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Meet Our Physiotherapist Kim McCreith

Posted on 26th July 2016 by

Kim McCreith Physio goPhysioMeet one of our physiotherapists, Kim McCreith.

I graduated in 2010, from Coventry University – since then, I’ve completed my APPI Pilates class instructor training and qualified in using Acupuncture, both of which are really useful in my work here at goPhysio!

In the last couple of years, I’ve started specialising in musculo-skeletal issues during pregnancy and post-natally. I have done some additional training with the APPI to teach Ante & Post Natal Pilates and also with the Pelvic Partnership, who do great job supporting women with SPD and PGP.

Outside of work, I love spending time in my garden and baking (then eating!) all sorts of cakes and biscuits. I also spend a lot of time on the side lines of the Rugby pitch, supporting my other half and fixing his injuries.


Why’s Pilates so popular? Find out this summer!

Posted on 25th July 2016 by

Have you ever wondered why Pilates is so popular, why so may celebs and athletes have made it a crucial part of their routines? This summer, we’re running a flexible timetable of Pilates classes at goPhysio. To replace our normal 8 week courses, we’re offering ‘drop in’ classes. We’re still running classes 6 days a week, including day time and evening classes to suit all abilities. But there’s no long term commitment – just book the classes you fancy, as you go!

If you haven’t tried Pilates before, you can also take advantage of our special offer of a FREE 30 minute 1-2-1  Pilates session, which normally costs £35 between now and 7th August. We’re offering 10 of these free sessions, to the first 10 people who book.

So, whether you’d like to book your free 1-2-1 or book any of our summer classes, just give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or pop into the clinic and we’d be happy to help you.

Summer Pilates at goPhysio


Sarah Cormack – Physiotherapist

Posted on 25th July 2016 by

Sarah Cormack Physiotherapist goPhysioSarah qualified in 2010 from Northumbria University in Newcastle. Her first post as physiotherapist came working for several Gaelic football and hurling clubs for some months.

Following this she made the more permanent move to the sunny south coast of England working in private practice and she’s been here ever since. Musculoskeletal physiotherapy including exercise rehabilitation is her main passion.

Sarah is specialised in treating paediatric musculoskeletal injuries and is a qualified Pilates Mat Work instructor, accredited by the APPI. She has also completed post-graduate courses in Sports Taping, Spinal Manipulation, Acupuncture and Orthotic Prescription.

In her spare time she likes to play softball, swim, do Pilates, get muddy tackling an obstacle course and try her hand at pretty much any watersport. And after all that a bit of travelling.


Paul Baker – Clinical Director goPhysio

Posted on 25th July 2016 by

Paul Baker Clinical Physiotherapy Director goPhysioHow long have you been a qualified Physiotherapist?

I’ve been a physiotherapist for nearly 20 years, qualifying in 1997 and opening goPhysio in 2001.

Why did you want to be a physio?

I was originally attracted to a career in physio for a wide variety of reasons, namely;

  • I was a keen sportsman and I participated in a wide variety of sport and exercise at school, including the Irish traditional sport of Gaelic football!
  • I was always interested in a healthcare type profession and helping people but was never keen on actually working in a hospital (hence private practice had always been my dream).
  • I wanted to have a career that used both my hands and my brain.
  • I enjoyed the fact that ‘outpatient’ physio was responsible for both the assessment and treatment of conditions and responsible for the whole patient journey from injury to recovery and involved the whole rehabilitation process.
  • My father had his own business, so I grew up around customers and business talk, so always wanted to have my own business one day.

Essentially, I was one of the lucky ones at school who always knew exactly what I wanted to do. I am very happy with my choice and creating goPhysio has realised my dream and I love being part of a profession, that 20 years later is still interesting, varied and rewarding.

So What do you do on a daily basis?

I particularly enjoy the diversity between my various clinical and non-clinical roles as Clinical Director at goPhysio. Day to day I am responsible for the clinical training of our team. I also still have a large role in continued clinical practice, and see a full list of patients every week. I am jointly responsible for the strategic business development at goPhysio and continually look at ways to improve and grow.

So ultimately my days are very varied and interesting, with many curve balls being thrown at me with the business mangement, whilst taking care of a wide range of interesting patients at different stages of their rehabilitation.

What’s your approach to patient care?

