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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!

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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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New Sports Massage Loyalty Rewards

Posted on 28th July 2017 by

To celebrate and welcome our new team of Massage Therapists and extended massage appointment availability, we’re launching a loyalty reward scheme.

When you next come in for a massage, ask for one of our loyalty cards. Every time you come for a massage appointment, you’ll get a stamp on your card. You’ll then receive £10 off your 5th massage and £20 off your 10th massage! 

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We now have a team of 3 qualified and experienced Sports Massage Therapists, Francesca, Elizabeth and Cameron.

Massage appointments are available daily, with additional evening appointments Monday – Thursday until 8pm and every Saturday morning.

To book your massage appointment, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or make a booking online here.

Read more about sports massage.


Welcome to the team Jack!

Posted on 20th April 2017 by

Jack Hughes Physiotherapist Following on from his work in professional football, Jack moved to the south of England in April 2017 to join the team at goPhysio.

Since graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Physiotherapy, Jack has placed a huge emphasis on the prevention of injury and re-injury, using sound medical, sports science and strength & conditioning principles that are specific to the individual.

In doing so, he has helped to rehabilitate an array of musculoskeletal conditions in a variety of settings.

Jack likes to practise what he preaches by throwing weights around a gym and playing a number of sports.

 


Top Tips From The Team: Health & Wellbeing Apps

Posted on 7th March 2017 by

Top Tips Health Apps

In the first of our new series of blog posts, we’re sharing some tried and tested Apple apps that we are loving here at goPhysio.

All of these apps have been designed to help support and encourage a healthy, positive lifestyle.

1. ESCAPE-Pain: Enabling management of arthritic pain

ESCAPE-pain is an innovative, award-winning rehabilitation programme for people with long standing knee and hip joint pain. This programme is delivered in the NHS in some areas and approved by NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

This app was developed in conjunction with physiotherapists from the Health Innovation Network in London to bring the ESCAPE-Pain programme to more people.

During 12 sessions, over 6 weeks the app will provide:

  • Engaging animations giving simple advice and information that help you learn what is good and bad for you, so that you can help yourself cope better with the effects of joint pain.
  • Short, quality HD videos show you how to perform simple exercises, removing the guesswork of whether you are doing the exercises correctly, and help you become more active.
  • Plot your progress to see how you are improving.

2. Headspace

This is a really well known app, but definitely deserves a mention. It is well known that meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.

The aim of Headspace is ‘Meditation made simple’. It provides guided meditations suitable for all levels.

Whether you just want to take some time out for yourself, if you’re suffering with pain and want to try some alternative coping mechanisms, or want to address issues sleeping – meditation can be very powerful.

3. Blinkist

I’ve mentioned this app before. If you like self improvement or motivational books but don’t always get the time to read, this app is perfect.

Blinkist distills the key insights of 1,500+ bestselling nonfiction books into powerful 15-minute reads or listens. Boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives to become a better, smarter you.

This app will help you:

  • Sharpen your professional skills with the best business books in your field.
  • Explore your many-sided self with the most impactful self-improvement titles.
  • Discover new perspectives on the world with bestsellers on economics, science, history & culture.
  • Stay on top of the latest trends and ideas in your professional field.

4. Moment

We use our hand held devices so much nowadays. The full extent on the impact of such heavy device use is still unknown. Besides the obvious neck, shoulder, hand and wrist problems that are developing due to long term device us, there are huge potential social and psychological impacts. (Have a read of this book if you’re interested in finding out more.)

So, do you really know how long you’ve used your device for in a day? What else could you spend that precious time doing? I’m sure the true amount of time spent on devices may shock some people.

Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.

This is a fantastic app to bring some transparency to device us, particularly great for younger members of the family.

5. Stand Up! The work break timer

We’ve all heard the media and research suggests that sitting for long periods of time isn’t great for us. If you’re a desk based worker or sit for long periods of time, it’s recommended to stand up and move about regularly and vary your working positions. However, it’s not always easy to do this when you’re engrossed in a task.

Stand Up! is a fun, flexible work break timer app. It’s also great for RSI or work related upper limb sufferers, or anyone that needs to take regular breaks.

6. NHS 24 MSK Help

This fairly simplistic app gives advice on common muscle, back & joint problems. Although it only provides simple information, it is a great starting point if you’ve suffered an injury or are in pain and looking for some general advice.

