Physio@home provide a range of physiotherapy services, including:

FES



Functional Electrical Stimulation is a rehabilitation modality which is widely used in physiotherapy to create a muscle contraction using an electrical impulse. Small pads are placed on the skin over the nerve that you want to stimulate and then an electrical pulse is applied to create the contraction- trust us it isn't as painful as it sounds!! Here at Physio@Home we use the walkaide FES device for our clients with dropfoot, which is a condition where the muscles in the ankle are not strong enough to lift the foot up during walking and so the client tends to drag their toes through or change the way they walk to avoid this (maybe swinging their leg out to the side or hitching their leg up at the hip). The reason we like the Walkaide is that it is a wireless unit which our clients can wear around their knee discreetly. It works off a tilt sensor mechanism which means that every time the clients' knee moves over their toes in walking the machine activates to stimulate the foot muscles to allow the client to pick up their toes as they swing their leg through. There are other features to the walkaide which mean we can personalise it to each client based on their style of walking and also it can be used in an exercise mode to strengthen the weakened muscle when at rest. To view the Walkaide in action you can visit their website at www.walkaide.com/MedicalProfessionals or if you would like to discuss it with us then please give us a call on 01206 396789, or email us on info@yourphysioathome.co.uk


Saebo



We are now providers of the fantastic Saebo products; the SaeboFlex, SaeboReach, SaeboStretch and newly launched SaeboGlove. For those of you who are not aware of the development of these products they are innovative upper limb orthotics, which basically means they are devices to help with the rehabilitation of the arm! Historically, those clients who have suffered a stroke would find the rehabilitation of their upper limbs much slower than their lower limbs and part of this was because they did not have a functional hand to be able to then use the rest of the arm. The SaeboFlex and SaeboReach are devices which fit onto the arm and using a system of springs allows the client to open and close their hand functionally and therefore start using their upper limb. To see them in action and to find out more please visit the Saebo website at www.saebo.com/about-us. We also provide the SaeboStretch which is a flexible hand splint for those clients who may have difficulty getting their hand flat or stretched out because it tends to want to curl inwards, making a fist. These splints are great because they allow some movement towards flexion (towards making a fist) so as not to damage your fingers but they will then automatically push your hand back out into a stretch once they have "relaxed", therefore avoiding any long term muscle shortening in the hand.

We are proud to say that we are the only local Saebo provider who offers a free assessment clinic. This means that clients can try the products and be fitted for them free of charge. If you would like to discuss any of these products or arrange a free assessment to see if they are suitable for you then please do not hesitate to call us on 01206 396789, or email us on info@yourphysioathome.co.uk


Falls prevention



Falls is a very big problem in our older population and is often one that is overlooked in the community setting. It is estimated that one in three adults over the age of 65 will have one fall a year, with half of these having more. As physiotherapists we understand not only the physical injuries that a fall can cause but also the impact that a fall can have on a clients' confidence and how this in turn can then affect their day to day activities. Our falls prevention programmes target muscle strengthening, weight bearing exercises (to help increase bone density), balance exercises and confidence building. We also give advice on how to minimize the risk of falls and practical advice on how to cope in the event of a fall and will happily include family or carers in these sessions.

We are always happy to discuss your individual situation, so please don't hesitate to call us for an informal chat on 01206 396789, or email us on info@yourphysioathome.co.uk to see if we can help.


Neurological rehabilitation



Our neurological rehabilitation service is very much based around the individual patient and their rehabilitation goals. We aim to incorporate movement into function using normal movement patterns; this may involve working to improve a client's core stability, looking at balance and gait re-education, progressive strengthening programmes to reduce tone/spasticity and incorporating FES and/or Saebo in our sessions. We regularly work alongside NHS physiotherapists and other health care professionals to ensure we are working together to achieve the same results.

We are always happy to discuss your individual situation, so please don't hesitate to call us for an informal chat on 01206 396789, or email us on info@yourphysioathome.co.uk to see if we can help.


