Stephenie Luff

Mon 9.15-1.15pm
Wed 9.15-2pm

  • Initial Assessment (60 mins) £45
  • 15 min follow ups: £20
  • 30 min follow ups: £30
  • 45 min follow ups: £40
  • 60 min follow ups: £50

Stephenie Luff

BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC AACP

Physiotherapy

The main aims of physiotherapy are to ease pain, prevent injury and restore movement and normal body function following injury or illness. Physiotherapy understands that everything in the body is interlinked, therefore looks at the body as a whole rather than the symptoms in isolation. There may be underlying emotional, lifestyle and environmental factors that may also contribute to your condition. All these elements are carefully considered and assessed to form a holistic diagnosis & treatment plan, which is individually tailored to your needs.

Conditions Treated

  • Back and neck problems – e.g. Pulled muscle, trapped nerve, prolapsed or degenerated discs, sciatica
  • Soft tissue Injury -  Injury to muscles, ligaments, and tendons e.g. Tennis Elbow, Ankle Sprain, Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis.
  • Joint Problems – e.g. Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Meniscus Tear
  • Post Op and Fracture Rehabilitation - e.g. Hip and Knee replacement, Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Mobility or Balance  Problems
  • Neurological Conditions - e.g. Stroke, MS, Parkinson’s Disease
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Stress Related Problems

Techniques and Approaches

Massage

Swedish massage is a classic relaxation massage that can help improve circulation and soothe aching muscles. It uses long broad light strokes (effleurage) and stronger kneading stroke (petrissage) over areas of deeper muscle tissue.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic tension, pain and injury rehabilitation. Whilst some stroke are the same as classic (Swedish) massage, the pace tends to be slower and a stronger pressure is applied.
Transverse Friction Massage is used to break down scar tissue
Trigger Point Massage uses isolated pressure techniques to tight areas within a muscle to reduce muscle tension and relieve pain
Lymph and oedema massage is a special massage technique used to clear swelling that has resulted from injury, trauma or surgery. Gentle strokes are used to clear blockages in the lymphatic system. Reducing swelling can help improve recovery, decrease pain and increase movement.

Manual therapy

Hands on techniques to manipulate or mobilise joints; stretch tight structures; facilitate movements

Exercise Prescription

Specific exercises targeted at a particular muscle or body area to strengthen or retrain the muscle; general exercise, such as walking or swimming to enhance overall wellbeing; Proprioception and balance exercises.

Gait re-education

Correction of altered walking patterns as a result of injury or illness.

Brain-focused training

Uses visualisation and/or mirror imagery to activate specific parts of the brain to help reduce pain or encourage muscle movement. Can be used in the early stages of rehabilitation. Particularly useful with stroke rehabilitation, phantom limb pain in amputees and chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

Laser

Laser therapy employs low power or ‘cold’ laser light to aid the natural healing process of the body. It can achieve improved outcomes and rapid healing in the treatment of sports injuries, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), epicondylitis (tennis elbow), Achilles tendonitis, acute and chronic back pain, adhesions, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, chronic oedema and fracture healing. It does this by stimulating the body's healing cells through using particular wavelengths of light.

Low level laser has also shown to stimulate enhanced release of endorphins and the suppression of pain messages to the brain, thereby providing pain relief. It provides an alternative needle-free medium to Acupuncture.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine stainless steel needles into the skin. It works by stimulating the body to produce endorphins and oxytocin, its own pain- and stress-relieving chemicals. It can promote sleep by stimulating the release of melatonin in the body and may encourage a sense of well-being by stimulating the release of serotonin.

Acupuncture may be used to treat a wide range of common health problems and to reduce pain. In 2009 The NICE guidelines recommend a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture for persistent, non-specific low back pain. It can be combined with other physiotherapeutic treatments such as massage, exercise, manual therapy and relaxation techniques.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Degree in Physiotherapy 2007

Health & Care Professions Council – Registration number PH84100

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy – Membership Number 080014

Reiki Second Degree – 5th August 2007

Links

For more information visit www.nailsworthphysioandtherapy.co.uk

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)

Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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