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New Sports Massage Loyalty Rewards

Posted on 28th July 2017 by

To celebrate and welcome our new team of Massage Therapists and extended massage appointment availability, we’re launching a loyalty reward scheme.

When you next come in for a massage, ask for one of our loyalty cards. Every time you come for a massage appointment, you’ll get a stamp on your card. You’ll then receive £10 off your 5th massage and £20 off your 10th massage! 

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We now have a team of qualified and experienced Sports Massage Therapists, Francesca, Tom and Cameron.

Massage appointments are available daily, with additional evening appointments Monday – Thursday until 8pm and every Saturday morning.

To book your massage appointment, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or make a booking online here.

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Starting Pilates – how hard is it and how long until I feel the benefit?

Posted on 21st July 2017 by

Starting any new form of exercise can seem daunting at first, many us worry about looking silly in front of a class or not knowing what to do, what to expect or even what to wear!

The best way to combat this is to come along to one of our highly recommended 1-2-1 sessions first. This allows you to talk through any health or injury concerns with a physiotherapist so that they can modify exercises to suit your individual needs and guide you towards a suitable level class for you.

You’ll also learn the basics of what pilates is: finding your postural muscles and learning some of the common beginner exercises to get you up to speed before entering a class.
You’ll have the chance to ask questions about anything else you’re concerned about so you can start your first class in confidence.

The first class can be as much as a mental workout as a physical one whilst you get used to controlling your breathing whilst using new muscles in a new way. However no one expects you to be perfect straight away so don’t panic – the Clinician leading the class will make sure you’re exercising safely and at the correct level, as long as you are still breathing that’s a good enough start for the first few weeks so don’t worry if you can’t co-ordinate everything straight away!

As with learning any new skill it takes time. Remember that pilates is non-competitive so you will work at your own level during each class. We’ll progress your exercises gradually and encourage you to move up to intermediate and advanced level classes when you’re ready.

It can take 6-8weeks to build muscle, and much longer if you’ve had pain or weakness in an area for a long time so whilst we can’t expect an overnight body transformation, you will notice the difference if you stick with it. Our regular pilates attendees report increased flexibility, reduced pain, improved balance, improved muscle tone and strength, better posture and improved confidence to exercise as just a few of the benefits of our classes!

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Don’t forget – everyone was a beginner at some point and our classes provide a really supportive and friendly environment to exercise.

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Healthy Holiday Guide

Posted on 21st July 2017 by

With schools winding down and the sun well & truly out, it’s time for many to pack their cases for that summer holiday!

You’d be surprised how many last minute panic calls we get from people desperate to see a physio before their holiday to have some help with their injury. So if you are carrying an injury and want to go away injury free so you can fully enjoy your holiday, get in touch now. Recovery can take time and you don’t want to be one of those people who say “I’ve had this months, I should have come sooner.” Which we hear all too often.

Holidays should be a time to relax and unwind. But the stress of packing and travelling can put holidaymakers at risk of picking up strains and sprains before they even hit the beach!

Holidays are about unwinding from all the stresses and strains of everyday life and undoing the sometimes harm we do to ourselves through the rest of the year,” goPhysio’s Clinical Director Paul says.

But “having to contend with masses to organise and a lengthy journey can often lead to awkward postures and doing things our bodies aren’t used to doing, which might cause or aggravate physical problems. Common holiday-related problems include back and neck injuries, as well as shoulder and wrist strains.

We forget we’re doing something out of the ordinary and that could include sitting for hours in cramped seats, queuing and lifting heavy bags. All that combined with high stress levels could mean putting our bodies under physical stresses we’re not accustomed to.”

Even the most simple holiday pleasures can create discomfort. For example, just going for a walk along the beach with bare feet or in the wrong footwear can lead to inflammation and pain in your knees, calves or feet, through over-stretched tendons and ligaments,” Paul says.

There are simple ways to avoid injury when doing activities that are not part of your usual every day routine.

Here’s some simple tips to avoid holiday injuries this year.

Packing a bag: Place your bag on a higher surface such as a bed, to avoid repeatedly bending over to pack. Break up your packing over a few weeks or days, so you’re spreading the preparation out and not rushing to do it quickly at the last minute, doing many repeated movements in a short space of time, which the body often doesn’t like.

Managing luggage: If you’re not used to lifting heavy items or your case is large or awkward, lift it with care. You can find yourself lifting a case many times on a journey (in/out of car boot, on/off luggage trolley, on/off check in and carousel etc.) which can take its’ toll. People often think of back problems associated with lifting, but we also see many people with wrist or shoulder injuries from travelling, having carted luggage and bags around. Minimise the amount of lifting you do as much as possible, choosing a case with wheels and not overpacking! If you’re travelling as part of a family, spread the load so you have more cases, with less weight in each. Try and choose light weight cases too, to lessen the burden. If you are lifting, use your powerful leg muscles to take much of the weight and keep the weight of the case close to your body – this just helps to minimise too much stress.

