Treatment Techniques

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is the skilled passive movement of joints and soft tissues. It includes:
– Mobilisation and Manipulation of spinal and peripheral joints
– Muscle Energy Techniques
– Passive Stretching of Contractile Tissue
– Manual muscle relaxation techniques
– Neural Mobilisation

Soft Tissue Techniques

These are techniques which include Deep Tissue Massage, Soft Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Transverse Frictions, Passive Stretching of Contractile Tissues and Trigger Point Release.


Trigger point acupuncture is a Western evolved form of acupuncture where the muscle is palpated to find active trigger points. Trigger points are areas of spasm within the muscle that come about as a response to pain but can be self perpetuating and pain evocative. Acupuncture helps to ‘switch off‘ the Trigger points and help to break the cycle of pain and muscle spasm. We often use a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine points and Active Trigger Points to help relieve pain and muscle spasm.


Rehabilitation is an essential part of Physiotherapy and aims to restore you to full pre injury fitness (if not improved) and prevention of recurrence. It is relevant to to all patients not just the sporty.


Electrotherapy is used to provide pain relief and promote healing and can be helpful in the treatment of acute injury. This includes the use of Ultrasound and TENS Machines.

Real Time Ultrasound

At Excel Physiotherapy we are able to offer Real Time Ultrasound. This enables us to see live pictures of your muscles and tendons. This is not only helpful in confirming a clinical diagnosis in conjunction with a thorough physical assessment, but can be very useful in retraining muscle activity. The immediacy you get from real time ultrasound means you can see your progress there and then.

Aquatic Rehabilitation

Exercising in warm water offers great advantages in counterbalancing the effect of gravity and allowing much greater freedom and ease of movement. It can be extremely effective in helping to mobilise stiff joints, strengthen muscles and re-educate balance mechanisms.

Ergonomic Assessment

This is a detailed analysis of your working position to help prevent musculoskeletal pain as a result of working postures. Chartered Physiotherapists are ideally placed to carry out Ergonomic Assessments as they have the required understanding of the biomechanical function of the body and the effect that different postures will have upon it.