Conditions we Treat

Sarah is able to treat a variety of conditions including the following:

Parkinsonís Disease

Parkinsonís Disease is caused by decreased amounts of dopamine, an important neurotransmitter in the basal ganglia of the brain. This decrease can cause difficulty with movement control leading to stiffness and tightness of muscles, tremor, poor mobility and balance. A physiotherapist will use a variety of techniques such as stretches and mobilisation as well as a full exercise and balance re-education programme to maintain and improve function.

Multiple Sclerosis

With MS there is damage to the myelin of the nerves within the brain and spinal cord. This means conduction of nerves signals to the muscles are interrupted leading to weakness, increased muscle tone and tightness, poor balance and mobility. Physiotherapists can provide a stretching and strengthening programme to maintain joint range of movement, balance re-education and also work on mobility and transfer practice to ensure safety.

Stroke

When a person has a stroke there is disruption to the blood flow going to the brain. This may be because blood cannot flow through the vessels properly or because there is a bleed within the brain. Damage to different areas of the brain will cause different problems. Some of these might include: weakness and poor sensation on one side of the body, decreased balance reactions and muscle tightness. Physiotherapy is very important after a stroke to encourage correct movement of the affected limbs and help the person to regain independent and safe mobility and function. Sarah is trained in Bobath Therapy which is a well-recognised approach to management of neurological conditions. She incorporates this technique into her treatments, particularly stroke management. Sarah has worked on the Acute Brain Injury Units at The National Hospital for Neurological Diseases, Queen Square, London and the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford where she has gained valuable experience in the treatment of brain injuries.

Motor Neurone disease

With MND there is damage to the motor neurones so that messages from the brain to the muscles are not transmitted properly. This will lead to weakness and wasting of muscles. Physiotherapist can be very useful in ensuring joint range of movement is maintained and in providing a gentle strengthening programme. They will assess function and provide teaching and advice on safe transfers to the client and equipment that they might need.

Head injuries

After a head injury or traumatic brain injury there may be a wide range of problems. These can include weakness, problems with mobility and balance and muscle tightness. A neuro physiotherapist will assess all aspects of function and mobility and work on these with the client to achieve maximum independence as well as stretching tight muscles, mobilising joints and encouraging return of movement with specific handling techniques. Sarah has gained invaluable experience in this area through her work on the brain injury units at the National Hospital for Neurological Diseases, Queen Square, London and the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

Postural problems

Postural dysfunction can lead to poor joint alignment and muscle imbalance. Physiotherapy can offer a thorough head to toe assessment and combine hands on techniques with an appropriate exercise programme to lengthen short muscles and strength weak, long ones. Sarah has worked many different clients to improve posture including muscians and riders.

Poor mobility and balance, including the elderly population

Mobility (or walking) and balance can be poor due to general decreased muscle strength or due to illness or injury or as a person gets older. A physiotherapist will fully assess the client, determine the factors that maybe leading to difficulty and design a full exercise and balance regime that can lead to great improvements.

Rehabilitation for illnesses such as cancer

There are many types of cancer affecting different areas of the body so physiotherapy rehabilitation must vary accordingly. During your illness there maybe periods of time when you are less active which can lead to risk of decreased muscle strength and flexibility. Sarah has worked on the oncology units at UCLH, London, The John Radcliffe Hospital and Micheal Sobell House, Oxford and St Margaretís Hospice in Taunton so has broad experience in providing rehabilitation for those with cancer.

Rehabilitation after surgery, either orthopaedic e.g. hip or knee replacement or general surgery

Physiotherapy is crucial after orthopaedic surgery to ensure the client regains joint range of movement, muscle strength and gets back to normal function as soon as possible. It also helps in prevention of post- operative complications such as deep vein thrombosis. Physiotherapy can also be useful pre-operatively to build up strength beforehand therefore aid a quicker recovery.

Osteoporosis

Due to bone loss, the bones become weak and there is greater risk of fractures. Physiotherapists can provide specific exercise programmes to strengthen muscles and bonesand decrease the risk of falling as well as offering expert advice on movements to avoid.

Some musculoskeletal conditions

Sarah is happy to assess and treat within her scope of practice musculoskeletal problems such as back, neck, shoulder, hip or knee pain. Pain and discomfort can be due to a number of causes. A physiotherapist will assess and treat accordingly using soft tissue techniques such as myofascial release, muscle energy techniques to release tight muscles and mobilisation techniques to improve joint movement. Exercise programmes will be given to encourage correct posture and muscle balance to stop problems re-occurring.

For more information on the conditions we treat and services we, or to book an appointment please call
01275 871935 or email us at info@physioandpilatesrehab.co.uk

Conditions we Treat

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Call: 01275 871935
Email: info@physioandpilatesrehab.co.uk

Home Visits

We provide a home visit service in Clevedon. Other areas may be available on request.

Neuro Physiotherapy
Neurological Physiotherapy
We specialise in treating people with conditions affecting their brain and spinal cord.

Pilates
Pilates
A complete exercise regime designed to promote good posture, flexibility and controlled breathing, whilst toning muscles to attain a leaner, firmer body. We are specialists in using Pilates with rehabilitation needs.
Oncology
Oncology
We are experienced at providing care and treatment to patients with, or recovering from the effects of cancer.
General Rehabilitation
General Rehabilitation
From aches and sprains and injuries to mobility and balance problems, we are here to help!