My philosophy is quite simple and is reflected in how we operate at goPhysio. Essentially we’ve setup the business to solve the day-to-day hassles of patients getting access to a quality physiotherapy service, at a moment’s notice.

We aim to be the first choice for local injured people, helping our patients achieve an active positive lifestyle, pain and injury free. This involves focusing and investing in our team, who in turn are best equipped to take care  of our patients, going the extra mile and keeping their promises in every interaction, optimising their recovery.

What hobbies or interest’s do you have outside work?

I love to keep active and enjoy taking on a new physical challenge! Over the years I’ve participated in a wide variety of sports for purely enjoyment & fitness, namely gaelic football, hurling, running, golf, soccer, Cross Fit, mountain biking, scuba diving, road cycling, kitesurfing, wake boarding and skiing, to name a few!

How can you help me?

Regardless of your background, lifestyle or sporting preference, I have a wide range of experience to help solve your injury problems and concerns and get you back to participating in the activities you enjoy.


Jonathan Callen – Podiatrist

Posted on 25th July 2016 by

Jon Callen Chiropodist and Podiatrist goPhysioI initially achieved my state registration in 1985 and added my BSc (Hons) degree in Podiatry in 2001 from Plymouth university. I continue to be involved in ongoing training and innovation in Podiatry as Chairman of the Hampshire Branch of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

I have worked in the NHS (1985-2015) and private sector (1996 onwards) and have experience of many kinds of patient and conditions including those with high risk conditions such as Diabetes, minor surgery for ingrowing toe nails and provision of foot orthoses.

I understand that some patients are anxious or unsure on their initial visit and I aim to put everyone at ease and to explain treatment options carefully. Podiatry will cure some patients of their problem, others will seek ongoing care to ensure their feet are comfortable to enable them to stay active. Both categories of patients are welcome.

Outside the Podiatry clinic I am a keen walker and enjoy beautiful countryside in which I experiment with my basic photography skills. I am a member of Eastleigh Baptist Church and a long suffering supporter of Plymouth Argyle. I keep in touch with most sports and current affairs in Britain and around the world.

If you’d like Jon’s help to take care of your feet or sort out a specific problem you can call the clinic on 023 8025 3317 to make an appointment or book your appointment online here.


Melissa Goring – Sports Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer

Posted on 25th July 2016 by

Melissa Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer at goPhysioI first found my passion for sport whilst competing in triathlons 18 years ago. During my progression through the leisure industry my experiences have taken me from, sports coaching, nutrition and massage in the US, Turkey, France and Australia to managing a health and fitness complex for a large chain of hotels in Dubai and then in more recent years in England.

I now enjoy being based in Hampshire and using my experience and knowledge in personal training, sports massage, nutrition and reflexology.

I can cater to all your health and fitness needs. From weight loss to weight gain, core strength to full body strength. I can help improve your mobility, flexibility, energy levels as well as state of mind. I provide tailored nutrition that’s easy to follow from snack ideas to a full six-week plan, whatever your dietary requirement.

If you have an ongoing niggling injury, old or more recent then why not try a regular deep tissue sports massage, which can help rehabilitate you back to health.

Perhaps you are in need of a little TLC then why not try reflexology, hands or feet the choice is yours. In the feet there are reflex areas corresponding to different parts of the body, which can help with relaxation, back and neck pain, headaches, circulation, stress, allergies, anxiety etc. I can even incorporate this revitalising treatment as part or your regular massage.

Whatever your sport or activity I can help with your progression and maintenance.

I have gained the following Professional Qualifications:
PIYO Class Instructor October 2015
Level 3 Reflexology Sept 2015
Kinesio Taping CPD Course June 2015
Premier Level 3 Diploma: September 2003
Fitness Training Award
Nutrition for Health & Fitness
Sports Massage
Body Massage
First Aid at Work

In my spare time I enjoy triathlons, going to the gym, Pilates, Yoga, Nutrition and Health research and reading.

If you’d like to book a massage, Personal Training or Reflexology appointment with Melissa, then please give us a call on 023 8025 3317.


Zany Zebras for an Active Day

Posted on 22nd July 2016 by

Zany ZebraWe had a surprisingly active start to the school holidays today, searching for Marwell’s Zany Zebras all over Southampton!

Having seen the colourful Zebras on the news and driving past a few in town, a friend suggested we take the kids on the trail. You can download or pick up a app and there’s even an app for you to log your Zebra finds. It felt a bit like ‘Pokemon Go’ but on the search for something that actually exists!!! At times, we actually crossed paths with a number of Pokemon hunters!

