Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.

It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care.

Contrary to many people’s understanding, it does not always depend on ‘hands on’ therapy. For straightforward problems, which many of us experience, we can make the biggest difference though following expert advice, regular exercise regimes and adjusting our lives a little. If the patient relies on someone else to do the work, it won’t work.

It can help with musculoskeletal injuries, pains and stiffness but also with neurological conditions such as parkinsons, multiple sclerosis and strokes, after a heart attack or with COPD and severe asthma or if female sufferers from incontinence and level problems.

Physiotherapy in Brent is provided by Connect Health and operates from Wembley Centre for Health and Care and Willesden Centre for Health and Care and you can self-refer (see below).

This leaflet explains the service in more detail.

Resources to help you

Here are dozens of really fantastic articles, guides and videos telling you stuff you probably didn’t know about your body, how it works, why MRI scans and X-rays may not be helpful or needed and how YOU have the power to fix your body – in most cases more so than the surgeons!

Self referrals

You don’t need to see a doctor- refer yourself directly to physio in this area, cutting out delays and putting you in control!

Patient portal

Register to make and sync your appointments to your calendar, get help with translation, travel plans and communication from the physio team.

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Versus Arthritis

Versus Arthritis

Building on the legacy or Arthritis UK and Arthritis Care, this has a coalition of people living with arthritis, professionals and researchers to try and make the lives of those with arthritis better.

Learn all about arthritis, what makes it happen and how you can reduce your pain and improve your mobility.

Arthritis helpline: T: 0800 5200 520 (Mon-Fri 9am- 6pm)

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Escape Pain

Escape Pain

Digital support tools to help you continue exercising safely in your home. The digital tools are free resources produced in the NHS by the Health Innovation Network and Salaso Solutions Ltd.

The free-to-use ESCAPE-pain Online programme and smartphone app can help people remain active and manage their joint pain during this time.