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Back Care Awareness Week – Back Pain in Education

Posted on 2nd October 2017 by

The annual Back Care Awareness Week, run by BackCare, the UK’s leading charity for those impacted by back or neck pain, is to take place between 2 and 6 October. The theme this year is Back Pain in Education.

Back pain is one of the top common causes of absence from work throughout the country. It costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year as over four million working days are lost as a result of the condition. Furthermore, about 80% of the UK population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.

BackCare decided it was important to run a campaign targeted at children and young people as many of the back and neck pain problems experienced by adults are due to them not looking after their backs during childhood and teenage years.

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The image here, that BackPain have promoted has the message ‘Don’t pick up heavy things’. There’s nothing wrong with picking up something heavy! In all our years as Physiotherapists, I don’t recall we’ve ever seen a young patient who’s injured their back by picking up something too heavy!

Dr Brian Hammond, the Chair of BackCare said: “Early teaching of children and young people of the importance of taking care of their backs is bound to have a positive effect on the health of their backs as adults.”

He added: “There are simple things children and young people can do, such as sitting properly and not for too long, exercising regularly, stretching and lifting correctly. They also need to know how to carry their school books and equipment in a way that does not harm their back or neck.”

Why we somewhat disagree with this years message!

However, leading Physiotherapists and the latest research will tend to disagree with some of the points raised in this campaign. Although we agree that education and empowering people with understanding and knowledge of taking care of their bodies from a young age is crucial, implying that they can damage their spines by doing normal, everyday tasks like carrying a school bag, is a myth. These messages can lead to an unnecessary fear, which can then progress into adulthood.

Research is suggesting that there isn’t a ‘perfect posture’ or ‘best way to carry a bag’. So implying that young children can ‘harm’ their back or neck in these ways isn’t a positive message to put across.

This image sums up perfectly how children should be caring for their backs – not focusing on correct postures or harmful habits – moving regularly!

Kids perfect posture

So what messages should we be sharing?

  • Exercise and movement is the key – youngsters should be encouraged and supported to take part in a wide variety of exercise, sport and activities that encourage regular, whole body movement that they enjoy! It doesn’t really matter what it is, but enjoyment and instilling a lifelong, love of being active is the best way to prevent developing any back problems.
  • Move regularly – our bodies aren’t designed to be still. It’s not the posture that’s the problem, but staying in single positions for too long that can lead to issues. So, when you read about issues such as ‘text neck’, it tends to be the duration that people are using their devices in, in a single, sustained position that can cause issues. If you held a so called ‘perfect posture’ for any sustained length of time, this could cause issues!
  • Don’t be afraid of pain – aches and pains can be a normal everyday occurrence. We can all feel a bit of stiffness, aching, muscle soreness etc. But pain doesn’t always equal damage. Particularly with back pain, being afraid of the pain tends to lead to us being overly protective, not moving as much, which in turn can cause more pain. It’s a vicious circle. As long as there are no indications to be concerned that something more serious is going on to cause the pain (trauma, pins & needles or numbness, problems going to the toilet, pain at night for example – if any of these are present, it’s advised to see your GP ASAP), then we need to install the confidence that the pain is OK.
  • Be careful with the language we use – particularly with children, the words we use if they’re in pain can be very influential. Negative words like harm, damage, out of place, torn, can all create very negative messages. We need to focus on positive messages like strong and active. Being overly focused on carrying things correctly at a young age, will install a fear that their backs aren’t designed to cope with such a normal, everyday, task – which ins’t true.

There are obviously times and instances when children do develop back or neck pain. This can be caused by sustained postures (often technology related) and a lack of exercise of general movement. In these cases, specific education and increasing their awareness is a key part of helping them overcome any pain they are experiencing. Postural education may be a part of this.

It’s great that BackCare are are raising awareness of back issues in this campaign, but let’s keep the messages positive and not install a fear into young people that their backs might not be fit for the job!

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Open Day Success!

Posted on 19th September 2017 by

We had a fantastic day on Saturday, as we welcomed so many people through our doors to experience many of the different services we have on offer here at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, meet our team and find out more about our lifesaving defibrillator.

Visitors on the day took part in Pilates classes, our Active Backs classes for people who want to gain confidence again exercising with back pain, Positive Steps classes for the later years of life and Yoga with Marianne.

We were also delighted to offer free sports massage taster sessions, free injury advice clinics with our Physiotherapists & Sports Therapists and carried out lots of computerised foot analyses.