Zany Zebra app

There are 198 Zebras to find all over Southampton & at Marwell Zoo, some life size and also some mini ones inside shops, cafes & restaurants.

The trail took us all over Southampton and we clocked up over 11,000 steps! What a great way to get active, entertain the kids and discover Southampton! The app (on the right) can link to your smartphone activity monitor to track exactly how many steps you do searching for the Zebras – so if you’re aiming to reach the governments 10,000 steps a day target, it’ll certainly tick that box!

What struck us most, was how blessed Southampton is with parks and green space. We were taken through areas we haven’t often ventured before and particularly on such a gorgeous sunny day, the parks and open spaces were beautiful. We vowed to return to some of the spaces and managed a stop at Houndwell Park en-route for some extra exercise!

Zany Zebra Southampton       Zany Zebra Southampton


The Effects of Pregnancy on the Body

Posted on 19th July 2016 by

We all know the obvious changes that your body goes through during pregnancy, but there are some less know changes that occur, sometimes without you even realising!

Almost all the systems in the body will undergo changes to help prepare you for the arrival of your new baby:

Soft Tissue Changes

  • The hormone Relaxin starts to be produced 2 weeks after conception and peaks at 12 weeks. It continues to be produced throughout pregnancy and the effects can last up to 3-6 months after delivery.
  • Relaxed muscles and ligaments are at an increased risk of injury, with an increased possibility of sprains and strains.
  • Conditions such as Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD) and Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) are also more common due to the increased elasticity of the joints, muscles and ligaments.
  • Muscles undergo adaptive length changes, to accommodate your increasing bump – with Rectus Abdominis (your tummy muscles) increasing by up to 50cm in length.
  • Due to the increased length, muscles can develop a ‘stretch weakness’ – putting you at a higher risk of injury.

Postural Changes

  • Pregnancy postural changesAs your baby grows, it causes your centre of gravity to shift forwards. To compensate and keep you balanced, your spinal posture will change.
  • As the image here shows, your thoracic spine will become more kyphotic or rounded. This leads to an increased lordosis or curve in your lumbar spine. This causes increased tension in your paraspinal muscles and reduced activity & strength of the gluteal muscles.

Circulatory System

  • Blood volume will increase to prepare for any loss during delivery and your heart rate will increase by 20 beats per minute (BPM) in the first trimester and by up to 50 BPM in the third trimester.
  • Blood vessels will increase in diameter to accommodate the additional blood volume, leading to low blood pressure. Lying flat on your back and changing position too quickly may also cause dizziness and feeling light headed.

Fluid Retention

  • In early pregnancy, this will show as increased weight, but will come increasingly more noticeable throughout the pregnancy. Hands, feet, ankles and lower legs tend to be most affected by fluid retention.
  • Fluid retention in the hands and arms can cause compression of the median nerve, leading to carpal tunnel symptoms.
  • Swollen feet and ankles may restrict your mobility – calf raises, ankle mobility and support/compression stockings can help.

Digestive System

  • Relaxin, a hormone to relax your ligaments for labour, causes a reduction in smooth muscle activity. This can lead to issues such as reflux, indigestion and heartburn. It can also slow your digestive tract down, leading to constipation.
  • Eating little and often may help, as well as staying hydrated and eating a high fibre diet.

physical changes to body

How Can Exercise Help?

First Trimester

This trimester is important for development of your baby, so gentle exercise focusing on activating your pelvic floor and core abdominal muscles is key. If you start off with good habits and postures, it will help the whole way through your pregnancy. Often, women can suffer quite badly with morning sickness, tiredness and a lack of energy at this stage of their pregnancy. Gentle exercise may help to improve mood, aid with sleep and keep your joints & muscles flexible.

Second Trimester

When you reach your second trimester, things will ease up – morning sickness will reduce and you will have more energy. Your body will now start to show physical signs of changing, with a bump becoming visible and you may find that your breasts are increasing in size – which may lead to tension and strain in the upper back. It is vital to keep exercising at this stage, continuing to strengthen your core and pelvic floor as your bump grows. Exercise will also help to reduce fluid retention, keep muscles stretched and make the most of your new found energy!

