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Meet Your Team – Hello Chris!

Posted on 15th July 2019 by


As our team has grown over the last year or so, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to the team that we have to help you, re-introducing the more familiar faces and welcoming the new ones!

Chris Tiley Physiotherapist at goPhysio

Today we meet Physiotherapist, Chris.

What are your clinical qualifications?

I graduated from Coventry University with a BSc Physiotherapy in 2008.

What areas have you previously worked in?

I have worked in a variety of setting, this includes:

  • British Parasnowsport 
  • Reading FC Academy
  • Circle Hospital in Reading
  • Private Clinics in Reading and Bournemouth

Do you have any special areas of interest in physiotherapy?

I have a particular Interest in:

  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Chronic/Persistent Pain
  • Sports Injuries

What you’re most proud of?

Having been able to work as part of the British Parasnowsport team.

What’s the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team? 

Having access to all the fantastic facilities we have, especially the strong room. 

We asked………

If you could invite any 3 people in the world round for dinner, who would they be?

  • Robin Williams
  • Stephen Fry
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill

Where in the world is top of your list to visit?

Japan

If you were going to space and could only take 1 thing, what would it be?

A camera

What’s the 1 thing that may surprise people about you? 

I played the Euphonium as a child.


Chris works at goPhysio on a Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. If you’d like to book an appointment to see Chris, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or book an appointment online here.


Meet Your Team – Hello Jade!

Posted on 8th July 2019 by

As our team has grown over the last year or so, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to the team that we have to help you, re-introducing the more familiar faces and welcoming the new ones!

Jade goPhysio

Today we meet one of our Patient Services Team, Jade.

What is your background?

I have been in customer service from a very early age, I really enjoy helping people.

What areas have you previously worked in?

I worked for British Gas for over 10 years, working my way up from call centre to head office, designing and delivering change. Following redundancy I moved into health & wellness, supporting people with lifestyle changes. Health & fitness is my real passion.

I am also a foster carer, supporting the children of Southampton that come into care. This role is very rewarding at times, yet very much hard work.

What you’re most proud of?

 I volunteered at the 2012 Olympics and received a thank you letter from our then prime minister David Cameron.

What’s the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team? 

I love the atmosphere in the clinic. As a foster carer it’s nice to come to work with a team who really support each other.

We asked………

If you could invite any 3 people in the world round for dinner, who would they be?

  • Tony Robbins – His motivational talks start my day most mornings!
  • Deepak Chopra – I am quite spiritual and love his meditations and guiding’s
  • Oprah Winfrey – very inspirational woman

Where in the world is top of your list to visit?

Komodo Island, Indonesia to see the pink beach

If you were going to space and could only take 1 thing, what would it be?

Seeds to grow some vegetables

What’s the 1 thing that may surprise people about you? 

 I have been on TV 3 times!

  • Blue Peter in 1987
  • South Today 2016
  • Las Vegas Live 2019

Jade works as part of our Patient Services Team. She’ll often be the first person you’ll speak to if you call or see if you visit us!


Summer Massage Offer

Posted on 1st July 2019 by

This July & August, we have a very special offer for you – 4 x 1 hour massage appointments to use over July & August for £150. That’s a saving of £70!

To take advantage of this offer, just:

  1. Call the clinic on 023 8025 3317 and say you’d like to book the summer massage offer.
  2. Arrange your 1st massage appointment at a day and time that suits you. We have massage appointments available 6 days a week, including evenings until 8pm and Saturday mornings.
  3. When you come for your first appointment, you’ll pay £150 for the offer.
  4. Enjoy 4, one hour massage appointments over July & August.

Read more about the benefits of deep tissue massage here!

T&Cs

  • Offer not available in conjunction with any other offers or discounts.
  • The 4 massage appointments must be booked and attended by 31st August 2019, any unused appointments can not be carried over.
  • There is no cash alternative, refund or exchange available.
  • Our normal cancellation policy applies. If you fail to attend your booked appointment without providing 24 hours notice, your credit will be deducted from your account.


Getting On The Ball With Pilates

Posted on 1st July 2019 by

This month, Physio and Pilates Instructor, Kim, has chosen her top 5 Pilates exercises you can do with an exercise ball.

We will often bring the ball into our Pilates classes. It adds another dimension and an extra challenge with it’s natural instability. You can pick one up online or in shops such as TK Max, Argos or Sports Direct (just make sure it’s an anti-burst one!).

