Personal and Professional Physiotherapy since 1989.
Welcome to Jane Wood Health and Physio LtdPhysiotherapists in Gwynedd and Anglesey.
J.W. Health & Physio is a busy physiotherapy practice based in the stunning rural village of Waunfawr, and serving Gwynedd and surrounding areas. With easy access from Caernarfon, Bangor, Porthmadog, Pwllheli and Anglesey, we are your friendly, local physiotherapists.
The practice was established in 1996 by Jane Wood, a physiotherapist with a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic disorders from her time working in orthopaedics, as well as fracture, rheumatology and shoulder clinics in North Wales in both the NHS and private setting. She has now been joined by Alison Smith, who, along with a high proficiency in all physiotherapy techniques, offers women's health treatments and occupational health techniques and occupational Health assessment and advice.
Our reputation is based on an approachable, friendly attitude that helps put people at ease during their treatments, while still delivering hands on effective physiotherapy care. With the latest equipment and techniques, including a well equipped gym for exercise therapy, our practice offers the highest standard of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
As highly trained physiotherapists we offer the following services:
We are proud members of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Health Professions Council, Physio First, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist and The Society of Orthopeadic Medicine.
- Back, neck and spinal treatment
- Treatment for sciatica and trapped nerves
- Treatment for broken bones, sprains, strains
- Acupuncture for pain relief
- Treatment of arthritic pain, joint and muscle problems
- Exercise and rehabilitation
Physiotherapy treatments in Gwynedd and Anglesey At J.W. Health & Physio we have the most up to date electrical and rehabilitation equipment and the latest physiotherapy training to treat any number of physical ailments, from sports injuries to postural work related/repetative strain type pains.
We use a mixture of physiotherapy techniques including careful, but hands-on manipulation of joints and ligaments, electrotherapy and deep tissue massage.
Whether it's offering back pain relief for a chronic injury or giving you more in-depth physiotherapy treatment for post-surgical rehabilitation, we offer the highest standard of care at all times.
We strive to help you understand your condition with simple, straight forward explanations and give advice and stratergies to prevent further episodes occurring.
Acupuncture in Gwynedd and AngleseyAt J.W. Health & Physio we also practice the ancient form of medicine, acupuncture. Used as a medical treatment for over 3,000 years, fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body over channels called meridians, to give pain relief and help harmonise and balance bodily functions.
While a very useful health treatment in its own right, when combined with physiotherapy it can be even more effective in the treatment of many physical ailments, including spinal pain, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, chronic and acute injuries and even skin and stress related problems. We also offer ear acupuncture (auricular therepy)a gentle form of acupuncture which can be used for all the same conditions, as well as helping control addictions, it can be used to give a gentle lasting effect between treatments when small plasters with metal seeds are applied to the acupuncture points and left for a few days.
Through careful consultation and acupuncture treatment, our fully trained acupuncturist can help the body heal naturally by relieving the problems associated with stress, anxiety and physical conditions.
NEW TREATMENT AVAILABLE IN FEBRUARY
We are proud to announce our new shock wave therapy service.
Extracorporal Shockwave therapy is a relatively new and highly effective, well researched treatment, mainly used for chronic, localised areas that have not settled or responded well to conventional treatments. It can be used for more acute conditions too. It is written as a treatment of choice in the NICE guidelines, but not available in the NHS, and is the only one in this area. At first it was exclusively used by Orthopaedic surgeons and radiologist at a cost of £300 per session, it is now available at a much lower cost from physiotherapists.
The treatment works by applying energetic (not electrical) shockwaves to the painful area. The shockwaves break down injured tissue and calcifications as well as initiating increased blood circulation to the area which in turn accelerates the body’s own healing processes. It promotes the formation of collagen which makes the tissues stronger. The effect of the treatment continues for up to three months, following treatment the tissues are stronger and more resilient. There have been many research studies which show very favourable results for short and long term improvement after treatment. It comes out as better than steroid injections especially over the long team. Much fewer treatments are needed for stubborn conditions which would usually need regular physiotherapy, therefore getting you better faster and more effectively, with less chance of reoccurrence. Even though the treatment is more expensive it is very cost effective, if compared to ongoing physio, steroid injections or surgery.
