Welcome to Equilibrium Therapy Centre for Physiotherapy Wandsworth. We are in Southfields, Local physio in Wandsworth serving SW18. Our Skilled Wandsworth physio are here to help with any aches, pains or sports injuries, Diagnosis and treatments. Our physiotherapy clinic in London offers some of the best physiotherapy treatments available in Wandsworth SW18 London. For more information on our best physiotherapy services in Wandsworth call the clinic 02088708761 or Book online
Our Physiotherapist are also highly qualified trained and experienced to Inject Joints with Ostenil, other supplements and steroids if conservative management fails and if it is safe. At Equilibirum Therapy Centre, we specialise in chronic back, neck pain as well as sports injuries such as muscle, tendon or ligament tears. Physio in Wandsworth can also use acupuncture for dry needling treatment on trigger points. We will do full postural and musculoskeletal assessment to check joints, ligaments and muscles injuries.
Further referral to appropriate consultant can be made if conservative management is not meeting the need.
Another key area we specialise in is post operative rehabilitation. This is vital after any surgery to the joints, as this will speed up your recovery time and allow you to get back to the lifestyle you want to enjoy.
Physiotherapy in Wandsworth
Wether it’s assessment of dodgy knee or treatment on chronic neck or back pain, our physio in Wandsworth are available Mondays to Saturdays, and ate evenings. Home visits are also available for local patients.
Physio Consultation Wandsworth
Physio will take your full history along with assessment to rule out any underlying pathalogy and make a treatment plan, which may include Massage, Manipulations and advice on self management. See Munir’s video in action above.
Our Wandsworth Physiotherapists
At Equilibrium we are proud to have treated patients for many different complex musculoskeletal conditions like sciatica, tennis elbow, Jumper’s knee, arthritis etc. If you are looking for a registered physiotherapist near wimbledon with the experience to treat your sports injuries, stiffness, lower back pain, chronic back pain, sprained ankle injury, ligament damage, running injuries, pregnancy pain, sciatica, headaches, dizziness, shoulder pain, remedial massage then get in touch with confidence.
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Physiotherapists at equilibrium in action
Lower back or Neck pain treatments with Physiotherapist in Southfields, Wandsworth. Private Physio in Southfields Wimbledon SW18 provides excellent hands on treatments for sports injuries or chronic pain. Physiotherapist can also do Home Visits in Southfields, Putney, Wimbledon. Physio in Southfields clinic can help with a variety of concerns.
At the Equilibrium physiotherapy clinic in Wandsworth, we pride ourselves on offering an excellent level of care and treatment to our patients. Our physio in Wandsworth provide advanced assessment and evidence based holistic treatments for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
Back Pain Treatment in Wandsworth Clinic
There can be many known and unknown causes of Lower back or spinal pain like sports Injuries, sciatica, disc pain, arthritis. Physiotherapist in Southfields Wandsworth clinic tailor each treatment after identifying possible causes. Physio treatments involve hands on mobilisation and manipulations along with advice on self manage for acute or chronic pain management in Southfields Wandsworth.
Back Pain in Pregnancy
Back pain during pregnancy affects around 50% of women, and some studies suggest that percentage is even higher. Back pain experienced during pregnancy is normally a result of changes in the body to compensate for the growing foetus. Leg pain during pregnancy is even more common than low back pain (LBP), and is also due to changes in the mechanical stresses on the vertebrae at the bottom of the spine [just above your tailbone (coccyx)]. The following leaflet gives information on why these changes take place, suggests treatment options and gives advice on how to relieve the pain as well as the stresses on the body that are likely to cause pain. It also advises on what you should look for from a therapist, should you want to seek professional help.
What is Happening
As the foetus develops during pregnancy and becomes heavier, your body posture must compensate in order for you to maintain your balance when you are standing up. This change in weight distribution will put more pressure on the soft tissue structures (muscles and ligaments) in your lower back and may lead to you experiencing either low back pain (LBP) or leg pain during your pregnancy. In addition the stomach muscles become weaker as a result of the increasing stretch of the growing foetus and they lose some of their ability to distribute the increasing weight and maintain a normal neutral posture.
As pregnancy continues, the production of the hormone relaxin increases by about ten times its normal amount which increases joint laxity to allow the pelvis to accommodate the growing baby. Unfortunately, this also weakens the static supports in the lumbar spine (lower back) to resist shearing forces which then may result in pain from the facet joints of the vertebrae and the associated soft tissues such as muscles and ligaments in the area.