#1 Scissors in Sitting

  1. Sit up tall on your sitting bones on top of the ball. Position your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Balance your weight evenly through each foot. Relax your arms by your sides or place them on the brim of your pelvis.
  2. Lift your right leg and hold keeping your weight even through your sitting bone.
  3. Lower your leg and foot to the floor and repeat on the opposite leg.

#2 Swimming Level 3

  1. Kneel in front of the ball. Gently walk your hands forwards along the floor until your pelvis is resting in top of the ball. Balance with your fingertips and toes on the mat. Align your pelvis in the neutral position and gently set your centre.
  2. Simultaneously lengthen and hover your right arm and left leg from the mat.
  3. Hold and then lower your arm and leg to the mat.
  4. Repeat alternating sides.

#3 Bridge Hip Dips

  1. Sit on top of the ball and engage your centre. Slowly walk your feet forwards and lower your back until you are in the bridge position. Support your head, neck and upper back on the ball. Bend your knees to 90 degrees. Keep your centre engaged and gently engage your gluteal (buttock) muscles.
  2. Stabilise in the bridge position.
  3. Lower your hips and pelvis downwards without arching your lower back.
  4. Lift your hips and pelvis returning to the bridge position.

#4 Shoulder Bridge Level 1

  1. Lie on your back with your legs in the tabletop position, resting on top of the ball. Position your hips knees and ankles into parallel lines. Align your pelvis into the neutral position.
  2. Gently roll your pelvis and peel your spine away from the mat, one segment at a time rolling up to rest on your shoulder blades.
  3. Hold the shoulder bridge position.
  4. Roll your spine back down on to the mat, one vertebrae at a time to return to the neutral pelvic position.

#5 Plank Walks

  1.  Kneel in front of the ball. Gently walk your hands forwards along the floor until your pelvis is resting in top of the ball. Balance with your fingertips and toes on the mat. Align your pelvis in the neutral position and gently set your centre.
  2. Walk your hands further forwards along the floor. Simultaneously, lengthen your legs and lift your feet off the floor. Your body will align into the ’plank position’ where your spine and legs form a horizontal line. Only walk out as far as you can control.
  3. Hold the plank position.
  4. Walk your hands back along the floor and lower your toes to the floor, keeping your arms and legs long.

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We have lot’s of informative and educational Pilates articles over on our blog, which you can find here

If you’re interested in finding out more about joining our specialist Clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, take a look at the details of what we offer, our timetable of over 20 classes a week and more information about getting started with Pilates.


Pilates: It’s more than the core!

Posted on 1st July 2019 by

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“You need to strengthen your core!”

“You’ve got a weak core!”

“Pilates will help your core!”

Sound familiar? Particularly if you’ve ever had back pain, these may be comments or messages you’ve heard quite frequently.

The buzz of ‘the core’ started back in the 1990’s, when targeted exercises towards the deep core muscles were thought to be the best way to help with back pain. It was thought that low back pain may have been caused by weak deep core muscles and that by working and ‘strengthening’ the core muscles, you could help back pain. Therapists and exercise pro’s leapt on this ‘theory’ and you will still read and hear people talking about this all the time, despite there being no link ever having been found between back pain and core muscle ‘strength’!

The current thinking and evidence surrounding ways to both prevent and help people with back pain (an in fact many other common injuries, aches, pains and long-standing conditions) is that it’s movement, activity and any exercise is the best way! The key is that you find something you enjoy, fit’s in with your daily life, you can commit to regularly and that challenges your body in some way.

There is a common misconception that all Pilates exercises do is work your ‘core’.

But there’s a lot more to Pilates than the core!

So, although Pilates exercises will focus around exercising your ‘core’ tummy and back muscles, doing Pilates exercises will also work and benefit your body in many other ways! This makes it a fantastic form of exercise if you do have back pain, a long-standing condition such as arthritis or other aches and pains.

A Pilates class will challenge and work on:

  • Your balance and flexibility
  • Strength in your arm and leg muscles
  • Breathing techniques
  • Movement and body awareness – so becoming aware of your posture and how your body moves and rests, important in helping you be mindful of your body and connecting with it
  • Relaxation and time invested in you
  • Co-ordination

Our specialist classes here at goPhysio will further support you, by providing access and support from our dedicated team of Clinical Instructors – so you can be rest assured you will be in great hands! Being Clinicians, our team can integrate their knowledge and experience of not only how the body works and moves, but also injuries, aches, pains & MSK conditions for which you might need specific support.