Shock wave can be used for
- Shoulder problems, tendon and muscle pains, frozen shoulder, calcification.
- Tennis and Golfers elbow
- Achilles tendon and calf problems
- Shin splints
- Patella tendon problems
- Plantar faciitis, heel spurs,
- Muscle pains and sprains in the hamstring, gluteal, and quads muscles
- Trochonteric bursitis
- Dupytrens contracture, Thumb arthritis.
- Diabetic patients who cannot have steroid injections can have shock wave therapy.
The treatment is delivered with a hand held device which makes a “thudding noise”, at first it can be a little uncomfortable, depending on your condition and tolerance. A low setting is used to give an analgesic effect, and then the intensity is gradually increased over the treatment session. It can be uncomfortable and occasional may bruise.
Most people feel better after treatment, but occasionally soreness can occur later or the next day. For best results it best to not do anything strenuous for at least the first 24 to 72 hours after treatment.
Between three and nine treatments are generally needed, once or twice a week, with a minimum of three treatments. Most people feel much better after three treatments, but it is better to treat until the condition is totally gone, so it has less chance of reoccurrence.
What it costs
The initial outlay for the equipment is very expensive, and because of the mechanical nature of the treatment, expensive parts need replacing constantly to keep the treatment effective.
To keep this treatment cost effective for patients we are charging £35.00 per session, in addition to your physiotherapy session. This simply helps to cover the cost of the machine.
During your usual half hour session, the shock wave therapy will take 10 to 15 minutes, and then other therapies, exercise advice, acupuncture, mobilisations and massage will also be carried out, to give you optimum benefit.
Gaitscan & Custom OrthodicsPRESCRIPTION ORTHOTICS, GAIT SCANNING AND BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENTS
WHAT IS AN ORTHOTIC DEVICE?
TOG Orthotics are custom made devices worn in your shoes to provide correction to your feet helping them function to their optimum efficiency. Poor foot function and alignment lead to many biomechanical problems which put strain not only on the foot, but also on many other parts of the body. This can lead to pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.
Custom made orthotics are made to your specific requirements, as everyone’s feet are different. They will correct your specific foot imbalance, reducing the stresses and strains on your body by bringing your feet, and therefore the rest of your body, back into the correct alignment.
SOME COMMON PROBLEMS CAUSED BY FAULTY FOOT POSTURE
BUNIONS, HAMMER TOES, FLAT FEET, ACHING FEET, ACHILLES TENDINITIS, PLANTAR FACIITIS, DROPPED METATARSAL HEADS, ACHING AND PAINFUL KNEES, LEGS AND HIPS, BACK PAIN – EVEN NECK PAIN.
Like the foundations of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, subtle changes in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustment in your posture and walking mechanism. This puts stresses on the joints higher up, and over years this can lead to more serious problems.
As physiotherapists we pick some of these problems up by thoroughly assessing the joints of your feet, ankles, legs and back. The foot however is only in contact with the ground for .8 of a second when walking, and .25 of a second when running, so trying to assess foot function with a naked eye is impossible. Also your feet contain an array of small bones, 25% of all the bones in your body, and their movements are very complex.
TOG GAIT SCAN
The gait scan is state of the art computerised pressure plate which measures the distribution of forces throughout the whole of your foot in both standing and walking. The computer displays, 2 and 3D visual representations of the pressure under your foot. This identifies any abnormalities and alterations in pressure, sequence and timing. It compares right to left, and also your foot to an optimal foot, it summarises this information into a report, which will determine your orthotic needs. This information along with the findings from your biomechanical, physiotherapy assessment is than sent to TOG. The information analysed and your custom made insoles produced specifically for your needs.
TOG orthotics are all formed round a individually moulded slim shell manufactured using 100% memory thermoplastic. This produces enough rigidity to support the foot offering the correct flexibility to properly absorb ground reaction forces. They can also be made to your specific foot wear and activity needs. A few examples are – running shoes, football boots, ski boots, working boots, walking shoes, high heals, dress shoes, golf shoes. They can be adapted in many ways e.g., have extra padding for diabetic or arthritic feet, coverings to suit hot sweaty feet, or deeper heal cups for children.
