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It’s all about LOAD!

Posted on 18th January 2019 by

We appreciate you guys don’t want to get bogged down with the science, research or evidence behind the ways we help you – you just want us to help you recover from your injury, quickly!

But to us, the science and latest evidence is important, it helps us get the best results for you in the best way. So we always get a little bit excited when we see or read what the latest evidence is saying (especially when it’s presented in a fab infographic!).

This infographic, that was shared by Trust me, I’m a Physiotherapist, really highlights the power of loading.

Load & Strength Chandlers Ford

LOADING is currently a bit of a ‘buzz’ word in the physio & rehab circles. And with good reason. In recovery terms, rest isn’t often the best way forwards but progressive loading is! As the infographic above summarises, many of the body’s tissues will get stronger if they are subject to loading.

So, what exactly is loading?

The definition of load is………..

A weight or source of pressure borne by someone or something.

In exercise or rehab terms, loading means working with some weight or resistance to place greater demands on your body. So, that can be using just your body weight, some light resistance, like bands or machines, or using weights. So, running is loading – you’re loading all the structures in your legs (bones, muscles, joints, tendons & ligaments) through the repeated pressure between your foot striking the surface with every step. A press up loads the structures around your shoulder and arms, just as a squat loads your hips and knees. Now, if you add holding a weight whilst you squat, you are increasing the load.

What is important is that loading is gradually progressed. You don’t want to demand too much of your body too quickly (or too often), especially if you’re recovering from an injury, as this will be counterproductive. It’s a careful balance.

The ultimate result of all this loading is that you will have a stronger and more resilient body. It will cope better with the demands placed upon it, making you less prone to picking up injuries, helping you enjoy an active lifestyle and potentially preventing longterm conditions such as osteoporosis.

Put simply, your tissues will adapt to the demands you place upon them.

If you think you would benefit from some guidance on realising the benefits of loading, then do get in touch. Our fully equipped Strong Room and experienced team offer that unique combination of being able to guide you on progressive loading within your own limits. We consider your ‘whole picture’ – where you are now, any injuries or conditions that affect you, what you love (or would love) to do and most importantly where you want to be. We then use our knowledge, experience and skills to tailor a programme just for you and support you as much or as little as you need.

Give us a call or drop us an email to find out more.


2018 – A Review of the year at goPhysio

Posted on 18th December 2018 by

Review of the year 2018 goPhysio

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. 

Patient Survey goPhysio 2018

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!). 


The Brain Tumour Charity

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. 


EBC Business Conference goPhysio

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.


Refill

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! 


Top UK Physical Therapy Blog goPhysio

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


Physio eastleigh

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! 


New Services 

Rehab goPhysio

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 goPhysio

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. 


Growing Team 

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. 


Professional Courses 

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. 



New Pilates Membership – Giveaway!

Posted on 9th December 2018 by

We are really excited to be launching our exciting, new Pilates Membership at goPhysio for 2019. We’ve been running specialist, clinical mat Pilates classes in Chandlers Ford since 2008 and have grown from just 2 to over 20 classes a week! 

For 2019 we are launching a brand new Pilates Membership system for our classes. A hassle free, simple, monthly Direct Debit payment program for our class attendees. Our current attendees have already signed up for their classes and we are now opening up to new people who’d like to join! 

Win 3 months of Pilates Membership (1 class a week) for you & a friend and a 30 minute Pilates 1-2-1 each! (Worth £440). 

goPhysio Pilates Chandlers Ford

To celebrate the launch of this new membership, we’re running an exciting Facebook GIVEAWAY! 

The winner of the giveaway will win 3 months Pilates Membership (1 class a week) and 2 Pilates Start Up sessions, worth £440! 

To Enter

  1. Head over to our Facebook Page and make sure you ‘Like’ the goPhysio page. 
  2. Find the Give Away post and like the post. 
  3. Write a comment on the post, saying why you’d like to win and if you’ve got a friend you’d like to share the prize with, tag them in the post. 
  4. The closing date is midnight on Wednesday 19th December 2018 and the winner will be randomly drawn on 20th December 2018 from all those who’ve commented on the post. 

