Welcome to Principle Physio

What We Do

At Principle Physio we offer a comprehensive range of physiotherapy services and treatments:

Services

  • Sports Injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Post-surgery rehabilitation
  • Post-fracture rehabilitation
  • Back and neck pain
  • Work related injuries (RSI)
  • Joint pain and arthritis

Treatments

  • Joint mobilisation and/or manipulation
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Taping
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise prescription
  • Pilates
  • Sports specific rehabilitation

We have particular specialisms in:

  • Sports injury treatment
  • Paediatric physiotherapy

How We Work

We will arrange an initial consultation and make a thorough physical examination, discuss your medical history and come to an initial diagnosis of your problem. We will discuss with you the root cause of the problem and the treatment options available. We will then implement the agreed treatment programme and review progress with you over the course of the treatment.

In some circumstances, as rehabilitation progresses, we might suggest that you consider adopting a longer term Pilates programme to help in the management of persistent or recurring problems. This has the advantage that it places you in a position of being able to self-manage your condition but with the knowledge that you have the support of our Physiotherapists at hand should your condition change or you are wanting advice on some aspect of your exercise programme.

 Many of our Pilates Instructors are also practicing Physiotherapists and those that are not are nevertheless highly knowledgeable about musculoskeletal problems and work closely with our Physiotherapists.

All of our Physiotherapists are registered with the  Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Physiotherapy and STOTT PILATES

What makes us  different to many other physiotherapy practices is that all of our Physiotherapists are certified instructors in STOTT PILATES® and, where appropriate, we will incorporate Pilates exercises into our treatment programmes. How does this benefit you?

The use of Pilates in Physiotherapy treatment is a growing trend, so much so that there is now a specific branch of Pilates known as Clinical Pilates. This should not be any real surprise given that Joseph Pilates himself used his exercise system in a therapeutic setting, designing his own apparatus to help rehabilitate soldiers injured in the First World War. 

We are now seeing a growing body of evidence underpinned by systematic studies that help qualify and quantify the benefits of incorporating Pilates into treatment methods and, in particular, STOTT PILATES.  So what are these benefits?

Pilates improves posture by strengthening and aligning the Centre and core muscles. A stronger Centre enables you to support your body more effectively and for longer periods of time.

Pilates builds a strong Centre and Shoulder Girdle to create  a robust framework to which is attached our limbs. Pilates also strengthens our arms, legs, joints and points of attachment. Together this improves muscular control, coordination and stability.

Pilates is focused on building longer, leaner muscles rather than muscle bulk. This improves flexibility and range of motion as the muscles become more elastic and extensible.

The improved stability and increased flexibility created by Pilates helps reduce the risk of re-injury.

Over development of some muscle groups, either through compensating behaviour following injury or through habitual overuse through repetition, can create imbalances in our musculature. These imbalances can cause postural misalignment that reduces mobility and can cause pain. Pilates helps correct these imbalances resulting in better posture, more efficient movement and reduction in pain.

The use of equipment in STOTT PILATES such as the Reformer improves proprioception, our sense of our body’s position in space, the relative alignment of our limbs, their motion and their dynamic equilibrium. The STOTT PILATES equipment provides feedback that stimulates the proprioceptors and helps the brain learn and internalise these stimuli, helping to improve body awareness, coordination and function.

Chronic pain can be a major inhibitor to exercise.  Lack of exercise can cause pain to amplify as supporting structures become weaker and since exercise also improves the flow of blood to sites of injury, exercise helps accelerate recovery. It is important, therefore, that we continue to exercise even when in pain. 

STOTT PILATES and the equipment used therein allows effective tuning of both the intensity and specific musculature being exercised, so providing a safe means of exercise that can be progressively adapted as pain reduces and confidence and ability grows.

STOTT PILATES places a lot of focus on the mind-body connection and to exercise properly requires a good degree of concentration to coordinate the exercise movements. This type of exercise helps reduce stress and tension, increases our general sense of well being, enhances our coping mechanisms and helps raise our endurance.

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