Linda, a local community first responder, kindly offered some basic CPR training and dispelled many myths about using a public access defibrillator.

It was wonderful meeting so many local people. Thank you for your support!

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A Busy, Active Weekend Ahead?

Posted on 8th September 2017 by

There’s loads going on this weekend, although getting back into normal routine now the holidays have ended may have you feeling you just want to relax on the sofa!

Tomorrow is Southampton General Hospital’s Annual Open Day, always a fascinating event and in fact, attending this every year as a youngster was one of the things that inspired me to become a Physiotherapist. We wrote a short blog about last year’s event here.

We also have The Romsey Show this Saturday in Romsey, Hampshire. ‘Where town and country meet’, a lovely chance to get on your feet, take a browse around. You can really rack up the steps on days like this. So, particularly if you’re not used to being on your feet all day and if the ground is uneven or wet and slippy from the intermittent rain we’ve been having, make sure you wear appropriate footwear and take plenty of breaks.

On Sunday, Hampshire see’s the fantastic New Forest Marathon events. There are 7 race options for 2017; Full Marathon, Advertiser and Times Half Marathon, New Forest Health & Leisure 10k , ExxonMobil 5k, Junior 1k and 200m Race, SES Autoparts Team Challenge, Nordic Walk and Woodland Walk. So, even if running isn’t your thing, there is a challenge that may suit you whatever your age. Nearly all the New Forest Marathon Events are fully booked now, but entries for next year will open on September 10th.

Simply Health are aiming to get #MillionsMoving by launching their ‘Great Run Day’ on Sunday. This kicks off with the Great North Run on Sunday. Although this may be a bit further afield, they’re in the area in continuing their Great Run Series in October for the Great South Run, which I know many local runners are signed up for.

If you are taking part in the New Forest Marathon, have the Great South Run or Winchester Half Marathon coming up or any other running event, why not come in for a professional Sports Massage. A great adjunct to your training programme to help with recovery between runs or a perfect treat after an event to help ease post race soreness. We have appointments 6 days a week, including every evening and you can even book online!

Whatever your plans for the weekend,

New Forest Marathon 2017  Great Run Day


Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen

Posted on 21st June 2017 by

Anyone familiar with music from the 1990s must remember ‘Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen’ – Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of an article originally written by Mary Schmich for a column in the Chicago Tribune.

As I was driving earlier this morning, the song was playing on the radio. Almost a decade and a half since I first listened to the song, the words all seemed to be more poignant and have much more significance in my life. There was a particular line in the song that struck a chord with me (around 2 minutes 48 into the song):

“Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.”

Having recently been spending a lot of time working on what our core values are at goPhysio, this line really encompasses everything we are & everything we do.

Enjoy your body – we are here to help make sure you can enjoy the amazing things your body is engineered to do. Walk, run, jump, ski, sit & move, whatever it is we help to make sure you can do these things without pain or injury, in the best way physically possible.

Use it every way you can – make the most of your physical abilities by staying pain & injury free. Have the confidence to try new things and push your body to find your own limitations.

It is the greatest instrument you’ll ever own – the daily advances in technology really do blow me away. But stop & think just for a moment how amazing the human body is and what we rely on it to do for us day in, day out! I know it’s a bit of a cliche, but having heard that line, it really did make me think how precious & great the body is and how privileged we are every day to be able to help people take care of their most precious instrument! You can buy the latest iPod or computer, replace & update it, but we really do need to take care of our body and appreciate what it can and does do for us every day.

If you want a little trip down memory lane (or if you’ve never heard the song & words before) you can watch the video here on You Tube – enjoy!

p.s. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

The featured image was part of some work completed by Coventry University.

 

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Men’s Health Week- Have you got a hazardous waist?

Posted on 13th June 2017 by

This week is Men’s Health Week 2017 – which runs from June 12-18 – the focus this year is about abdominal obesity – better known as ‘belly fat’. Men's Health Week 2017

Why? Because it’s the type of fat that’s bad for your health and men are more likely to have it.

Belly fat is a problem because it lurks not just beneath the surface but also gets down deep and surrounds your vital organs. Regardless of your overall weight, a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Premature death from any cause
  • High blood pressure

So, men need to get those tape measures out. If you have a waist measurement over 37 inches (94cm), you are at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and erection problems. If it’s over 40 inches (102cm), you’re ar a considerably increased risk of all these. The measurement is not the same as your trouser size. Measure your stomach at the belly button.