TYPES OF PAIN
The most common forms of LBP during pregnancy can be classified into 3 types:
- LBP in the lumbar spine – around the lower curve (lumbar lordosis) of the back.
- Leg pain around the back of your buttocks (sacroiliac pain) and potentially down to your hamstrings – this is four times more likely to occur than LBP.
- Back pain that occurs at night time when you are lying down.
Women who are physically active (engage in 45 minutes or more of physical activity per week) before they become pregnant are less likely to develop LBP during pregnancy; however, this does not seem to reduce the risk of sacroiliac pain.
The weight gain and changes in hormone levels will put more stress on your lower back and pelvis at the same time as the ligaments and joints become more lax, so it’s important to minimise and manage mechanical stress to the lower back.
This means understanding what good (neutral) posture is, and being very conscious of keeping this neutral posture at all times, particularly when you are going about your normal daily activities: for example, lifting items, playing sport, moving wet clothes from washing machines, carrying shopping, etc.
A NEUTRAL POSTURE IN STANDING INVOLVES:
1. Equal pressure distributed through both feet
2. Making sure you’re not tipping forward or leaning backwards as you stand
3. Feet hip-width apart (so you can run a straight line down from your hip, through your knee to your foot)
4. Drawing the shoulders back and down
5. Lifting your chin so it’s not tilted down (imagine you have a grapefruit under your chin)
6. Imagining if you were to hold a piece of string with a weight on the end it would cross head, Neck, Spine, Hips and legs.
Physiotherapist in Wandsworth Clinic can help you to manage pain with soft tissue mobilisation and advice on gentle exercises.
Physiotherapy for Neck pain in Wandsworth Clinic
Modern lifestyle is causing shoulders to slouch and as a result stiff neck and shoulders is a common problem. Physio in Southfields clinic also treat whiplash and disc related arm and shoulder pain. Physiotherapist in Southfields Wandsworth clinic tailor each treatment after identifying possible causes. Physio treatments involve hands on mobilisation and manipulations along with advice on self management of acute or chronic pain in Southfields SW18 Wandsworth.
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Posture related problems
There are many factors causing posture related problems
- Differences in the length of the long bones in the upper or lower limbs
- Extra ribs
- Extra vertebrae
- Scoliosis in all or part of the spine
- Increased elastin in tissues (making the ligaments less rigid and more flexible)
- Posture changes considerably as we grow into our adult forms, with postures in children being markedly different at different ages
- Posture changes temporarily in a minor way when we feel alert and energised compared to when we feel subdued and tired
- Pain or discomfort may affect posture as we adopt positions to minimise discomfort. This may be temporary or could result in long-term postural change if the position is maintained.
- Physiological changes that accompany pregnancy are temporary (for example, low back pain before or after childbirth), but sometimes result in more permanent, compensatory postural change
- Illness and disease affects our postures, especially when bones and joints are involved. Osteomalacia (soft bones) may become obvious if for example, knees bow outwards and arthritic changes can also affect limb-positioning and subsequently posture.
- Pain can lead to altered postures as we attempt to minimise discomfort, for example, following a whiplash injury a client may hunch the shoulders protectively; abdominal pain may lead to spinal flexion.
- If fractures heal incorrectly, this can change bone contours.
- Certain conditions may lead to an increase or a decrease in muscle tone. For example, someone who has suffered a stroke may have increased tone in some limbs but decreased tone in others.
- Elderly adults, we tend to lose height as a result of bone changes and a decrease in the thickness of the intervertebral discs. This could result in a stooped posture; postmenopausal women may develop a dowager’s hump.
- Consider the postural differences between a manual worker and an office worker, and between someone active and someone sedentary.
- Excessive sitting in poor posture for hours at computers or desks.
- Truck drivers or delivery couriers who drive for long hours a day
- Repetitive lifting and carrying
- Consider the postural differences between someone who plays regular racket sports and someone who is a committed cyclist
- When people feel cold they adopt a different posture to when they are feeling warm
- People who grow up sitting cross-legged or squatting, develop postures that are different from those of people who grow up sitting on chairs
- Sedentary lifestyle, use of smartphones, tablets, computers, gaming
- Footwear: clothing, especially shoes, can affect posture. Heels throw your body weight forward which can easily catapult you into misalignment.
- If you wear down either the outside or inside of the shoes faster – because of your usual weight-bearing habits –imbalanced kinetic forces are likely to be translated up your ankle, knee, hip, and low back. This may lead to pain or bad posture in any of these joints, as well as your lumbar spine
- The posture we subconsciously adopt often matches certain moods and can be temporary, but in some cases it persists if the emotional state is habitual; grief, depression, anger
- People who fear pain may adopt protective posture
- Stress, anxiety depending on socioeconomic problems, work, divorce etc.
