Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of injury and disease. It helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. The combination of diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation skills enables us to offer a multi-dimensional approach to treating conditions and preventing re-injury.
The main aims of physiotherapy are:
– Reduce pain and relieve symptoms
-Restore normal movement
-Restore and maximise function
-Maximise sporting performance
-Return the body to its natural balanced state
-Promote long term self management to prevent further injury
-Promote health and well being
Physiotherapy is used for a variety of reasons and can help a number of different injuries and health conditions. It can be used to improve your overall health and wellbeing, treat injuries and ensure they do no re-occur, particularly for sporting injuries.
Some of the most common injuries/ailments treated by Physiotherapy at Comfort Health include:
This list is in no way exhaustive; Physiotherapy can treat far more issues that the ones listed above, including brain or nervous system problems, heart and lung problems, chronic pain or multi-joint pathologies. Click the link to see more information on what we treat.
At Comfort Health, a typical Physiotherapy session involves a detailed assessment of your injury, diagnosis and timescale for recovery, a bespoke treatment suiting your needs, and a series of comprehensive exercises and advice to help you manage your injury.
We deliver a vast range of assessment and treatment techniques to ensure that a fully holistic approach to your injury is taken. We have many years of experience working in various settings from elite level sport to the NHS and use this knowledge to develop the best possible treatment plan for you.
Comfort Health is different to most other Physio clinics in the way we treat our clients. Rather than just alleviating your symptoms, we will endeavour to identify the underlying causes of your injury and provide a solution. We will treat you accordingly and reduce the risk of your injury occurring again. See more of what we can treat by clicking here.
Comfort Health is not only a Physiotherapy clinic. We have a fantastic team offering other complimentary therapies to work perfectly alongside your physio treatment. These include; Sports Therapy, Sports Massage, Deep tissue Massage and Dry needling. Click on the link to see more of what we offer.
Comfort Health is able to provide a fully holistic approach to treatment through a simple referral to any of the other professionals within our team.
If we are unable to provide the answer we have good working relationships with some of Bristol’s leading Orthopaedic specialists to provide the surgical opinion if necessary. There are two main Private hospitals in Bristol that we can offer a quick referral to; The Spire, at the top of Whiteladies Road – Bristol and the Chesterfield Hospital – Nuffield Healthin Clifton Village – Bristol.
What is the difference between Sports Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and General Physiotherapy?
Sports Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy is very similar to Physiotherapy. A lot of the techniques and treatments are the same. The main difference is that Sports Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy is designed to directly enhance the performance of a client in their specific sport.
Injuries treated by general Physiotherapy may have been caused by a sporting performance, however, the treatment of the injury, in this case, is to alleviate pain and prevent injury from reoccurring, rather than focusing on how to improve the performance next time.
Don’t worry if you are not sure which option is right for you. Get in touch and tell us what issue you are experiencing and we can help guide you through the process. If you know exactly what you would like to book (either Physio or Sports Therapy), then you can book yourself in – Book now
Should you see a Physiotherapist or a Sports Massage Therapist? Deciding between a Physiotherapist and a Sports Massage Therapist can be difficult when first dealing with injuries or problems. Luckily at Comfort Health, we provide both services so you can make sure you get the right treatment.
A Physio is usually the option you will need when you have a specific injury that can then be diagnosed and treated further. These can often be as a direct result of trauma which you will be aware of from an incident or sporting event. Physiotherapy is also worth considering if you have tried massages in the past and chronic pain has remained after the initial treatment has taken place.
A Sports Massage Therapist may be recommended by a Physiotherapist as a treatment method for your injury. It may be worth considering a Sports Massage for shorter bouts of non-chronic pain. If your pain comes and goes and is relieved by regular Sports Massage, there may not be a serious underlying problem which physiotherapy is needed for.
Physiotherapy Rehabilitation aims to optimise the function and well-being of a patient, and to integrate them back into their chosen activities/sports.
At Comfort Health, our experienced team use a combination of manual therapy techniques and specific, progressive exercise programmes to work towards your goals.
By January 2022 we will have our own on-site rehabilitation gym, complete with a large variety of kettlebells and dumbbells, a squat rack and bench with up to 140kg on a barbell, a pulley machine and all the bands, balls and wobble cushions you will ever need.
Rehabilitation can be tailored to cater for any age or ability, see below for examples of people who may benefit from physiotherapy rehabilitation:
– Young sports person following a knee injury
– Office worker with RSI (repetitive strain injury)
– Retired gentleman following a THR (total hip replacement)
– Elite athlete with a big race coming up
– Somebody needing to improve their strength before a knee operation
– Anyone unfortunate enough to have whiplash
See the other conditions we can treat by clicking here.
Why wait to become injured if you can do something to prevent it? Of course injury, can occur due to accidents and events completely out of our control; spraining an ankle in a pothole, hitting black ice on your bike, slipping down the stairs etc…
However, most injuries can be prevented by addressing the underlying issues that create the injury before it becomes a major problem. This is where preventative Physiotherapy comes into its own.
Our Physios can assess you as a whole, identifying areas of potential injury which are specific to your chosen sport, enabling you to improve areas of reduced mobility or weakness, with the aim of reducing your injury risk.
Believe it or not, Physiotherapy can be used, even if you don’t have an injury. In fact, there is compelling evidence to suggest that Physiotherapy interventions demonstrate the ability to prevent future injuries from occurring.
A systematic literature review of interventions to prevent low back pain has shown that Physiotherapy interventions can decrease the likelihood of having a back-related injury. In addition, if the person were to suffer from a back injury, the level of severity is often less and recovery times are shorter.
During the same study it was shown that some Physio techniques such as postural correction exercises and manual therapy (For example, sports massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy), helped to prevent injury to neck and shoulder muscles. (1)
(1) Maher, C. (2000). A systematic review of workplace interventions to prevent low back pain. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 46: 259-269
– Overall posture
– Muscle length
– Muscle strength
– Functional Movement Patterns
– Joint problems
Having assessed you, a personalised exercise programme and a treatment plan is created, so we can address any problem areas before they develop into an injury.
For preventative Physiotherapy to be as affective as possible, we recommend a monthly Physio session with ourselves; to continue the manual therapy work, re-assess problem areas and progress the exercises where able.
Comfort Health is becoming increasingly renowned for Physiotherapy in Bristol. We have just been announced as Prestige Awards well being clinic of the year. We also won two awards last year for excellence in Physio and have been nominated for a further two.
– Prestige Awards – Well-Being Clinic Of The Year – Bristol 2020
– GHP Awards – Best Physiotherapy Clinic in Bristol
– ThreeBestRated – The Best Physiotherapist in Bristol
– SME News – Best Physiotherapy Bristol 2019 – UK Enterprise awards
– Corporate LiveWire Global Awards 2019 – Physiotherapy Clinic of the Year
Don’t just take their word for it, have a look at some of our client testimonials to see why they think we’re the best Physio Clinic in Bristol, take a look on our website, on google, or on Facebook for plenty of 5 star reviews!