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COVID-19 Update & Latest

Posted on 12th June 2020 by

We’ve now been re-open for face to face appointments for 3 weeks now, so thought we’d give a little update about where we are and our latest news and answer a few questions that we’ve been asked.

Q: I don’t need an appointment urgently and want to make sure I give priority to someone in urgent need, so I’m not sure whether I should book?

A: We are gradually returning our team off of furlough as demand for appointments increases. We want to get the whole team back to work as soon as possible, and can respond quickly. So, don’t worry about availability. We can guarantee appointments for any urgent cases and have availability for those less urgent too.

Q: What services are you currently offering in the clinic?

A: We are currently able to offer physiotherapy and 1-2-1 Pilates face to face. We are keeping a close eye on the guidance and will introduce other services ASAP.

Q: Im a little confused. In a couple of weeks time, I will be able to get my hair cut or a tattoo done. But there is no mention of sports massages returning. Surely, maintaining physical health is more important ?

A: We totally agree and we’d love to be able to offer sports massage and currently have a huge demand building. Unfortunately, we are governed by our Clinicians’ professional body’s guidance and their insurance cover. So at present, they are not deeming sports massage as essential or urgent care and are therefore not enabling us to provide this. We have to follow the guidance available to us at this time. We are hoping that this will change by early July and we can start offering sports massage then. We will keep everyone updated ASAP.

Q: What team members do you currently have working at the clinic?

A: We currently have Paul (our Clinical Director), Hugo (Senior Physiotherapist & ) and Katie (Practice Manager) at the clinic. Roz (Senior Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor) is returning from Monday 15th June.

Q: Will I come into contact with other people when I come for an appointment?

A: As you can see from our measures below (read more here), we have taken lots of steps to try and minimise any contact with others. The waiting room isn’t being used, we have staggered appointments (with extra time between appointments), bookings are made by your Clinician and payments are made online. We really feel grateful that we have a large, spacious clinic with dedicated gym and studio and 6 self contained treatment rooms to be able to work from.

Q: What are your opening hours?

A: As of Monday 15th June, these are our opening hours:

Q: I’m worried about going out and the risk of contracting COVID-19

A: We take the health and wellbeing of our team and community very seriously and have undertaken an extensive risk assessment and are following our latest professional guidance. Until there is a vaccine, it is almost impossible to completely eliminate the risk, but it is down to individuals to assess their own risk and follow guidance and make their own decisions. There come’s a point when physical, mental and economic health have also got to be a consideration.

Q: Do I have to have a virtual online appointment first?

A: No. We have recently revised our guidance and are now offering a telephone triage as an alternative, so that we can discuss your case and identify which path of care is most appropriate for you.

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Pilates Options at goPhysio

Posted on 12th June 2020 by

goPhysio Pilates

We’ve spoken to our Pilates attendees, listened and responded and are now offering a range of ways for you to continue to enjoy and benefit from Pilates at goPhysio.

We are currently offering you 4 choices so you can continue Pilates: 

  1. Pilates at Home: Online pre-recorded classes 
  2. Pilates at Home: Live class timetable – launching 22nd June! 
  3. 1-2-1 Pilates Online 
  4. 1-2-1 Pilates Face to Face

We hope to be able to re-start small classes in our studio very soon. 

If you have any questions or aren’t sure which option would be best for you, please give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or drop us an email to pilates@gophysiotherapy.co.uk



How to get the most from your Online Classes & Sessions

Posted on 12th June 2020 by

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the surge in online classes, sessions and exercising has been unbelievable!

At goPhysio, we now offer a range of online services, including:

  1. Online physio appointments
  2. Pre-recorded and live online Pilates classes
  3. Online 1-2-1 Pilates sessions

To help you get the most from your online experience, we’ve put together some top tips!