Physio in Southfields can assess and treat bad posture and device an exercise plan to maintain. Treatments includes soft tissue mobilisation as well as vertebral manipulations if needed. Physiotherapist in Southfields Wandsworth clinic tailor each treatment after identifying possible causes. Physio treatments involve hands on mobilisation and manipulations along with advice how to self manage acute or chronic pain.
Shoulder and Elbow problems
Shoulder is a complex joint and a common problem treated by our Physio in Southfields Wandsworth. There could be many causes for shoulder pain like rotator cuff injury, Frozen shoulder or sports injuries like Tennis elbow or Calf strain. Physiotherapist in Southfields Wandsworth clinic tailor each treatment after identifying possible causes. Physio treatments involve hands on mobilisation and manipulations along with advice how to self manage acute or chronic pain.
Hand and Wrist conditions
Physiotherapist at Equilibrium Southfields can diagnose and treat complex hand and wrist conditions like Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Fracture rehabilitation, Trigger finger or Arthritis. We receive referrals from local consultants for post surgical rehabilitation in Southfields, Wimbledon, Putney and surrounding areas.
Hip and Knee conditions
It might be running injury due to bad biomechanics or structural injury like meniscus tear, Tendon, Muscle, Ligament, we treat it all. Our Musculoskeletal physiotherapist can assess common and complex Hip and Knee conditions and treat them successfully at equilibrium Wandsworth SW18 clinic.
Foot and Ankle problems
We walk, run and stand on our feet for whole life resulting in many injuries over time like twisted ankle, ligament injury, mortons neuroma, Plantar fasciitis and all acute and chronic pain. We assess the exact cause of pain and treat with changing biomechanics, hands on treatments and exercises. Our physiotherapist are helping people to run and cycle in Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Putney, Richmond, Battersea and surrounding areas for last 15 years.
HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY AND MASSAGE HELP YOU?
Physiotherapy including massage to the neck, can be very quick and effective at relieving your tension headache through relaxation of muscles which are under excessive tension or in spasm. It is important to remember that excessive muscle tension will compress, distort or irritate joint structures, including nerves, that can cause cervicogenic headaches (headaches originating from a dysfunction in your neck) which will further complicate your symptoms.
Your tension headache treatment may include all or some of the following techniques:
- Stiff neck joints may need to be loosened or unlocked via joint mobilisation (gentle gliding techniques), joint traction or in specific cases a gentle and localised joint manipulation technique.
- Hypermobile (or dynamically unstable) joints may require specific deep neck muscle strengthening exercises to stabilise, control and limit the joint movement available.
- Tight or overactive muscles may require stretching, massage, acupuncture, dry needling, or other relaxation techniques.
- Weak muscles may require specific strengthening exercises. This may include your postural shoulder blade and neck muscles.
- Nerve dysfunction may be addressed by your physical therapist depending upon your specific examination findings. Nerve sensitivity is a common finding associated with neck conditions, tension and muscle spasm as well as poor posture. Specific treatment and home stretches can improve nerve mobility or reduce nerve irritation.
- Posture correction may be recommended via specific exercises, posture awareness techniques, taping or a posture brace.
If you suffer from chronic pain, you’ve probably at some point been told that you’re supposed to stay as active as possible. However the thought probably makes you cringe, especially when sometimes, just getting through the day at home or work is hard enough. This is where a physiotherapist in Wandsworth clinic can help. They can give you a personalised strengthening and exercise plan, and help you learn how to manage your daily life and reduce pain through certain treatments.
Physiotherapist treatments can come in many forms, and sometimes more than one treatment may be needed. Pain is as unique as the people who it affects and successful treatment is all about tailoring a solution to your individual situation, pain type and patterns.
Another very important component of your therapy is the relationship you have with your physical therapist. While this relationship may be an ‘on-again, off-again’ one that may span months or even years, it is essential you connect and develop belief and trust. This is crucial because an important part of your physical therapy will involve discussing and understanding your pain, talking during the treatment sessions, working on activity plans and pacing or goal setting with you. The role of your physiotherapist in your pain management, should be one of partner and facilitator of the process.
Physiotherapy in Wandsworth clinic includes both passive and active treatments. Passive treatments help to relax you and your body, and are called ‘passive’ because you don’t have to actively participate.