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Meet Your Team, Hello Will!

Posted on 1st July 2019 by

As our team has grown over the last year or so, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to the team that we have to help you, re-introducing the more familiar faces and welcoming the new ones!

Today we meet Sports Massage Therapist , Will.

What are your clinical qualifications?

I qualified from St. Mary’s University with a Level 4 in Sports Massage in 2018. I am in my final year of studying an MSc in Sports Rehabilitation (also at St. Mary’s) which I am due to finish in October this year.

What areas have you previously worked in?

I have done lot’s of event work at various races and including the London Marathon and working track side for Thames Valley Harriers. During University, I have had a placement at National League Football Club, Aldershot Town, treating and rehabilitating injured players.

Do you have any special areas of interest in your work?

Achilles Tendinopathy is my condition of interest. I am currently researching whether strength of the calf muscles is a risk factor in those who have this condition for my MSc dissertation.

My special interest is in sports rehabilitation and returning people back from injury to their pre-injury state with reduced pain & increased strength and confidence.

My sporting interest lays with running. Having run from a young age I have a vested interest in this area both injury and performance related.

What you’re most proud of?

Buying my first house!

What’s the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team? 

The multi-disciplinary nature of the clinic and friendly staff. There is so much to learn from everyone. 

We asked………

If you could invite any 3 people in the world round for dinner, who would they be?

  • Ricky Gervais
  • Zac Efron
  • Neil Harris (Only those that follow football will know!)

Where in the world is top of your list to visit?

New Zealand, to visit where The Hobbits live!

If you were going to space and could only take 1 thing, what would it be?

Access to YouTube

What’s the 1 thing that may surprise people about you? 

 I was born in Miami


Will works at goPhysio on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. If you’d like to book an appointment to see Wil, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or book an appointment online here.


Running Volunteers Needed For Research

Posted on 28th June 2019 by

Our Sports & Soft Tissue Therapist, Will, is currently in the final year of his MSc in Sport Rehabilitation at St. Mary’s University. As part of his final year dissertation he is researching Achilles Tendinopathy in runners. 

During the week commencing 15th July, he is looking for runners to participate in his research study investigating the strength of the calf muscle in those with and without previous history of Achilles Tendinopathy.

Testing will take place at the goPhysio clinic in Chandlers Ford.

If you wish to participate, please carefully check the criteria below to ensure you satisfy the requirements and click on this link to complete an online registration form. This will only take a couple of minutes and Will will be in contact in due course to confirm the details. 

Consent forms will be provided on arrival for testing and will need to be filled prior to testing. I anticipate testing will take around 20-30mins of your time which includes an explanation of what will happen, a short warm up and a calf-raise test.

DATES AND TIMES (Will willl be available anytime between times below):

  • Monday 15th July: 8am – 11am
  • Tuesday 16th July: 8am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm
  • Wednesday 17th July: 12pm-2pm
  • Thursday 18th July: 8am – 11.30am and 2pm – 5pm

CRITERIA

Achilles Tendinopathy area
Achilles tendinopathy indicated by pain or swelling in this red area
  • 18-70yrs old
  • Currently running at least twice a week
  • No current injury or lower limb pain
  • Not currently performing any strength training that involves calf training
  • Either – never suffered with Achilles Tendinopathy or suffered from/diagnosed with Achilles Tendinopathy within the past 5 years. **Achilles Tendinopathy is pain or swelling located 2-7cm above the calcaneus** – see photo highlighted by the red area.

Click here to register your interest.



Meet Your Team, Hello Roz!

Posted on 24th June 2019 by

As our team has grown over the last year or so, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to the team that we have to help you, re-introducing the more familiar faces and welcoming the new ones!

Roz Brawn - Physiotherapist & Level 2 APPI Pilates Instructor

Today we meet Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor, Roz.

What are your clinical qualifications?

I studied a BSc Sports Science initially at Loughborough University, graduating in 1993 before going on to study Physiotherapy at Birmingham University, where I qualified in 1997.

What areas have you previously worked in?