Standing in queues: There can be a lot of queuing when travelling. Use this opportunity to do some exercises! When standing and waiting, practise good posture. Stand up straight, with your tummy muscles pulled in and shoulders back and down. If you are standing for a very long time, stand as tall as possible and transfer weight from one leg to another to boost your circulation. Try some heel raises – going up and down on your tip toes, or mini squats. Circling your shoulders forwards and back and doing some neck stretches to ease any built up tension, can be good too.

Travelling: As well as standing in queues, you can spend a lot of time sitting down when traveling. When seated, try to sit with your buttocks pushed to the back of the seat. Make sure your lower back is well supported and you are not slumped. You can always take a small towel or lumbar roll with you if you like to have back support. If you are driving, ensure your position is as supported as possible and move the seat to make yourself comfortable. If you’re taking on a very long drive, read our guide to ‘Steering Clear of pain’ when driving. Whenever possible, break up your journey or get out of your seat and have a good walk around.

Holiday activities: Holiday’s can often be a chance to try out a new activity – whether it’s beach volleyball, extra long hikes, mountain climbing or surfing! If you’re trying something physical that’s out of the ordinary for you, start off gradually. Don’t go straight in 100% – especially if you’ve spent the last 6 months sat at a desk and the last 10 hours travelling! Having time to spend being more active is fantastic, but you don’t want to overdo it and pickup injury to spoil your holiday. Listen to your body and warm up for your activity suitably. Pace yourself and make sure you get time to rest in between too!

Most of all, whatever you have planned for this summer, enjoy yourself! If you can make some time for you and some rest and relaxation, away from the fast paced life so many of us now live.

If you do want to have an injury or niggle checked out before you go away, so you can really make the most of your time off – book in to see one of our Physio’s. Or maybe have a deep tissue sports massage before you go, so you start your holiday relaxed and tension free!

If you do pick up a holiday injury, you can book in to get sorted as soon as you return by using our easy and secure online booking system, available to you anywhere in the world 24/7 to book physiotherapy and massage appointments.

Happy Holidays!


Our Top 6 Pilates Exercises For Runners

Posted on 17th July 2017 by

Pilates can be a fantastic way to keep your body balanced, which is especially important in a repetitive sport like running.

Here’s our top 6 Pilates exercises to strengthen and tone your running muscles, help to prevent injury and improve your running technique and efficiency.

Foot Series

  1. Stand with your feet hip width apart
  2. Bend your knee into a squat, keeping your chest upright and knees pointing over your toes
  3. From the squat position slowly rise up onto your toes (keeping the knees bent) then lower the heels
  4. Repeat 5 heel raises per squat, 10 times

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Shoulder Bridge 

  1. Lying on your back with your knees bent
  2. Squeeze your bottom to lift your hips off the floor
  3. Slowly extend one leg in line with your body, keeping the pelvis level
  4. Lower this leg then repeat on the other side
  5. Aim to do 10 on each leg

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Scissors

  1. Lying on your back, bring both feet off the floor so that your hips and knees are at a 90 degree angle
  2. Keep you back flat to the floor
  3. Slowly lower one leg to tap the toes on the floor, then bring it back up to 90 degrees
  4. Repeat on both legs 10 times

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The Clam

  1. Lay on one side with your knees bent, hips stacked one on top of the other and feet back in line with your bottom
  2. Lift your heels sop they are hoovering 6 inches off the floor
  3. Squeeze your bottom muscles to lift the top knee towards the ceiling, keeping your heels together and not rolling back from the pelvis
  4. Repeat 20 on each leg

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Swimming 

  1. From your hands and knees draw your tummy muscles in so your spine in straight
  2. Lift one arm up in front of you and the opposite leg out behind you
  3. Hold this balance for 5 secs without rotating or arching your back
  4. Repeat 10 times on each side

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Hip Flexor Stretch

  1. Kneel with one knee in front of the other
  2. Keep your chest upright and slowly push your hips forward until you feel a stretch in the front of the back thigh
  3. Gently tuck your tailbone underneath you to increase the stretch
  4. Hold 30 secs each side

Stretches for runners


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Priority Booking now open for next Pilates Course

Posted on 17th July 2017 by

Priority booking for our next Pilates course is now open for current Pilates class attendees. As we’re having a break from our regular Pilates timetable over the summer, many people have requested to book the September course before the break. Here are the next course dates and classes. To guarantee a place in a particular class, please book and pay for your place by Friday 28th July. Bookings will still be available after this date but a space can not be guaranteed.