MOVE MORE, EAT WELL, WATCH THE BOOZE.

Want to get serious about tackling your waist? We offer a range of gentle and carefully managed ways to exercise and get you moving more.

  • First and foremost, if you’ve picked up an injury or are in pain, the first thing you do is move less. This can have a substantial knock on effect on your activity levels and habit. So, if you’re in pain or have an injury that’s stopping you being active – whether it’s cycling, walking to work, playing golf, running or doing a few laps of the pool, get in touch or book your physio appointment so that we can help you sort out your injury.
  • Pilates is a fantastic way to get you moving well. Many of the exercises really focus on that core middle area and although they aren’t specifically designed to slim down your waist, many people report that this is an additional benefit.
  • If you’re over 60 and keen to exercise but wary of going to a gym or not sure what exercises are advised or appropriate, why not come along to our Positive Steps exercise classes. They are specially designed for the older generations, and will help give you the confidence to push your body a little.
  • If back pain is stopping you from exercising, why not try our Active Backs classes. Exercises sessions specifically tailored for people with back pain, they will help you learn what exercises will help with your back and again, help improve your confidence in exercising.

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All About Defibrillators

Posted on 9th June 2017 by

A defibrillator (AED) is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest AED Chandlers Ford
wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

If you come across someone who has had a cardiac arrest, it’s vital to call 999 and start CPR. Then you should find out if there is a defibrillator nearby. Where we are in Chandlers Ford, there is very limited access to an AED. Given that we’re in a very busy, central location – we thought it would be a great idea to provide one for the local community.

You will often find defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.

You can find out more about CPR here.

We’re planning on covering 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing the defibrillator. We will also be responsible for ongoing running and maintenance costs. We’re asking for your help to raise money for the other 50%. Please visit our Just Giving Page if you’d like to donate.

Thank you!


AEDs Save Lives – We Need Your Help!

Posted on 31st May 2017 by

AED Fundraising Our team at goPhysio undergo regular first aid training. Part of this always involves training on how to use an Defibrillator or AED. What struck the team, was firstly how crucial having access to an AED is for survival rates from a cardiac episode, but secondly, how easy they are to use.

The first aid trainer showed us an app to find our nearest AED and the nearest ones to us in our section of Bournemouth Road in Chandlers Ford are at Park Surgery on Hursley Road (only available during opening hours) and further down Bournemouth Road at the dentist.

Given the numbers of people that are in the area, using our facilities and those other local businesses in the vicinity, having access to an AED could save crucial minutes and ultimately save a life.

Currently, over 30,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year, without immediate treatment 90-95% of these victims will die. The only definitive treatment to Sudden Cardiac Arrest is immediate CPR along with a life-saving shock from a defibrillator. Having a readily available defibrillator in public locations will help to increase survival statistics and will protect those in the area against SCA. In the event of a cardiac arrest, if CPR and defibrillation are provided within 3-5 minutes of collapse, a victim’s chances of survival can increase from 6% to 74%.

There are actually very few easily accessible defibrillators available in the area. The one we purchase and install will be in a wall cabinet stored safely outside our clinic and accessibly so it can be quickly retrieved in an emergency 24 hours a day. All our staff are first aid trained, and will be at hand if needed.

We’re officially launching our fundraising campaign on Friday 9th June to co-incide with the British Heart Foundation’s Wear It Beat It campaign. Our team killall be wearing red that day to help raise awareness of the life saving research that the British Heart Foundation carries out and to kickstart our fundraising campaign.

Here at goPhysio we are looking to match fund 50% of the cost of the AED and installation, so we’re looking to raise £1100. We will cover the reminding cost and ongoing running and maintenance costs.

If you’d like to donate towards this life saving piece of equipment for your local area, visit our Just Giving page. Thank you!

#WearItBeatIt #AEDSavesLives


Easter Opening Hours

Posted on 12th April 2017 by

We hope you are able to take some precious time off over the long Easter weekend and enjoy some glorious, spring weather (fingers crossed!).

The clinic will close at 8pm on Thursday 13th April and re-opens at 8am on Tuesday 18th April. Whilst we’re closed you can still book an appointment easily online by visiting our website or leave us a message on our answerphone. Happy Easter!

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“When things get tough, just get tougher”

Posted on 16th March 2017 by

toughI’m reading a wonderful book with my daughter, Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.