My career started in the NHS and I then went to work in Australia as a Physio in private practice for 4 years. On returning to the UK, I spent time working in the private sector alongside working with the Hampshire County Cricket Team. For 8 years I worked with the English Institute of Sport, including being the full time Physiotherapist to the GB Rowing Team, GB Diving Team and GB Synchro Swimming Team. I have also worked as a part time physio for the GB Gymnastics Team.

Do you have any special areas of interest in physiotherapy?

Unsurprisingly, given my sporting experience, I am interested in working with sports injuries, particularly hip and back issues. I am a member of the ACPSEM. I also enjoy rehab after spinal surgery or fractures.

I have specialist qualifications in using acupuncture and am a member of the AACP, and IASTM (read more about what IASTM is here!).

I am also a Level 2 APPI Pilates Instructor and Pilates Reformer Instructor.

What you’re most proud of?

Being part of Team GB at the Olympic Games and seeing the athletes that had worked so hard achieve their goals and dreams knowing that I had played a part to enable that journey to be completed.

What’s the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team? 

Being part of a supportive team of people all with different backgrounds, knowledge and skills who are open to sharing those skills and supporting each other.

We asked………

If you could invite any 3 people in the world round for dinner, who would they be?

  • David Attenborough
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Ben Fogle

Where in the world is top of your list to visit?

Thailand

If you were going to space and could only take 1 thing, what would it be?

A photo album

What’s the 1 thing that may surprise people about you? 

 I drove a 4WD vehicle from Australia to England!


Roz works at goPhysio from Tuesday – Friday. If you’d like to book an appointment to see Roz, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or book an appointment online here.


Being Active With Arthritis

Posted on 5th June 2019 by

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists are launching a new campaign, as part of their ‘Love Activity, Hate Exercise?’ initiative.

Being Active With Arthritis

This campaign, Being Active With A Long Term Condition, is focusing on how daunting it can be to start to become more active, especially if you haven’t done much exercise before and you are managing a health condition. The new campaign is aimed at helping people to become more active, despite having a long-term condition. They have released special guides for 10 of some of the most common long teem health conditions, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes and dementia.

We see many people who are living with arthritis here at goPhysio, so this new guidance is very helpful for many of the people we help. The evidence to support the benefits of physical activity to help people with arthritis is overwhelming.

Activity and exercise has the potential to help you if you have arthritis in many ways, including:

  • Reduce your pain
  • Improve your mobility and independence
  • Help you get stronger
  • Improve your balance
  • Increase your fitness levels
  • Prevent or delay need for surgery

So, if you are living with arthritis and would like to get more active, here’s how you can get started.

  • Choose an exercise type that you’ll enjoy or perhaps revisit one that you have enjoyed in the past.
  • Strengthening, cardiovascular and mobility exercises have all been shown to be helpful for arthritis, but the type is less important than the enjoyment factor and sticking to it long term.
  • There are no exercises that are off limits, at least in principle. Sometimes care needs to be taken and stepping stone exercises might be required to get to a particular activity but be reassured that any exercise will be helpful in the long term.
  • Start off at a lighter intensity and then build up slowly allowing yourself time to accommodate an increase in intensity.
  • Some pain or even a slight increase in pain is ok during and after the exercise but it should settle back to pre-exercise levels in 24 hours, not be too severe, or coincide with protracted swelling, heat or redness of joints.
  • It might be appropriate to start your exercise in the pool where the decreased weight bearing will be more comfortable. Running, squats and lunges are all possible and practicing in the pool first will allow some time for your body to get used to the movements.
  • Choosing the right environment for you might require some experimentation. The gym is not the only option. For some exercising with a partner will be motivating, whilst others might find it distracting. Pick your preference but be open to different options.
  • Consider your other health needs. Diet, sleep, limiting smoking and keeping stress as low as possible are all just as important as exercise to manage arthritis symptoms.
  • If you get stuck, don’t know where to begin, or are struggling with the symptoms, why not seek professional advice from one of our team, who can complete a comprehensive assessment and give you guidance on how to implement your program.

In addition to individual consultations with one of our Physio team, we are also able to offer a range of services that can tempt, encourage and support you to become more active if you’re living with arthritis.

Older People's Day

Positive Steps – This exercise class, designed specifically for those in later life, is a small and un-intimidating exercise class. You’ll work through a series of exercises to develop strength, mobility, balance and flexibility. It’s full of fun and laughter and some great friendships have formed through exercise. If you’d like to come along and have a try, the first class is free. You’ll find more details here.

