Rodger Duckworth Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy as individual as you are
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Our emphasis is on hands on holistic treatment of the body. Common conditions treated are: back and neck problems including whiplash. We have particular knowledge in back, neck, knee and shoulder problems as part of our holistic approach we can look after all your musculo-skeletal problems.
You can see from the practitioner profiles that we have a team of sports physiotherapists here in our Wokingham Practice with a wide range of sporting interests covered including running, athletics, football, martial arts, cycling to mention a few and this enables us to understand your activity and rehabilitate you fully to your chosen activity.
In our rehab area we have a treadmill to allow us to assess gait and running styles. We have access to local football / playing field facilities in Wokingham so we can make sure you are really ready to return to full sport and minimise the risk of re-injury and sustaining a further sports injury.
Physiotherapists working in Neurology are concerned with the problems a person may have when parts of the nervous system are damaged.
Sports massage can benefit anyone, not just those who are involved in sport! It’s just as effective for athletes as it is for individuals with general aches and pains. the benefits of massage can aid anyone suffering with occupational, emotional and postural stress as well as those with physically demanding jobs that can lead to muscle imbalances.
Poor posture whilst sitting at a desk for example may cause muscle imbalances, which in turn may cause tight muscles and pain. These can soon be rectified through sports massage.
Women, at whatever stage of their life, can have musculoskeletal disorders.
Pregnancy releases hormones in a woman’s body that leads to laxer ligaments, muscular changes and postural changes. This along with the additional demands on the body due to lifting, carrying and positions for breast feeding whilst bringing up a new-born, a baby and maybe other small children can cause discomfort.
All of these changes can bring about low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, thoracic back pain, sacro-iliac dysfunctions, neck pain, pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions, continence concerns and secondary conditions to pregnancy e.g carpal tunnel syndrome, meralgia paraesthetica.
The Mummy Mot is an in-depth postnatal assessment that assesses the strength, activation and function of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles following childbirth.
Performed by a Specialist Post Natal Health Physiotherapist it is recommended for all women following delivery.
Most women after having had a baby have a weakness in either the tummy or pelvic floor area which creates instability and poor core strength. The result will be altered transfer load, back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness. In order to avoid these distressing symptoms, have your tummy gap and pelvic floor tested and then start an optimal postnatal recovery programme.
Headaches and migraines cause years of pain and suffering for many people. It comes as a surprise to many sufferers that their neck may be the cause of their problems.
Jaw pain or clicking is a troublesome issue for many and is poorly treated. The jaw articulation or joint is correctly referred to as the temperomandibular joint – the articulation of the mandible (jawbone) with the temporal bone in the side of the skull.
Common symptoms are:
There are many causes of dizziness and getting the correct diagnosis is key to effective treatment.
Physiotherapy assessment can help diagnose a cause of dizziness and screen for any other causes such as neurological and cardiovascular causes.
Myofascial release is now very popular and is not a new idea although it has gained great popularity in recent years. Rodger began considering the fascial system as a source of pain, mechanical dysfunction and ill health almost 20 years ago and has trained with world leaders such as John F Barnes and Stephen Goldstein. Alessio too has great expertise in this approach to treatment.
Rodger originally qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1993 and after going on to qualify at post graduate level in advanced manual therapy he became aware that there was so much more going on with the body than which he had been taught. He undertook training in traditional Chinese acupuncture which led him to a rather conceptual notion of an energy system in the body. Rodger never really felt that he was getting quite the full picture even with acupuncture as he was not really aware of the energy in the body.
Rodger soon studied cranial osteopathy as he had witnessed great benefit from this form of treatment. Whilst treating this way along with his training in visceral manipulation he began to feel waves and pulses of what he later realised were energy within the body. He then progressed his studies and training into craniosacral therapy which is a more energy based cranial treatment.
We are made of energy. This seems an odd statement to many of us raised in the west. Although in physics terms we would accept we are made of atoms, which we accept is 99.999% emptiness, A few electrons, protons and neutrons and a whole load of emptiness / space – which is of course not nothing – it is energy. We all know what happens when we split an atom!
Acupuncture has been used through Chinese Medicine as far back as 4000 years ago. It is used to treat the person as a whole. It has been accepted within the NHS since 1984. Rodger has trained in both western and traditional acupuncture and feels it complements the conventional physiotherapy well. There is a huge volume of good quality evidence supporting the validity of acupuncture for the holistic management of the patient – not just pain control.
Our practice is different from many others in that we all believe in taking a truly holistic approach to the way we work. We all see how things are connected in the body and how one thing affects the other. Whilst all our practitioners have a solid, robust training in conventional Western medicine, we have all undertaken additional training in other systems of medicine and thinking to help us to bridge the gaps in where Western medicine falls short.
Counselling takes place in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the patient is having in their personal life. It is by listening attentively and patiently that a counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the patient’s point of view and can help them to see things from a different perspective thereby giving clarity to their problems or issues.Usually when you see a counsellor it will be for one hour at a regular time every week. You may have a weekly session for as long as you and your counsellor agree that you need them.
When we run we feel free, energised and good about ourselves. Some of us want to run every day many of us much less often. We all run differently, our bodies automatically find a way of doing so. For some, running is easier than it is for others but whenever and however we run, running brings benefits that are of value to our physical health and mental wellbeing.
Emergency Online Appointment for Acute Back Pain
22 May 2020
Just had my first innovative physio session using Zoom which has jump started my recovery. I had an acute back injury which meant that I couldn’t get out of bed. With Rodger on the line explaining in very clear terms and demonstrating what he needed me to do, he was able to assess and diagnose my injury. From there we went through a number of exercises which has already loosened me up to the extent that I am able to move around.
Thank you Rodger!
– John Daniel
Herniated Disc Treatment – Online Treatment May 2020
“Having had an MRI and received a diagnosis just before we went into lockdown, I wasn’t able to access treatment. I reached out to Rodger for virtual advice because there was so much conflicting information on the internet I didn’t know what to do for the best. The sessions have been really helpful. Rodger has been excellent at allaying my fears and answering my questions. He has explained the physiology of the problem and been able to pick up on my movements via webcam to identify which exercises to try and adapting where necessary. He has also recorded videos of the exercises that are easy to follow along at home and has also been at the end of email for any advice if needed. Whilst in-person sessions might result in a quicker recovery, I would highly recommend trying virtual sessions to equip you with the knowledge you need to manage your condition on your own. Thanks Rodger!” – Claire Bull
Online Physio Across The World April 2020
“I have seen Rodger for various injuries over many years. His treatment has always had a successful outcome. When isolated many miles away due to C19, I didn’t hesitate to have some virtual consultations with him. My progress in these sessions and with exercises I could do in my own time, was swift.” – Kim Johnson
We are pleased to confirm that we are still open for face to face appointments and here to help with all your Physiotherapy needs.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call us on 0118 9786149