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What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a health care profession which primarily uses movement to maximise the performance of various systems within the human body. The profession has a broad scope working with people from all back grounds from elite athletes to acutely ill patients. Physiotherapy aims to empower the patient with skills they need to recover from injury or maintain independence during disease.

Physiotherapy uses a scientific evidenced based approach to ensure that methods used have a proven therapeutic effect. Common techniques used in physiotherapy include exercise therapy, manual therapy, electrotherapy and pain management. Physiotherapy covers the wider aspects of health care and ensures that social, psychological and environmental factors are also addressed.
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What is musculoskeletal physiotherapy?
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy looks at maximising the function of the musculoskeletal system of the human body. The musculoskeletal system is made up of nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. It is often concerned with reducing pain or enhancing recovery after injury. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy is used in many different cases including sports injuries, work place injuries, repetitive strain injuries and road traffic injuries. It will aim to reduce pain and maximise function in the affected area using a number of different techniques.
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What is neurological physiotherapy?
Neurological physiotherapy is involved in maximising recovery after an injury to the nervous system. The nervous system is made up from the central nervous system (CNS) which includes the brain and spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system which involves the extensive network of nerves outside of the CNS.

Principally a neurological physiotherapist will aim to slow and reduce the movement disorders associated with disease e.g. Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. Or increase independence and function following a traumatic incident e.g. stroke or spinal cord injury. The aim of neurological physiotherapy is to maximise independence and reduce the need for care.
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What is sports physiotherapy?
Sports physiotherapy is a specialist area of physiotherapy which aims to provide treatment and advice to those who partake in physical activity. The main aim is to maximise sports performance and reduce the time spent injured through a number of different techniques. Sports physiotherapy can take place at the sporting event or at clinic/treatment room after the event. The physiotherapy will include pain relief techniques and advice on returning to the activity. Progressive exercises will be used with an aim of returning the injured area and any other associated areas to their normal function, ready to perform again.
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What is respiratory physiotherapy?
Respiratory physiotherapy involves specialist techniques which are utilised to maximise the function of the respiratory system. The respiratory system is vital to the human body as it provides Oxygen to the living tissues and removes Carbon Dioxide. The physiotherapy is designed to increase the exchange of gasses at the lungs through removal of blockages, massage techniques, enhanced positioning and breathing techniques. Our adult clients often have chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) or acute bouts of asthma. Our paediatric patients will often have cystic fibrosis and asthma.
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Can a physiotherapist help me?
Yes. Physiotherapy has such a broad out reach that in most cases it can help. The smallest snagging pain that you've been meaning to get sorted, an old injury you haven't quite recovered from, diagnosis of a disease that you weren't expecting or a traumatic event which has affected your ability to cope with daily activities, we can help. For a full list of what we treat please click on the link. We are also aware of our scope of practise and if at any time we feel you need other specialist services we will refer you on so that you receive the best care possible at all times.
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Why Manchester Physio?
Manchester Physio's extensive team of highly skilled specialist physiotherapists allow you to get the care you need when you need it. We are able to offer physiotherapy to treat musculoskeletal & sports injuries, neurological disorders and respiratory disease. We use the most up to date evidenced based treatment modalities to design specific treatments tailored to your individual needs. Our clinics are located in convenient locations throughout Greater Manchester and we are also able to offer home and work place visits.
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What is the difference between a chiropractor / osteopath and a physiotherapist?
On the surface the three professions may seem quite similar, they are all protected titles, all require the completion of a degree course to become a practitioner and all aim to treat pain caused through musculoskeletal disorders. As more is learnt about health care the professions are becoming more and more similar.

One of the key differences between physiotherapy and osteopathy is a philosophical approach towards treating a patient. Physiotherapy's philosophy takes an evidenced based, patient centred holistic approach, which looks to treat both symptom and cause. This is completed through utilising knowledge on anatomy and physiology with the pathophysiology of the disorder in question. Evidence based treatments (treatments proved to be effective through scientific research) are then utilised to bring about a therapeutic effect. Typical treatments include manual therapy, mobilisations, manipulations, electrotherapy and exercise therapy.

A key difference between all three methods of health care is the scope of practice. Physiotherapy uses an evidence base to support its use within a number of settings including, musculoskeletal, sports, neurological and respiratory health care. For this reason physiotherapists will be found in all health care settings within the UK and within almost all hospital wards within the NHS and private hospitals. Due to this large scope physiotherapists become specialists in a specific area whilst also having a good knowledge of the other key areas.

At Manchester Physio our team of physiotherapists will be able to treat not only musculoskeletal disorders but any other underlying conditions as well. We will treat the symptoms aiming to relieve pain and discomfort as well as holistically looking to treat the cause of the problem taking into consideration anatomy, physiology, social, psychological and environmental factors as well.
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How can I book an appointment?
To book an appointment please call now on 0161 883 0077 or email: office@manchesterphysio.co.uk.
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What are your opening hours?
We are open 0800-2000 Monday to Friday and 0900-1600 on Saturdays and Sundays. For those unable to attend the clinic within these times whether that is for medical, personal or work related reasons please contact us and we will be able to provide you with a home or work based visit which suits your needs.
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Do I need a referral?
You are welcome anytime to arrange an appointment without a referral. The treatment can start straight away with no waiting lists. Our extensive team of highly skilled physiotherapists will ensure that you are seen at you convenience at our clinics or bringing the care to your home or work place.

Clients making personal injury claims will often be referred to us by their solicitor. We are linked with all major solicitors and we offer a quick and simple service to get you seen as soon as possible. If you have any queries please contact us.

For medical insurance patients it is advised to check with your insurance policy first before booking an appointment as they may require a referral from a GP.
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Can I use my private medical insurance?
Manchester Physio are recognised by most of the major insurance companies, as we are all Chartered Physiotherapists, and Members of the Health Professionals Council. You will need to check with your insurance company prior to treatment, as some companies require a referral from a Doctor beforehand.

Each insurer is different in the way that they operate as far as payment is concerned. Some require you to pay for your own treatment and then claim the costs back whereas others allow us to invoice them directly. We strongly advise that you discuss this with your insurer prior to arranging a consultation.


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