As you may be aware, we are delighted to be starting Reformer Pilates here at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford.
Having offered mat based Pilates at goPhysio since 2008, alongside the extra space and growing team, expanding into Reformer Pilates was the next step.
Many of you will not be at all familiar with the Reformer equipment, so we thought we’d share a little overview of the key components that make up The Reformer.
THE CARRIAGE is a flat, lightly cushioned bed section, which you lie, kneel, sit, lunge or stand on. This platform smoothly glides up and down the rails. As the carriage moves as part of your Pilates exercises, you will need to engage and work key muscles in a controlled and symmetrical way.
THE FOOT BAR is used to rest your hands or feet against to stabilise you as you move.
THE SPRINGS provide a variable, dynamic resistance to your Pilates exercises. They demand control throughout your full range of movement, which adds a whole new dimension to Pilates. The different colours represent different resistance (from very light and easy to heavy and more challenging!).
ROPES & PULLEYS are used as an alternative to the static foot bar. Hands or feet can be placed inside the loops or handles, and used to work in multiple directions. This further challenges stability and balance.
HEAD REST is an adjustable section to rest your head whilst you are lying on the Reformer bed.
SHOULDER RESTS are used when lying down, to block your shoulders and assist with moving the carriage during exercises as your shoulders press against the rests. They can also be used as hand holds for different exercises.
STANDING PLATFORM at the foot bar end of the Reformer, is a non slip surface that you can place a foot on for doing certain exercises (the foot bar is lowered out of the way for these exercises). The other foot will be placed on the moving carriage.
BOX is placed on the carriage for variety of exercises. It can be great for those who are a little less flexible or to help make some exercises more comfortable.
For anyone who starts Reformer Pilates with us here at goPhysio, you will have a comprehensive introductory session, where one of our Reformer Instructors will introduce you to the Reformer and go through the equipment, how it works and make sure you are confident and comfortable before you start!
The great thing about the Reformer is that although it may look a little daunting, it can actually make Pilates easier, as your movements and exercises can be assisted, supported and facilitated through the Reformer bed, springs and pulleys. At the other end of the scale, the Reformer can take your Pilates to another level by challenging you too – so it’s great for all abilities!
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Places Leisure to offer a special discount for members.
Our ethos is very aligned with that of Places Leisure, in that we both support local people in living healthy, active lifestyles. The facilities at the new Places Leisure and the range of activities on offer are amazing. There really is something for everyone!
However, unfortunately, pain and injury all too often get in the way of people either becoming or staying active. Someone may take up a new exercise and do too much, too soon, which ends in an injury. If this isn’t managed well, it can put them off exercise for a long time. Maybe they want to exercise but have a long term condition such as arthritis and they aren’t sure what they should do? Or maybe an enthusiastic sportsperson has suffered a sporting injury, which means they’ve been out of action for a few months?
This is where we come in. We help guide people dealing with the pain and frustration of an injury, by offering easy access to a range of professional services locally that help people enjoy a life free from pain or injury.
Our services can help members:
Recover from injury
Stay injury free
Manage long term conditions positively with activity
Return to exercise, sports or activity after an injury
Give people the confidence to be active
How do I get a discount if I’m a Places Leisure Member?
So, if you need our help, all you need to do is chat to a member of the Places Leisure team. They’ll complete a quick referral form that will summarise what help you need. Then, all you need to do is give us a call on 023 8025 3317 and say you’re a Places Leisure Member. We’ll find a convenient time for you to come along to see us. When you come for your appointment, just bring your referral form with you. The 10% discount will be applied to your session and any further sessions you need for that problem.
To qualify for the discount, you must inform goPhysio at the time of booking that you are a member of Places Leisure
You must bring the completed, dated and signed referral form with you to the first appointment
Referrals are valid for 4 weeks from the date they are signed. To qualify for the discount the first appointment has to be attended whilst the referral is valid.
