Rehabilitation & Treatment Modalities

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Rehabilitation & Treatment Modalities

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Physiotherapists are experts in the field of rehabilitation. We use the integrated theory of biomechanics and exercise therapy and current research, to regain normal movement, strength and endurance of the injured area and to re-establish normal fitness following injury, surgery or disease processes.

  • Rehabilitation incorporating exercise therapy for improved strength, flexibility, dynamic posture and re-education of walking and running gait.
  • Exercise therapy is the mainstay of treatment following injury or surgery to repair ligaments, tendons, joints and prolapsed spinal discs.


Compex (Computerised Exercise) – Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Electrostimulation reproduces the processes that occur when our brain orders a muscle to contract. In the case of electrostimulation we bypass the brain and send the electrical impulse direct to the motor nerve using Compex. These impulses are perfectly controlled to guarantee effectiveness, safety and comfort.

If you are looking to improve your sporting performance and capabilities; whether as a complement to, or occasionally to replace voluntary physical activity, Compex muscle stimulation is the machine for you.

This form of stimulation has many benefits including targeting specific muscle groups unable to be isolated in the gym alone, faster post-operative and training recovery and pain relief without the need for medication. Compex has undergone rigorous medical testing and been proven to:

  •  Increase muscle strength by up to 27%
  •  Increase muscle volume by up to 8%
  •  Decrease lactic acid by up to 25%
  •  20 minutes of Compex is equivalent to 350 crunches and 160 squats
  • Compex enables faster recovery alongside other treatment modalities.


Research undertaken by top Physiotherapists underpins the scientific basis of Pilates. Pilates exercise has been used with physiotherapy to successfully treat ballet dancers, elite rowers and athletes, amongst others.

It is a particularly successful adjunct to the treatment of people with low back pain, hip, knee and shoulder instability and can help prevent a recurrence of problems. Active VIII’s has physiotherapy experts in Clinical Pilates

Treatment Modalities & Procedures

Active VIII physiotherapists use a wide variety of physical agents to help reduce pain and/or inflammation. We also use special modalities to stimulate weak muscles, to measure muscle activity, and muscle performance. These modalities include:

Injection Therapy

The use of injection therapy in musculoskeletal conditions is a highly effective treatment which is both quick and cost-effective.

In most cases, injection therapy is not a standalone treatment but can help relieve pain to allow your physiotherapist a ‘window of opportunity’ to treat the underlying problems of a complaint, aiding rehabilitation.

Whilst injection therapy can help to provide pain relief, this is rarely used as a first course of treatment, as the symptoms will likely return without physiotherapy exercises and treatments to help prevent further pain and problems.


Equipment such as ultrasound, laser, interferential, TENS are usually used for pain relief and or to reduce swelling and inflammation.

EMG and Pressure Biofeedback, Nerve and Muscle stimulators

These modalities are used to diagnose the electrical activity of muscles or to stimulates nerves recovering from injury or to provide you with biofeedback during exercise in order to help activate and re-educate muscle contraction. Active VIII’s physiotherapists are experts in their use.

Cryotherapy (Ice Therapy)

Used for acute injury in conjunction with compression to help reduce pain, tissue and joint swelling and inflammation. It can also be used to reduce neural pain.


We have a number of staff trained in acupuncture for “pain relief” . We often use acupuncture as an adjunct to treatment for sciatica, nerve pain, tendinitis and arthritis.

Diagnostic Ultrasound

We may use diagnostic ultrasound to “assist” us in our clinical diagnosis or to determine changes in the tissues following physiotherapy intervention. For example:

  • diagnostic ultrasound has enabled us to record a substantial reduction of achilles tendon thickening following physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation.
  • it has enabled our clients to see changes in the activation and thickness of muscles as they improve with exercise and biofeedback. An example are improvement in the pelvic stabiliser muscles following core stability exercises.

We do not undertake diagnostic ultrasound “on its own” to provide you with a diagnosis. Full interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound scans are undertaken by a Radiologist.

Integrated (holistic) management

Integrated (holistic) management of all your musculoskeletal problems through expert assessment, immediate clinical diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and integration of your lifestyle into your care.

The following are standard skills applied by ACTIVE VIII’s highly qualified physiotherapists:

Manual Therapy incorporates the following:

  • Manipulation & Maitland mobilisations
  • Mulligan, McKenzies and other Manual Therapy concepts
  • MET-MAPS: Myotatic activation /Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  • Positional release
  • Myofascial techniques, Trigger point therapy & Soft tissue mobilisations
  • Deep soft tissue massage and Deep transverse frictions
  • Kinaesiology & Biomechanical Applications
  • Strapping, Taping and Bracing techniques
  • and more…………………..

Manipulation & Mobilisation Techniques

Active VIII’s Physiotherapists employ joint manipulation and mobilisation techniques to help reduce pain and to restore normal joint movement that has been lost through injury, disease or following surgery. In physiotherapy, these techniques fall under the category of manual therapy.

We use a variety of manual therapy techniques following surgery for problems such as cartilage and ligament repairs, and following fractures. It is also used to regain movement of stiff joints, muscles and tendons and to provide pain relief following injury or surgery.

Mulligan, McKenzie and Manual Therapy Concepts

These are some of the many current techniques and concepts, used to treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems. Active VIII’s physiotherapists are skilled in their use.

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The best way to find out how we can help you on your road to recovery is by getting in touch with us. 


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Tel: 01491 577129

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Henley Physiotherapy, Sports Injury & Biomechanical Solutions Centre

3 West Lane
Oxon RG9 2DZ

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