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World Physical Therapy Day 2018

Posted on 8th September 2018 by

World Physical Therapy Day takes place every year on 8th September. The day is an opportunity for Physiotherapists (physical therapists) from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.

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The campaign message of World Physical Therapy Day 2018 is “Physical therapy and mental health”, demonstrating the role that physical therapy and physical activity has in mental health.

The campaign is focused around the following key messages:

  • Exercise as an evidence-based treatment for depression.
  • The role of physical therapists working with patients who may have mental health issues.
  • The benefits of physical activity in protecting against the emergence of depression.
  • How better outcomes are experienced when exercise is delivered by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a physiotherapist.
  • How people with mental health issues are more at risk of having poor physical health.

Here are some great infographics that summarise how mental health can be improved with exercise and the crucial role physiotherapists can have in supporting this.

World Physio Day 2018

World Physio Day mental health

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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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Congratulations Kim & Dan!

Posted on 5th February 2017 by

Our team were delighted to join Physio Kim at the weekend to celebrate her marriage to Dan in Cambridge. Kim looked stunning and it was a beautiful (and perfectly planned) occasion! Congratulations to Kim & Dan x

 

 


 


goPhysio FAQs: Do I have to see my GP first?

Posted on 26th October 2016 by

Following in our FAQ series, today we address a commonly asked question, do I need to see my GP goPhysio FAQbefore I come to physio? 

The good news is, no, you don’t. You can decide yourself that you’d benefit from physio and just give us a call to make an appointment or book an appointment online.

Having to go to see your GP is a fairly traditional route. More often than not, for a mild to moderate musculoskeletal (MSK) injury, they’ll just advise you rest and take painkillers for 6 weeks anyway. To be referred to NHS physio, you’re likely to still need to see your GP first. However, there is even a move now in GP surgeries to have physiotherapists as the first point of contact for MSK injuries. Given that consultations for MSK conditions make up an estimated 30% of a GP’s caseload, having physiotherapist take over this role is great!

So, if you have a sprain, back pain, sports injury, neck problems, postural issues, muscular or ligament injury – anything affecting your muscles, bones, joints, you can come directly to see us. This saves you precious time and delays in your recovery so you can get back doing what you want to be doing.


Meet Our Physiotherapist Kim McCreith

Posted on 26th July 2016 by

Kim McCreith Physio goPhysioMeet one of our physiotherapists, Kim McCreith.

I graduated in 2010, from Coventry University – since then, I’ve completed my APPI Pilates class instructor training and qualified in using Acupuncture, both of which are really useful in my work here at goPhysio!

In the last couple of years, I’ve started specialising in musculo-skeletal issues during pregnancy and post-natally. I have done some additional training with the APPI to teach Ante & Post Natal Pilates and also with the Pelvic Partnership, who do great job supporting women with SPD and PGP.

Outside of work, I love spending time in my garden and baking (then eating!) all sorts of cakes and biscuits. I also spend a lot of time on the side lines of the Rugby pitch, supporting my other half and fixing his injuries.


Paul Baker – Clinical Director goPhysio

Posted on 25th July 2016 by

Paul Baker Clinical Physiotherapy Director goPhysioHow long have you been a qualified Physiotherapist?

I’ve been a physiotherapist for nearly 20 years, qualifying in 1997 and opening goPhysio in 2001.

Why did you want to be a physio?

I was originally attracted to a career in physio for a wide variety of reasons, namely;

  • I was a keen sportsman and I participated in a wide variety of sport and exercise at school, including the Irish traditional sport of Gaelic football!
  • I was always interested in a healthcare type profession and helping people but was never keen on actually working in a hospital (hence private practice had always been my dream).
  • I wanted to have a career that used both my hands and my brain.
  • I enjoyed the fact that ‘outpatient’ physio was responsible for both the assessment and treatment of conditions and responsible for the whole patient journey from injury to recovery and involved the whole rehabilitation process.
  • My father had his own business, so I grew up around customers and business talk, so always wanted to have my own business one day.

Essentially, I was one of the lucky ones at school who always knew exactly what I wanted to do. I am very happy with my choice and creating goPhysio has realised my dream and I love being part of a profession, that 20 years later is still interesting, varied and rewarding.

So What do you do on a daily basis?

