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Spread the word, Pelvic Girdle Pain is treatable

Posted on 28th January 2019 by

The Pelvic Partnership has just launched a new campaign, the ‘Stickmum’ campaign, to raise awareness of pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).

Pelvic Partnership Chandlers Ford

What is PGP?

  • a condition which affects 1 in 5 pregnant women
  • pain and stiffness in the pelvic joints
  • asymmetry of movement, joint irritation and pain when walking, climbing stairs and turning over in bed
  • in some cases, long-term pain and dysfunction after giving birth which can persist for months or years without treatment

Can PGP be treated?

In short, yes! But treatments can often be poorly understood, with many people thinking that pelvic pain is just a ‘normal’ and acceptable part of pregnancy.

  • PGP can be treated with manual therapy
  • If you’re suffering with PGP you don’t even need a referral. You can just give us a call and book an appointment for an assessment and treatment of the pelvic joints and soft tissues by our specialist pelvic Physiotherapist, Kim.
  • Pain and function should improve after each treatment session

When can PGP be treated?

  • Early diagnosis and treatment can lead to full resolution or reduction in symptoms during pregnancy, so try and get help ASAP if you think you are staring to feel PGP
  • It is safe to treat at any stage during or after pregnancy, even if there is very severe pain
What to expect from treatment

If you think you’re suffering with PGP, please call 023 8025 3317 to book an appointment with our specialist Physiotherapist, Kim. We aim to be able to offer you an appointment within 24 – 48 hours.

Download some really useful information about the PGP and the benefits of treatment here.


The Pelvic Partnership campaign

Read More

The effects of pregnancy on the body

Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy

Pelvic pain awareness month

#PGPistreatable #getamummoving



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.


Pilates with Resistance Band

Posted on 10th January 2019 by

There’s a very simple piece of kit you may have seen or used in one of our Pilates classes, the humble resistance band! It doesn’t look much but it’s a great way to challenge your Pilates exercises. It comes in a range of different strengths, depending on how much you’d like to challenge yourself!

We’ve put together some of our favourite Pilates exercises for doing with the resistance band.

#1 Roll Up

  1. Starting position: Sitting upright. Neutral lumbo-pelvic position. Legs extended in front. Legs extended in front, hips adducted, knees slightly flexed (to allow neutral spine position), ankles in mid ROM dorsiflexion. Theraband looped around the feet and held in each hand. Upper spine and back of the neck lengthened.
  2. Action: Inhale to prepare. Exhale, roll off the back of the sitting bones in a small range of motion to round the pelvis and the lumbar spine. The ribcage and upper quadrant should remain still. Keep the head and neck upright. Inhale, roll forwards onto the top of the sitting bones to resume the neutral spine starting position. The ribcage and upper quadrant should remain still. Keep the head and neck upright.
  3. Tips: Keep the feet on the floor. Do not poke the chin forward.

#2 One Leg Circle

  1. Starting position: On your back, knees bent, feet flat. Neutral lumbo-pelvic position. Resistance band looped around one foot. Hands holding the band. Back of the neck long.
  2. Action: Inhale to prepare. Exhale, float the left leg into the tabletop position then extend the knee. Inhale and hold the extended knee position keeping the band feeling taut. Exhale, circle outwards and downwards in a clockwise direction in a small, controlled range of motion. Inhale, complete the circle on this leg by circling inwards and upwards to finish where the circle started.
  3. Repeat circling this leg 6 – 8 times in the clockwise direction then exhale as you lower this leg to resume the neutral spine starting position.
  4. Repeat 6- 8 clockwise circles on right leg then repeat on 6 – 8 counter-clockwise circles on the left leg. Repeat 6 – 8 anti-clockwise circles on the right leg.
  5. Tips: Keep the pelvis still while doing the leg circles. Keep the knee facing the same direction through the movement to avoid hip rotation.
  6. If you are confused with the breathing, you can start doing the movement without focusing on the breathing..