THE SHELLS HAVE A LIFE TIME GARUNTEE. The additional surfaces can be refurbished by tog if and when needed.
All, life time guaranteed custom made insoles £230.00
Extra pairs ordered at the same time come with a 20% discount
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRESCRIPTION ORTHOTICS AND OFF THE SHELF INSOLES?
Off the shelf insoles are obviously not custom made, to your specifications, but can be altered a little by adding additions. They are much bulkier, so will not fit in to all shoes, especially dress shoes and high heals. They last about a year, and cost variable amounts, approximately £40.00. A comparison could be made with off the shelf reading glasses, as opposed to prescription glasses, being adequate for minor imperfections only and less adaptable and long lasting.
We do sell a selection of good off the shelf heel pads and insoles, so if there is only a minor problem we may suggest this cheaper option first.
WHY COME TO JW HEALTH AND PHYSIO FOR MY ORTHOTICS AND GAIT SCAN
As PHYSIOTHERAPISTS we are continually looking at and assessing biomechanical issues with all the joints and muscles in your body that relate to poor function, posture and pain. We therefore know better than any if you will require orthotics and also what to expect from them. Your rehabilitation alongside your orthotics are working together towards alleviating and hopefully getting rid of your problem for good. This approach needs coordinating and can take time but will be far more successful at sorting out your problem in the long term.
The gait scan can also be used to aid in your rehabilitation, helping you to see how the pressures under your foot change when you use certain muscles in a certain way, or change your posture., and to see if your have improved by keeping to your exercise regime, and wearing your orthotics.
TOG recommends patients to have a gait scan every 2 years, to assess for any changes that may cause potential problems in the future.
You can be booked in for a gait scan and biomechanical assessment with out having to purchase insoles.
Sports InjuriesAt J W Health and Physio we think that keeping fit and active is an important part of life, and essential for good health, whatever level the activity, and age. Sometimes whilst exercising things do go wrong and injuries occur. The important difference with sports injuries is the “how” and “why” they occur. During sporting activity the physical demands placed on the body are much greater – you are often moving faster, exercising into fatigue and performing complex repetitive movements requiring greater levels of skill and coordination. There can be many contributing factors to injury, training too hard, too often, not giving enough time for the body to recover between training sessions, not been skilled, or strong or flexible enough to perform the task required, using the wrong foot wear etc. This means that a thorough assessment is required to bring all these problems to light, so that the correct formula for recovery can be made. Treatment may include, reducing pain and inflammation, mobilising stiff and painful joints and muscles, addressing weakness, lack of coordination or balance. Discussing changes to training routines, foot wear orthotics etc.
With our wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm we effectively treat many injuries from many different sports. Running, cycling, climbing, canoeing, sailing, skiing, rugby, football, basket ball, cricket, golf, racket sports, weight training, gymnastics, dancing, to name but a few. They all come with their own individual risks factors.
Common conditions treated in the clinic:
You may even just have niggles, aches and pains, feel that your balance and coordination is not as good as it should be or have recurrent tightness or weakness in certain muscle groups. You may need help perfecting a technique or building up strength, endurance, coordination or balance. Whatever you need we are here to help.
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Muscle strains & tears
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Impingement
- Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow
- Knee, Medial ligament, ACL tears, Meniscal tears, anterior knee pain
- Tendinopathy – Achilles, patella , and rotator cuff tendons
- Groin Pain/Strain
- Low and upper Back, ribs & Pelvis Pain
- Wrist & Hand Injuries
- Foot, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, ankle sprains and tendinopathy
Before treatment, straight after your injury you could carry out some of these simple steps below.
Minor injuries, such as mild sprains and strains, can often be initially treated at home using PRICE therapy for two or three days. PRICE stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Evening and Saturday appointments now available but these get booked up fast.
- Protection – protect the affected area from further injury; for example, by using a support, or strapping
- Rest – avoid exercise and reduce your daily physical activity. Using crutches or a walking stick may help if you cannot put weight on your ankle or knee, and a sling may help if you‘ve injured your shoulder.
- Ice – apply an ice pack to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours. A bag of frozen peas, or similar, will work well. Wrap the ice pack in a towel to avoid it directly touching your skin and causing an ice burn.