 


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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Win A 30 Minute Sports Massage Today!

Posted on 18th December 2016 by

Sports Massage Chandlers FordIt’s finally almost here. Tomorrow we are opening the doors to the new clinic and studio, ready to welcome you and help you live a healthy, active, positive life, free of pain and injury. For our last giveaway, you can win a 30 minute sports massage. Just like and share this post!

We can’t wait to see you in our new clinic.


6 Days Until Opening – Win A Computerised Foot Analysis

Posted on 13th December 2016 by

goPhysio Foot AnalysisWith 6 days to go until our opening, here’s another chance to win a free computerised foot analysis. With so much going on in your feet, and such a crucial part to play in your day to day movement – seeing what’s going on with your feet can be really insightful. You can win a 30 minute session with one of our Physio’s. They’ll take a look at your feet and carry out a computerised foot scan. They can then discuss the findings with you. You can find out more here.


Day 15 Countdown Giveaway – Ease Those Aches & Pains With A Massage Roller

Posted on 4th December 2016 by

Massage roller goPhysioAnother one of our favourites on today’s giveaway. Like us, follow us & share this post and you will be entered into a draw to win a massage roller.

These handy little rollers are great for easing tense, tight areas – they apply an even pressure and you can use it yourself or get someone to use it on your back, neck or shoulders. It saves their hands!

You can even put massage oil into it.


The New Clinic Countdown Giveaway

Posted on 29th November 2016 by

It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally nearly ready to open the doors to our brand new Physiotherapy Clinic & Pilates Studio. So, what better way to countdown the days till opening with our own special festive advent countdown giveaway.

From the 1st of December through to the 18th of December, we will be hosting our very own Christmas new clinic countdown giveaway with prizes to be won each day to celebrate the new clinic opening! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a prize every day is to like our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page and share each of our giveaway posts.

Visit our Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or Instagram pages from 1st – 18th December to uncover 18 days of giveaways.

So join us as we countdown to the most magical time of the year and see what special giveaways and treats we have in store for you!

You can also follow our hashtag #MoveAndImprove on social media to see what’s happening each day.

See you on 1st December!

Love, the goPhysio team x

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goPhysio FAQs: What questions will I be asked?

Posted on 10th October 2016 by

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Here at goPhysio we understand that coming to see a Physiotherapist may be a bit daunting? Lots of questions may go through your mind before you decide to make an appointment……….“What will they ask me? Will it hurt? Will I have to get undressed? How do I know it’s going to help?”

We aim to provide a very caring, comfortable and professional environment for you to come and get your problem resolved.

To help answer some of the thoughts you may have if you’re unsure about picking up the phone to make an appointment, in this new blog series, we address some of the questions you may want to ask.


What questions will I be asked? 

During your first appointment at goPhysio we will spend a little time sitting with you and asking you some questions. We have to ask some pretty standard questions about your general health, medication etc. just to make sure everything is taken into account.  Most importantly we ask what you enjoy doing that your injury may be stopping you from doing! This gives us something to aim towards and a goal. Whether it’s something simple like putting your shoes on without groaning in agony, or you’re signed up to a marathon next month, it’s your own personal goal that helps us guide your personalised recovery.

Asking about the history of your problem or injury is a crucial part of your first appointment. No one knows more about whats happened than you do. Sometimes there are things that aren’t obvious to you that with careful questioning give your Physio a great clue as to what’s going on. We’re a bit like detectives, gathering all the information, putting it together with what we see and find; in order to give you a diagnosis and recovery plan.

Questions may include:

  • What makes it worse?
  • How is it at night?
  • Is there anything you can do to ease your pain?
  • Sport specific questions related to training frequency, intensity, changes etc.
  • Has anything changed recently like car, bed, footwear, a holiday?
  • What would you like to be able to do that you can’t at the moment?

If you don’t know the answer to any questions you’re asked, it doesn’t matter! There’s no right or wrong answers. Some people find it helpful to have a good think about their injury before their appointment or jot a few things down, so they remember some key important facts. But don’t worry if you don’t.

When your physio looks at your injury, they may ask you further questions guided by what they find.

We aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your time with us. You’ll find from reception to treatment room you’ll be made to feel welcomed and relaxed with our caring, professional team.