Physiotherapy 2

Physiotherapy for Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy 1

Exercises & Stretches

Physiotherapy 3

Chronic Pain Management

Physiotherapy 4

Mobilisation & Manipulation


How they treat

physio-2Physiotherapists are highly skilled at treating people with pain and limitation of movement following injury, surgery or painful conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

The Physiotherapist may offer manual therapy and will explain how you can manage the pain, contribute to your own recovery and prevent the problem from recurring. Research clearly shows that physical activity and exercise can help in many cases. Your Physiotherapist will provide you with an exercise programme based on your health, ability and fitness levels. He or she may use one of several different treatment types to help you recover.

Manual therapy, for example, can help:

  • In an assessment or examination, to touch and feel injured or swollen tissues
  • During movement analysis, to examine and feel how muscles, tendons and joints move
  • To feel whether a muscle is in spasm
  • In treatments such as massage, manipulation, positioning and other soft-tissue and stretching techniques.

Massage is a manual therapy that involves handling soft tissues, such as muscle, tendons and ligaments, using pressure and stretching movements. It may help to improve circulation, aid drainage of excess fluid, improve movement, relieve pain and aid relaxation. It may also help with a range of conditions, including problems with the neck, back and limbs, headaches, and stress.

Postural advice
Postural advice involves helping a patient to become aware of their current posture and working with them to improve their posture. 'Posture' means the way you hold yourself when sitting, standing, lying down or moving around. Posture is often improved by breaking old habits. This may be done by finding ways to remember to regularly check and improve one's position and through exercises to strengthen certain muscle groups.

Physiotherapists have many other ways to manage your pain and help your recovery, and these may include:

Pulsed shortwave therapy
Pulsed shortwave therapy is a form of electrotherapy that produces an electromagnetic field that generates heat within tissues. It is thought to promote healing, reduce swelling and provide pain relief in soft-tissue injuries, slow-healing wounds, sinusitis and conditions affecting the pelvic area.

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
TENS is a form of electrotherapy that produces symptomatic pain relief by stopping the nerves from sending pain signals to the brain and stimulating the release of endorphins - our bodies' natural painkillers. TENS machines are increasingly available in chemists for personal use. The device usually consists of a small battery-operated unit and electrodes with gel pads that stick to the skin.

Ultrasound is a form of electrotherapy that uses high-frequency sound waves (vibrations) to treat injuries to muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. It stimulates blood circulation and cell activity, speeds up the healing process, reduces scars and may provide pain relief.

Acupuncture (or Dry Needling)
is a technique of inserting fine needles into particular points of the body. It originated in China and, according to traditional Chinese medicine, works by restoring balance in the patient's vital energy ('qi'). It may be used with other Physiotherapy skills to help reduce tissue inflammation and pain and to promote recovery. Acupuncture needling has been shown to stimulate the body's own pain-relieving chemicals, which are called endorphins.

Treatment Costs

At the Blackberry Clinic our Physiotherapists accept private referrals, including both self-funded and insured patients. To check that your insurance company will cover your treatments please discuss your details with the receptionist. At the Clinic we strive to keep costs down while providing an excellent service.

Physiotherapy treatment is available from our clinics in Milton Keynes, Croydon and Guildford. For addresses and opening times, please visit the Our Clinics page under 'Contact Us'. Appointments are scheduled at half-hourly intervals.

Our treatment charges for self-funding patients:

  Clinic Per Appointment Telephone  
  Milton Keynes £48.00 01908 604 666  
  Croydon £48.00 020 8664 1720  
  Guildford £48.00 01483 455327  
  Brighton £48.00 01273 738 628  
  Aberdeen £48.00 01224 399 100  
  Havant £48.00 023 9320 0113  
  Oxford £48.00 01865 747479  



What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can treat people of all ages and backgrounds. It is commonly used as a means of improving movement and easing pain, as well as a rehabilitative measure.

Incidentally The Blackberry Clinic (Oxford) has Physiotherapy Oxford now in the Oxford Business Park.

Physiotherapy Aims to:


There are multiple roles and treatment techniques that come under the umbrella term of Physiotherapy. The practice and delivery of these are informed by evidence from scientific research. These principally include:

Mobilisation/Manipulation: To optimise the movement and positioning of joints.

Massage & Acupuncture: To ease tension in the muscles and promote healing.

Movement Correction: To assess and correct your biomechanics, which are commonly the underlying cause of your pain.

Exercises and Stretches: To complement and capitalise on the effect of hands-on treatment and further address the underlying cause of the pain or dysfunction.

Electrotherapy: To facilitate the healing process.

Diet and Lifestyle Advice: To promote healing, health and wellbeing. To plan the correct timing for a return to work or sport.

Recommend/Order Investigations: For example: X-rays, MRI, ultrasound scans and blood tests, when appropriate.

Ergonomic Advice: Workstation set-up, footwear, supports, braces, taping/strapping techniques.

Rehabilitation following injection therapy/orthopaedic procedures: Maximising the potential benefits and promoting recovery, strength and movement.

Screening for Serious Pathology: To advise and highlight the signs and symptoms of various serious medical conditions.

Physiotherapy is a multi-dimensional discipline that can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Do you answer 'YES' to any of the following questions?

  • Are you experiencing pain, tightness, swelling or dysfunction in any of your muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons or nerves?
  • Have you had an injury at work, whilst playing sport, whilst driving or at home?
  • Do you have ongoing episodes of low back, neck pain or repetitive strain type injuries?
  • Are you worried about your posture, body shape or biomechanics?

If so, or if you are experiencing any other form of musculoskeletal pain/dysfunction or injury, a Physiotherapist is specially trained to help you.

Chartered Physiotherapists have all completed at least one 3 year Bachelor of Science Degree and some have completed further study by way of Masters Degrees. All Physiotherapists complete many hours of continued professional development every year to ensure that they are trained and competent to assess your needs. For more Physiotherapy information and for official statistics and figures on the effectiveness of physiotherapy, please visit:


What do Physiotherapists treat?

Common conditions that Physiotherapists treat:

If you are unsure, please Contact Us and we will point you in the direction of the most appropriate therapist for your injury or condition.