Movement Therapy is a system of screening /orthopaedic testing, hands on treatment and exercise in which a caring approach to the patient and individual needs are of primary importance. It is concerned with the inter-relationship between the structure of the body – its muscles, ligaments and joints, and the manner in which the body functions.
Your therapist should make you feel comfortable and at ease during your first session and subsequent sessions and explain all procedures throughout. You should feel free to ask questions at any point during the consultation. It is quite acceptable to bring a friend or relative along to the consultation. An adult or representative should desirably be present with a patient under the age of 16 years.
On your first visit, and before examination begins, your Movement Therapist will discuss and record your current and past medical history in detail. It is essential that you inform your therapist about any health condition or medication that is not discussed during the case history taking process e.g. if you experience fits, have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants. if you suffer unaccountable double vision, vomiting or dizziness or have difficulty swallowing. Equally you should inform your Movement Therapist if you are receiving any treatment or taking medication for other conditions such as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, asthma or clotting disorders.
As the consultation progresses you will usually be asked to either remove some of your clothing so that a series of observations and biomechanical assessments are carried out to identify points of weakness or excessive strain throughout your body, your modesty will be covered at all times.
Movement Therapy is generally safe. Movement Therapists undergo a long period of training and all Therapists belong to professional bodies such as Sports Therapy Association.
What responses can I expect to treatment?
Many patients consult Movement Therapists looking from painful symptoms: some patients may experience some initial aching for 24 to 48 hours after treatment but then start to gain relief from symptoms. Research has been undertaken to look at common responses to manual therapy treatment and has shown that local discomfort, tiredness, headache or stiffness can occur after treatment in approximately 10-20% of patients.