#3 Shoulder Bridge

  1. Starting Position: The rest position. Neutral lumbo-pelvic position. Resistance band looped around both knees with the band feeling taut. Arms resting long beside the body. Back of the neck long.
  2. Action:
  3. Inhale to prepare. Exhale, gently roll the lower back into mat, lift the tailbone upwards towards the ceiling and continue to peel your spine off the mat, bone by bone until you are resting on your shoulder blades. Maintain tautness in the band.
  4. Inhale and hold the shoulder bridge position. Move your knees out towards the resistance of the band and back in again 6 – 8 times while maintaining the shoulder bridge position and normal breathing.
  5. Inhale and hold the shoulder bridge position. Exhale, and lower the shoulder bridge by drawing the breastbone downwards towards the mat, continue to peel your spine back onto the mat bone by bone until the tailbone connects the mat and the spine returns to neutral.
  6. Tips: Do not extend the thoracic spine (the shoulders must never be higher than the hips). Do not put your weight through your shoulder and neck but rather on your shoulders. Use segmental motion for the lift and lowering, peeling your spinal vertebrae 1 at a time like we do in class.

#4 Lower & Lift

  1. Starting Position: Lie on your side with your shoulders and hips stacked and a band between your legs, just above the ankles. Underneath arm outstretched in alignment with the trunk. Ensure your back is in neutral and your centre is engaged.
  2. Action: Inhale to prepare. Exhale, reach your top leg away from your body and then lift it upwards on an arc. Simultaneously point this ankle.
  3. Inhale, lower this leg to the starting position. Simultaneously flex this ankle.
  4. Tips: Imagine balancing a cup of tea on your top hip and top shoulder to avoid moving these areas. Imagine that the inner aspect of the top leg is polishing a glass tabletop to help keep this leg lifted at hip height. Imagine that the front hand is resting on a cream cake to avoid heavy pressure through this hand.

#5 Side Kick Press

  1. Starting position: Side lying. Underneath arm outstretched in alignment with the trunk with your head resting on this arm. Hips bent to approx. 45° and knees bent to approx. 90°. Shoulders and hips stacked. Resistance band to be looped round 1 foot and held in opposite hand.
  2. Action: Inhale to prepare. Exhale, lift the uppermost leg to bring the knee and ankle to hip height. Then extend the uppermost hip and the knee as far as control can be maintained. Inhale, flex the uppermost leg to the starting position.
  3. Tips: Keep the pelvis still while doing the leg movement.

#6 Clam

  1. Starting position: Side lying. Underneath arm outstretched in alignment with the trunk. Head resting on the underneath arm. Hips bent up to approx. 45° and knees bent up to approx. 90°. Resistance band looped around the knees. Shoulders and hips stacked one on top of the other. Top hand resting on the floor.
  2. Action: Inhale to prepare. Exhale, lift the top knee upwards, keeping the feet together. Inhale, lower the top knee onto the bottom leg.
  3. Tips: Keep the pelvis still while opening the leg.

You can pick up resistance band from goPhysio in Chandlers Ford for £5 a length. Ask your instructor what colour they’d recommend you use, depending on your level and how much of a challenge you need.

If you attend our Pilates classes and would like advice or guidance on any of this exercises, please ask your Instructor, who’d be more than happy to help!

goPhysio strongly recommends that you consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you are in any doubt, please seek professional advice.



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. 



CSP Leadership & Development Program, reflections from a mentor

Posted on 8th December 2018 by

For the past 10 months, Physiotherapist Kim, has been taking part on The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Leadership and Development program. Having just taken on the role as Clinical Lead at goPhysio when the program was encouraging applications last year, it came at a perfect time for Kim and we were all delighted (no more so than Kim!) when she successfully gained a place.

CSP LDP

So, this week, as Kim’s mentor, I was delighted to join Kim and the rest of the South Central cohort at the CSP Headquarters in London, as they shared their their stories and reflections of their leadership journey. 

It was a truly powerful and inspiring day, and I wanted to share my reflections. 

Throughout the day, the messages and leadership journeys that the participants experienced, followed some common themes:

  • Trust, it builds slowly but can disappear in an instant. It is such a crucial part of successful leadership and relationships but has to be earned, developed and nurtured. It takes investment.  
  • Honesty and integrity are values that will be inherent in successful leaders and developing positive relationships. They both feature in the Values We Live By here at goPhysio, and the importance of this was certainly re-enforced. 
  • Listening has to feature in leadership success. Being consciously aware of others, their communication style, their own thought process, frame of reference and plethora of other factor that make up communication is so important and actively listening is something so simple that is often overlooked. People often just want to be listened to! 

