WHO YOU GONNA CALL?
When there’s something wrong in your thumping head… Who you gonna call? When headaches are caused (wholly, or even in part) by problems with muscles, joints and bones, the headache-busters supreme are physiotherapists who’ve taken a special interest in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. Pounding, debilitating pain in your head may be caused by problems with cervical joints and the muscles around them, and no painkiller is going to make this go away. You need someone trained in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy. It’s a fundamental aspect of physiotherapy that involves using trained hands and brains to get joints moving and melt stiffness, stretching muscles and getting the patient to move against resistance. This treatment will often be boosted by good advice and a home exercise programme to maintain the improvement.
When there’s something weird happening in your face… Who you gonna call? Many people suffer from severe pain in their cheeks, temples and face or headaches that radiate up from the side of the face, and don’t realise that what’s at fault may be the temporal mandibular joint, the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. This may be a sign of stress – often it results from unconsciously grinding your teeth together – or it may be a result of some problem inside the joint itself. Physiotherapists with a special interest in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy can assess the problem and use hands-on soft tissue and joint techniques to ease the pain – as well as teaching you movements and management techniques you can use at home to stay pain-free.
If you’re feeling pain running through your ribs… Who can you call? Does it hurt when you cough? Is there pain running round your chest, from back to front, or shooting right through so that you think you’re having a heart attack? Some pains in the trunk may come from your rib-cage, which is a rather wonderfully mobile thing attached to spine at the back and the sternum at the front, and with muscles between ribs to perform the action of breathing. All of these ligaments and muscles can be affected by falls, car accidents or strain and unusual actions, and physiotherapists with a special interest in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy have a thorough understanding of how that can cause very sharp and movement-limiting pain. And with hands-on techniques, they can help free up the rib joints and soft tissues so you can move again.
When your nose can’t cope and it’s causing pain… Who you gonna call? You know the feeling: that stuffiness, tightness and pain across your face, a drip running down the back of your throat… sinusitis is often the result of a viral or bacterial infection, but it can also be triggered by irritants in the air. And with a drier atmosphere thanks to changes in our climate, more and more people are sufferers. Physiotherapists with a special interest in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy can help you manage this debilitating condition. They use electrotherapy techniques such as ultrasound and laser to help the sinuses drain, reduce inflammation and speed healing, as well as hands-on upper neck joint techniques to help break up the stuffiness.
When your blood sugar’s high and it don’t feel good… Who you gonna call? If you have diabetes, you want to manage the condition to ward off all future complications from nerve damage, like pain and dysfunction in your feet and blindness. Physiotherapists with a special interest in Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy should be part of your medical team. They have an understanding of the musculoskeletal and neuro implications of diabetes, whether Type One or Type Two; they can assess your current state of nerve health and teach you how to keep muscles and joints moving freely. They’re especially skilled at helping you get started on a programme of exercise that will ease you into action and help to bring your blood sugars down really significantly.