What happens in a physiotherapy session?

The first session will begin with the physiotherapist assessing the nature and extent of a patient’s problems; this may involve examination and observation. The patient may be asked to walk around and perform some exercises so that the physiotherapist can identify the issues and work out a suitable treatment plan. During the first session the physiotherapist will also ask questions relating to the patient’s general health in order to identify any pre-existing conditions. The physiotherapist will also want to know details of any allergies or phobias which may alter the treatment methods they offer.

Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition, the session may include massage therapy, stretching and exercising and the use of technology such as lasers and ultrasound. Hydrotherapy and electrotherapy sessions may also be included in the treatment pathway.

The physiotherapist will usually suggest a range of suitable exercises and stretches to carry out at home in order to speed up the healing process. They may also offer practical advice concerning a patient’s diet and lifestyle.

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