TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), which works by altering pain messages to your brain. A TENS machine is a small electronic device that sends pulses to the nerve endings via pads placed on your skin. This causes a tingling sensation that many people find soothing.
Some physiotherapists may have had additional training in other pain relief techniques, such as:
massage or manipulation to reduce stiffness and pain, relax muscles and help to improve the range of movement in a joint
acupuncture, which is thought to work by interfering with pain signals to the brain and causing the release of natural painkillers called endorphins
electrotherapy, where techniques such as ultrasound and low-level laser therapy can help to stimulate the healing process and therefore reduce pain
steroid injections, which may be helpful if you have a joint that’s particularly painful and making it difficult for you to become more active.
Read more about managing your pain.
Where can I get more information?
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy can offer further information about how physiotherapy can help you if you have arthritis.
How can I access physiotherapy services?
There are several ways of getting an appointment to see a physiotherapist:
You can be referred by your GP or consultant to your local or hospital physiotherapy department.
https://vistaphysiotherapy.ca/services/ You may be able to self-refer to see a physiotherapist. Check with your GP whether you have an NHS physiotherapy department in your area that accepts self-referrals.
Some physiotherapy departments now offer a telephone assessment and advice service. Depending on your condition you may be able to receive all or part of the advice you need over the phone.
If you would prefer to go private, you can self-refer to a private physiotherapy practice. Make sure your physiotherapist is registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
What Is a Physiotherapist?
If you’ve ever had an illness or injury that impacted your ability to move or carry out daily tasks, your doctor may have referred you to a physiotherapist to get you back on your feet. A physiotherapist, or physical therapist, works with patients to help them manage pain, balance, mobility, and motor function.
Most people at some point in their lifetime will work with a physiotherapist. You may have been referred to one after a car accident, after surgery, or to address low back pain. They work with patients with all types of conditions or limitations.