  • Always make sure you exercise in a safe area, with enough space around you and free from any hazrads. 
  • Try and set the time aside, so you can focus on your class or session without distraction (everyone deserves some self care time!).
  • We often send updates or links, tips and advice via email. So please keep an eye on your emails (including junk) and add us to your ‘safe sender’ list.
  • Some sessions will take place over Zoom, so please download Zoom for free here if you don’t already have it. 
  • You will need a device with a camera and audio (laptop, computer, tablet or phone all work just as well!).
  • The session will work better if you have stable broadband connection. 
  • Position your device so that the camera can capture you exercising sideways on if possible. 
  • Always make sure you exercise in a safe area, with enough space around you and free from any hazrads.
  • We advise using a Pilates or yoga mat and bare feet or ‘grippy’ socks.
  • Have a Pilates block, small cushion or towel handy.
  • View in full screen, so it fills your device screen.
  • Before you take part in any of our Pilates classes, make sure you are familiar and confident with the 5 Key Elements of Pilates
  • Make sure you only take part in classes that are the right level for you. Take a look here for guidance on what level class you should do and when you should progress. 
  • If you have any questions or concerns about any of the exercises, plese contact us or seek advice from a suitably qualified professional. 

Enjoy your class!



Meet Your Team, Hello Hugo!

Posted on 9th June 2020 by

As our team has grown over the last year or so, we thought it would be a great time to introduce you to the team that we have to help you, re-introducing the more familiar faces and welcoming the new ones!

Today we meet Physiotherapist, Hugo.

Hugo Carvalheiro - Physiotherapist & Level 2 APPI Pilates Instructor

What are your clinical qualifications?

I studied Physiotherapy in my home country of Portugaul, qualifying in 2013.

What areas have you previously worked in?

I worked in Portugaul initially for 3 years in a private physiotherapy clinic, working mainly with athletes from different sports such as Downhill, Motorcross, MMA and Football.

Do you have any special areas of interest in physiotherapy?

My speciality lies with helping people with sports and spinal injuries. 

I have a special interest in lower limb conditions and have completed extensive post graduate training in manual therapy, acupuncture and strength and conditioning.

I am qualified to use acupuncture and also a Level 3 APPI Pilates Instructor.

What you’re most proud of?

 Being able to adapt and thrive in England.

What’s the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team? 

The respect and support from all the team members.

We asked………

If you could invite any 3 people in the world round for dinner, who would they be?

  • Elon Musk
  • Bill Gates
  • Warren Buffet

Where in the world is top of your list to visit?

Japan

If you were going to space and could only take 1 thing, what would it be?

A parachute

What’s the 1 thing that may surprise people about you? 

 I played bass guitar in a heavy metal cover band for 10 years!


Hugo works at goPhysio full time. If you’d like to book an appointment to see Hugo, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or book an appointment online here.


Returning to Running After a Baby

Posted on 5th June 2020 by

One question we get asked a lot, is when it is safe to return to exercise, particularly running, after you’ve had a baby.

So, it was great to see a wonderful new infographic from 3 top specialist Physio’s in this area, which has been aligned with the Chief Medical Officers Physical Activity Guidelines.

It’s often really hard for new mum’s to judge and decide what exercise to do when they’ve just had a baby, so it’s great to have this guidance, in any easy to understand and clear format. Many turn to professionals like us for advice, which is great, but others can be confused and get conflicting advice.

Obviously, the guidance needs to be interpreted and followed based on individual circumstances, comfort and recovery.

But it certainly helps manage expectations. And, certainly for those that are super keen to get back to higher impact exercise, following the guide will help you plan a gradual build up.


Warning over danger of ‘online advice’

Posted on 4th June 2020 by

Physiotherapists are calling on people to visit trusted sources online after a study highlighted alarming levels of misinformation in the most-watched back pain videos on YouTube.

With the lockdown limiting access to face to face help from suitably qualified professionals, turning to online advice has surged.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy enlisted a team of specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapists to study the 100 most highly viewed videos on YouTube when searching for ‘advice and treatment for back pain’.

 Some of the videos had millions of views but the physiotherapists found:

  • Almost half contained a myth (43%)
  • Six in 10 contained false or misleading information (60%)
  • Nearly a third had an unrealistic video demo (32%)
  • Four in 10 contained unhelpful language that was fear evoking or contradictory (42%)
  • Almost half did not state their qualifications for providing advice (45%)

Among the most egregious examples were videos that recommended applying garlic oil to the back, taking devil’s claw and avoiding ‘abnormal eating’.

Some claimed to have a ‘miracle cure’ for back pain – such as drinking lemon and salt – while others promised a ‘quick fix’.

Many pushed advice that would lead the viewer to believe their back was weak or easily damaged and movements such as bending or twisting should be avoided, myths that physio’s are trying to battle against.

