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Meet Your Team – Hello Charlotte!

Posted on 16th December 2019 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, Charlotte.

goPhysio Pilates Instructor

What are your qualifications?

I studied at the University Portsmouth and gained a BSc in Sport Science from 2000-2003. I then went to the University East London and qualified as a Physiotherapist, with a BSc Physiotherapy from 2004 -2007.

What areas have you previously worked in?

I have worked with the Rugby England ladies selection days, London wasps and Beaconsfield RFC.

I have worked in private practice since 2007, initially based in Chiswick, Twickenham and Camberley and now in Chandlers Ford.

Do you have any special areas of interest in physiotherapy?

My specialism is in assessing, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries, so those that affect muscles, bones, joints etc.  

I am qualified to use acupuncture with the AACP and also a Level 1 and 2 APPI Pilates Instructor (soon to complete Level 3!).

What you’re most proud of?

 Without a doubt, My Family 

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

The team are wonderful and highly motivated. It’s a great atmosphere working at goPhysio – I’m over the moon to be a part of the team.

We asked………

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

  • Peppa Pig – to entertain the Children
  • Micheal Mcintyre
  • Lee Mack

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

Orlando, Florida

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

A Spacesuit to explore

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

 I share the same birthday as Nicole Scherzinger, (not year!)


Charlotte works at goPhysio on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If you’d like to book an appointment to see Charlotte, you can give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or book an appointment online here.


Acupuncture Myth #3 I’ll be covered in plasters!

Posted on 9th March 2017 by

Acupuncture Myth I’ll be covered in plasters after my acupuncture session

Reality Very rarely do you bleed after having acupuncture – the needles are so fine and your skin is so elastic, the point where the needle has been closes up with no need for a plaster! You probably won’t even see where the needles have been.

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Acupuncture Myth #2 “I can’t give blood if I’ve had acupuncture”

Posted on 8th March 2017 by

Myth: I can’t give blood if I have acupuncture

Reality: If you have had acupuncture by a qualified healthcare professional registered with a statutory body (such as the AACP), you are safe to give blood. If the acupuncturist is not registered then you can’t give blood for 4 months. You may need to ask your acupuncturist for their registration number to take when you give blood.

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Acupuncture Awareness Week Myth 1 ‘Acupuncture is painful’

Posted on 7th March 2017 by

This week is acupuncture awareness week and so we’re dispelling some commonly held myths about this treatment technique.

Myth Acupuncture treatment is painful

Reality Acupuncture isn’t always completely pain-free, but it’s not as bad as you might think! Acupuncture is less painful than having blood taken or an injection, as the needles are so fine. You may feel a tiny ‘sting’ as the needle goes in, but many people don’t feel anything. The discomfort you tend to experience with acupuncture while the needles are in place is a deep dull aching, known as ‘De Qi’. According to traditional Chinese practice is the stimulation of energy at that point and is a good sign the needles are doing their job.

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Acupuncture Awareness Week – Getting To The Point

Posted on 6th March 2017 by

This week is acupuncture awareness week – but what is acupuncture and how does it work?

In this article, we take a look at some common ways acupuncture is used in physiotherapy.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy which involves inserting very fine needles into the body to help remedy a huge variety of conditions. With a 2,500 year history and a growing body of medical research confirming its effectiveness, acupuncture has now been widely accepted by western healthcare. Although acupuncture is often sought out as a last resort after all ‘normal’ treatments have failed it is fast becoming one of the most popular complementary therapies in the UK with 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year. Have a look at some of the conditions acupuncture can be beneficial for in these fact sheets. 

What can acupuncture help?

Traditional acupuncture can treat a huge range of conditions from infertility to anxiety. In physiotherapy we commonly use it to treat pain such as back pain, headaches, muscle and Acupuncture Chandlers Fordtendon problems and osteoarthritis of the knee, as these conditions have all been shown to have some evidence that they respond to acupuncture. Because acupuncture is a calming treatment it can also help promote a feeling of general relaxation and well-being, aiding sleep which is useful in many long term pain conditions.

