A new report from the Chief Medical Officers in the UK has just been published, on the amount and type of physical activity people should be doing to improve their health.
Make a start TODAY. It’s never too late.
Physical activity will help you by:
Benefitting your health
Improving your sleep
Maintaining a healthy weight
Improving your quality of life
Some is good, more is better.
Physical activity can help reduce the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, falls, depression, joint and back pain and a number of cancers, including colon and breast cancer. So, why wouldn’t you choose to be more active?!
The new guidelines have 4 very simple & easy to follow principles:
Be active; either 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity a week
Minimise sedentary time (in other words, don’t sit around so much!)
Build strength on at least 2 days a week. This doesn’t have to be power lifting at a gym, daily activities that make demands on you like carrying heavy shopping bags counts too!
As you get older,, include activities to help improve your balance 2 days a week.
Every minute counts.
How can we help you with meeting these guidelines?
At the core of what we do, we help you recover quickly from any pain or injury that might otherwise stop you from being so active. This is so important, the impact that having an injury can have on your physical activity levels over time can be really underestimated.
We also offer a huge range of activities that help you be active!
Every year, on the 8th September, World Physiotherapy Day takes place – a day to recognise the work that physiotherapists do and the difference that our profession can make to peoples lives.
The campaign for World Physiotherapy Day 2019 is focussed around the theme of chronic pain and the role that physiotherapy and physical activity can have in helping people manage chronic pain.
The campaign is focused around the following key messages about the benefits of using exercise to manage chronic pain to:
maintain flexibility and movement
improve cardiovascular health
build and keep muscle tone
improve mood and general wellbeing
help control pain
increase confidence to take part in activities
take back control of your life and reduce your fear.
These messages are important not just to encourage health and activity in populations. They can help demonstrate how Physio’s keep people moving through interventions which maximise strength and mobility. Through advice and exercise programmes, physio’s support people of all ages to achieve activity goals.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic or persistent pain is pain that carries on for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. Most people get back to normal after pain following an injury or operation. But sometimes the pain carries on for longer or comes on without any history of an injury or operation. It can be an extremely frustrating, confusing and challenging time.
Here’s a fantastic video that explains it further.
As Physio’s, we can help people with such pain to get moving without fear, where the brain isn’t protecting by pain. There really is so much power in having the confidence and support to get moving.
If you have pain and want help and support, please give us a call on 023 8025 3317 to see how we can help you.
In today’s blog, we explore these recommendations, how we implement them at goPhysio and what it means to you guys, the people with the pain or injury.
#1 Care should be patient centred This goes without saying, but you’re the one and only person that matters to us. We take time to get to know you, learn how your injury is impacting you, and work with you to understand your lifestyle, so we know what we are aiming for. Everyone and everyone’s circumstances are SO different and individual, so it’s crucial our approach to each and every person we see is individualised too.
#2 Screen for serious conditions We take this incredibly seriously and although it may go un-noticed by you, we make sure that there is nothing serious going on. If we are in any way concerned, we’ll make sure we point you in the right direction and will provide any letters, phone calls or support that you need.
#3 Assess psychological factors The body and the mind are inextricably linked. The power of the mind is incredible. You need to feel reassured, informed and have an appropriate understanding of your injury. Any doubts, fears, worries or misconceptions will really impact on your recovery. We make sure we consider any psychological factors that may be impacting you and address them appropriately.
#4 Only refer for imaging if specifically indicated It’s a commonly held myth, that a scan or an X-Ray is needed in order to diagnose an injury. In fact, referrals for imaging (X-Rays or scans) are only needed in very specific cases. Why? Because all too often, symptoms do not relate to imaging results. So, an image may not show any damage or injury, but you may be getting symptoms. Equally, you may have damage on imaging, but be symptom free and seeing the damage on imagery can cause issues in itself! If we think that there is indication for a scan or X-Ray we will make sure we assist you with this. We can even refer directly to low cost, quick, private scanning – so you don’t have to get referred by a Dr, saving you even more time.
#5 Physical examination This is our bread and butter. Using all our senses – looking, feeling, testing, questioning and putting it all together with our evaluation skills in order to explain to you exactly what’s going on.
