Physiotherapy is available to anyone who has been referred to the hospice. People can attend as an outpatient or will be seen when they are an in-patient or a day care patient. If you have not been referred to the hospice for treatment but would like more information, please contact us.
The aim of physiotherapy is to maximise independence and dignity, and to reduce the extent to which a life limiting illness affects you.
You will be encouraged to set goals that are realistic and the physiotherapists will assist you to achieve them. Physiotherapists, as experts in human movement, have an important role in advising people on suitable exercise programmes and monitoring their progress at all stages of their disease. Physiotherapists use many interventions. These include hydrotherapy, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), acupuncture, massage techniques, advice on exercise, posture and activity, and the use of walking aids.
Hydrotherapy is using water in a therapeutic way. The warmth of the water relieves pain, and the buoyancy assists movement and can help strengthen muscles. Your suitability to attend hydrotherapy will be assessed by a Physiotherapist. The hydrotherapy pool at Nightingale House is the only pool in an adult hospice in North Wales. The pool is open on Monday – Thursday mornings and it has specialised lifts so people with all sorts of disabilities can use it.
- Download a leaflet about Hydrotherapy at Nightingale House
Breathlessness can be very distressing to patients and families. Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists can advise and teach people techniques that assist them to feel in more control of this symptom. These include breathing exercises, relaxation, positioning and advice on activity pacing and managing anxiety.
- Download a self help guide to breathlessness and anxiety
Western acupuncture is used alongside western medicine as a form of pain relief and to treat other symptoms such as nausea and hot flushes. The Physiotherapists at Nightingale House are members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). This ensures that they have undergone a recognised course and regularly update their training.
- Download a leaflet about Acupuncture at Nightingale House
Sometimes people will have increasing problems with their mobility and they and their families may require advice and training with techniques and equipment to assist. The Physiotherapists may identify some of these problems and work with Occupational Therapists in the hospice or the community to resolve them.