T&Cs

  1. The promoter is: goPhysio Ltd.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of goPhysio and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition. It is not open to current goPhysio Pilates Members. 
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are outlined above.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Closing date for entry will be midnight 19th December 2018. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  11. The prizes are outlined above.
  12. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  13. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  14. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by Promoter.
  15. The winners will be notified on Social Media within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  16. The prize can be collected from goPhysio’s clinic.
  17. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  19. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].
  20. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.
    goPhysio shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  22. goPhysio also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  23. Prize details: The prize will include 3 months of Pilates membership (1 class a week) for 2 people. The classes are subject to availability. The same class must be attended every week in line with our Pilates Membership. Classes must start in January 2019 and run for 3 consecutive months until March 2019. The individual Strat Up sessions must be attended before starting the Pilates classes. 



Introducing goPhysio UNLIMITED

Posted on 21st November 2018 by

goPhysio Unlimited

Are you totally fed up and frustrated by an injury that’s slowing you down and stopping you enjoying life? Do you want to finally get on top of it, fully understand what’s going on and follow a plan to get you where you want to be with the right support and guidance? 

We understand all your pains & frustrations.

That’s why, for a limited time, we’re offering a fixed price, unlimited, recovery package.

Register your interest here to be the first to find out when this special package price is launched!

For a one off payment of £549, you will have UNLIMITED* access to:

Until Saturday 5th January 2019.

We only have 10 of these packages available!

If you’re interested in purchasing this package, just enter your details here and as soon as we launch it, you’ll be the first to know!

*The following terms and conditions apply: 

  • Unlimited access to services is subject to fair usage and based on clinical need. The services, frequency of treatment and duration of treatment will be guided by your individual Clinician to provide the best possible clinical outcome for your individual case. 
  • Your Clinician will guide your treatments based on evidence based, clinical reasoning. 
  • Advanced booking is required for all services and classes. 
  • Services and classes are subject to availability, spaces can not be guaranteed with individual clinicians for specific services at specific times. 
  • Our usual cancellation policy will apply and you will be required to provide 24 hours notice if you need to cancel or move an appointment. Repeated non-attendance at appointments will result in our normal cancellation fees being charged. 
  • The goPhysio Unlimited package is not transferable or refundable under any circumstances. Payment is final.
  • All packages purchased will expire on Saturday 5th January. Any treatment or services that are continued after this date will be charged at our standard rates.
  • Offer open to new customers, not currently undergoing active treatment.

 


6 Great Rehab Exercises For Runners

Posted on 14th November 2018 by

How much movement control do you have when you’re running? And why does it matter? 

There’s a really quick little test you can do to quickly screen stability and control in your leg – just take a look at the video below.

If it looks familiar to you, give the 6 great exercises demonstrated by Sports & Rehabilitation Therapist, Tom, a go.

Why is it important to have good movement control if you’re a runner? 

Many runners lack some crucial areas of control in the key leg muscle groups. Given the repetitive nature of running, often over great distances and with demands of endurance, lack of muscle control can put you at risk of picking up many common overuse injuries.

You can easily do all these exercises at home with a few simple pieces of equipment such as resistive band and a small step.

If you’d like more help or support, we offer a specialised Running Rehab service.

The aim of Running Rehabilitation is to help you:

  • Identify any potential issues with your running style, technique or training schedule.
  • Reduce risk of running related injuries.
  • Improve your running enjoyment and performance.

It’s a completely customised service, focused on you and your running to help you get the most benefit and enjoyment and a long term love for running!

Being pro-active about preventing injuries for runners is well worth the investment! When you’ve seen hundreds of frustrated runners who can’t run because of an injury, the disappointment is awful. So, investing some time doing a few simple exercises like those above is well worth it.

Other related pages that may be of interest to you

Running Injuries – The Basics

Achilles tendon injuries

Runners Knee – Patellofemoral Pain

Common Triathlon Injuries

Plantar Fasciitis

Running Rehab at goPhysio


Train for the slopes

Posted on 1st November 2018 by

Ski holiday goPhysio

Skiing and snowboarding are a fantastic form of exercise, challenging both our muscles and our cardio vascular system in an extremely enjoyable way. Both require a significant amount of strength and endurance to stay on the slopes for the duration of holiday.  Unfortunately, most of us have not prepared enough in advance to meet the demands of what is required.