#6 Evaluate progress Together, we will set your goals, what you want to achieve through coming to see us. That’s the most important bit. However, we will also take measurements and document certain testing, so that we can measure your progress and ensure we’re on the right track.
#7 Education We want to make sure that you fully understand what’s going on in as much detail as you need. Some people only want the basics, some want an in depth explanation. But if you can understand what’s going on and what you can do to help yourself with your recovery, you’re much more likely to succeed in achieving your goal. This may include modifying your activity or lifestyle slightly, changing a routine, adapting a training programme or work activity.
#8 Address physical activity / exercise As a team go health professionals, it’s important that we support everyone in living a healthy and active life. As part of this, we can provide the necessary support and advice you may need to start or increase your physical activity. Some people find having an injury a bit of a wake up call to make some changes and often, getting more active is one.
#9 Apply ‘manual therapy’ as an adjunct We use a huge range of treatments to help you with your recovery. Using our hands (manual therapy) is just one tool, and can be very beneficial in many ways for lot’s of different injuries and to help ease pain. It is very important though that it is used as an adjunct to more active approaches, such as exercise and education/advice. Manual therapy alone is unlikely to be a solution to your recovery, as it’s effects are often short lived – it’s the strengthening, stretching, confidence and education that makes the most impact on recovery.
#10 Discuss non-surgical approaches (unless surgery indicated) Unfortunately, people still remain entrenched in the ‘medical model’ of belief, thinking that medicine and/or surgery are the only answer. They often want quick fixes and magic cures! Much of the evidence is now very clear on when surgery is indicated and it’s not as often as you may think! Physiotherapy and physical treatments are often much more effective than surgery when given the chance in many conditions. Obviously, there are cases when surgery is absolutely the right decision. In these cases, our Clinicians will help with referrals and work very closely with many local Consultants to ensure you receive the most appropriate care. We can also closely liaise with your GP to facilitate this.
#11 Facilitate continuation or return to work Staying at work or returning to work ASAP when you’ve had an injury is crucially important for your recovery. We can help advise on modifying your activities so this is possible. It may seem a bit daunting, especially if you’ve had to take time off work because of your injury. But remaining in work helps in so many ways.
If you’ve got an injury and want the best possible care, then do give us a call on 023 8025 3317 and see if we can help you.
Helping local people live a healthy, active, positive life, pain and injury free.
SME News Announces the Winners of the 2019 UK Enterprise Awards
We are delighted to announce that goPhysio has just been recognised as Best Holistic Physiotherapy Clinic 2019 – Hampshire in the SME News UK Enterprise Awards.
SME-News carefully analyses everything from products/services, dedication to your industry and client testimonials to determine the winners’ selection. Above all, the awards are given based 100% on merit and not the amount of votes a company receives nor its annual turnover, ensuring your win is truly deserved! So, we are delighted to receive this recognition.
More about the SME News Enterprise Awards
For its third year, SME News are delighted to present to you the annual UK Enterprise Awards proudly encompassing a multitude of exciting and vibrant business industries from all across the United Kingdom.
A lot is due to change since the previous edition of our Award. We are now coming to the Brexit deadline which could change the way the UK does business forever. In what may appear to be a time of uncertainty, one thing remains a standard in the UK. Strong, vibrant and diverse businesses that year upon year develop and grow their products and services to befit its new audience and situation.
Jessie Wilson, Award Coordinator discusses the success of this year’s programme: “The United Kingdom, as a business community, is renowned for its ability to thrive in diverse conditions and time of economic uncertainly. It is for this reason that we celebrate and showcase some of the UK’s strongest, most innovative businesses and business owners! Well done to all my deserving winners, it has been a true honour to showcase the dedication you show to your clients and your business.”
SME News prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.
To learn more about our award winners and to gain insight into the working practices of the “best of the best”, please visit the SME News website (http://sme-news.co.uk) where you can access the winners supplement.
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.
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
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.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Places Leisure to offer a special discount for members.
Our ethos is very aligned with that of Places Leisure, in that we both support local people in living healthy, active lifestyles. The facilities at the new Places Leisure and the range of activities on offer are amazing. There really is something for everyone!