What struck me is how these principles are translated into how we care for our patients. After all, when patients see a physiotherapist, their role is to lead them on their journey of recovery – it was fascinating to draw these parallels. 

Sitting there as an observer, I was in awe of:

  • How diverse and talented the physiotherapy profession is. We heard from Physio’s from such a wide variety of sectors, at different times in their careers and each plays such a huge part on positively impacting peoples lives. 
  • How powerful shared learning and peer support is. 
  • That the potential cumulative impact from all the participants could be immense in helping develop, improve and shape the future of physiotherapy. 

The day closed with a motivating address from the CSP’s CEO, Karen Middleton. Karen shared some key messages:

  1. Leaders need to be resilient. She acknowledged that everyone lives an extremely busy life and to be a successful leader in this climate, resilience is essential. 
  2. Be kind to yourself. Self care; taking time to look after yourself and not being so hard on yourself, forms a key part of being resilient. These are key messages that we could all take heed of, whether involved in leadership or not! So making time for YOU can help you become a better leader. However, do not feel guilty about taking care of yourself! 
  3. Tenacity is crucial. Having the strength and conviction to keep going, try something a different way, make changes and have the ability to bounce back, even if things don’t go as planned, all form the tenacity needed to be a good leader. 
  4. Hope isn’t a strategy. Hope is great, but you can’t hope things will change or improve – you need to drive this. I sat there thinking the same about the people we see who have an injury. Many people hope for so long that their pain or injury will just get better and eventually they realise it hasn’t, so they seek our help. Physiotherapy is a strategy! With our knowledge, skills and experience we give people a plan of action to achieve their goal. 

The aim of the CSP’s LDP was to create strong leaders throughout the profession, where the new skills and experience will filter through and create a climate for others to thrive and develop. Physiotherapy as a profession has so much to offer. With our ageing population, ageing workforce and the importance of physical activity and exercise never having been so recognised, we are expertly placed to support and change people’s lives. We can have such an impact, and to harness the power we have, we need great leaders to drive it forwards. 

The Future

I left feeling overwhelmingly positive about the future of physiotherapy as a profession, filled with confidence with Karen as a leader. Physiotherapy really does matter and it really can transform lives. 

watch your thoughts leadership

At goPhysio, we are so proud of Kim and the leadership journey she has been on. We are very excited about the future and sharing her learning within our team and beyond. We would like to join Kim in thanking the CSP, Connect Oxford and The CSP Charitable Trust for this opportunity. 

Fiona, Non-Clinical Director at goPhysio 

#CSPLDP #PhysioMatters


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.

 


World Physical Therapy Day – What Inspires goPhysio’s Physios?

Posted on 8th September 2018 by

For this years World Physical Therapy Day we asked our team of Physiotherapists, what inspires them? 

World Physical Therapy Day 2018

First up, our Clinical Director and founder of goPhysio, Paul Baker

1. Why did you decide to become a Physio?

I was really interested in biology at school, fascinated in injuries and was relatively sporty. I wanted a practical job, to work with my hands and help people. I never fancied  working in an office or hospital, and I wanted the opportunity to have my own business, like my Dad did! So, Physio and having my own practice ticked all the boxes for me and it still does 23 yrs later!

2. What do you love the most about your job as a Physio?

Helping a wide variety of different people solve their injury problems and getting them backto their hobbies and goals!

3. What’s your proudest moment as a Physio?

Opening our new modern bespoke physiotherapy clinic in 2017! that was some journey!! 

Paul graduated from The University of the West of England, Bristol in 1997.

Next up, Roz Brawn

1. Why did you decide to become a Physio?

Having been a gymnast I’ve always been interested in how the human body works from a musculoskeletal perspective and what the human body is capable of achieving.

2. What do you love the most about your job as a Physio?

No two days are the same and you never know how each day is going to develop.  Being able to work each day with people, making a difference and helping them achieve their goals.

3. What’s your proudest moment as a Physio?

Being part of the Great Britain Olympic Team and watching the athletes I have worked with, through all the hours of training and sacrifice, realise their dreams.