Your physiotherapy programme may start with passive treatments, or they may be used during bad flare-ups, but the real goal is to get into active treatments. These are therapeutic exercises that strengthen your body and help you deal with the chronic pain, ultimately giving you more confidence and independence.
These treatments include:
Deep tissue massage
This technique targets spasms and chronic muscle tension that perhaps builds up through daily life stress. You could also have spasms or muscle tension because of strains or sprains. The therapist uses direct pressure and friction to try to release the tension in your soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, muscles).
This is a hands-on treatment used to mobilise and manipulate joints that maybe stiff and contributing to your pain.
This is a form of acupuncture in which the therapist inserts small needles into trigger points in the muscles to release spasm, promote healing and reduce pain
Strapping or bracing
This can be applied to support a specific joint or muscle or to help correct posture and alignment that may be contributing to your pain.
Passive therapies, such as those listed above, are generally done in conjunction with active therapies.
In the active part of physical therapy, your therapist will teach you various exercises to improve your flexibility, strength, core stability, and range of motion (the range your joints can move through). Your therapist will also work with you to find which activities will suit you best and help keep you motivated.
Your physiotherapist in Wandsworth clinic will also help you to correct any postural issues that may be contributing to your pain, and advise you on how to set up your desk and computer optimally, or how to lift or carry things without harming yourself. This is all part of the “self-care” or “self-treatment” aspect of physiotherapy. Through physio, you learn good habits and principles that enable you to take better care of your body.
Chronic pain patients are often caught in a cycle where they avoid activity because it causes pain which in turn leads to inactivity. This creates an unhealthy lifestyle, which in turn reduces strength, endurance, range of motion of your joints and muscles and affects your overall sense of wellbeing and confidence. As you get weaker, you become more susceptible to injury and unable to work through the healing process. And so the cycle continues. Thats where active and passive treatments help.
We assess, diagnose and clinically reason what can be causing the problem. We try to explain possible conditions in a plain and simple way to our patients e.g. why you have a ‘dodgy knee’, why your back is playing up or why you have stiffness and soreness in muscles or joints first thing in the morning.
Physios use variety of manual therapy skills like manipulation of joints, soft tissue release and trigger point therapy to treat the symptoms and underlying cause. Our aim is to minimize pain and maximize function by using tailored exercise programme along with hands-on treatment. Especially for Sports injuries, Physios are able to help and support healing by using taping and strapping techniques.
Dry Needling for Trigger points
Physio in Wandsworth can also use acupuncture needles to manipulate trigger points, which may be causing stiffness, pain, headaches etc.
HOW IS DRY NEEDLING BELIEVED TO WORK
Dry needling is based on the theory that when trigger points develop in the soft tissues, they lead to neuromuscular dysfunction, which results in pain, decreased function and increased stress on the surrounding soft tissue structures. Trigger points are ‘hyper- irratable’ areas in soft tissue structures such as fascia and muscle and dry needling is used to elicit a twitch response to release the trigger point and restore normal function to the tissue.
Studies have shown that needling deactivates the trigger point and facilitates the muscle to relax and lengthen, alleviating the original problem area as well as the secondary, referred pain area. It is believed to stimulate the body to produce its own pain relieving chemicals which help block pathways that relay pain messages from the body to the brain, resulting in relief of pain, general relaxation and biochemical restoration of the body. The improved biochemical balance stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reduces inflammation, and promotes physical and emotional well-being. Localised increases in circulation around the needle is also believed to support tissue healing. However both acupuncture and drying needling still remains controversial. The strongest evidence base currently lies in the treatment of low back pain.
HOW IS DRY NEEDLING DONE?
Dry needling involves the use of single-use, pre-sterilised disposable needles of varying sizes that pierce the skin. A number of needles may be used during each treatment, either directly into the painful area or even distally away from the area. They are typically left in position anywhere from a few minutes
- Post fracture rehabilitation
- Work related Injuries
- Ligament and Tendon injuries
- Sports injuries: Assessment, Treatment, Rehabilitation
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Antenatal and Pregnancy massages
Physio services in Wandsworth SW18 clinic are also registered with major health insurance companies like BUPA, AXA, AVIVA etc.
With the current COVID-19 situation, we have adapted our practice according the guidelines given by Public Health England as well as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. This means, that we will be using the ‘Virtual First’ approach and you will be booked in for a remote session first before it can be decided that a face to face session is beneficial for your concerns.
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Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic in Wandsworth serving Southfields, Putney, Wimbledon, Earlsfield, SW18. Home visits and Chronic pain management with manipulation, massage and exercise therapy.