Most of the injuries we see in the clinic throughout the year are not as a result of a sudden traumatic injury, like a big fall leading to a broken bone. Instead, the most common injuries are a result of an imbalance between the loads/stresses we put through our body versus their ability to tolerate that load.  The level of tolerance we have is variable and is constantly changing in adaption to our current activity levels.  For example, a marathon runner training to do a marathon can gradually adapt to slowly building their weekly mileage over the training program so that they can tolerate the full 26.2 miles.  If they then don’t run for a few months they wouldn’t be able to run another marathon again without have to train again as their level of tolerance would slowly ebb away leaving them prone to an injury.

Exactly the same applies to skiing and boarding injuries. 

Now unfortunately, the UK doesn’t have many mountains to get some regular practice on!  This means that skiing/snowboarding tends to be something we don’t do all year then suddenly we go away and are on the mountain for 5 hours or so for 6 days a week straight.  That is a dramatic and sudden change in the load and demands we put through our body.  This increase in demand can cause the tissues to become sensitive and painful.  This then causes them to lose tolerance (their ability to cope)  and can mean that everyday activities can start to aggravate them further (more commonly known as an overuse injury). Such injuries then tend to become a vicious cycle of pain, rest, recover, start exercising again, pain, rest………a cycle that needs to be broken to avoid you having to limit what you do and have a life impacted by recurrent pain.

The good news is, you can do a lot to prevent getting such an injury on the slopes. 

Whilst it is difficult to practice skiing/snowboarding in advance of going (there are indoor slopes and dry skiing slopes around, which we encourage you to visit in advance to get used to the demands) you can still take measures to reduce the risks of such overuse injuries. By training your body in another way, we can help give it the ability to deal with the demands that we are likely to put through it over the course of the holiday. 

Over the course of a week, just imagine what physical demands are placed on your body during such a physical task such as skiing or snowboarding?!

To prepare for this, you can increase your body’s ability to cope with those increased demands by strengthening and conditioning your body, which will increase it’s tolerance levels. The best way of doing this is through doing specific strengthening exercises.  Whilst bodyweight exercises are a good start, the ideal method would be through resistance training using weights or resistance machines.

However, the weights area of a gym can be a daunting place if you’ve never used weights before, and even if you have, what are the best exercises to do? What muscles or areas should you target for skiing or boarding? How many repetitions? How many sets? It can all be very confusing!

Let us help you!

Here at goPhysio we’ve set up a specialist exercise programme aimed at getting you prepared for skiing/snowboarding and giving you an introduction into strength training in a friendly, supportive and knowledgeable environment. 

If you’re interested in getting the most out of your holiday, now’s the time to start! (You’d be shocked to hear how many people come in 5 days before their holiday with a knee injury they’ve had for 6 months, wanting us to wave a magic wand!!)

  1. Your first session will be a 1-2-1 Snow Start Up Session. In this practical 1 hour session, Physio Chris will find out more about you and your skiing or boarding level, any injuries or concerns, your fitness and holiday plans. From this he will create a bespoke, guided exercise programme for you to do at goPhysio over the following weeks. This session will be led by Physio Chris, who has previously worked with British ParaSnowSport, bringing his experience into selecting the most suitable exercises to getting you ready for the slopes.
  2. 5 x 1 hour Practical Sessions During each of your 5 following 1 hour practical sessions, you will work on your program alongside 2 other attendees, in our fully equipped Strong Room. This will be under the guidance and supervision of one of our Sports & Rehabilitation Therapists, who will be on hand to adjust your exercises, add new challenges and monitor your progress. You can do 1 session a week or 2 sessions a week – we can be flexible to accommodate your timings!
  3. Review Once you’ve come to the end of your 5 sessions, Physio Chris will carry out a review of your progress, and support you with your goals from there!

This package costs £210 (payable in advance) and you can book your Snow Start Up by calling 023 8025 3317.