Hugo Carvalheiro

1. Why did you decide to become a Physio?

I wanted a profession where I could help people and see the results, a profession where every day would be different, a profession where I would meet and communicate with different people, a profession where I would need to update my knowledge frequently.

2. What do you love the most about your job as a Physio?

I can help people achieve their goals and change their lives.

3. What’s your proudest moment as a Physio?

The moment I helped a paraplegic stand on his feet and walk with lower limb orthotics and crutches.

Chris Tiley

1. Why did you decide to become a physio?

When I was doing my GCSE’s I started to think about potential careers that I would like to pursue.  Physiotherapy was suggested to me and the more I looked into it the more it appealed to me.  I liked the idea that I would be helping people and make a difference to their lives.  I liked how varied the different jobs are within physiotherapy, ranging from the acute hospital setting up to dealing with elite athletes and everything in between.

2. What do you love most about your job as a physiotherapist?

I love being able to interact with lots of different people throughout my day and the challenges that brings with adapting my approach to each person’s different situations.  No two patients present the same, even if they are coming in with the same condition. This makes each day different and varied and makes it even more rewarding when helping people achieve each of their goals.

3. What is your proudest moment as a physiotherapist?

My proudest moment as a physiotherapist is being involved with British ParaSnowsport for 2 seasons.  Although I did not go with them to the Paralympics, I am proud to have treated 2 Paralympic gold medallists as well as silver and bronze medallists in the run up to the games.

Kim Leith

1. Why did you decide to become a Physio?

My Uncle has Multiple Sclerosis and has been in a wheelchair as long as I can remember. I always found it amazing to see how much more mobility and function he had after his Physiotherapy sessions. I also wanted to do something medical as a job, but I’m far too squeamish to be a Nurse or a Doctor!

2. What do you love the most about your job as a Physio?

The problem solving aspect – each patient is like a puzzle when they first arrive and through the assessment you can identify the cause for their pain or problem. Being able to give someone an answer and a reason for why they feel like they do is often the first big step on the road to recovery.

3. What’s your proudest moment as a Physio?

Helping people achieve their goals, no matter how big or small.

All of our team of Physiotherapists are members of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and registered with The Health Care Professions Council, ensuring regulation, high quality standards of care and professionalism.

HCPC goPhysio The Chartered Society of physiotherapists

 

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Absolute Beginners Pilates at goPhysio

Posted on 23rd July 2018 by

Absolute Beginners Pilates goPhysioHave you heard all about the benefits of Pilates but have no idea what it is or what a class entails? Are you not sure where to start? Are you keen to join a class but feel a bit daunted by it?

We’re bringing a special class to Chandlers Ford this Summer – Absolute Beginners Pilates

This special Summer Pilates class, forms part of our summer timetable. This 1 hour session is for absolute beginners to Pilates. If you’re not sure what Pilates is, what a class would involve or whether it’s for you, now’s your chance to give it a try! It will cover all the Pilates basics, help you understand more about Pilates and give you the opportunity to practice some exercises. All of this will be under the careful guidance of one of our experienced Pilates Instructors.

The classes are small and supportive, so you’ll get individual guidance and attention. Our studio is welcoming and friendly, we make the classes fun and sociable – it’s so important you enjoy exercise! You can work and develop at your own pace, so don’t worry about feeling pressure or that it’s too challenging!

Absolute beginner classes are being held on:

  • Tuesday 7th August at 10am with Chris
  •  Thursday 30th August 9.30am with Roz

The 1 hour class costs £12.50. Pre-booking is required.

Take a look at the Summer Pilates Timetable 2018 here.

If you’d like to book onto the Absolute Beginners Pialtes classes or any of our other Summer Pilates classes at goPhysio, you can find out more here.


 


Introducing goPhysio’s Newest Team Member

Posted on 13th July 2018 by

Chris Tiley Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Chris at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

goPhysio are delighted to welcome the 12th member of the team, our 5th Physiotherapist, Chris Tiley MCSP.

Chris has joined the Physo and Pilates team on a full time basis, working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and every other Saturday. Here’s a little introduction to Chris.