Active members of Places Leisure will receive a 10% discount off of the following services:
Pilates is a great whole-body conditioning class, which can be done in many different ways. Our classes here at goPhysio are mainly mat based, however, we like to mix things up to ensure you get the most out of your classes and add different challenges and keep them varied.
One way in which we do this is to use small pieces of equipment. Using equipment has many benefits it can be used to assist you, and/or give you more of a challenge.
There is a lot of different pieces of small equipment that can be used in our Pilates classes. Here’s a few examples of some of my favourites!
Resistant Exercise Band
Exercise bands are a great to use, as we can use different strength bands depending on what we are trying to achieve. Clams can be made harder by tying the band above the knees to add resistance and to really get your gluteal muscle firing. Roll ups can be a challenging exercise however, we can use a strong band to assist you to achieve a full roll up.
The ‘Magic Circle’
The Magic circle-this is a great piece of equipment, although some would say they are a bit like Marmite; personally, I love using them! They add great resistance, making you work that little bit harder and ensure that you really feel which muscles you are working.
Pilates ball is always a fun class with the added balance component to compete with, in some exercises. The pilates ball can allow you to do exercises in a seated position, whilst having to engage your muscles to keep you nice and stable on the ball.
The weighted pilates ball adds increased resistance and challenge. The balls come in different weights so you can pick which weight you are happy with. The balls that we use weigh from: 0.5Kg-1.5kg
So, if you would like a bit more of a challenge or are struggling with an exercise, ask your Pilates instructor about the different types of equipment that you could use in your class.
Written by Graduate Sports Therapist & Pilates Instructor, Francesca
What a glorious day we had for the Eastleigh 10k this year (a stark contrast to the snow of 2018!).
The event always has such a positive, friendly buzz around it. It’s so great chatting to runners before and after the event, hearing stories of P.B.s, overcoming injuries or personal challenges, having the comrardery of running with groups and clubs and friendships formed through running!
We massaged 172 well deserved runners and are grateful to not only our brilliant team who joined us early on a Sunday morning but also our fantastic volunteers from The Universities of Southampton, Solent and Bournemouth and Peter Symonds College to lend us a hand.
We hope you’re recovering well. Don’t forget, if you took part in the run you can take advantage of a host of race pack offers at goPhysio until 30th April. All the details of your discounted offers can be found here.
For the well deserved participants in the Eastleigh 10K, you should have received our exclusive offers in your race pack.
Until 30th April, you can take advantage of any of these offers:
Free 1-2-1 Pilates. Pilates is a fantastic addition to your running training. It helps develop strength, balance and movement control so that you can run more efficiently, preventing injuries. We run over 20 specialist Pilates classes a week. Why not come along for a free 1-2-1 with one of our Clinical Instructors to find out if Pilates could help you. Read more.
Free Shockwave assessment. If you’re struggling with a stubborn, long standing injury such as achilles problems or plantar fasciitis, Shockwave Therapy could be the solution. Book a free assessment to find out. Read more.
Free computerised foot analysis. Recurrent injuries or daily aches and pains can often be caused by your foot position. Come along and find out if your feet are causing any issues for you. Read more.
15% Off Sports Massage. Helping ease post run soreness, and daily stresses, aches and pains, a sports massage is a great way to invest in your wellbeing. You can claim 15% off as many times as you like before 30th April! Read more.
To book any of these special race pack offers, just give our team a call on 023 8025 3317 and quote EASTLEIGH10K.
The Pelvic Partnership has just launched a new campaign, the ‘Stickmum’ campaign, to raise awareness of pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP).
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
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.
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!).
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.
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
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.
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.
Tips: Keep the feet on the floor. Do not poke the chin forward.
#2 One Leg Circle
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips: Keep the pelvis still while doing the leg circles. Keep the knee facing the same direction through the movement to avoid hip rotation.
If you are confused with the breathing, you can start doing the movement without focusing on the breathing..
#3 Shoulder Bridge
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Inhale, lower this leg to the starting position. Simultaneously flex this ankle.
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
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.
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.
Tips: Keep the pelvis still while doing the leg movement.