The stories are so inspirational and the illustrations beautiful. One of my favourite so far is about UAE’s first female Weight Lifter, Amna Al Haddad.

Once a self confessed overweight and unfit journalist, Amna started getting physically active and eventually became a weightlifter and even took on the quest to represent her country at Rio.

I love her ethos, that whatever your age, religion or ethnicity, sport is good for everyone.

“When things gets tough, just get tougher”

#GoodnightStoriesForRebelGirls


How goPhysio are different

Posted on 24th January 2017 by

There’s a lot of choice out there if you want to see a Physio. As a customer looking for someone to help solve your injury frustrations and get you back to enjoying an active life, it can be a bit daunting.

Unless someone has been recommended to you, you probably head straight for your computer & Google! But what do you look for?

Here’s how we’re different at goPhysio..……….

We employ all our staff

All our Physiotherapists are full time employees of goPhysio. So what you may ask? Well we think it’s a big deal. Having a team of full time employees gives us a really cohesive force. The team’s working time is fully dedicated to goPhysio – not being pulled or split between too many commitments. This means they are there to fully support you and your treatment. Our staff don’t turn up for an evening clinic having already spent a whole day working in the NHS, already exhausted!

We have a dedicated clinic, open over 60 hours a week

Our dedicated clinic is open 6 days a week, from sunrise to sunset during the week! The fact we’re open all day, every day gives you a consistent service, with appointments at a time to suit you. If you need to contact us, you can. If you need to see someone today – more often than not, you can! We’re even open on a Saturday morning if you can’t quite squeeze in an appointment during the week.

Experienced clinicians

All of our staff have a minimum of 5 years experience working as a Physiotherapist. Between us, we’ve got a combined experience of over 30 years. This experience helps get better outcomes for you, faster. The hundreds of patients they’ve seen, combined with an environment of shared knowledge creates a dynamic, progressive and problem solving environment, giving you the best possible care and service. If you come and see us at goPhysio, you won’t be seeing someone who’s recently qualified, with minimal real life experience in resolving injuries.

Range of onsite services

Whether you’re after help with an injury or being proactive about your health and physical well being, we offer a range of in-house, services all within the clinic. Our team all work very closely together, so if you want’t to carry on your rehabilitation through coming to one of our Pilates classes, the transition is seamless. If, during a sports massage, a more serious injury is picked up, you’ll be referred on to a Physio. This integrated method of care helps support you to achieve your goals.

Dedicated administration team

Our dedicated administration team are always on hand to help you. We now have over 60 hours a week of administration support at the clinic. Whether it’s booking or changing an appointment, liaising with your insurance company or sorting out a receipt for your cash back plan, they can help. It also means that our clinical staff aren’t pulled between answering the phone, booking appointments and managing diaries – they can focus on you as their patient! When our desk or phones aren’t manned, you can even book an appointment online safely and securely on our website.

Our Clinic

We’re one of the only private practices in the area that has their own, completely independent clinic and facilities. We’re not renting a room in a GP surgery or gym or reliant on third parties for long term stability. We are completely independent and in control of our facilities which gives us stability and control. We are able to continually re-invest into the clinic to offer the best facilities and experience in the area. At the end of 2016, we moved into our brand new clinic in Chandlers Ford. This is our third clinic in Chandlers Ford, each time we’ve moved we’ve doubled in size. We spent a year renovating a derelict old building and now have an amazing new space – with large, private treatment rooms, a spacious studio, rehabilitation room and air conditioning throughout for your comfort. There’s a free on site car park for your use and great local transport links. We’ve got everything you need to have a relaxed, welcoming & supported recovery.

Local, Family Business

goPhysio is a truly local, small, family business. It’s owned and managed by husband and wife team, Paul & Fiona. It was established locally back in 2001 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. Paul & Fiona not only have a business in Chandlers Ford but live here too with their 3 children, who go to school locally. They love being able to provide such a crucial and valued service in the area. You can read more about the history of goPhysio here! 

Recommendations

Over 80% of our new customers come to us through a personal recommendation. Unlike many other physio’s we don’t fill our diaries with 3rd party external referrals from high volume/low cost work (which is now commonplace in the industry). So the patients that fill our diaries are there because they value the service we offer and results we achieve, they have chosen us based on the quality of service we offer. This is the biggest compliment and endorsement we can get – personal recommendations and returning customers! We even say thank you to those who refer a friend with our ‘Refer A Friend’ Scheme.
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