“After graduating from Coventry University in 2008, I started practicing physiotherapy in Canada. For 18 months I worked initially in the ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb and then in Vancouver before heading back to the UK.  Since my return I have worked in the Berkshire area within private hospitals and private practices and then more recently in a private practice in Bournemouth.

Throughout my career I have had a keen interest in sport and pursued this within physiotherapy and personally.  I have worked with Reading FC academy for 6 seasons which has given me invaluable experience within a large sporting organisation.  This lead to an amazing experience volunteering at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where I spent the majority of my time working within Rugby 7’s as well as covering some of the table tennis events.

I then spent 2 seasons as one of the physiotherapists for British Parasnowsport, working and travelling with elite skiers and snowboarders with varying disabilities.  This has involved travelling abroad for the training camps and competitions. One of the highlights was being part of the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado with one of our athletes who competed in the adaptive boarder cross race.

My experiences through my various roles have given me invaluable assessment and treatment skills throughout many areas of physiotherapy including: sports injuries, back/neck pain, chronic pain and post operative physiotherapy to name a few. I have also completed level 1 and 2 APPI Pilates matwork training.

Outside of work I enjoy participating in several sports and activities.  I regularly run and have completed the London Marathon twice and multiple half marathons.  I like to cycle and have taken part in several Sportive’s including the Prudential Ride 100.  I enjoy playing racquet sports, indoor climbing and have recently taken up golf.

For further information about myself or the treatments on offer at the clinic please contact me on: chris@gophysiotherapy.co.uk or call the clinic on 023 8025 3317.”

Chris with the Parasnowsport Snowboard Team
Chris with the Parasnowsport Snowboard Team

 

Chris with the British Parasnowsport Alpine Ski Team at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships
Chris with the British Parasnowsport Alpine Ski Team at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships

 

Chris at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Sevens Team
Chris at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Sevens Team

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National Health Research Review

Posted on 13th July 2018 by

A new report from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), titled Moving Forward: Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing, has NHR Moving Forward Physio highlighted how effective physiotherapy is at improving outcomes for MSK conditions.

MSK or musculoskeletal conditions, are those that affect the bones, joints and muscles of the body, like back pain, arthritis, sprains, strains and overuse injuries. These conditions have a huge impact on our daily lives and it’s what our team at goPhysio specialise in managing. Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK, affecting more than one in four people. The evidence coming out of Moving Forward: Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing highlights the importance of physiotherapy for treating these conditions.

This review presents evidence from a range of physiotherapy-related studies. Data from these studies shows the beneficial impact physiotherapy has on a range of MSK conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic knee joint pain and low back pain.

The key findings show that:

  • There is overwhelming evidence that exercise and activity are effective and should be a core treatment in musculoskeletal pain.
  • A rehabilitation programme including targeted exercise, is effective at reducing knee joint pain.
  • Investment in high quality rehabilitation adapted to individual patient needs, leads to better outcomes, reduces the need for further investigations and treatment, such as surgery or joint injections.
  • Work absences can be reduced by an average of five days when people receive advice on low back pain from physios.
  • Stretching and strengthening hand exercises can improve function for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Make exercise a core treatment

The key message from the review is that there is overwhelming evidence that exercise and activity are effective for musculoskeletal pain. This is something that is fully integrated into our care at goPhysio.

  • When you see one of our Physio’s or Sports Therapists, you will always be given a customised exercise programme to help support your recovery. This will be emailed to you along with explanatory videos and/or pictures, so that you have access to the exercises and are confident what you should be doing in between your appointments.
  • We aim to keep you as active as possible whilst you recover from your injury. We offer solutions and alternatives to balance your recovery with staying active wherever possible. We rarely advocate complete rest!
  • We offer a comprehensive, specialist rehab service. Led by our Sports Therapy team, you will have the option to come along to supervised small group rehab sessions, where evidence based exercise is used to optimise your recovery and prevent long term issues. Read more about our rehab service here.
  • We also offer a range of specialist Clinical Pilates classes, which help build long term strength, flexibility and durability. A fantastic way to help recovery, manage long term MSK conditions and ward off injuries.

Our whole ethos here at goPhysio is “Helping local people live a healthy, active, positive life, free from pain & injury”, so it’s great to hear what we are doing and the way we work is supported by the last research.

Download the full report here.

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