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.
Action: Inhale to prepare. Exhale, lift the top knee upwards, keeping the feet together. Inhale, lower the top knee onto the bottom leg.
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.
It’s 2 years on 19th December since we opened the doors to our new clinic in Chandlers Ford. It’s a common theme of conversations and you hear many people saying it about life, but seriously; “Where has the time gone?!“
In the 2 years since we moved clinic locations, we’ve been able to develop and grow in what we offer local people, expanding to help more people in more ways. As any small business knows, it’s crucial to keep up to date, always strive to learn and develop, never become complacent and offer people the best service possible. Our whole team work incredibly hard not only with you, our patients coming for help, but behind the scenes too.
So, on our 2 year anniversary, we thought we’d take a little look back at the last year and what we’ve been part of.
We started 2018 by asking everyone who used our services for an entire week for their feedback. What you told us was really positive and consistent, and amongst the results friendly, personal, helpful and great at listening were common themes. You can read more about the feedback we recieved here. It’s so important that we get input from the people who use our services – this helps us develop and improve what we offer. It also makes sure that what we are striving to provide and achieves aligns itself with the reality, which it seems to do (reassuring for us!).
For 2018, we decided to focus our fundraising efforts towards a single charity. For personal reasons, we chose The Brain Tumour Charity. We have run a number of events and activities and donated event fees to the charity. This is something we plan to do every year now and we are just in the process of voting for our 2019 charity to support.
The Eastleigh 10k This year, we were delighted to be asked to be the Official Health Partner of the Eastleigh 10k. After an unexpected snow fall in March, the race was finally run in June. Our team worked tirelessly to massage over 150 runners before and after the event. It was such a fantastic experience for all involved and we are delighted to be part of the 2019 event. We have a host of great free events and workshops planned. Take a look here at what’s going on and to book any places.
Eastleigh Borough Council Business Conference In June, goPhysio were invited to be part of the panel at the Eastleigh Borough Council’s green, healthy and prosperous business conference. At the end of the conference, we were delighted to receive an award for the support we provide and our contribution towards helping support a healthy community. Read more about the conference and our award here.
Leadership & Development In December, our Clinical Lead & Physiotherapist, Kim, completed The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Leadership & Development Programme. This was a fantastic achievement and one which Kim, our team and goPhysio are and will continue to benefit greatly from. Our team get together every week for dedicated training and development, alongside supporting and mentoring each other and we have a great culture of shared learning. Ultimately, this supports each of our team in being the best they can be and offering our patients the best possible care.
There’s been a huge increase in awareness of reducing plastic use and waste this year. We decided to do our little bit and in the immense heat of the summer of 2018, we joined an excellent scheme called Refill. Not only does it help reduce the impact of plastic, but it also encourages hydration – a fab initiative!
Best UK Physical Therapy Blog This year, we were delighted to be recognised as one of the top 10 Physiotherapy blogs to follow in the UK for 2018, in the number 3 spot no less! The Best UK Physical Therapy Blogs are chosen from thousands of UK Physical Therapy blogs on the web using search and social metrics. The blogs are recognised because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information, so this is quite an achievement. Read more.
Another recognition we received was being recognised by 3 Best Rated as being in the top 3 best Physiotherapists in Southampton. 3 Best Rated use a 50-Point Inspection which includes local reviews, history, trading standards, ratings, satisfaction, trust, price and general excellence, so we were delighted to feature in their top 3!
Rehabilitation – Our specialist exercise rehabilitation service has really proved popular this year and it’s grown significantly. Exercise and using ‘load’ (weight and resistance) to help with recovery from injury is an absolutely crucial part of what we do – it’s what all the latest research and evidence supports in the best way to ‘treat’ many conditions. But it’s not easy! People often fear pushing their body, especially if they’ve had an injury. They have no idea what exercise they should be doing and wouldn’t even contemplate using weights as part of their recovery! So, that’s where we come in. With a fully supported, customised exercise programme specifically tailored to your condition, goals and lifestyle. As well as using rehab exercises as part of your individual care, we also offer small group rehab sessions, a really cost effective and valuable way to continue your recovery in a small group setting. It’s brilliant having an on site rehab space, fully kitted out with all we need to help you in the best possible way. Read more about our rehabilitation service here.
