Treating a wide range of conditions:

General pain relief

Pain is a protective mechanism that serves the purpose of letting us know when there is a problem within any of our structures. Pain, although distressing feeling, is there to prevent us from causing further harm. Pain is also classified as a subjective feeling in relation to an individuals own beliefs and perceptions.

General pain management can incorporate many principles such as exercise, manual techniques, behavioural modification, superficial heating or cooling of an area and electrotherapy. A combination of these during a general pain relief programme can have positive effects on how pain is managed. A main factor of general pain relief is educating the clients on how to self-manage the pain being felt.

Exercise advice (ergonomic & postural)

We take pride in offering a comprehensive exercise advice programme so that our clients can receive the best advice within the exercise and fitness field. We maintain a wide variety of knowledge and understanding in order for activities to be performed properly and safely.

Advice is based on many factors which are related to a person’s credentials. Ergonomic and postural advice is an important part of performing exercise activities as functional movements relating to ones working environment are often subscribed so that they are able to fulfil their role at work to the highest possible standard.

Back pain

Back pain is an all too common problem that can affect each of us during our life time. The affects may be due to bad posture whilst sitting or standing for long periods, performing activities in an incorrect way or bending awkwardly. Back pain can be excruciating and disabling for long periods of time. Treatment of back pain is an all too common problem within the world of physiotherapy and techniques and treatment plans are designed to reduce pain whilst increasing the individuals abilities to perform functional activities without the condition gaining momentum and becoming worse

Neck pain

As with back pain, neck pain is an all too common condition. Neck pain has an association to headaches and migraines. Referred pain from the shoulder or arm may be felt in neck also. An in-depth assessment from one of the physiotherapists will be able to pinpoint the exact underlying cause of the origin and root of the neck pain. Neck pain, which can be extremely painful, can be thoroughly assessed and treated so that pain is reduced and movement restored. A treatment programme tailored to an individuals needs will prescribed so that activities can be restarted.


Headaches are one of the most common health complaints seen in the medical sector. That's why we understand that it is important to be able to treat headaches effectively and successfully. The underlying cause of headaches may be due to an increase in built up tension within the muscles of the back of the neck which attach on to the skull. Arthritic changes of the neck can also cause headaches. An assessment, with treatment combined, will be able to pin point the exact area where the ache is originating and treatment can be initiated.



Sciatica is a name that is given to a condition that is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. This nerve is the longest nerve within the human body which runs from the pelvis all the way into the ends of the feet. The most common cause of sciatica is a slipped disc which causes compression and irritation of the sciatic nerve. Treatments of sciatica may include exercise and hot & cold therapy, manipulation and mobilisation therapy - these have been known to successfully treat sciatica. Advice on how to prevent further episodes of sciatica by instruction on correct posture and exercises are an integral part of a clients treatment package.

Sports injuries

Sports injuries are a common hazard that effects all participants of sport at one time or another. We specialise in acute, chronic and overuse conditions which may affect any sports person from professional to a recreational participant. Playing sport is an enjoyable experience but occasionally can be damaging. Injury can be an occupational hazard or a hazard to life in general. There are evidence based practices to aid in the recovery of these injuries which may lead to time off work. All therapists have a personal interest in sports and fitness that helps them understand injuries that clients may have received.


There are many different types of arthritis with all of them causing pain from mild to chronic and severe. Arthritis is best described as inflammation of a joint which causes lack of function and pain. The symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, inflammation, loss of movement, swelling, redness in affected area and weakness. Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis but there are treatments that are able to decrease the speed of the disease with success so that pain is reduced and functional movements maintained.

Rotator cuff/shoulder strains

Rotator cuff refers to a group of muscles that are deep underneath the powerful deltoid muscle. These muscles are essential in the stability of the shoulder joint and assist in both rotational movements hence the name. When these muscles become strained and injured this can lead to a loss of movement and pain which may affect everyday living. A shoulder assessment will determine whether the rotator cuff muscles have been impeded and need rehabilitating. Through different treatment parameters the rotator cuff can be successfully treated.

Post-operative rehabilitation (hip/knee replacements)

Operations are usually a last port of call in the rehabilitation arena but can be a life changing procedure. An operation is only recommended when manual interventions cannot rectify the problems. Hip and knee replacements give back the functions that may have been lost prior to operation. The rehabilitation is an extremely important part of the post-operative phase. Correct rehabilitation needs to be performed in order to reach the desired effects to live a fulfilled life. Treatments of this nature aim to reduce swelling and pain whilst increasing strength and range of movement in the process. Recovery should not be taken lightly and would need professional comprehensive treatment and advice.



Offering a wide range of treatments:

Maitland, Mulligan and Cyriax mobilisation and manipulation techniques

Refers to types of manual therapy modalities that have been specially developed for use by the clinicians. The aims of these evidence based techniques are to manipulate and mobilise the damaged soft tissue structures in order to gain a greater range of movement at a joint, relieve pain of the musculoskeletal system structures.

The use of these revolutionised mobilisation and manipulation techniques have an effect on the structures of the musculoskeletal system on a cellular level. A great understanding by our experienced physiotherapists is used in accordance with each client’s condition and pathology in order for the correct treatment and grades to be performed so that it will increase range of movement and relieve pain and is beneficial to their particular needs.

