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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!

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.

goPhysio Online Shop

Posted on 20th April 2020 by

We’ve pulled together a carefully selected list of products that can help you with your rehab, recovery, Pilates and exercises at home. Take a look at the items and click on the links to be taken through to the individual products that your Clinician has recommended.