Physiotherapy is a fully recognised degree level medical discipline involving in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, neurology, psychology, sociology, biomechanics, rehabilitation and exercise. All Premier Physiotherapists have extensive post-graduate experience and undergo continuous professional development training and updating.
What Injuries do we deal with? Anything to do with nerves, muscles, joints, discs or bone, i.e. the whole body. If you would like to know more go to What we Treat for more detailed information.
How do we treat them? The practice involves detailed assessment of all neuro-musculoskeletal conditions with the aim to define the cause of pain and symptoms. Once achieved, the use of many different techniques can be utilised including – Mobilisation, Manipulation, Neural Dynamics, Muscle rebalancing, Postural re-education Biomechanical analysis, Exercise Therapy, Rehabilitation, Electrotherapy, Acupuncture, Muscle energy techniques, Trigger Points, Deep Tissue release, Traction, Stretching, Propioceptive neuro-muscular facilitation, Resistance training. For example: An office worker who is experiencing Lower Back Pain must not only receive treatment to clear the pain but also adapt their workstation, chair etc. to prevent recurrence.
Podiatry & Chiropody +‒
Premier Physical Healthcare private clinics offer Podiatry and Chiropody services to both gym members and non-members. All Premier Podiatrists are experienced practitioners in their specialty field, state registered and members of their professional association.
Podiatry is a medical discipline that deals with the foot health and disease and its affect on the rest of the body. Chiropody is a branch of Podiatry specifically concerned with TREATMENT of abnormalities of the skin and nails.
A consultation with a Podiatrist will involve:
- Thorough assessment, possibly including lower limb biomechanical analysis
- Diagnosis and discussion of a treatment plan
- Advice and treatment sometimes in close association with a Physiotherapist
Podiatric Biomechanics is the treatment of gait related disorders that directly cause pain and dysfunction in:
- The foot including toe, arch and heel
- The ankle
- The shin
- The knee
Conditions that are indirectly influenced can be varied but commonly include:
- Spinal problems
A Podiatric Biomechanical Assessment will include:
- Examination of the joints of the feet, ankles, knees and hips
- Muscle strength and flexibility tests
- Posture and gait analysis using advanced computer video techniques
- Footwear examination
Following which a management plan will be recommended and may involve:
- Advice regarding appropriate footwear
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Functional taping
- Manipulation and mobilisation of joints and soft tissues possibly in conjunction with
- Physiotherapy treatment
- Foot orthotic prescription
Premier’s Podiatrist’s and Physiotherapist’s have a close working relationship, their communication is fundamental to the successful treatment of many conditions both directly and indirectly involving the feet and lower extremities.
Meet our Podiatry Team
Premier services also include the provision of Occupational and Ergonomic Physiotherapy and workstation assessments.
We have a track record of success working with corporate employers tangibly improving the productivity, health and wellbeing of the workforce, enabling them to also meet the legislative requirements upon them as employers.
Since the Health & Safety Regulations were amended in 2002, Ergonomic Workstation Assessments have become an important aspect of many companies Health & Safety policy and practice.
An estimated 35% of the UK’s working population suffers from back pain and 17% from limb disorders (arms, legs), costing UK businesses up to £6 billion in production loss each year.
To help comply with these regulations Premier Therapy offer support with:
- Computer Workplace Assessments (DSE – Display Screen Equipment)
- Manual Handling Assessments
- Ergonomic Assessments
- Assessments of Workplaces for Pregnant Employees
- Assessments of Workplaces for Employees with Health Problems
We perform detailed risk analysis and thorough reporting following on-site visits and interviews.
Our assessments are carried out by Occupational Physiotherapists and Ergonomic Consultants experienced in their field.
We have strong supportive evidence and statistics that have been compiled over the last three years that details in depth, the bottom line cost savings that a global client has made from our working alliance, amounting to 6.7 million pounds across their workforce of 10,000, in the year ending 2006 alone.
For more information on how Premier can help your company see our Corporate Services
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest recorded forms of medicine having been used for over 3,000 years in China. There are several theories as to how the effects are produced. However, research shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals – endorphins. It does not work for everybody and every condition, but frequently good results are achieved. The effects of acupuncture often increase as treatment progresses. Initially, the condition may worsen slightly before you feel any benefit.
Physiotherapists providing acupuncture will have completed a recognised post graduate training course and be a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
How is it done?
You will be put in a comfortable, well supported position on a treatment bed. The physiotherapist will talk you through where the needles will be placed. Points will be selected that are suitable for your condition; this may not always be at the site of pain. It is a well-controlled hygienic procedure, and single use sterile needles will be used. The needles are left in place for between 10 and 30 minutes. The physiotherapist may ‘stimulate’ the needles through the treatment; this involves twisting the needles gently.
Massage Therapy +‒
At a selection of Premier Therapy’s Health Club based private clinics we offer Massage Therapy services to both gym members and non-members. All Premier Massage Therapists are fully recognised by their National Professional Association. They are highly experienced practitioners and tailor all treatment sessions to an individual’s specific needs.
Massage is the therapeutic application of pressure to the soft tissues in order to mobilise those soft tissues:
- A variety of techniques may be used.
- Will complement and enhance effectiveness of medical treatment disciplines such as Physiotherapy.
- Improve blood circulation.
- Speed up the healing of damaged or stressed muscles, tissues and joints.
- Restore balance to the musculoskeletal system.
It is ideal to have a Massage prior to a Sports event:
- Stimulate circulation.
- Calm nervous tension.
- Prepare the individual for optimal performance.
- Reduce the risk of injury.
After a sports event:
- Relieve soreness.
- Assist with the removal of lactic acid and other waste product.
During regular training and rehabilitation:
- Practitioner and treating Physiotherapist or other Medical Professional work closely.
- Focus on acceleration of healing existing injuries.
- Help to prevent potential problems from developing.
Sports Injuries +‒
Sports injuries are injuries that occur to athletes during sporting activities. In many cases, these types of injuries are due to overuse of a part of the body. Other injuries can occur due to traumatic incidents during training or performance. The key to quick and safe recovery is quick diagnosis and early intervention and carefully programmed return to activity.
Examples of ‘over-use / Repetitive strain injuries’ would be Runner’s knee which is a painful condition generally associated with running type sports while tennis elbow is a form of repetitive stress injury at the elbow, although it does not often occur with tennis players.
Other types of injuries can be caused by a hard contact or twisting/turning stresses on tissue. This can often cause a broken bone or torn ligament or tendon.
Injuries are a common occurrence in all sports and Premier provides many teams with Specialist Physiotherapists who staff Sports and Athletic Clubs and have close connections to Sports Medicine consultants. Controversy has arisen at times when teams have made decisions that could threaten a players long-term health for short term gain. This is where a dedicated team of Premier Health professionals will provide – via evidence based best practice – the right decision for both the player and the team.