Third Trimester

Final stretch now! You may find that you feel tired and breathless now, with most women carrying an extra 12kg of weight. Continuing gentle exercise will help keep you moving and prepare you for delivery and the arrival of your new baby. Ensuring the core and pelvic floor muscles remain strengthened will help support your uterus and will also aid in your post natal recovery.

Pilates is a great way to stay active during your pregnancy. It is safe, low impact and helps to strengthen all the key core and pelvic floor muscles, along with strengthening your arms & legs to help prepare your body for carrying, lifting and holding your new arrival – plus the car seat, pushchair, nappy bag…!

Here at goPhysio, we run specialised Ante and Post Natal Pilates classes. These are run by one of our Physio’s Kim, who has undertaken specialist ante & post natal training to help make sure you exercise safely and effectively during and after your pregnancy.

You can look at our website for more information, or call our team on 023 8035 2217.


Summer Drop In Pilates

Posted on 18th July 2016 by

This summer we are running ‘drop in’ Pilates – the ideal opportunity to give Pilates a go, try a new class or fit a class in and around your summer holiday or childcare.

We are running a full time table of classes (see below) and pre-booking will be essential, as places are limited to 8 a class. You can book any classes by popping into the clinic or giving us a call on 023 8025 3317. Payment of £12.50 per class will secure your place.

All the mat based classes are taken by a qualified Physiotherapist, so if you’re new to Pilates, have suffered an injury or want the confidence of expert guidance, these classes are perfect.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch. We look forward to you joining us for our summer Pilates!

Pilates Classes at goPhysio


Help! I’ve got back pain – what should I do?

Posted on 16th July 2016 by

Sudden onset of back pain is not uncommon, we see dozens of people a month at goPhysio who come in with quite severe pain in their back. Often this has come on suddenly without any warning.

It can be quite a scary experience, especially when it comes on quite quickly and is quite an intense pain. However, in the majority of cases back pain isn’t anything too serious and when handled in the right way will resolve quickly.

So, if you wake up with back pain or suddenly suffer with pain in your back, what should you do?

  1. Try and keep moving. Even though moving may make the pain worse, it’s very important to keep moving. If you’re afraid to move and just stay in 1 position this will actually make your problem worse. Moving will help reduce muscle spasm and help act as a natural painkiller by de-sensitising the injured area.
  2. Use a heat pack or hot water bottle on your back. This will help reduce muscle spasm, relieve pain and make it easier to move about. 10-15 minutes every couple of hours is good.
  3. Try and do some back exercises every couple of hours (after you’ve used heat above is a good time).
  4. Take painkillers. Speak to your pharmacist about the best ones to take for you, but painkillers are worth taking as they will help ease the pain which will make moving easier.
  5. As the pain eases, build up what you are doing. When the pain is quite severe, you may have to modify what you do day to day to minimise aggravating your pain, but try and get back to ‘normal’ ASAP.
  6. If your pain isn’t easing after 3-5 days or is getting worse, come and see one of our Physio’s. We’ll do a full assessment to get to the bottom of what’s causing your problem and start a penalised recovery plan to get it better and stop it coming back too.

These simple exercises are a great way to gently get your back moving and help ease pain and tension.

Pelvic Tilt – lying on your back, gently tilt your pelvis backward and forwards, so you’re alternately arching and flattening your lower back. You can also try this in sitting or standing.

Exercises for back painBack pain exercise

Lumbar Rotations – lying on your back, gently rotate your knees from side to side as far as you feel comfortable.

Spinal rotation exercisesExercise for back pain

Back Stretch – lying on your back, gently bend one leg up towards you with your hands round your knee. Repeat with the other leg.

back stretch

What if it doesn’t get better? Back pain will often ease off over a few days. If you find your pain isn’t improving or is getting worse, you’d benefit from coming to see one of our Physiotherapists. They’ll be able to work with you to provide relief from your back pain. Just give us a call on 023 8025 3317. You can also book an appointment online.

There are many common myths surrounding back pain. These include ‘Moving Will Make My Back Pain Worse’, ‘Should I Avoid Exercise?’ and ‘Do I Need A Scan?’, which you can read more about on our other blogs. We’ve also written about the latest NICE Guidelines on the management of back pain.

If you’re experiencing back pain and also have symptoms that affect you going to the toilet, having pins and needles or numbness around your seat area or pain or pins and needles in your leg, these may be signs of something more serious going on. If this is the case, it is advisable to go and see your GP.