- Compression – use elastic compression bandages during the day to limit swelling. • Elevation – keep the injured body part raised above the level of the heart whenever possible.
- This may also help to reduce swelling. Depending on the type of injury you have, it can take a few weeks to a few months or more to make a full recovery. You shouldn't return to your previous level of activity until you have fully recovered, but you should aim to gently start moving the injured body part as soon as possible.
The TeamJane Wood Giannioti MCSP
Is the lead physiotherapist and owner of J W Health and Physio LTD. She qualified in 1989 from Withington Hospital School of Physiotherapy. She worked in Manchester Royal then moved to North Wales and working from 1991 to 2005 in the NHS. She developed and managed the rehabilitation services in the gymnasium, treating sports injuries, trauma, orthopaedic, and rheumatology related problems. She worked in fracture, orthopaedic, rheumatology, and shoulder clinics, set up and run rehabilitation classes, and back schools, and was a clinical Educator. In 1996, she set up her private clinic, working in both the NHS and private sector until 2004. Jane specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and is also qualified in Acupuncture, Muscle Imbalance, foot scanning, biomechanical assessments and custom made orthotic prescription. She has a special interest in shoulder and foot problems. She has been the physiotherapist for Bangor Rugby Club and Porthmadog Football club. In the past Jane participated in gymnastics, trampolining, squash, badminton, cycling and was a keen runner, she is still keen on keep fit, but due to foot and knee problems she participates in less dynamic forms of keep fit now. Jane is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Physio First, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist, The Society of Orthopaedic Medicine, Health Professions Council, and Federation of Small Businesses.
Graduated Manchester Metropolitan University 2010 with Bsc (hons) physiotherapy.
Post grad: spent few months working with Caernarfon Rugby team: taping pre games, advice, exercises.
Over 5 years experience working within the NHS and has completed extensive experience in out patients with musculo skeletal problems, class taking,(ran shoulder classes, lower limb classes, post op knee rehab classes) orthopaedics, respiratory, community in general rehab (care of the elderly), Neuro/stroke.
Courses attended: taping/ stroke conferences/clinical educators course (actively taking students) consultant lead lectures/ Therapy xpo 2015.
Special interest in MSK acute/ chronic sporting injuries Hobbies: climbing ,mountain walking, weight lifting Bilingual. Lived in Gwyneth all my life.
Adam Mitchell BSc(hons) HPC, Physiotherapy
Adam studied physiotherapy at Leeds Metropolitan University, attaining his degree in 2000. Since then Adam has worked in the NHS initially in Huddersfield, then as a Senior Physiotherapist in Harrogate. In 2005 Adam relocated to North Wales and has worked across hospital sites within the region. During this time he has specialised in musculoskeletal conditions with a particular interest in lower limb and sports related injuries. Adam also spent two years working in occupational health providing workplace advice, ergonomic assessments and treatment to a range of small business and public sector services. Currently Adam also runs the hydrotherapy service in Ysbyty Gwynedd, providing water based activities and treatments for acute and chronic conditions. Outside physiotherapy Adam is an active footballer, fell runner, mountain biker and walker, and has a good understanding of the rigours placed on the body in the outdoor environment, which is a great help in diagnosis and sports appropriate rehab. Adam is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health Professions Council.
Karl Jackson (BSc Hons) Physiotherapy
Karl was born and bred in Caernarfon and studied at Salford University, where he qualified in 2007. In 2011 he was appointed the Stroke specialist Physiotherapy, at Ybsyty Gwynedd He has completed numerous stroke and neurology rehabilitation courses, as well as contributing to the development of stroke and neurology services at Ysbyty Gwynedd and across North Wales. He has a keen interest in stroke upper limb rehabilitation, among other neurological conditions and has presented at national conferences as well as currently leading a project looking at physiotherapy services within the NHS and Betsi Cadwalader University Health board. Outside physiotherapy Karl was an avid football player .Having worked for a brief period with Southend United football club and more recently helping with local football clubs, he knows the local football circuit very well. Karl is also fluent in Welsh and English. Karl is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist and Health Professions Council.
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