However, unfortunately, pain and injury all too often get in the way of people either becoming or staying active. Someone may take up a new exercise and do too much, too soon, which ends in an injury. If this isn’t managed well, it can put them off exercise for a long time. Maybe they want to exercise but have a long term condition such as arthritis and they aren’t sure what they should do? Or maybe an enthusiastic sportsperson has suffered a sporting injury, which means they’ve been out of action for a few months?
This is where we come in. We help guide people dealing with the pain and frustration of an injury, by offering easy access to a range of professional services locally that help people enjoy a life free from pain or injury.
Our services can help members:
Recover from injury
Stay injury free
Manage long term conditions positively with activity
Return to exercise, sports or activity after an injury
Give people the confidence to be active
How do I get a discount if I’m a Places Leisure Member?
So, if you need our help, all you need to do is chat to a member of the Places Leisure team. They’ll complete a quick referral form that will summarise what help you need. Then, all you need to do is give us a call on 023 8025 3317 and say you’re a Places Leisure Member. We’ll find a convenient time for you to come along to see us. When you come for your appointment, just bring your referral form with you. The 10% discount will be applied to your session and any further sessions you need for that problem.
To qualify for the discount, you must inform goPhysio at the time of booking that you are a member of Places Leisure
You must bring the completed, dated and signed referral form with you to the first appointment
Referrals are valid for 4 weeks from the date they are signed. To qualify for the discount the first appointment has to be attended whilst the referral is valid.
Active members of Places Leisure will receive a 10% discount off of the following services:
“Our mission is straightforward: to provide essential supplies to people who can’t afford them, via partner charities across the UK. Beauty Banks isn’t a physical “bank” as such; instead we supply local organisations who may not have our contacts.”
Beauty Banks is a non-profit organisation set up by the brilliant Sali Hughes (beauty columnist & writer) and Jo Jones (a PR & beauty director). They focus on collecting basic toiletries and cosmetic products for people living in serious poverty who cannot afford the items we take for granted on a daily basis – things like toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant.
Here’s where you can help………. If you have unwanted and unused beauty gifts, toiletries or general hygiene products then please do get in touch and donate! If you don’t have anything spare, as an alternative to monetary donations, people have been adding items to their weekly shop to help those in need. All donations received will be delivered to a charity within Hampshire, supporting the local communities and will be gratefully received.
Beauty Banks accept sanitary products, disposable razors, shampoo, shaving foam, shower gel, combs, hair bands, face wipes, hand gel, sunscreen, baby lotion, soap, face wash, spot cream, deodorant, moisturiser, Band-Aids, conditioner, lacquer, lotion, lipstick, gift sets and anything in an unused hygienic condition.
goPhysio are delighted to be part of this amazing initiative and have become a local ‘beauty spot’. We are collecting your donations at our clinic – 11 Bournemouth Rd, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh SO53 3DA. Deliveries can be made to us directly during our opening hours.
Your help is invaluable so THANK YOU!
You can follow the organisation direct on social media – @thebeautybanks or contact Jessica Eades who is dealing with all Hampshire donations and logistics.
It’s not everyone’s idea of a New Year day outing, but if you’re a family of Physio’s & Personal Trainers, it fit’s the bill!
We love having a little day trip planned for New Year’s day. Having visited the Body World’s exhibition when it first came to the UK as a newly qualified Physio (many, many years ago), and seeing it had returned to London, we decided to make this our 1st event of 2019!
The philosophy behind Body Worlds is preventative healthcare. The Body Worlds exhibitions were conceived to educate the public about the inner workings of the human body and to show the effects of healthy and unhealthy lifestyles. The exhibitions are aimed to inspire visitors to become aware of the fragility of their bodies and to recognise the anatomical individual beauty inside each of us. And it certainly achieved this for us! With our group age ranging from 4 to 70, the exhibition kept us all engaged for a good few hours.
It was very interesting and made me aware of how much power you have over your body. It showed me that smoking can decrease your life by many years, as it makes your lungs black.
Annabelle, Aged 10
What were the highlights, messages & takeaways?
The human body is undeniably AMAZING! Seeing it stripped back (literally) to all it’s amazing components was fascinating.