Want to read more about skiing or snowboarding injuries? Take a look at these other articles:

The benefit of Pilates for winter sports

5 Tips to Survive the Slopes this Winter

More about Physio Chris and his Snowsport experience


 

 


We’re Hiring! Sports Massage / Soft Tissue Therapist

Posted on 31st October 2018 by

At goPhysio we’re here to help local people live a healthy, active, positive life, pain & injury free. Sports Massage / Soft Tissue Therapist Chandlers FordHow our customers feel – and how we treat them, whether it’s in the treatment room, studio or on the phone, is of the upmost importance to us.

Central to all this is our team. So, we’ve developed a great place to work, with strong values that underpin everything we do and we look for people who share these values too. Support, training and feedback are part and parcel of working at goPhysio and motivation to develop personally and professionally is crucial.

We search for new team members on attitude first, skills second. So, if you think you may have the right attitude to succeed and progress your career at goPhysio, we’d love to hear from you.

We are looking for a Sports Massage / Soft Tissue Therapist to join our 12 strong team.

About you

We are looking for someone with:

  • A VTCT Level 4 Sports Massage Award or equivalent
  • Member of professional body e.g. SMA or equivalent
  • Experience working as a Sports Massage / Soft Tissue Therapist, ideally within a private healthcare setting
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • A positive, flexible and highly self motivated attitude

About the position

  • Employed
  • 30 hours/week, although part time (minimium 10 hours/week) considered
  • To include 2 evenings and/or a Saturday morning
  • Secure, guaranteed income
  • 28 days paid holiday (including bank holidays) pro rata, with additional days after 2 years employment
  • Weekly in house training
  • Pension, Childcare Voucher Scheme, study leave
  • Dedicated administration time and full time administration support

Take a look at the full job description / personal specification here

To register your interest in any of the positions, please send:

  • An up to date CV
  • A covering letter, detailing why you would like to work at goPhysio and why you would like this position
  • A short video outlining why you are interested in this position of less than 2 minutes (this is optional, but will be looked upon favourably as part of the application process)

to fiona@gophysiotherapy.co.uk


 


How to live an active lifestyle, doing the things you enjoy free from Back Pain

Posted on 8th October 2018 by

If you’re visiting this page, it’s because you or a loved one is suffering with back pain. Well rest Back Pain Report goPhysioassured, you’re not alone! 

At goPhysio, we understand if you’ve got back pain or stiffness – it’s tempting to think that it’s nothing, that it will go away on it’s own. Yet we moan about it, we tell people about it, we struggle to walk upright, we can’t sleep, it stops us doing doing the things we enjoy like golf, gardening or walking – but for some reason we just put up with it. Often hoping it will miraculously disappear by the morning.

If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone. We hear this type of thing all the time. In fact, lower back pain and sciatica is THE most common problem we solve at our Physiotherapy Clinic in Chandlers Ford; getting people just like you back to the activities you enjoy, pain and injury free.

5 Reason’s Why Your Back Pain Could Be Lasting Longer Than You Expect

  1. You’re confused about what do. You’re unsure of what to do or who to see about your back pain? That’s quite common in the early stages, as you’re getting conflicting advice from your friends, family and possibly your GP. 
  2. You’re hoping it will get better itself. This is often wishful thinking, fingers crossed you’ll wake up fre of pain in the morning! (Sound familiar?). Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. If your back pain has lasted for any longer than a few weeks or has recurred a few times, it’s an indication that you need some help to get to the bottom of it.
  3. You’ve been ‘resting’ for too long. Resting too much and for too long is detrimental to recovery. When you rest, your muscles will get tighter and weaker and your joints will get stiffer. This will be most noticeable to you when you try to return to the activities you enjoy. You get ‘straight back to normal’ after a period of rest, and more often than not, this is when your back pain returns and the cycle continues. 
  4. You’re doing generic exercises from ‘Dr Google’ The internet is a great source of free information. However, it’s obvioulsy very generalised. The exercises you may try are not specific for your back problem or for your personal lifestyle. In the real world, this isn’t the most effective way to quickly ease your back pain and get back to doing the hobbies and activities you enjoy!
  5. You’re tackling the symptoms but not the cause. Doing this is like using a sticky plaster. Seeking ways to just relieve your pain or tightness in the short term, like having a massage, hoping it would fix your long term, recurent problem, isn’t the solution. You need to get right to the bottom of the issue and do something about it. There are often a number of issues that have combined to cause your back pain. If they’re not addressed you risk entering that lifelong cycle of pain.

