevent re-trauma. Following treatment, patients will benefit from reduced pain, tension and improved mobility.
Custom Foot Orthotics and bio-mechanical assessment
The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and over a hundred muscles, tendons and ligaments. Our feet were built to be adaptive and to transverse many different terrains. It is within this modern world that our feet are challenged with a concrete stable surface. The foot can compensate by collapsing on the medial aspect flattening the arch of the foot in an attempt to gain ground contact.
An orthotic device helps to reduce the excessive movement around the foot and ankle into this flattened or pronated position reducing detrimental effects on the lower limbs and allowing natural shock absorption to assist the patient.
Oliver Bassett has been fitting custom foot orthotics in Barnsley since 2010 and uses a heat mouldable orthotic device. This ensures that the foot is supported to an optimum level relieving stress to relevant tissues or joints.
Rehabilitation & exercise advice
Here at Bassett Physiotherapy, rehabilitation is about enabling and supporting our patients to recover following injury or help them to adjust body posture or poor habits causing muscle imbalance. Rehabilitation requires strengthening and stretching to achieve better biomechanics, limit injury reoccurrence and less overall symptoms of pain and stiffness. The success of rehabilitation is often dependent on how quickly treatment is sort, where possible rehab should start as soon as possible to speed recovery. Patients will be issued with a personalised exercise programme to complement their treatment. Research shows good rehabilitation can improve your mobility and activity levels, shorten post-surgery recovery time and absence from work and greatly improve the quality of your life.
Acupuncture is one of the many skills used within physiotherapy as an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation and as a means of stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation. Scientific research and clinical evidence have shown that Acupuncture can reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals such as endorphins, melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote well-being), to name but a few.
Physiotherapist Oliver has over 15 year’s experience in acupuncture and is registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and has been since 2004.
Kinetic taping method is a rehabilitative taping technique used within Bassett Physiotherapy Barnsley. Designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process, Kinetic tape (K-tape) provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It can also prolong the effects gained from manual therapy during a session. Latex free the tape is wearable for days at a time and successfully treats a variety of orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
K-tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Physiotherapist’s use electrotherapy to help accelerate the healing of affected areas, by encouraging tissue repair, it can reduce swelling and pain. Various electrotherapy techniques exist and most include the application of an electric current to the affected area of the body. Here at Bassett Physiotherapy treatments include Therapeutic Ultrasound, Electroacupuncture, Electronic Deep Percussion Massage and TDP Infrared Heat Therapy.
Dizziness and BPPV
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the commonest vestibular (inner ear) disorder. It is characterised by episodes of acute dizziness in certain positions and movements of the head. It is brought about from tiny calcium deposits becoming loose in the inner ear and offsetting a patient’s balance system. A procedure called the Epley Manoeuvre, available at Bassett Physiotherapy, is an effective way to dislodge the loose debris causing the vertigo and helps resolve symptoms.
Chronic Pain Management
Some problems that patients suffer with are unfortunately longstanding in nature and for differing reasons patients may have to learn to manage their problem rather than continue on a search for a ‘cure’. We call this area chronic pain management and it is a specialist field of physiotherapy. A variety of physiotherapy techniques can help people with long term (chronic) pain develop the skills they need to manage their condition, increase their activity and improve their quality of life. Many treatments offered can actually help with symptom relief, whilst it is the valuable advice and lifestyle coaching that is the key to living a more fulfilling life.