Stress plays a huge part in health and wellbeing. We all realised that stress features highly in our lives now on a daily basis and the exhibition reminded us to take stock and slow down.
The effects of obesity on our health and seeing it in 3D, and how diet and exercise are so crucial, was frightening. You are what you eat has never had so much power!
The ITB is huge and there is definitely no way you can stretch it!
People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.
The Einstein quote really resonated – at goPhysio we’re all about movement! And life is all about being balanced. A healthy mind and body, supported by eating well, sleeping well, relaxing well and moving well, as we wrote about in a previous blog, are so important. None can be neglected and we are privileged to work with so many people and support them with their movement as a crucial part of this healthy jigsaw.
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
It’s 2 years on 19th December since we opened the doors to our new clinic in Chandlers Ford. It’s a common theme of conversations and you hear many people saying it about life, but seriously; “Where has the time gone?!“
In the 2 years since we moved clinic locations, we’ve been able to develop and grow in what we offer local people, expanding to help more people in more ways. As any small business knows, it’s crucial to keep up to date, always strive to learn and develop, never become complacent and offer people the best service possible. Our whole team work incredibly hard not only with you, our patients coming for help, but behind the scenes too.
So, on our 2 year anniversary, we thought we’d take a little look back at the last year and what we’ve been part of.
We started 2018 by asking everyone who used our services for an entire week for their feedback. What you told us was really positive and consistent, and amongst the results friendly, personal, helpful and great at listening were common themes. You can read more about the feedback we recieved here. It’s so important that we get input from the people who use our services – this helps us develop and improve what we offer. It also makes sure that what we are striving to provide and achieves aligns itself with the reality, which it seems to do (reassuring for us!).
For 2018, we decided to focus our fundraising efforts towards a single charity. For personal reasons, we chose The Brain Tumour Charity. We have run a number of events and activities and donated event fees to the charity. This is something we plan to do every year now and we are just in the process of voting for our 2019 charity to support.
The Eastleigh 10k This year, we were delighted to be asked to be the Official Health Partner of the Eastleigh 10k. After an unexpected snow fall in March, the race was finally run in June. Our team worked tirelessly to massage over 150 runners before and after the event. It was such a fantastic experience for all involved and we are delighted to be part of the 2019 event. We have a host of great free events and workshops planned. Take a look here at what’s going on and to book any places.
Eastleigh Borough Council Business Conference In June, goPhysio were invited to be part of the panel at the Eastleigh Borough Council’s green, healthy and prosperous business conference. At the end of the conference, we were delighted to receive an award for the support we provide and our contribution towards helping support a healthy community. Read more about the conference and our award here.
Leadership & Development In December, our Clinical Lead & Physiotherapist, Kim, completed The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Leadership & Development Programme. This was a fantastic achievement and one which Kim, our team and goPhysio are and will continue to benefit greatly from. Our team get together every week for dedicated training and development, alongside supporting and mentoring each other and we have a great culture of shared learning. Ultimately, this supports each of our team in being the best they can be and offering our patients the best possible care.
There’s been a huge increase in awareness of reducing plastic use and waste this year. We decided to do our little bit and in the immense heat of the summer of 2018, we joined an excellent scheme called Refill. Not only does it help reduce the impact of plastic, but it also encourages hydration – a fab initiative!
Best UK Physical Therapy Blog This year, we were delighted to be recognised as one of the top 10 Physiotherapy blogs to follow in the UK for 2018, in the number 3 spot no less! The Best UK Physical Therapy Blogs are chosen from thousands of UK Physical Therapy blogs on the web using search and social metrics. The blogs are recognised because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information, so this is quite an achievement. Read more.
Another recognition we received was being recognised by 3 Best Rated as being in the top 3 best Physiotherapists in Southampton. 3 Best Rated use a 50-Point Inspection which includes local reviews, history, trading standards, ratings, satisfaction, trust, price and general excellence, so we were delighted to feature in their top 3!
