Surrey Physio Services

Manipulative Physiotherapy

Manipulative physiotherapy involves the precise assessment of musculoskeletal ailments. A careful history is taken during the subjective examination, which allows the therapist to organise their thoughts and ideas (“working hypothesis”). This rigorous process allows the therapist to optimise the physical examination. During the physical examination the therapist confirms or negates their “working hypothesis” in order to ascertain which structures are involved in the dis-function. Such a process allows the instigation of efficacious time effective treatment regimes. Treatment techniques vary but should be directed by clinical reasoning to the normalisation of signs and symptoms.

Sports Physiotherapy

Surrey Physio is closely linked with a number of sports centres in Sutton, Croydon and Mitcham and we cannot stress strongly enough the importance of general fitness and well-being in today’s society. Whether you are an elite athlete, a sports enthusiast or merely a spectator, we treat each case individually, and with our full attention. At Surrey Physio, we also treat patients suffering from long-term pain and symptoms. Sports injuries need to be treated swiftly to ensure that no further issues occur. These injuries require exercise rehabilitation, treatment and our undivided attention. We aim to get you back to your former glory as quickly as possible, by taking you through the correct treatment programme. We aim to restore strength, proprioception, flexibility and agility from early stage rehab through to supervised gym / Pilates work to minimise future risk of injury.

Biomechanical Assessment

Biomechanical assessment – we offer a comprehensive biomechanical service to identify problems related to your painful foot, knee, and hip presentation. A biomechanical assessment is one hour, which will consist of a static and dynamic foot scan, clinical assessment procedures, exercise prescription, and a plan of treatment is required. The Foot Scan will provide detailed information on forces imparted on to the feet when static and when walking/running. Additionally we will be able to extrapolate information to produce bespoke orthotics, which will correct the faulty biomechanics identified. The bespoke orthotics will be made by a specialist orthoses manufacturer in partnership with the clinic. Biomechanical costs: Initial assessment – £70. Option 1: Bespoke orthotics – £150 (with life time guarantee). Option 2: Off the shelf orthotics with amendments – range between £50-70. Lifespan depending on activity level up to 1 year. Review consultation and fitting – £35.

Clinical Pilates

Pilates is a specific system of exercises. It is named after its founder Joseph Pilates, who began to develop his ideas in a World War I prisoner of war camp while helping injured prisoners to recover from war injuries. He then moved to New York in the 1920’s, where he set up a studio. In the early days his exercises were embraced by the dance world, who found the movements strengthened and enhanced performance. In the event of an injury, Plates exercises also maintained strength and assisted with rehabilitation. More recently, physiotherapists have embraced Pilates because it provides core stability and specific strength needed by so many of our clients experiencing persistent back pain. The programme includes up to 250 exercises, focussing on the use of the deep abdominal muscles, accurate breathing and good posture. The exercises can be very gentle and doesn’t aggravate the pain. For clients with acute and sub-acute pain, we use exercises that activate the deep stomach and back musculature to develop strength and control around their weakened spinal segments. The exercises at the other end of the spectrum are designed to be very challenging, requiring a very high level of core stability. These are excellent for elite athletes to provide that edge over the opposition or to sharpen up slightly weak core stabilisers. Exercises for elite sports people have a sports specific slant, where we design exercises with the challenges of the sport in mind. Exercises for dance professionals and students have a dance specific slant where we design exercises with the demands of dance technique in mind. Kay Allardyce runs our Pilates classes that included one-to-one, at an affordable price of just £50 per hour, or 4 to-one classes where you get the individual care in a group class, at just £15 per hour.

Sports and Therapeutic Massage

Massage is a hands-on-treatment, which employs a variety of techniques to create changes in the soft tissues of the body such as skin fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Vigorous or slow application of massage can help reduce the level of pain or stress and improve general well being. Sports massage can be used pre- and post sports performance. It utilises techniques that can assist elite and recreational sports performers in the prevention of injury, improvement of performance and in the reduction of muscle soreness and scar tissue formation. Therapeutic massage uses techniques which improve circulation, decrease muscle tension and can help to alleviate physical and psychological stresses in the body.

Exercise Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a form of treatment used to educate a patient so they can safely return to sport, work or leisure activities and enhance their sporting performance. Surrey Physio has a Pilates / Rehab studio used solely for this purpose. We use other equipment in our studio such as: wobble boards, Swiss balls, steps, weights, biofeedback machine, gait scanners, and other rehab equipment. Physios use a variety of techniques to rehabilitate their patients and all exercise programmes are personalised. Our clinicians also work closely with the in-house gym Mobilisations Soft Tissue Massage Stretches Pilates Patients who have been injured or immobilised for periods of time may be affected by muscle weakness and this is when rehab is used to re-build and strengthen. Surrey Physio encompasses clinical Pilates within their rehabilitation programmes to increase the bodies core stability, (the strengthening of the stomach muscles to increase posture and spinal strength) to assist in the prevention of further problems.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a 2,000 year old medical philosophy, which aims to balance the flow of energy within the body. It is used to address any imbalances which is the cause of many physical disorders and conditions of emotional distress. Acupuncture treats both the symptoms of the illness and it’s underlying cause.
Does it Hurt?
There may well be a sensation when the needle makes contact with the skin, and again when it enters the muscle which feels like a pinch, but this only lasts for the first few seconds at initial contact.

*We have five physiotherapists who are qualified to administer acupuncture and some use this alongside treatment programmes, dependant upon the individual and the condition.