So, if any of that sounds familiar, it’s not a bad thing, in some ways it’s a good thing……… 

Firstly, it tells us what doesn’t work, so we don’t have to waste anymore time. Secondly, it tells us how much closer you are to finding a solution to your back pain and making a decision about permanently fixing it!

At goPhysio in Chandlers Ford, we help you recover from back pain and get back to the activities you enjoy, pain and injury free

What You Can Do To Start Your Recovery From Back Pain Now 

  1. Make a decision to get help. Hopefully, with this information and your free back pain guide, you’re beginning to understand more about your back pain and are closer to making the right decision and returning to the activities you enjoy. Just consider other situations when you’re not confused with your decision about what you need to do………
    1. When your hair is too long, you go to the hairdresser’s and get it cut.
    2. When you have toothache, you’d see the dentist.
    3. When your cat’s ill, you’d call the vet.
    4. If your car broke down, you’d visit the garage…………..So, when you have back pain, you should see a back pain expert to guide you quickly out of pain and disability, returning to the activities you enjoy!
  2. Actually get the right help. Once you’ve decided to get help, don’t delay! Avoid putting up any unnecessary barrier’s to your recovery! Seek out a back pain expert and get some real, expert advice, specific to your injury. You need them to devise a treatment plan aimed at getting back to the activities you enjoy! This may include some ‘hands on’ treatment to help relieve your pain and other symptoms initially, so that you can get mobile and active again in comfort, quickly. Physiotherapists are the first choice for professional sportsman and women the world over, we can also be the best first choice for you!
  3. Do the right exercises’s. Long term, most exercise is great for helping relieve and prevent recurrent back pain. But in the short term, in the early stages, it’s crucial to do the correct exercises, specific to your back pain injury. Being under professional guidance will ensure you receive the right treatment at the right time, speeding your recovery and quickly returning you to the activities you enjoy!
  4. Avoid rest and inactivity. Total rest is never a good idea, it will only delay your recovery, prolonging your injury. Instead, at goPhysio we use the term ‘selective rest’, which means to rest only from the aggravating (pain causing) activities. This is a crucial first step to a speedy recovery! So make sure you’re getting up and moving about as much as you can.

How Deciding To See Us At goPhysio Can Help You 

How can choosing to see a Physiotherapist at goPhysio help you get rid of your back pain in the next few days?

Here’s just a few of the things we can do for you to ease your back pain in the next few days………

  1. Hassle free access to expert Physiotherapists No waiting list’s, convenient early and late appointments, free parking, no referral needed from your GP – you can book by just giving us a call. 
  2. Same day appointments We’ll offer you an appointment within 24hrs of you getting in touch, often on the same day. Once you’ve made the decision to see us, we’ll ensure there are no barrier’s to your recovery.
  3. We can quickly ease your pain and stiffness We can help you find out what’s really going on, and get to the root cause of your back pain once and for all. We know that you want to have some relief from your pain, so will use a range of techniques to make sure we help with this.
  4. We’ll help you get a good nights sleep Trouble sleepin often goes hand in hand with back pain. If you’re having trouble sleeping, we’ll teach you how to position yourself comfortably in bed, to help you sleep much better.
  5. We’ll teach you how to help yourself. It’s all well and good use helping you during your appointments, but its crucial that you are doing everytjing you can do to help yourself the rest of the time. We’ll teach you the best postures, position’s and exercises to ease your pain and stiffness in-between sessions.
  6. Get to the root of YOUR problem We make sure we spend time finding out exactly what’s causing your back pain. We lsiten to your story, what you love to do (and want to get back to). You’ll leave your first session with a bespoke, written personal recovery plan, outlining your treatment program and expected timescales, helping to reassure you with the right information, that’s relevent to you.
  7. We’ll show you how to keep active We’ll make sure from your first to last visit, you clearly understand what you should and shouldn’t be doing, returning you back to more and more activities as you improve, ensuring you stay as active and mobile possible throughout your recovery to the activities you enjoy.
  8. We’re totally focused on you Our care is focused on solving the injury problems and concerns of importance to you, ensuring you achieve your goals, returning to the activities you enjoy!