Rehabilitation – If you’d like to be challenged, we offer a 6 week, individualised exercise programme, tailored just for you. You’ll be expertly guided and encouraged through a series of exercises that will help you achieve your own personal goals. Find out more here.

Clinical Pilates – If you’re after something a little more gentle (although can be surprisingly challenging!), our Clinical Pilates classes could be for you. Teaching you to move well, with control and balance, Pilates is a great way to get you stronger. It is ideal for those with long term health conditions such as arthritis and as you’ll be carefully guided by one of our Clinical experts, so will have the additional support and care to help you work the right areas.

If you’d like any help or guidance or would like to find out more about any of our services, then please give us a call on 023 8025 3317.

#LoveActivity #HateExercise

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Physiotherapy For Cycling Injuries

Posted on 1st June 2019 by

Bike week 2019
The 8th – 16th June 2019 sees in Bike Week, which aims to inspire more people to take to 2 wheels.

Cycling is a wonderful way to exercise, whatever your level or age. It’s great for cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, flexibility and has a host of health benefits.

It’s a safe form of exercise and is often a great way to start fit if you need to maintain your fitness with a lower impact activity. It’s also a fab way to incorporate exercise into a mode of travel!

However, like many forms of exercise, cycling can become a source of injuries. Cycling injuries tend to fall into 2 camps, either a traumatic injury or an overuse injury.

Traumatic Injuries

These are caused by some sort of trauma. This is normally a fall or collision and can be very minor to severe. Traumatic injuries are often accidents that can’t be avoided, but you can take precautions. These include:

  • Wearing appropriate protective clothing such as a helmet
  • Being up to date with bike maintenance to make sure you bike is in top working order
  • Knowing and reading the weather conditions and environment to make sure they fit with your plans
  • Understanding your personal limitations and being realistic with your ability. Many accidents occur when people are pushing themselves unrealistically.

Common traumatic cycling injuries include:

  • Fractures – often the clavicle (collar bone) or scaphoid (wrist) as you put your arm out to protect you as you fall.
  • Bruising – to the muscle and/or bone. This is as a result of falling directly onto the area, often a prominent bony area such as the outside of the hip.

Overuse Injuries

As the name implies, are caused when a part of the body is being ‘overused’ and can’t cope with the physical demands being placed upon it. Cycling is a very repetitive activity, an average cyclist might perform well over 5,000 revolutions an hour. The human body has a threshold of what it will tolerate and sometimes it just can’t cope with prolonged repetitive demands being placed on it. This is when an overuse injury rears it’s head.

The problem with overuse injuries is that they often start gradually as a tiny niggle that you ignore. Before you know it that niggle is a regular occurrence but you think it will just go away just as it appeared. Then it eventually becomes really annoying and can actually becomes so severe it stops you doing the things you love and that may have caused it in the first place, which is even more of a pain!

You can take steps to avoid or minimise the impact of cycling overuse injuries. These include:

  • Make sure your bike is set up correctly. This is crucial given the repetitive nature of cycling. Very small adjustments such as saddle and handlebar height can make a huge difference.
  • Increase your cycling gradually. Whether its speed, distance or hills – don’t do too much all at once. You need to give your body time to adapt and adjust to the demands being placed upon it.
  • Listen to your body. If you feel a little niggle, hold back a bit until it eases off to give your body chance to recover.
  • Seek advice at the right time. If a niggle is becoming more than that, it’s better to come and see us sooner rather than later. Overuse injuries that are ignored can often become long term problems and then they’re much harder to resolve and take longer to recover.

Common cycling overuse injuries include:

  • Back pain – which is often related to your posture on the bike and easily resolved by changing your bike set up.
  • Neck pain – again, this is often posture related and being more aware of your posture and position on the bike can be really helpful.
  • Knee pain – including tendonopathies, patellofemoral pain (front of knee) or ITB problems (side of knee).
  • Foot or ankle problems – such as achilles tendonopathy or forefoot pain from the pressure of peddling.

As Physio’s we’re highly skilled at identifying and resolving all the injury issues that may arise from cycling. Many of our team are keen cyclists themselves, so can truly identify with what you’re experiencing. If you are suffering with an injury as a result of cycling, give us a call to see how we can help you and get you back on your bike! #BikeWeekUK


Read more about Physiotherapy for Cycling Injuries on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists website.


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