A physiotherapist working on a patient's knee


Your initial appointment lasts one hour. You will be asked some questions about the problem to identify how it started and to find out if there are everyday things that could be aggravating it further, preventing improvement. You will have a detailed assessment identifying joints that are stiff or muscles that may be weak or tight. Your gait and biomechanics will also be considered if relevant to the problem. This information will be used to diagnose your ailment and help you to understand the cause.


You will also receive treatment during the first appointment. This might include massage, joint mobilisations, exercises, acupuncture, ergonomics advice or Pilates exercises. The physiotherapist will discuss with you which forms of treatment would be most beneficial.

The overall aim is for you to be pain free, but also to help you clearly understand your individual problem and give you the tools to resolve it permanently.

What can Physiotherapy help you with?

Banks Physio can help you recover from the following ailments, which you can suffer from at any time of life:

  • Back pain
  • Trapped nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Post operative rehabilitation
  • Postural aches & pains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hypermobility
  • Hamstring tear
  • Knee pain
  • Shin splints
  • Calf tear
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprained ankles
  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Collapsed arches
  • Bunion pain
  • Shoulder problems
  • Tennis elbow
  • Carpal tunnel pain
  • Hand and wrist problems
  • R.S.I
  • Thoracic pain
  • Chest pain
  • Rib pain
  • Osteoporosis

Back and Neck pain, spinal problems

A woman running

Physiotherapy can be very helpful for an acute onset of back, neck or sciatic pain. Mobilisations of the joints, reducing muscle spasm, massage and acupuncture can all help to relieve the pain.

Physiotherapy can also help with a long term problem, such as a chronic disc problem. Looking at your posture and lifestyle can help work out why you are getting the problem. A spinal assessment will help identify areas of your back that are weak or stiff. The Physiotherapist can work on your spine to improve this and there may be exercises to stretch and strengthen the area to prevent a problem recurring.

How Physiotherapy can help sports injuries

A woman running

Acute sports injuries will normally heal. However it is important that they heal with a full range of joint movement, with minimal scar tissue and full strength.

Physiotherapy can assess your gait and running style, correcting any postural or biomechanical dysfunction, helping to resolve a chronic injury or prevent the build-up of repetitive strains.

Using Physiotherapy to help pregnancy specific problems

A pregnant woman stretching her arm over her head

When you are pregnant not all aches and pains are "just because you are pregnant" and physiotherapy can help your body adapt to the changes that need to occur.

Recovering from pregnancy and giving birth can be a difficult time and some simple exercise, treatment and advice can really help.

Your new life with a baby might also cause some changes in your posture and health, which can be improved with physiotherapy.