We offer a wide range of treatments here at Life Fit Wellness which we believe all complement each other and offer a complete wellness package for body and mind.
We encourage patients to seek a combined package of rehabilitation for injury or illness and the practitioners working with us are the very best in their respective fields and known to us on a professional and personal level.
If you are considering coming along to see us for a treatment but have questions then please contact us and we will arrange for a practitioner to discuss any queries you have and put your mind at rest that you are making the right choice.
Here at Life Fit we specialise in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. This is the specialism of physiotherapy that deals with back and neck pain, joint and muscular problems, ligament tears, sports injuries and rehabilitation after surgery to name but a few.
Our treatments will more often than not include some sort of soft-tissue techniques and/or joint mobilisation or manipulation although this is not always appropriate and dependent on the severity and nature of the problem. Electrotherapy can be utilised to assist in the healing process and for pain-relief.
The physiotherapy we practice is based on many years of clinical experience, extensive knowledge continually updated through regular CPD, and current best practice. We have a very hands-on approach to our treatment but support this with exercise regimes, advice and education in order to get the best outcome.
Soft-tissue massage techniques may be used in your physiotherapy treatment regime although more often than not it is only a part of the overall treatment, depending on the problem. It helps to alleviate any tension or stress which builds up in your body’s soft tissue.
Sports Massage tends to be more general or to larger groups of muscle or whole limbs or back etc whereas the soft tissue techniques used during a physiotherapy treatment would target a very specific area.
Do I need Physiotherapy or Sports Massage?
We get asked this a lot! In its simplest form if you have got pain it is probably best to get physiotherapy as it involves a more thorough assessment to identify the source of the pain and why you are sore.
If you are tight or achy then a Sports Massage may help but if the problem continues to persist then a more in-depth assessment for physiotherapy may help identify why you are getting tight all the time.
It’s not just sports biased patients who can benefit from sports massage. If you are in a very physical job then a regular massage treatment could help with those niggles that are inherent with your occupation.
Please feel free to call and discuss with one of the physiotherapists if you are in any doubt as to which treatment you may need.
The foot can have a direct effect on the lower limb and the way in which it functions.
A foot which does not give sufficient shock absorption at heel strike or one which does not give efficient leverage at the toe off stage of a step can lead to lower limb injury. This is especially significant in active people involved in sport as during the running gait cycle ground reaction forces are increased.
Some conditions commonly associated with poor foot function are plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome, shin splints, over use syndromes and stress fractures. Poor lower limb alignment will also contribute significantly to hip, knee and back pain.
A podiatric biomechanical assessment will help to identify poor foot function and associated lower limb malalignment . If required, orthotic insoles can be prescribed to enable the foot to function nearer to its ideal. The foot in its ideal position should allow sufficient pronation for shock absorption and sufficient supination for efficient toe off and prevent abnormal rotational forces being transmitted into the lower limb.
Orthotic insoles can help to prevent injury and also to help in the treatment of chronic lower limb injury, by reducing over work placed on muscles, tendons and ligaments as they try to stabilize the foot.
Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Dietitians are statutorily regulated, with a protected title and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. The spectrum of environments in which dietitians practise is broad and includes the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, non-government organisations and national and local government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government to local communities and individuals.
The title dietitian can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health Care Professions Council.
Clinical Psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on health and clinical issues. Science, theory and clinical knowledge are used with people who have difficulties or are in distress, to help them build and develop better health and well-being.
Clinical Psychologists are very well trained and highly specialised practitioners. Most qualified Clinical Psychologists practice their profession in the NHS or in private healthcare. Clinical Psychologists are regulated by two professional bodies – the British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). When a Clinical Psychologist is HCPC registered and BPS chartered, it is a hallmark of their professional competence, experience and quality.
A Clinical Psychologist will talk to you, listen and ask questions. As they are doing this, they are using their clinical knowledge of people in similar situations, scientific background, and understanding of psychological theory, to help them understand you and your specific problems, issues and concerns. Once they understand these areas, they will be able to formulate a plan, and develop strategies with you that can help you deal with and address those issues and thereby improve specific areas of health or well-being. Clinical Psychologists deal with a wide range of mental and physical health problems including:
- Anxiety disorders (phobias, OCD, PTSD)
- Eating Disorders
- Grief & Bereavement
- Pain & Health Psychology
- Personality Disorders
- Psychotic Disorders
- Relationship Issues
- Sexuality & Sexual Health
- Sleep problems
- Stress related problems
- Suicidality/self harm
With most of the above problems, there is a very strong scientific evidence base for the use of psychological therapies and treatments. Often, working with a Clinical Psychologist will be the most effective evidence based approach.