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what is physiotherapy?

People often wonder if physiotherapy is the right treatment for them. But here is a simple criteria to follow: 


Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries or pain in the body's joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, or tendons. 


Therefore, if you are in pain in any of these structures, or struggle to do an activity because of weakness or poor co-ordination -

then physiotherapy will help you.

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a trusted healthcare profession that helps people of all ages improve their movement and function. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques, including exercise, manual therapy, and education, to help people manage pain, prevent injury, and improve their quality of life.

Physiotherapists work with people who have a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Knee pain

  • Hip pain

  • Arthritis

  • Stroke

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Parkinson's disease

  • Injuries

  • Sports injuries


Physiotherapists can help people with these conditions in a number of ways, including:

  • Relieving pain

  • Improving function

  • Preventing further injury

  • Educating patients about their condition

  • Helping patients develop a personalized exercise program


Physiotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions. If you are experiencing pain or difficulty with movement, physiotherapy may well be right for you.

Here are some of the benefits of physiotherapy:

  • Reduces pain

  • Improves function

  • Prevents further injury

  • Increases quality of life

  • Is safe and effective


If you are considering physiotherapy, it is important to find a qualified physiotherapist. A "Sports Therapist" is not a Physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are registered health professionals who have completed a minimum of three years of university education. They are also required to complete ongoing professional development to ensure that they are up-to-date on the latest evidence-based practices.

Common Problems

And How we Fix Them at Honiton physio



Leg pain caused by an irritation to the nerve. This is an extremely common issue, but fortunately is usually easily fixed by our expert therapists


Knee Arthritis

People mistakenly think that their symptoms cannot be improved if they have osteoarthritis.

This assumption is incorrect, and people often achieve astonishing results with our treatment program.

Shoulder Blade pain

Pain under the shoulder blade can be distressing and confusing. Fortunately it is very easy to diagnose and fix.


Persistent headaches

Most people suffer a headache from time to time. However, persistent headaches or migraines can be the result of neck issues.


back pain

One of the most common problems that we deal with at Honiton Physiotherapy. Forget seeing Chiropractors or Osteopaths, we offer a more holistic approach with the goal of fixing you for good.


shoulder pain

The most complex joint in the body. Pain from injury can result in faulty movement patterns that serve to prolong the problem. Restoration of normal movement patterning is the longterm fix. 

NHS vs Private Physiotherapy

Like it or not, it is a fact that most of time there is a significant difference between the experience of physiotherapy in the private setting compared to physiotherapy in the NHS.

The constraints on time and resources in the NHS mean that you usually have to wait several weeks for your first session. Even then your session is often very short, and is usually comprised of a chat about your problem and a couple of sheets of exercises. There is then often only one follow-up session to check on your exercises a few weeks later.

In contrast, a private physiotherapy session can be booked within hours or days, and is much longer (30-45 minutes). This allows your therapist to go into more detail about the history of the problem, and provide hands-on treatment that often gets your problem improving much more quickly.

Specific exercises are still provided, but follow-up sessions are much sooner, helping to ensure that everything is being performed correctly and rapid progress is being made.


Typical Problems treated:


Back Pain

Sports Injury


Shoulder Pain

Plantar Fasciitis

Ankle Sprains

Golfers Elbow

Frozen Shoulder

Cartilage Injury

Muscle Imbalance

Slipped Disc


Neck Pain

Trapped Nerve

Tendonitis (Any)

Rotator Cuff Injury


Tennis Elbow

Runners Knee

Shin Splints

Post-op Rehabilitation


Wrist/Hand Injuries

What happens during an appointment?

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