Young Rehab – We see a lot of growing youngsters and adolescents at goPhysio, often with growth related injuries, aches and pains. Following an accurate diagnosis of the problem, specific exercise programmes are without doubt the most effective way to help most of these young people. With that in mind, we launched our Young Rehab service – based in our Strong Room, this specialist service uses guided, customised and specific exercise programmes to help kids stay active as much as possible, return to sports as quickly as possible and build their physical durability for the long term. It’s just like our rehab service but just for those 16 and under. Read more about Young Rehab here.
Shockwave Therapy – This year we invested in a Shockwave Therapy machine. Shockwave therapy stimulates the body’s natural self-healing process, helping you recover faster. It is particularly effective when used to treat long standing conditions, conditions that continue to re-occur or conditions that have not been successfully managed through traditional treatment methods. Particular conditions it is known to help include tennis or golfers elbow, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, rotator cuff tendon issues and hip pain. This was a huge, but very valuable investment, as it can be such an effective treatment and a realistic alternative to steroid injections and even surgery
Pilates Membership Launched – We have just completed an overhaul of our Pilates class payment system. Having run Pilates classes in Chandlers Ford for over 10 years, and with over 20 classes a week, we’ve learnt a lot! Based on feedback from our customers, we wanted to create an easy, hassle free booking and payment system. So, as of January 2019 we have created a Pilates Membership, where members are now guaranteed a space on their chosen class and have an automatic monthly Direct Debit in place to pay for their classes. We still offer the valuable and unique make up class system (plus an extended make up class system for those who’ll be away for extended periods of time). This new system is completely secure and hassle free, making it much easier for you to enjoy and benefit from our specialist Pilates classes. We are also offering PAYG Pilates for those who want flexibility or can’t commit to a regular class.
In July, we were joined by experienced Physiotherapist, Chris. With a special interest in exercise based rehabilitation, Chris is making the most of our onsite facilities in the Strong Room, to incorporate the most up to date treatments into his patient treatment programmes. Chris is also part of our Pilates Instructor team and has even started his own blog, focusing on one of his clinical passions of making strength training less scary!
Will is the newest member of our team. He joins us to provide top quality sports massage and soft tissue therapy, increasing the availability of this service in the evenings and Saturday mornings. In addition to having a level 4 sports massage qualification, Will is just finishing of an MSc in rehabilitation, so is well equipped to support your recovery and injury concerns.
We’ve had a busy year hosting a number of courses for fellow health care professionals. Courses this year have included:
Modern exercise prescription for therapists with Nick Grantham
Running Repairs with Tom Goom
Unravelling Strength & Conditioning for Therapists with Andrew McCauley from ProCare Sport
Paediatric & Adolescent Musculoskeletal disorders – an introduction with Tom Quantrell
We really enjoy hosting these courses. Our team benefits from the excellent course content as part of their CPD, we get to meet lot’s of other fantastic local professionals and also form links with some excellent thought leaders who are sharing their knowledge.
WOW! What a busy year! When you see it all written out, it really does make you stop and think about what we’ve all worked on and achieved.
And most importantlly that doesn’t include the thousands of people we’ve helped over the year. Those in agony we’ve managed to see within hours of their first call, those who’ve been living with pain for years and thought there was no hope, those that thought their event was in jeopardy because of an injury but who we helped get to the finish line!
As we look forward to 2019, we have a whole host of exciting plans on the horizon. But crucial to all of that and at the heart of everything we do is………..
Helping local people live a healthy, active, positive life, pain & injury free.
If you’d like to start 2019 feeling great, looking forward to taking on new challenges and taking care of your body so that you can actually do what you want to do, get in touch. You can drop us an email, book a consultation online or give us a call on 023 8025 3317.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.