How Pilates at goPhysio has helped me, by Jill G

Next Steps

Hopefully we’ve answerd some of your questions and concerns and addressed the worries you may be having about your back pain. 

If you have read the information above and think that seeing a Physiotherapist is the best step to take to help you recover from your back pain and our team at goPhysio are the ones to help you, you can book an appointment. 

If you want to know more, you can request a FREE special injury report here.

There are a few options if you’d like to book an appointment:

  1. Call our friendly, helpful Patient Services Team on 023 8025 3317 (we’re open from 8am – 8pm Mon – Thurs, 8am – 6pm Friday & 8am – 12pm Saturday) 
  2. Book an appointment safely and securely online here 24/7
  3. Pop in to see us if you’re in the Chandlers Ford area
  4. Drop us an email or chat to us via our ‘Live Chat’ facility online

If you’re still not sure whether we can help, we’re more than happy to arrange a free telephone consultation. Just drop us an email to fiona@gophysiotherapy.co.uk to request this and we’ll be in touch. 

Don’t forget to request the free special injury report 8 quick, easy ways to live a healthy, active, positive life, free from back pain here, for more advice and information about back pain. Request my free special injury report.


 


The Common Sense Guide to Exercise & Movement

Posted on 24th August 2018 by

The benefits of exercising, moving more and being active are undeniable. We must hear and see articles, posts and headlines about this on a daily basis. But sometimes it can all seem a bit daunting – what’s best to do, how often, why, is it enough, is it too much….???? So many questions! It’s sometimes so overwhelming that it seems easier not to do anything.

So, when we saw this great Common Sense Guide to Exercise & Movement from Cor-Kinetic, it was too good not to share with you. 20 fantastic, simple and easy to follow tips to help guide you to being more active!


Common Sense Movement Exercise Guidelines

If you need any help, guidance or support in your health & wellbeing journey, you can access our wide range of specialist services. These include:

Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy to help you recover from an injury to make sure you can exercise or be as active as you want to be!

Rehabilitation to work on getting you back to your pre-injury condition.

Pilates classes to build your strength, stability and body condition.

Active Ageing Classes, specially designed to help older people gain confidence in exercising in a safe, supported environment.

Please do get in touch to find out more!


Live Well For Longer – Focus on Back Pain

Posted on 2nd August 2018 by

Channel 4’s Live Well For Longer programme on Channel 4 this week looked at one of the most common injuries we see and British people experience – Back Pain. Live well for longer back pain

Back pain is thought to cause 30 million days of sick leave a year, costing our economy an estimated £40 billion. It is thought that up to 80% of us will suffer with back pain at some point in our lives.

The programme compared 3 ‘non-medical’ ways to manage long standing back pain; yoga, physiotherapy and osteopathy. They used a well known, standardised tool to measure levels of pain before and after 2 months of each of the interventions in groups of people who had been suffering with back pain for over a year.

In the Physiotherapy group, the physiotherapist helped to facilitate the return of normal movement and worked on strengthening the spine. It was great to see that the ethos of the physiotherapist is teaching people and giving people information and knowledge that they need to help themselves. This is absolutely fundamental in successful treatment of painful conditions such as back pain.

After 2 months, it was found that Yoga and physiotherapy both helped improve people’s pain by 30-50%. Osteopathy reduced pain by a third on average. All 3 groups of people experienced a decrease in their back pain, demonstrating that with time, investment and commitment, there can be huge improvements in pain. The programme obviously only looked at very small sample sizes, but what it demonstrated that there is a positive way to tackle back pain.

The ket message to take away for people with long term back pain, is that you can’t expect short term fixes. People looking for help with back pain need to be realistic – if you’ve had back pain for a long time, there isn’t a quick and easy fix (that so many people seek!). As the Physiotherapist said, retraining muscles can take at least 6 weeks. It’s the dedication, positive attitude and consistency in investing in your body and finding something that works for you that will often be the success!

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