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Back Neck & Joint Problems

Seeking professional advice and getting the right treatment quickly can reduce the risk of your problem lingering on or getting worse.

Our physiotherapists are specialists in their own fields so if you have back pain, a shoulder injury or a problem with your hip or knee give us a call and we will make sure you see the right physio for your particular problem.

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Pre/ Post Surgery Rehabilitation

Our physios have specialist expertise in pre and post surgery rehabilitation and work closely with consultants and surgeons in Eastbourne, Brighton and Hastings as well as specialists across the country. We will be happy to work with you to ensure you achieve the best outcomes from your surgery with safe and effective rehabilitation programmes. Many of our patients also choose to see us before their surgery to find out how to make sure they are in the best shape for their operation and speed up their recovery.

If you have any questions about your surgery and whether physiotherapy will be helpful please contact us and one of our physios will be happy to have a chat with you.

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Sports Injuries

Our physiotherapists have a minimum of 15 years experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries and are specialists in their chosen fields. They are also accomplished sports people themselves who treat men and women from the elite to the recreational.

FirstPhysio is one of the few clinics that also specialises in adolescent sports injuries.

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Adolescent Pains & Injuries

Adolescents are not mini adults –their physiology is different which means they need to see a physiotherapist who understands their bodies and will know what to look for and how to support their recovery, whether that be a sports injury or a more chronic problem. Sport and growth related problems in adolescents include:

  • Osgood Schlatters
  • Severs
  • Scheumanns
  • Scoliosis
  • Hypermobility
  • Wry neck

FirstPhysio is one of the few clinics that specialises in adolescent injuries so if you have any worries about your child give us a call. We will be happy to have a chat and see if we can help

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Balance & Dizziness Problems

There are many reasons why people suffer from a vestibular disorder including:

  • BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), tiny crystals inside the balance organs become loose which causes brief attacks of a disorder of the inner ear resulting in episodes of intense dizziness on certain head movements.
  • Ménière’s disease – an abnormality of the fluid in the inner ear which can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, fullness in the ear and imbalance.
  • Vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis) – a virus or infection that can damage the balance of organs, causing vertigo, nausea, vomiting and imbalance.
  • Acoustic neuroma – a rare benign tumour around the ear that can lead to hearing and balance problems.
  • Migraine-related balance disorders causing vertigo and imbalance.
  • Age-related changes.
  • Head injuries.

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialist area of physiotherapy that helps to diagnose the cause of your dizziness/balance problem and identify the most appropriate treatment. This may include specific manipulations of the head and neck (Eply’s manouevre) and certain exercises to retrain the balance mechanisms.

If poor balance, dizziness or vertigo are affecting your life our physiotherapist will be more than happy to have a chat with you to see if we can help.

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Acupuncture may be offered by our physiotherapists as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain.

It is generally used as a precursor for other manual therapy techniques and exercise rehabilitation.

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Chronic Pain & Illness

Living with long term pain and illness presents many challenges. At FirstPhysio we offer a holistic approach to helping our patients navigate their difficulties, an approach that insists you are not your illness and that there is more right with you than wrong with you. We have developed expertise that allows us to support you both physically and emotionally on your journey to living life well.

Most of us are unaware of how inextricably linked our minds and bodies are and the impact our minds have on our health and wellbeing.  The research interests of our physiotherapists ensure that our patients experience the most up to date, scientifically proven mind/body interventions available.

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Better Breathing Clinic

Breathing is one of our most vital functions and a disordered breathing pattern can be the first sign that all is not well, whether it be biomechanically, physiologically or psychologically.

Many factors can contribute to poor breathing patterns including respiratory illness such as asthma, chronic pain and illness and perhaps most commonly, the stresses of modern living. When we are in a stressful situation our breathing becomes shallow and we use our upper chest. Over time this can cause the neck and shoulder muscles to tighten, restricting the movement of the upper back and ribs and reduces the flow of oxygen around the body. For many of us we do not recognise when this shallow breathing pattern becomes a habit and how the body starts to adapt both structurally (raised shoulders, tighter muscles, upper chest breathing, jaw tension, headaches) and physiologically (the body struggles to maintain chemical balance).  Both mind and body are affected by 'bad breathing' and typical symptoms include:

  • Frequent sighing and yawning
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Feeling anxious and uptight
  • Pins and needles
  • Upset gut/nausea
  • Clammy hands
  • Shattered confidence
  • Tired all the time
  • Achy muscles and joints
  • Neck pain
  • Irritability or hypervigilance
  • Feeling of 'air hunger'
  • Breathing discomfort*
  • Chest Pains*
  • Erratic heartbeats*
  • Dizzy spells* or feeling spaced out

* If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult your GP

The good news is that with the help of our physiotherapists you can train the breath to reverse entrenched patterns. With practice you will notice you feel calmer, more alert and have better health. Call us today and have a chat with one of our physiotherapists.