Rehabilitation – Our specialist exercise rehabilitation service has really proved popular this year and it’s grown significantly. Exercise and using ‘load’ (weight and resistance) to help with recovery from injury is an absolutely crucial part of what we do – it’s what all the latest research and evidence supports in the best way to ‘treat’ many conditions. But it’s not easy! People often fear pushing their body, especially if they’ve had an injury. They have no idea what exercise they should be doing and wouldn’t even contemplate using weights as part of their recovery! So, that’s where we come in. With a fully supported, customised exercise programme specifically tailored to your condition, goals and lifestyle. As well as using rehab exercises as part of your individual care, we also offer small group rehab sessions, a really cost effective and valuable way to continue your recovery in a small group setting. It’s brilliant having an on site rehab space, fully kitted out with all we need to help you in the best possible way. Read more about our rehabilitation service here.
Young Rehab – We see a lot of growing youngsters and adolescents at goPhysio, often with growth related injuries, aches and pains. Following an accurate diagnosis of the problem, specific exercise programmes are without doubt the most effective way to help most of these young people. With that in mind, we launched our Young Rehab service – based in our Strong Room, this specialist service uses guided, customised and specific exercise programmes to help kids stay active as much as possible, return to sports as quickly as possible and build their physical durability for the long term. It’s just like our rehab service but just for those 16 and under. Read more about Young Rehab here.
Shockwave Therapy – This year we invested in a Shockwave Therapy machine. Shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process, helping you recover faster. It is particularly effective when used to treat long standing conditions, conditions that continue to re-occur or conditions that have not been successfully managed through traditional treatment methods. Particular conditions it is known to help include tennis or golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, rotator cuff tendon issues and hip pain. This was a huge, but very valuable investment, as it can be such an effective treatment and a realistic alternative to steroid injections and even surgery
Pilates Membership Launched – We have just completed an overhaul of our Pilates class payment system. Having run Pilates classes in Chandlers Ford for over 10 years, and with over 20 classes a week, we’ve learnt a lot! Based on feedback from our customers, we wanted to create an easy, hassle free booking and payment system. So, as of January 2019 we have created a Pilates Membership, where members are now guaranteed a space on their chosen class and have an automatic monthly Direct Debit in place to pay for their classes. We still offer the valuable and unique make up class system (plus an extended make up class system for those who’ll be away for extended periods of time). This new system is completely secure and hassle free, making it much easier for you to enjoy and benefit from our specialist Pilates classes. We are also offering PAYG Pilates for those who want flexibility or can’t commit to a regular class.
In July, we were joined by experienced Physiotherapist, Chris. With a special interest in exercise based rehabilitation, Chris is making the most of our onsite facilities in the Strong Room, to incorporate the most up to date treatments into his patient treatment programmes. Chris is also part of our Pilates Instructor team and has even started his own blog, focusing on one of his clinical passions of making strength training less scary!
Will is the newest member of our team. He joins us to provide top quality sports massage and soft tissue therapy, increasing the availability of this service in the evenings and Saturday mornings. In addition to having a level 4 sports massage qualification, Will is just finishing of an MSc in rehabilitation, so is well equipped to support your recovery and injury concerns.
We’ve had a busy year hosting a number of courses for fellow health care professionals. Courses this year have included:
Modern exercise prescription for therapists with Nick Grantham
Running Repairs with Tom Goom
Unravelling Strength & Conditioning for Therapists with Andrew McCauley from ProCare Sport
Paediatric & Adolescent Musculoskeletal disorders – an introduction with Tom Quantrell
We really enjoy hosting these courses. Our team benefits from the excellent course content as part of their CPD, we get to meet lot’s of other fantastic local professionals and also form links with some excellent thought leaders who are sharing their knowledge.
WOW! What a busy year! When you see it all written out, it really does make you stop and think about what we’ve all worked on and achieved.
And most importantlly that doesn’t include the thousands of people we’ve helped over the year. Those in agony we’ve managed to see within hours of their first call, those who’ve been living with pain for years and thought there was no hope, those that thought their event was in jeopardy because of an injury but who we helped get to the finish line!
As we look forward to 2019, we have a whole host of exciting plans on the horizon. But crucial to all of that and at the heart of everything we do is………..
Helping local people live a healthy, active, positive life, pain & injury free.
If you’d like to start 2019 feeling great, looking forward to taking on new challenges and taking care of your body so that you can actually do what you want to do, get in touch. You can drop us an email, book a consultation online or give us a call on 023 8025 3317.