Fishermen Funded Physio Scheme (Seafarers Hospital Society)

Working at sea is one of the most challenging jobs in the UK, and the time spent offshore means it can be a problem getting treatment for work-related injuries. The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) has recently reviewed their scheme to promote physiotherapy to fishermen by providing them with a more local service (already trialled in Newlyn, Cornwall). From October 2018, if you are a working fishermen local to Brixham or visiting the port you can now have free physiotherapy advise and treatment funded by the Seafarers Hospital Society provided by Tidal Physiotherapy. Please contact us at the practice for details and further information.

Assessment / Treatment of Common Musculoskeletal Disorders
As specialists in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, here at tidal physiotherapy we are happy to assess and treat any concern or pain you may have you feel or know may be musculoskeletal Here are some examples below of conditions we regularly assess:

  • Acute / chronic neck pain
  • Cervicogenic headaches
  • Shoulder pain /acute/ chronic
  • Tennis /Golfers Elbow
  • Osteoarthritic pain
  • Thoracic (mid spine pain)
  • Acute / Chronic Lower back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle pain / sprain
  • Achilles Tendinopathy
  • Recovery post fracture/ dislocation
  • Any other pain / disorders please don’t hesitate to get in contact to see if our service is appropriate for you.

Acupuncture: (AACP trained)
As a physiotherapist we primarily take a Western medical approach to using acupuncture – grounded in current research evidence and concepts of traditional Chinese medicine . It is great as an adjunctive treatment for the management of common musculoskeletal pain conditions. We have seen great results. From the latest evidence and experience you will normally require more than one treatment session (from 6-10 sessions recommended ) for long term benefits of acupuncture. We aim to reduce your pain and improve your health and well being. Please note during the assessment you will be assessed and medically screened to ensure acupuncture is the appropriate treatment for you. You will require loose fitting clothing and we advise you eat at least 4 hours before treatment. Please contact for further details.

Specialised Physio Taping
I Have a lot of experience in taping in general practice and in sport. I also have specialised training in Kinesio taping which can be used to prevent and treat musculoskeletal injuries or pain. This is usually used as an adjunct to other physiotherapy treatment and we enjoy educating patients in how to use this tape as a self management technique also. Please make me aware of any allergies (skin) before taping is used.

Pilates Based Therapy (APPI trained) Assessment and Treatment
Pilates is a method we use at tidal physiotherapy for the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditons but primarily low back pain. It focuses on the mind and body focusing on core strength, co-ordination, flexibility and posture.

Pilates at tidal physiotherapy as part of your treatment can focus on your whole body through a range of mat based exercises that you can continue at home. Pilates positively changes the body. In recent years Pilates has become more popular and is used regularly by athletes and in rehabilitation. Pilates is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Scientific research is beginning to provide evidence of its effectiveness on reducing pain, improving physical function, movement and well being.

Tidal Physiotherapy is excited to announce that in the next couple months tidal physiotherapy will be starting Pilates classes in your local area. Look out for further information.

Sports Injury Rehab
Tidal Physiotherapy have experience in sporting injuries both acute and chronic with experience on and off the field for rugby and american football. If you require an urgent assessment of injury or a long term issue that is affecting your performance we can assess this for you.
(Please note: any acute medical/trauma patient should always seek advice or further investigation from the acute hospital setting first).
We can advise you from early management to long term sport specific exercise to get you ready for participation back into sport as well as educating you to prevent or manage conditions in the future.

Home Exercise Programmes
Providing a home exercise programme (HEP) for our patients is one of the most fundamental and important aspects of our clients physiotherapy care. As part of your treatment we will educate and demonstrate some simple and easy home exercises to faciltate your treatment as well as maintain the benefits from other treatments we provide. At tidal physiotherpay we like to give you a small number of tasks to focus on at a time to ensure this does not interrupt with your everyday life. Research has shown that patients who adhere to their prescribed exercises are significantly better at achieving their goals and demonstrate a greater increase in physical function.

Health, Well Being and Ergonomic Advice
When assessing our patients at tidal physiotherapy we take a holistic approach as pain or an injury can affect your overall well being, health and occupation. We Look to regaining a good quality of life educating you with skills to manage your pain in the future for example simple ergonomic advice in the work place to simple breathing exercises during your treatment.

Manual Therapy
I have completed many courses in manual therapy some of these include SOMM for upper limb and cervical spine, myofasical release, anatomy trains, Mulligan and Maitland mobilisations. We combine a variety of techniques in order to give our patients the best treatment and relief of pain. In some cases manual therapy will not be appropriate due to past medical history which will be assessed in your initial assessment.