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Treatments

Treatment and care is given in a friendly, professional environment and only after a full assessment by one of our Chartered Physiotherapists.

It is easier for the Physiotherapist if you can wear suitable clothing to give access to the area to be examined, i.e. shorts, vest top.

After the assessment, the Physiotherapist will discuss your condition/injury and plan the way forward with you, which may include some of the treatment approaches shown below. We will always include some self-help exercises and posture advice to help can gain maximum benefit.

Our range of treatment includes:

  • Manual Therapy including Soft Tissue massage and mobilisation and joint mobilisation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation - exercise-based treatment
  • Electrotherapy - Including ultrasound, interferential, pulsed shortwave therapy, TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) for pain relief
  • Exercise therapy and rehabilitation therapy
  • Cervical and lumbar mechanical traction
  • Acupuncture and Reflextherapy - for pain relief. Used in conjunction with manual therapy

Other Practitioners

Including Pilates Instructor, Psychotherapy, Sports and Remedial Massage, Musculoskeletal Medicine Clinic


Treatments offered by The Physiotherapy Centre:-

 

Manual Therapy

 

Manual Therapy

  • Manual Therapy involves the use of gentle mobilising techniques aimed at restoring normal, natural function.
  • Mobilisation can be directed at joints and soft tissue, which, combined with exercise therapy and stretching, is effective for all musculo-skeletal conditions.
  • Back pain, sciatica, cervical spondylosis and headaches all respond well to these gentle mobilising techniques.
  • We have facilities for cervical and lumbar mechanical traction used for slipped discs and arthritic problems of the spine.
  • Graded exercise is always an important part of rehabilitation and will be introduced into your treatment plan as is necessary.

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based programme, designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits which can be short term or long term. We are able to help with the following conditions:-

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Meniere‚Äôs disease
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular neuritis

When vestibular organs are damaged by disease or injury, the brain can no longer rely on them for accurate information about equilibrium and motion, often resulting in dizziness, vertigo, balance problems and other symptoms. This can be a disabling experience.

Our goal is to retrain the brain to recognise and process signals from the vestibular system in co-ordination with vision and proprioception. Ben Muvhuti, is a qualified vestibular rehabilitation therapist with an advanced vestibular rehabilitation qualification. Ben has experience of working for the Falls Prevention Service in Maidstone in the NHS alongside his clinic here at The Physiotherapy Centre. To learn more, visit Ben Muvhuti's page....

 

electrotherapy

 

Electrotherapy

We have a range of the latest Electrotherapy equipment to complement our treatments.

  • Ultra-Sound therapy
  • Interferential therapy
  • Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Energy
  • Lumbar and Cervical Traction
  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

Conditions which may benefit from Electrotherapy Treatment, used in conjunction with manual therapy...

Sports Injuries - Ligament and tendon sprains, muscle tears, swollen joints. Runners and jumpers knee.
Strain and over-use Injuries - Tendonitis, tennis and golfers elbow, carpal tunnel, repetitive strain injury, frozen shoulder, achilles tendonitis.
Arthritis - Osteoarthritis. Rheumatological conditions. Spondylitis.

 

acupuncture

 

Acupuncture

The Physiotherapy Centre has Chartered Physiotherapists who are qualified to practice acupuncture for pain relief to complement their established manual therapy skills. Acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals which assist in the healing processes needed to restore normal function to an injured area. These members of staff belong to the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) which ensures we meet the high standards of skills needed to use acupuncture safely and effectively.

 

Reflex therapy

 

Reflextherapy

Karen Fawcett, as well as being a Chartered Physiotherapist, is also a qualified Reflex-therapist and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Medicine. During Reflextherapy treatment, gentle pressure is applied to the soles of the feet, where specific areas correspond to the systems and organs of the body. Working on these areas can help to restore balance within the body to encourage healing and relaxation. Reflextherapy is suitable for all ages and as a qualified professional, Karen can treat patients at The Physiotherapy Centre with a full, overall understanding of their needs. To learn more, visit Karen's page.....

Other Practitioners

Sports and Remedial Massage  

Sports and Remedial Massage specialist

Simon Allum has a Level 5 Professional Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage from the prestigious North London School of Sports Massage.
He spent 20 years working in and teaching acute nursing, in a range of settings. Wishing to combine his health care experience and knowledge, with his love of sport, he undertook a sport and exercise science degree followed by some PhD research.
A passionate cyclist, having raced and ridden in the UK and numerous other countries for over 30 years. He has competed in athletics and played rugby for 10 years and enjoys climbing and kayaking. He is a qualified British Cycling Level 2 general and mountain bike coach.
Simon is committed to ongoing professional development and has undertaken several post-graduate courses including BikeFit Pro training and is a member of the Sports Massage Association.
Simon feels that sport and remedial massage is an excellent way to practically apply his health care and sport & exercise science qualifications and experience with his years of sports participation to benefit other people.
Learn about Sports and Remedial Massage from Simon's PDF summary introduction.
We welcome the addition of Simon Allum's specialist skills - booking details.

Suresh Sudula - Kent Musculoskeletal Clinic  

Musculoskeletal Medicine - Kent Musculoskeletal Clinic (KMC)

Mr Suresh Sudura is a specialist practitioner of Diagnostic & Interventional Ultrasound. Suresh runs a number clinics in North Kent to deliver specialist ultrasound diagnostic and treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions. He lectures at Canterbury Christchurch University and is a Consultant Physiotherapist/Sonographer in Medway Maritime. Visit his web site to learn more. You can book a consultation through The Physiotherapy Centre, Sittingbourne, reception staff.

 

pilates

 

Pilates

Emma Jury - Pilates Instructor
Emma qualified from the Pilates Institute in 2002 with a Pilates Matwork Diploma and went on to gain further qualifications in teaching exercise and fitness. She holds classes at The Physiotherapy Centre throughout the week and on Saturday mornings to help build core stability. Classes are kept small with only 4 patients in each class to ensure close supervision. Visit Emma Jury's Page.

 

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Counsellor

 

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Counsellor

Dr Shirley Ashby is a Registered UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) (Senior Accredited) Counsellor reflecting her extensive training and experience. Shirley works with people from all walks of life exploring ways that the stresses and strains of life can be held in the mind and manifest themselves in physical symptoms. Shirley specialises in the unconscious relationship between the body and the mind, addictive behaviours and the disordered patterns of emotional eating.
Shirley adheres to the UKCP and BACP's Ethical Framework and Codes of Practice.
One of Shirley Ashby's interests is the relationship between the mind and the body.

Treatments available through the Physiotherapy Centre