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Behind The Mask: Katie

Posted on 5th October 2020 by

Behind The Mask Katie

I’m Katie, Practice Manager at goPhysio. It’s great being back at work after lockdown. It definitely was daunting at first but I’m enjoying the change in scenery after nearly 3 months at home. The sense of achievement with helping patients & booking them in for treatment as soon as possible, and restarting Pilates classes is such a positive in all the doom and gloom.


Behind The Mask: Francesca

Posted on 29th September 2020 by

Behind The Mask Francesca

It’s lovely to be back working at goPhysio, seeing lots of familiar and new faces at the Clinic. 

Lock-down was a very strange time, however a time for reflection and personal development. Having the time to think and plan for the future. It also gave me time to reintroduce specific continuing professional development and a eagerness to learn and better myself- in between baking and cooking lots of yummy food of course!

It’s great to be back helping everyone with their injuries and enabling them to continue new hobbies and exercise routines that they have started during lock-down. I’m really enjoying teaching our Pilates classes again and having lots of fun with our new Reformer Pilates classes and 1-2-1’s as well. 


Behind the Mask: Hugo

Posted on 28th September 2020 by

Behind The Mask Hugo

Hi, I’m Hugo. I’m a senior Physiotherapist and APPI Pilates Instructor at goPhysio. I’m happy to be back at work, to see my colleagues again and help my patients overcome their injuries. Lockdown was a great opportunity to catch up with reading and to learn new skills, and I’m glad to say I did not miss that train.  


Behind The Mask: Roz

Posted on 17th September 2020 by

Behind The Mask Roz

Hi, I’m Roz, Physio & APPI Pilates Instructor at goPhysio. Luckily I am an introvert so the isolation of lockdown wasn’t too much of a challenge – however I discovered the demands of being a single parent in isolation has a whole world of challenges that come with it! All of us need a support network around us and the best thing about being part of the goPhysio team is that we can provide some of that support for our patients.

As well as helping people individually within my role as a physiotherapist it has been really exciting seeing so many familiar faces come back to Pilates. The real bonus for me coming back to work after lockdown has been the opportunity to develop our Pilates Reformer service, starting classes as well as continuing with individual sessions. Being able to pass on my knowledge and love of reformer training to others is really exciting.


Behind The Mask: Jade

Posted on 8th September 2020 by

Hi I’m Jade and I work on the reception desk here at goPhysio. I am so happy to be flexibly back at work after nearly 6 months off. I have really missed the clinic and especially all of the lovely patients that I get to meet and chat with. One thing lockdown has taught me is that I love my job and the ‘me time’ that it allows me to have outside of a very hectic family life! 


World Physiotherapy Day 2020

Posted on 7th September 2020 by

World Physiotherapy Day is held every year on 8 September, the day the World Confederation for Physical Therapy was founded in 1951. It is a day when physiotherapists can promote the profession to:

  • Showcase the significant role the profession makes to the health and wellbeing of the global population
  • Raise the profile of the profession
  • Campaign on behalf of the profession and its patients to governments and policy makers

The day marks the unity and solidarity of the physiotherapy community around the world. It is an opportunity to recognise the work that physiotherapists do for their patients and community!

The focus for this year’s World Physiotherapy Day is rehabilitation after COVID-19 and the role of physiotherapists in the treatment and management of people affected by COVID-19.

The campaign is focused around the following key messages:

  1. Exercise can play an important part in a person’s recovery from COVID-19
  2. As the experts in movement, physiotherapists can guide people in how exercise can help recovery
  3. People who have had severe cases of COVID-19 will need rehabilitation and physiotherapy to recover from the effects of treatment for the disease
  4. Using telehealth can help people access support from a physiotherapist to help them manage the impact of COVID-19
  5. Telehealth can be as effective as conventional healthcare methods to improve physical function

Exercise

Exercise is an important part of your recovery from COVID-19, paced to match your needs. As experts in movement and exercise, physiotherapists can guide you in how exercise can help:

  • improve fitness
  • reduce breathlessness
  • increase muscle strength
  • improve balance and coordination
  • improve your thinking
  • reduce stress and improve mood
  • increase confidence
  • improve your energy

Whether or not you’ve had COVID-19, many people may be wary of re-starting exercise or don’t know where to start.

You may have had COVID-19 and are not yet feeling physically ready to exercise, you may have been shielding or isolating for the past few months or you may have lost all your confidence as a result of lockdown.

As Physio’s, we can really hold your hand and guide you back into exercise in a very careful and supportive way. With our training and knowledge, we have the unique combination of skills that allow us to integrate and consider not only the best way to achieve the health benefits of exercise, but also your recovery from illness, pain and injury.