Kinetic Control

Scientific evidence suggests that movement dysfunctions are closely related to both local and referred pain. This is due to compensatory movements patterns that can be because of weak or over active groups of muscles. Kinetic control refers to a specialist area in which movements of the body are analysed, broken down in to segments in order to gauge a greater understand of the precise moment in which irregular patterns are triggered and what the underlying cause is, for instance weak, tight or injured muscles. The aim is to breakdown the complexities and combat the potential injury risks with a use of specialised therapists and the creation of a personalised client treatment plan and exercise program.

Muscle Energy techniques and soft tissue Myofascial release

Muscle energy techniques (MET) are unique tools applied by the physiotherapists that help to release built up tension which has a direct effect on the relaxation of the tight muscles. MET works by using the initial force from the contracted soft tissues of the client against an opposed force by the physiotherapist to correct present musculoskeletal disorders and dysfunctions by restoring muscle tone and strengthening weakened muscles. Great success can be gained with the use of MET’s and can facilitate in the reduction of pain, increase joint mobility, flexibility, increase strength which can be used as an injury prevention technique.

Myofascial Release is also a soft tissue manual therapy technique applied by the physiotherapists. Fascia is the protective layer that surrounds the other soft tissue structures such as muscle, tendons, ligaments, bone. Fascia has extraordinary strength and flexibility due to makeup of elastin and collagen fibres but is susceptible to tightness and tension. Myofascial release seeks to relieve pain and restore a greater degree of flexibility as restrictions within the soft tissues may have an effect on body alignment.

Corrective and facilitative taping

The use of corrective and facilitative taping is used to facilitate and aid in the reduction of pain of the musculoskeletal system brought on by over activity or weakened muscles. The advantage of corrective and facilitative taping is it works in accordance with the body's physiological system to reduce pain and increase muscle contraction to weakened muscles. It also aims to have an effect on the circulatory system as it increases blood flow and decreases swelling. The use of this taping acts as a support mechanism to the musculoskeletal system without restricting range of movement and enhancing the body’s natural healing process.

Individual exercise prescription

Specific individual exercise programmes are designed with the client’s needs, goals and aspirations in mind. A variable exercise programme incorporating the beneficial aspects of exercise are specifically designed with adaptations to suit each person’s type of activities. An all-round knowledge of sporting or everyday life activities are put together into a volume of prescribed exercises so that our clients can reach their maximum potential. Individual exercise prescription consists of the volume/frequency/intensity/ rest. Many conditions benefit from exercise prescription that can help lower the chances of serious injury in the future. As the exercise prescriptions are tailored to each individuals needs, health statuses are carefully considered and thought out so that the individual remains in the centre of care at all times.


Electrotherapy is the use of electrical currents or sound waves at an increase rate that cause therapeutic effects and stimulate the body's natural healing process. Electrotherapy has been a form of treatment for a considerable amount of time. Electrotherapy refers to a group of modalities that are practised depending on a type of injury and a given stage within an injury.

Electrotherapy modalities:

  • Pulsed shortwave

  • Ultrasound

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

  • Interferential Therapy

Studies suggest that electrotherapy has an effect on the management of pain, aids in tissue repair by restoring the integrity of the connective tissues that may have become tight due to inactivity. Acute and chronic injuries can be treated with electrotherapy as it increases the blood flow, lymphatic flow and increases the permeability of vessel walls.

Ergonomic postural advice

A thorough ergonomic postural assessment in the working environment is aimed at combatting the bad postural habits that are gained due to long periods of sitting, standing, driving or any other activities within a working environment. Poor posture can be adopted by fatiguing muscles which can have an effect on other structures causing disabling pain. A thorough ergonomic assessment will lead to an underlying cause of the problem that is best described as an occupational hazard. The aim is to assist and promote and educate workers in their environment in order to prolong the working life so that it doesn't lead to a loss of earnings.


Acupuncture is an ancient form of alternative therapy that originates from the east. It has been practised for a considerable amount of time due to the positive results it has on the body. The use of acupuncture in a medical setting is based on scientific evidence and research. Acupuncture consists of inserting very fine needles into points in the body with the scientific belief that muscle tissues, fascia and nerves can be stimulated in such a way that a deep ache can be felt. Acupuncture is often used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and can be used in joint, chronic and post-operative pain.

Chronic pain management

Chronic pain can be disabling and cause peoples a great deal of distress in the process not only to themselves but to friends and family. Chronic pain management is a rehabilitative treatment plan for individuals that suffer from pain that remains unresolved for a considerable amount of time. Chronic pain management looks at how to deal with the physical and psychological distress caused by chronic pain. The aim is educate and manage the pain in relation to a persons needs which can help them to live a life as full and as pain free as possible, thereby causing less distress to all those involved. We understand that pain is a subjective feeling that has many underlying causes, we aim to guide you through a chronic pain management plan so that individuals may overcome their disabilities.

Birchwood Medical Centre,
Northmead Drive, Creekmoor,

Poole, Dorset, BH17 7XW

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