Don’t forget, if you want to keep up with Pilates classes over the summer, you can join our Flexible Summer Pilates classes.

Pilates Course Dates September : October 2017


Andy Murray’s Trigger Point Ball 1 of our favourites too!

Posted on 13th July 2017 by

Andy Murray Trp Ball Tennis star, Andy Murray, was recently pictured with a Trigger Point ball tucked firmly under his arm.

The MB5 Massage Trigger Point ball that Andy is holding is one of our best sellers in the our clinic. A great alternative or adjunct to a foam roller, it can be used to ease off areas of tension, as part of a warm up or cool down and to help get into those painful, tight areas.

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Suitable for use on all the major muscle groups, we often recommend a TrP release series as part of a comprehensive warm up. We also sell the smaller MB1 ball (pictured above), which is great for smaller areas such as feet and forearms.

The good thing about these products is that they are made for a number of different layers, with multi-density, making them super long lasting and very durable , so they don’t compress and loose their efficiency over time. They also have a slip resistant surface to help stabilisation. Best of all they’re lightweight and very portable – perfect for events, work, travel and being on the road. (Can you tell we love this ball!).


Here’s a selection of the key releases,  to get to all the major parts of your body.

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If you’d like to get yourself one of these balls, the smaller MB1 or the very popular grid roller, pop into the clinic where we have the full range in stock.

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Flexible Summer Pilates at goPhysio

Posted on 11th July 2017 by

Summer Pilates goPhysio

 

Over the summer, we are running a Summer Pilates Timetable – with a flexible booking system so you can continue to enjoy our Pilates classes in and around the holidays!

From Monday 31st July – Friday 1st September, we’re running 11 classes a week at a variety of times and various levels.

Sign up & book here! 

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  • Clinical Pilates, specialist clinician led classes – perfect if your recovering from an injury or suffer with a long term condition, such as back pain
  • Small classes – maximum of 10 participants, giving individual attention, support and guidance
  • Comfortable, spacious, air conditioned studio
  • Flexible booking system, no tie in, pick and choose your classes
  • Choose from single PAYG class £12.50 or 5 classes for £55

How To Book A Summer Pilates Class

  1. Visit the Studio Bookings member sign up page
  2. Enter all your details and click ‘Sign up’.
  3. You will be prompted to sign in to your account.
  4. Before booking your first class, you will need to sign a ‘Waiver of liability’.
  5. Click on the ‘MY INFO’ tab and then the ‘Waiver of Liability’ tab.
  6. Sign the waiver of liability electronically.
  7. To purchase your class pass(es), visit the ‘STORE’ tab.
  8. Select the pass you’d like to purchase and add to basket.
  9. For Summer Pilates you can buy:
    1. A single (PAYG) class for £12.50 per class – select CLINICAL PILATES SINGLE CLASS
    2. 5 classes for £55 – select CLINICAL PILATES 5 CLASSES
  10. Proceed to checkout to pay for your class pass.
  11. To book a class, visit the ‘CLASSES’ tab.
  12. You will see the live class timetable.
  13. Click on your selected Clinical Pilates class and select the dates you would like to book.
  14. Click book now.
  15. You can book classes up to 2 hours before the class starts.

You can then manage all your class bookings online through the live Studio Timetable.

You can also download an app for your apple phone here or Android phone here, to enable you to manage your classes.

If you have any problems using the online booking site or would rather book and pay for your classes in person at reception, our reception team can help you with this.

FREE STUDIO CLASS

When you sign up for a Studio Bookings account, you will also get a free class pass you can use to try one of our other classes. This free class pass can be used to try one of out Yoga classes, Active Backs or Positive Steps classes. All of these can be booked online too.

T&Cs

  • All sales are final.
  • Class passes cannot be shared.
  • Class passes have an expiry date. No classes can be carried over after the expiry date of the purchased pass and no refunds will be issued for unused classes.
  • All purchased Pilates class passes expire on 1st September 2017.
  • A strict 24 hour cancellation policy applies to studio classes, including rescheduling to another time. We understand unforeseen circumstances arise, however in the interests of being fair and consistent to all clients there will be no exceptions.
  • No shows will be automatically be deducted from your class pass.
  • We reserve the right to cancel or change classes on the timetable.
  • The free studio class expires 1 month after registering with Studio Bookings. This free class can not be used for Clinical Pilates.

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The Benefits of Group Physio and Rehab

Posted on 6th July 2017 by

A recent study from Canada has highlighted the benefits of attending group physiotherapy, for patients following a total knee replacement.