I particularly enjoy the diversity between my various clinical and non-clinical roles as Clinical Director at goPhysio. Day to day I am responsible for the clinical training of our team. I also still have a large role in continued clinical practice, and see a full list of patients every week. I am jointly responsible for the strategic business development at goPhysio and continually look at ways to improve and grow.

So ultimately my days are very varied and interesting, with many curve balls being thrown at me with the business mangement, whilst taking care of a wide range of interesting patients at different stages of their rehabilitation.

What’s your approach to patient care?

My philosophy is quite simple and is reflected in how we operate at goPhysio. Essentially we’ve setup the business to solve the day-to-day hassles of patients getting access to a quality physiotherapy service, at a moment’s notice.

We aim to be the first choice for local injured people, helping our patients achieve an active positive lifestyle, pain and injury free. This involves focusing and investing in our team, who in turn are best equipped to take care  of our patients, going the extra mile and keeping their promises in every interaction, optimising their recovery.

What hobbies or interest’s do you have outside work?

I love to keep active and enjoy taking on a new physical challenge! Over the years I’ve participated in a wide variety of sports for purely enjoyment & fitness, namely gaelic football, hurling, running, golf, soccer, Cross Fit, mountain biking, scuba diving, road cycling, kitesurfing, wake boarding and skiing, to name a few!

How can you help me?

Regardless of your background, lifestyle or sporting preference, I have a wide range of experience to help solve your injury problems and concerns and get you back to participating in the activities you enjoy.


Help! I’ve got back pain – what should I do?

Posted on 16th July 2016 by

Sudden onset of back pain is not uncommon, we see dozens of people a month at goPhysio who come in with quite severe pain in their back. Often this has come on suddenly without any warning.

It can be quite a scary experience, especially when it comes on quite quickly and is quite an intense pain. However, in the majority of cases back pain isn’t anything too serious and when handled in the right way will resolve quickly.

So, if you wake up with back pain or suddenly suffer with pain in your back, what should you do?

  1. Try and keep moving. Even though moving may make the pain worse, it’s very important to keep moving. If you’re afraid to move and just stay in 1 position this will actually make your problem worse. Moving will help reduce muscle spasm and help act as a natural painkiller by de-sensitising the injured area.
  2. Use a heat pack or hot water bottle on your back. This will help reduce muscle spasm, relieve pain and make it easier to move about. 10-15 minutes every couple of hours is good.
  3. Try and do some back exercises every couple of hours (after you’ve used heat above is a good time).
  4. Take painkillers. Speak to your pharmacist about the best ones to take for you, but painkillers are worth taking as they will help ease the pain which will make moving easier.
  5. As the pain eases, build up what you are doing. When the pain is quite severe, you may have to modify what you do day to day to minimise aggravating your pain, but try and get back to ‘normal’ ASAP.
  6. If your pain isn’t easing after 3-5 days or is getting worse, come and see one of our Physio’s. We’ll do a full assessment to get to the bottom of what’s causing your problem and start a penalised recovery plan to get it better and stop it coming back too.

These simple exercises are a great way to gently get your back moving and help ease pain and tension.

Pelvic Tilt – lying on your back, gently tilt your pelvis backward and forwards, so you’re alternately arching and flattening your lower back. You can also try this in sitting or standing.

Exercises for back painBack pain exercise

Lumbar Rotations – lying on your back, gently rotate your knees from side to side as far as you feel comfortable.

Spinal rotation exercisesExercise for back pain

Back Stretch – lying on your back, gently bend one leg up towards you with your hands round your knee. Repeat with the other leg.

back stretch

What if it doesn’t get better? Back pain will often ease off over a few days. If you find your pain isn’t improving or is getting worse, you’d benefit from coming to see one of our Physiotherapists. They’ll be able to work with you to provide relief from your back pain. Just give us a call on 023 8025 3317. You can also book an appointment online.

There are many common myths surrounding back pain. These include ‘Moving Will Make My Back Pain Worse’, ‘Should I Avoid Exercise?’ and ‘Do I Need A Scan?’, which you can read more about on our other blogs. We’ve also written about the latest NICE Guidelines on the management of back pain.

If you’re experiencing back pain and also have symptoms that affect you going to the toilet, having pins and needles or numbness around your seat area or pain or pins and needles in your leg, these may be signs of something more serious going on. If this is the case, it is advisable to go and see your GP.