Acupuncture usually works best with combined with other treatments such as exercise or hands on therapy, therefore it’s rarely used as a stand-alone treatment by physiotherapists.

Is acupuncture the right treatment for me?

Your therapist will ask you a series of questions to help determine whether acupuncture is right for you. These include asking about your medical history and of course about any phobia of needles! A few reasons we might not use acupuncture include a history of epilepsy, blood clotting disorders, infection or if you are pregnant. As physiotherapists we have many treatment options for all conditions so if acupuncture is likely to help your condition your physio will recommend it but if you’re not a fan of needles that’s fine too – we have plenty of other options!

How does it work?

There are many different theories – in ancient Chinese medicine they believe that acupuncture helps clear your energy channels (meridians) and restore your natural balance of energy coming in and leaving the body (yin and yang). In western medicine research has shown that acupuncture can help to ‘switch off’ the body’s pain response by giving it an alternative sensation which blocks out the barrage of pain signals to the brain. It also releases chemicals such as endorphins and natural opioids which are both pain-relieving substances as well as improving circulation to the healing area. Acupuncture is known to promote relaxation of tight knots (trigger points) in the muscles and has a general calming effect on the central nervous system by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

How long are the sessions and how many will I need?

Acupuncture can be included in your normal physiotherapy treatment session, so depending on what your therapist is treating you for they may leave the needles in for anything from 5 – 30 minutes. Your first session of acupuncture is usually slightly shorter to see how you respond but the length of treatment and number of needles used may be increased as you get used to the sensation. Most people respond to acupuncture in 4-6 sessions, however this is individual and depends on your condition.

Are they any side effects?

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment – the needles used are sterile and single use, surprisingly much narrower than injection needles. The smallest are around 0.13mm wide (about the thickness of a human hair) so most people don’t feel the needles go in. It is common to get a mild tingling, warmth or heavy feeling in the area whilst the needles are in. The most common side effect is mild bruising, however some people can feel a little light-headed or drowsy after treatment.

The risk of serious harm with acupuncture is incredibly low – a study in 2006 reviewed 4 million acupuncture treatments and found only 11 serious adverse events and zero fatalities. This makes it far safer than the majority of household medicines. Looking for an acupuncturist that has trained through an accredited organisation such as the British Acupuncture Council or the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists is the best way to minimise you risk as you can be sure the practitioner has undergone rigorous training.

Is there anything I should I do before/after acupuncture?

Try and eat a couple hours before your treatment, particularly if you have a condition such as diabetes where you could be more at risk of feeling faint if your blood sugar is low.

After treatment make sure you have time to sit and drink a glass of water before rushing off. You may also want to avoid driving after your first appointment in case you feel dizzy or drowsy.

Try not to plan anything strenuous such as vigorous exercise after an acupuncture session and avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol for the rest of the day to enhance the feeling of relaxation from acupuncture.

If you think you could benefit from the combine approach of physiotherapy and acupuncture to help your recovery from a painful condition or injury, then give us a call or book an appointment online.

Read more about how acupuncture helped ease Martin’s neck pain.

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Acupuncture Myth #5 If I Don’t Feel Immediate Relief, It Won’t Work On Me

Posted on 1st March 2017 by

This week is acupuncture awareness week and so we’re dispelling some commonly held myths about this treatment technique.

Myth If I don’t feel results after one or two treatments, then I’m not going to benefit from acupuncture.

Reality Individuals respond to acupuncture in different ways. Some people respond quickly within one or two sessions. Others need a full course of 6-8 sessions. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, building with each treatment. Acupuncturists use a variety of techniques, so if you do not see results with one technique, then the acupuncturist may choose a different technique the subsequent time.

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Could acupuncture help you recover from injury?

Posted on 16th June 2016 by

All of our Physiotherapists are experienced at using acupuncture as part of their physiotherapy treatment. They have undertaken rigorous post graduate training and education in the safe and effective use of acupuncture. If you think acupuncture may help you, get in touch to find out more.

Acupuncture for pain relief at goPhysio