Community Support



We believe that a big part of our role as physiotherapists is to support our clients in returning to everyday activities, whether that is going back to work, resuming previous hobbies or re-learning social skills in the local community. Examples of how we have done this for previous client's are:
  • Attended gyms to assist with setting up gym programmes
  • Taken them swimming in local pools and hydrotherapy pools for the first time
  • Supported them on travelling on the bus for the first time
  • Practiced walking the route required to pick the kids up from school
  • Attended exercise groups as support for the client
  • Gone to the beach to practice walking on sand before a holiday
If there is something in particular that you are worried about doing for the first time or need support in achieving then we are always happy to discuss these with you.

Acupuncture



Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Western medical acupuncture involves stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles of the body. This results in the body producing natural substances, such as pain-relieving endorphins. A course of acupuncture usually creates longer lasting pain relief than when a single treatment is used.

Acupuncture practitioners use acupuncture to treat a wide range of health conditions. However, the use of acupuncture isn't always based on rigorous scientific evidence, currently NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) only recommends considering acupuncture as a treatment option for:
  • persistent lower back pain
  • chronic tension-type headaches
  • migraines
  • Other musculoskeletal conditions (of the bones and muscles) and pain conditions, including:
  • chronic pain, such as neck pain
  • joint pain
  • dental pain
  • postoperative pain
  • Acupuncture may also be used to treat bladder and bowel incontinence.
Acupuncture treatment usually lasts 20-40 minutes and involves an assessment of your general health, medical history and a physical examination, followed by insertion of the acupuncture needles. The needles used are single-use, pre-sterilised needles that are disposed of immediately after use.


We are always happy to discuss your individual situation, so please don't hesitate to call us for an informal chat on 01206 396789, or email us on info@yourphysioathome.co.uk to see if we can help.


Testimonials
In August 2013 I had a Brain Hemorrhage aged 29 before this I was a solicitor at a top 10 law firm and a busy mum of two.

My father-in-law found Kathryn on the internet and having read her profile I knew she was for me. I met Kathryn shortly after in February 2014 after a second stint in hospital. The original Brain hemorrhage has left me with Ataxia, which in turn, has left me with balance, strength and core problems.

When I first met Kathryn I was pleased to use my zimmer frame now I have a walker and crutches (July 2014) and I am far less reliant on my wheelchair.

I find the physio tough in a good way. Kathryn recently went away and the organization was seamless - Beth turned up and was just as tough. Both Kathryn and Beth are really personable and an hour goes by very quickly.

I find Kathryn (and Beth) approachable and friendly. Kathryn often emails me between appointments and her local market knowledge is very good.

I am really/finally starting to see a difference and I hope if we keep on I'll get a semblance of my old life back.

- CW
In March 2010 my wife and I had the 4 o'clock in the morning call that all parents dread. Our son, 29 years old, had had a serious motorcycle accident in Bali. He was in a critical state, with serious head injuries and brain damage, in a coma in a hospital in Bali. What followed was massive anguish and uncertainty, air ambulance jet repatriation a thousand miles away to Singapore, five weeks of fantastic hospital treatment, and then repatriation to UK.

At that point we were more or less on our own; the first available appointment offered for physiotherapy was more than a month away. We came to Beth via a personal contact and she was the best thing that could have happened to us. Beth is definitely not a 'one size fits all' therapist. She listened carefully to the detail of his situation. She carried out her own assessment. Then she devised targeted exercises specific to his needs.

Each visit progressively moved him along the road to improving balance, strength, physical co-ordination, hand to eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and, of equal importance, confidence in his ability to get his old life back.

Beth stressed that her visits were to demonstrate and advise, so that our son's own daily routines in between visits, would be best suited to his continuing improvement.

In those early months she gave him the encouragement, confidence and motivation that he so badly needed.

No one who now meets our son has any idea that he suffered brain injury. Even his old friends cannot tell the difference between the before and after. He was undoubtedly lucky, but a significant chunk of his luck came from knowing Beth.

- Garry, Essex
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