Here at goPhysio, in addition to 1-2-1 Physiotherapy or Sports Therapy, we have created a dedicated rehabilitation space, known as The Strong Room, from where we can gently guide and support you in regaining strength and rebuilding exercise habits. Our 1-2-1 exercise rehabilitation service is totally tailored to you, your aims and goals. We also offer both mat and Reformer Pilates, either 1-2-1 or small classes.

Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a huge shift in how physiotherapists worked. Lockdown meant we were unable to see people in person (face to face), but pain and injuries didn’t stop and people still needed our help. So, we were able to embrace technology and offer support through online channels (aka Telehealth, Virtual, online, eHealth……..)

What is telehealth?

Telehealth or eHealth is the use of electronic communications to share medical information to improve a person’s health.

We are still offering the option of online physiotherapy and also Pilates at goPhysio, however, most people that we are booking in or need our help, are desperate to have the personal contact and benefits of face to face or in person appointments. Whilst Telehealth has experienced a huge surge and is undoubtedly here to stay, it has it’s limitations. Read more about our thoughts on this on a recent blog here.

Did you know?

Post Viral fatigue syndrome Up to 10% of people recovering from COVID-19 may develop post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS). If you feel you are not improving, or if activity is making you feel much worse, speak to your physiotherapist or healthcare practitioner and ask them to assess you for PVFS. The rehabilitation of people with PVFS requires different management strategies.

Some resources and further information

An exercise plan to help your COVID-19 recovery

Your recovery after severe illness with COVID-19

Accessing rehabilitation with telehealth

#worldptday



Studio Re-Opening: Your Questions Answered

Posted on 22nd July 2020 by

With our studio re-opening on 27th July, we’ve had a number of questions for the finer details and to clarify a few things. As always, we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have, so here we go!

How do I get back to my original class when you can finally open “as normal”?  

To be honest, we don’t know when ‘as normal’ will be. We can only work with what guidance is currently in place. That means we have a new ‘normal’ timetable in place. We can only accommodate 4 people per class currently and have scope to expand our timetable depending on demand. Those who sign up to a new class will be securing their place in that class. We hope that in time, we will be able to expand class sizes and therefore accommodate more people.

Can my membership still be on hold if I don’t want to do any classes whatsoever until it is back “to normal”?

Yes, of course! We will happily keep your membership on hold until you’re ready. You can still access Pilates in a number of ways, including pre-recorded online classes and 1-2-1 sessions in the clinic.

When people have booked and at last minute they cancel, will you be able to offer to someone else on a waiting list?

Ay present, we are unable to offer our usual ‘make up’ class system, accommodate changes in classes and hold waiting lists. This is because we are supporting class ‘bubbles’ to minimise contact between lot’s of different people and we don’t have the scope to offer lot’s of additional spaces for ‘make up’ classes.

Can I still continue with the online Pilates classes?

Yes, the online pre-recorded Pilates will be continuing. You can sign up for this here. If you want to stop your online Pilates subscription, just sign in to your account and cancel your subscription.

If I come back to the studio, what happens to my online subscription?

Studio classes and the online subscription are handled separately. Some people may want to continue to access the online classes, if so you don’t need to do anything, your online subscription will continue. If, however, you’d like to cancel your online subscription now the studio is open, you’ll need to do this through your online account.

My usual class isn’t on the new timetable

Unfortunately, in the current climate, it has not been possible for us to re-start the previous timetable. We have had changes in staffing schedules and hours, are phasing staff back in from furlough and given that we have to reduce class times and numbers, it just wasn’t possible to continue the old timetable.

We have made sure that we have created a timetable with a good and varied selection of classes, levels and Instructors throughout the week, to offer everyone a choice.

You can take a look at the latest timetable here.

What if I sign up to a Monday and there is a bank holiday?

In this case, we will allow you to make up your class at another time on the timetable, or will put on an extra class for your class at another time that week.

If I want to join Reformer Pilates do I need an induction?

With Reformer Pilates, you’ll need to do a few 1-2-1 sessions before you join a class. This ensures you are familiar with the Reformer bed and equipment, confident moving about on it and are happy with some basic exercises. These 1-2-1 sessions will really help you get the most from the classes. Read more about Reformer Pilates here.

Why do I have to wear a face covering?

We have decided to have both our Instructors and class attendees wearing face masks / coverings. This is because we want to be able to walk round the class to give you guidance and verbal instructions to adjust your position and get the most from your Pilates exercises. This means we can’t keep a distance of 2m from everyone, in which case, it is advised to wear a face covering. This protects both the Instructor and all the class attendees. We aren’t able to offer hands on adjustment in a group situation.

We will be constantly reviewing and adjusting how we are working, so if you have any feedback at all, please do let us know.


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.