The study certainly reflects what we see here at gophysio with unregulated health advice online. Even before lockdown, so many patients would come in after trying some very questionable methods of self treatment that they’d been recommend or seen online.

A snap poll of 100 physiotherapists found that nearly a third (32%) of their patients cited false or misleading information they got from the internet on a daily basis. 

Two thirds (66%) of physiotherapists said they had to treat patients whose condition had worsened because of this. 

Both during lockdown with our online virtual consultations and now we have re-opened for face to face appointments, here at goPhysio we have been seeing an increasing number of ‘isolation injuries‘. People have been doing unfamiliar exercise programmes, taking up new activities and doing lot’s of gardening, DIY and odd jobs around the house, which their body’s aren’t used to.

“So many people we see at goPhysio are really afraid after seeing some online advice and recommendations, with unhelpful beliefs and expectations of treatments that may help. They’re often really confused, having heard and read so much conflicting advice.”

Clinical Director of goPhysio, Paul

During this extremely difficult period, people are very wary of putting extra pressure on the healthcare system and are relying more on online advice. This is coupled with an increase in the familiarity of using digital channels and resources. But there is a mind-field of online advice out there and the public need to be aware that this information isn’t regulated.

With a click of your mouse you risk receiving biased, unhelpful and incomplete advice.

It’s not only articles or videos, some of the advice and comments on online forums, chat groups and social media that we see can be equally damaging and confusing. So many ‘unqualified’ people profess to having the answer

Just because someone’s had similar symptoms or has a familiar injury, doesn’t mean the advice and treatment that they had is correct for you! So many factors play a part in an injury and that’s why it’s so important to have a thorough assessment, accurate diagnosis and follow a treatment plan that’s devised for you, your injury and your lifestyle.


Virtual or Face to Face?

Posted on 3rd June 2020 by

It’s early days, and we’ve only just re-opened our doors for face to face appointments. We have followed all of our professional and Government guidance to both help us decide when to re-open and to create an environment that’s as safe as possible.

The guidance that we are working with is just that, guidance – so it’s open to individual interpretation, based on risks and needs. To see someone face to face, we have to rationalise that this is justified.

One question that we’ve asked ourselves, we get asked and that we’ve taken guidance on, is, what can we justify seeing face to face? Is what we offer essential?

On the surface, MSK physio isn’t essential, it doesn’t directly save lives. However, 10 weeks of lockdown, home working, stress, home schooling, workout videos, less activity (or more activity than used to) is certainly taking it’s toll on many people.

The great news is, that there is so much we can do through a virtual online appointment. You’d be surprised! We’ve had great feedback from our online consultations and this will continue to be our first line of approach. You can read more about virtual consultations here.

However, there are instances where a face to face appointment is justified. Factors we consider may include:

  • The severity of the condition and symptoms. Some people are in absolute agony, meaning they are distressed, worried and can’t go about their day.
  • Longstanding conditions that rely on help and support from physio’s, that are experiencing physical (and psychological) deterioration without that support.
  • Individual urgency and priority. This is subjective, but if your livelihood or dependents rely on you being able to move and function physically, getting help may be an urgent priority.
  • Effects on level of function and independence.
  • Potential or actual deterioration and increasing disability
  • Social, emotional and economic factors that are of high priority or urgency to the patient e.g. return to work, family commitments.

So many people rely on exercise to help them not only physically but also mentally. If an injury is stopping people from being active or getting out to exercise, this can have an increasingly big impact on:

  • Mental health (low mood, stress and anxiety)
  • General mobility, fitness and health
  • Maintaining or reducing weight
  • Managing long standing health conditions
  • Preventing certain health conditions
  • Relationships and self care
  • Confidence 
  • Independence (to care for ourselves, dependent and our home)

Coupled with the fact that NHS MSK Physiotherapy care has reduced dramatically (or even completely stopped in some areas), people are reluctant to seek help from their GP and scheduled orthopaedic surgeries and tests such as scans have been postponed, there really is a huge gap in care to be filled.

On top of all this, we have people who need rehabilitation after having coronavirus or have been discharged from NHS care with little or no follow up.

We fully appreciate and understand that many people will not feel ready or indeed need to come and see us at the clinic yet. We just want to reassure you that, if you have a need that is justified, we will guide you through the most appropriate pathway of care.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate in getting in touch.