Treatments Options

Here at St Johns Physio we offer many different forms of therapy including physiotherapy, sports massage therapy, acupuncture, neuro physiotherapy, which are suitable for many different conditions. Click on the title below to find out more about each different form of therapy.


Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that considers the way the body moves as being central to health, fitness and well-being. Physiotherapists aim to identify the exact cause of your symptoms through a thorough assessment, leading to a diagnosis and a treatment plan.This could include mobilisation and manipulation, electrotherapy such as ultra-sound, specific strengthening and stretching exercises, postural education including core stability exercises (Pilates), soft tissue massage and acupuncture for pain relief.

Physiotherapists look beyond the symptoms to take into account the psychological, cultural and social factors influencing their patient’s condition.

We encourage our patients to take responsibility for and take an active role in the management of their problem. This often culminates in a tailor-made home exercise programme which is progressed at the correct time.


Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine, having been used in China for over 3000 years. The traditional Chinese view is that Qi (energy) flows freely through the body when it is healthy. If there is a problem then energy flow is blocked. Acupuncture stimulates appropriate points in the body using needles to free this blockage. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative with a build-up of effects as treatment progresses. Research has been able to show that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself through pain relief. 70% of people find acupuncture effective for pain relief.

Chartered Physiotherapists are in a unique position of being able to combine acupuncture for pain relief with other treatment methods such as hands-on therapy such as mobilisation and manipulation.

Conditions that may be helped by acupuncture:

  • Pain, nausea and dizziness
  • Arthritis and rheumatism
  • Neck and back pain
  • Muscle and joint problems eg tennis elbow, frozen shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Breathing difficulties eg asthma, bronchitis
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Skin conditions
  • Multiple sclerosis and stroke patients

Neuro Physiotherapy

Neuro-physiotherapy is aimed at maximising an individual’s potential to recover their movement abilities and to optimise overall function.

It can help with any of the following conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Head Injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Neuropathy
  • Guillan-Barre
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Balance Problems
  • Other Neurological conditions

Examples of problems that may be helped with Neuro-physiotherapy treatments include any of the following:

  • Loss of control and strength of movement
  • Poor balance
  • Altered walking ability
  • Stiffness/muscle tightness
  • Impaired range of movement
  • Difficulty with functional use of arms for reaching and grasping, dressing, washing, household activities

The Bobath Concept of Treatment is the most common and well respected method of Neuro-Physiotherapy Rehabilitation in the UK. It is a “hands on” treatment approach, tailored to individual requirements.

This Neuro-Physiotherapy service offers:

  • Individual assessment and treatment planning
  • Realistic goal setting in partnership with each individual
  • Continuous evaluation of individual response to treatment and adjustment of treatment plans and goals as appropriate
  • Individually designed home exercise programmes
  • Advice to families, carers and other professionals about on-going management

Assessment and treatment can be offered in your home, at St John’s Physiotherapy Clinic or in residential or nursing homes.

Sports Massage Therapy

Sports massage is a deep soft-tissue treatment. It can be beneficial for a wide range of clients, not just for sports people. It can assist people who are feeling tired and stressed by bringing about relaxation of the muscles, allowing the individual to de-stress. It also helps those who want to improve and maintain muscle flexibility and those who are recovering from any type of injury. Selina is an expert in providing pre-event massage as part of the preparation for your race, and also post-event massage enabling a speedy recovery for tired and aching muscles, allowing you to return swiftly to your training regime.  Massage therapy could help you to maintain healthy muscles, improve posture, increase your energy levels, promote healing, improve flexibility or simply help you to relax.