The study demonstrated that patients who participated in group-based physiotherapy after joint replacement surgery achieved statistically and clinically important improvements in mobility and function, and with similar satisfaction levels as patients who receive one-on-one therapy.

It’s not only following surgery that people can benefit from physio and rehab in a group setting, anyone recovering from an injury can reap the rewards!

Having our group rehab sessions now in full swing at goPhysio – here’s some thoughts as to why group physio can have such a positive impact!

  • Connection with other people – Often, when you’ve had an injury or a recovering from surgery, it can be a very lonely time. In a group situation, you can gain positive connections with others, working towards a common goal and helping support each other.
  • Amalgamating social and exercise – Sharing an experience with others brings a social context to rehab. This can help increase enjoyment and motivation, key indicators in longer term success and outcomes.
  • Context – Everyone has days they may struggle or relapse slightly, but you’re not alone. Sharing stories or experiences with other people helps give context and perspective to your recovery and helps ‘normailse’ things. You will also get words of encouragement when others notice how well you are doing (when it may feel to you that progress is slow).
  • Commitment and motivation – Exercising as part of a group helps you commit to your goals, you are more likely to help support your peers and be motivated to continue.

And if group rehab isn’t your thing, we also offer a 1-2-1 rehab service so you can be provided with a structured rehab programme to go and do in your own time at home or in the gym.

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Physical Activity Recommendations For Pregnant Women

Posted on 4th July 2017 by

The latest evidence based guidelines for physical activity for pregnant women have just been released, in a really easy to understand infographic format.

Why not try our specialist Pregnancy Pilates classes for an excellent, muscle strengthening workout with access to a Physio at every class. You can try your first class for free when you sign up.

Exercise in Pregnancy

Not already active? Pregnancy is an ideal time to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Whilst the guidelines do not differ to those for the general population, women who have been sedentary before pregnancy are recommended to follow a gradual progression of exercise, the message being, ‘not active – start gradually’.

A recommendation to pregnant women would be to begin gradually with 10 minute bouts of moderate intensity continuous exercise building up to a total of 150 minutes. This activity should be spread throughout the week and include all activities.

Already active? Pregnant women who are already active should be encouraged to maintain their physical activity levels. However, they may need to change the type of activity undertaken and adapt their activity throughout their pregnancy, for example, replacing contact sports with non- contact sport or an appropriate exercise class.

It is recommended that pregnant women take part in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity spread throughout the week. This can be performed in as little as ten minute bouts. Moderate intensity activity can easily be described as ‘activity that makes you breathe faster’ or at an intensity that increases your breathing rate whilst still being able to hold a conversation.

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Read the full details and evidence from the report here.

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“Why do I have tennis elbow if I’ve never played tennis?”

Posted on 4th July 2017 by

It’s a question we hear a lot in physio! The term ‘tennis elbow’ is the commonly used (and much easier to pronounce) name to describe what’s actually known in the medical world as ‘lateral epicondylalgia’ or ‘lateral epicondylitis‘, meaning ‘pain on the outside of the elbow’.

ennis elbow physioTennis elbow is a common type of elbow pain which occurs when the tendon of our wrist extensors muscles (the muscles that life our wrist up) becomes inflamed and irritated where they insert on the outside of the elbow. Because these wrist extensor muscles are worked extra hard in tennis which requires both a strong grip and explosive flicks of the wrist for back hand shots, these two names became synonymous.

However tennis elbow can occur in any one who does a lot of repetitive wrist extension or gripping activities and can be classified as a repetitive strain injury (RSI). In fact, it probably affects more non-tennis player’s than tennis players! Outside of the tennis world we see it a lot in office workers who spend long periods of time typing or who have a poor ergonomic set up, who come to see us with pain in their elbow.

In the early stages, tennis elbow can be treated effectively with rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and modification of activities to change the way you lift, grip or type. For example, lifting an object using your hand palm-up rather than palm down uses different muscle groups so affords the wrist extensors some rest.

Using ergonomic keyboards and mouse set ups (e.g. vertical mouse) can also reduce the strain on these muscles.

Unfortunately, this condition can be persistent if you don’t change the aggravating activities or have left it and it has become a longer term issue. If the above simple strategies aren’t working for you, you’ve been experiencing problems for some time or the pain is limiting you doing what you want or need to do everyday, come and seek our help. We’ll be able to assess you in detail and use a combination of manual therapy, ultrasound, acupuncture and strength and flexibility exercises to speed up your recovery. We’ll also ask about your day to day activities you struggle with and offer helpful solutions to modify these, or use of an Epi-clasp strap to offload the area if necessary. Remember the sooner you seek help the quicker and easier it is to get your pain better, so don’t’ let it linger on!

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