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.
Hi, I’m Will. I work as a Sports & Rehabilitation Therapist at goPhysio. Now we’re out of lockdown I’m starting to appreciate the little things in life; like leaving the house! Being back at work has given me purpose and structure to day-to-day life so I feel a lot more productive. At goPhysio I am helping people to get back or continue the exercise that they love doing.
Exercise is almost always a key part of your recovery if you’ve had an injury. Exercises can be used to help improve your strength, flexibility, movement control, posture, balance and no end of other ways. We make sure that all our patients receive a customised set of exercises, designed to help you the most depending on what stage of receiver you’re at, your lifestyle, normal activity levels and the exact type of injury you have.
We’re always looking for ways to improve what we’re doing here at goPhysio.
We’ve recently updated the software we use to send you your bespoke exercise program.
After your appointment, your Therapist will send you an email with details of your exercise program. The email will include a link directly to your exercises, where it says ‘You can access your online report here.’ The email will also contain the name of your exercise program and a user name and password, so you can log in to access your exercises directly. (You can change these log in details once you’ve logged in the first time to something more memorable).
Once you have your log in details, you can now access your exercise program through our website, by clicking on the ‘Your Exercises’ tab.
This will take you to your log in page.
Once you have logged in, you will be able to see your recommended exercises, print them and even watch video demonstrations.
There is also an app version for Apple and Android. For user ease, we’d recommend you set your own user name and password through the email link before using the app (as the issued ones are pretty lengthy!) as you need to enter this every time you access the app.
If you forget your user name or password at any point, please just send us an email or access your original email for your exercises.
We aim to be accommodating and as flexible as possible and not all our appointments may be available online. So, if you don’t see something that suits you, please do call us on 023 8025 3317 and we’ll do whatever we can to help you. The new online booking system also has a very handy waiting list option. So if you want to join a waiting list for an appointment sooner than you can book one online, you cam do this too in case of any cancellations.
Please note, only appointments that are booked online can be cancelled online.
To manage small group rehab and Pilates classes, we use a different system. If you need to manage your small group rehab sessions or Pilates classes or membership, please click here.
December has become a great time for us to review the year, not only because it’s the end of they year, but it also marks the anniversary of our move to our great new clinic space in Chandlers Ford (3 years on and we’re still calling it ‘The New Clinic’!!).
What a fantastic 3 years it’s been. The clinic has got busier and busier and we’re helping more and more people enjoy an active, healthy positive life, free from pain and injury.
Despite being a place where we are frequently helping people who are in pain, may have been suffering for some time and are often frustrated and confused, the positive, friendly and buzzing environment is palpable. As you walk round the clinic, there’ll often be sounds of laughter and happy chatter. It really does make me feel proud and content at what we’ve built.
In economically challenging times, that we’ve now been experiencing for a number of years, the journey as a small business owner isn’t always easy. But, we stay focused and as business owners, make sure we really look after and invest in our team so that they can do what they’re best at – looking after you guys, our patients & customers!
So, what did 2019 look like at goPhysio?
We’ve helped LOT’S of people…….This year, so far, we’ve…..
Provided just over 9,800 physio, massage & sports therapy appointments
Run over 1000 specialist Pilates classes
Registered over 1,100 new patients to the clinic
Brought you Reformer Pilates We have expanded our services here at goPhysio, introducing Reformer Pilates. Having Reformer Pilates in the clinic is such a valuable service and we’re looking forward to expanding this in 2020.
Introduced online booking for our classes.Pilates and Small Group Rehab attendees can now use our super easy online booking tool to book and manage all their classes. Take a look and register on the new system here.
5* Google Reviews We’ve now received 91 5* Google Reviews, something we’re extremely proud of. If you’d like to leave us your thoughts, you can do so here.
I always used to fear the prices of having physio done so avoided it forever but when I read recently required some treatment I bit the bullet and chose goPhysio and I’m glad I did because without sounding like a terrible TV commercial “it was worth every penny” and I was able to walk miles every day on my holiday! Thanks
Award Recognition In August, we were delighted to be awarded the Best Holistic Physiotherapy Clinic 2019 – Hampshire in the SME News UK Enterprise Awards. SME News carefully analyses everything from products/services, dedication to your industry and client testimonials to determine the winners’ selection, so we were delighted to receive this award.
Best UK Physical Therapy Blog This year, we were again delighted to be recognised as one of the top 10 Physiotherapy blogs to follow in the UK for 2019, in the number 3 spot no less! The Best UK Physical Therapy Blogs are chosen from thousands of UK Physical Therapy blogs on the web using search and social metrics. The blogs are recognised because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information, so this is quite an achievement. Read more.
Another recognition we received was being recognised by 3 Best Rated as being in the top 3 best Physiotherapists in Southampton. 3 Best Rated use a 50-Point Inspection which includes local reviews, history, trading standards, ratings, satisfaction, trust, price and general excellence, so we were delighted to feature in their top 3!
The Eastleigh 10k This year, we were delighted to be asked to be the Official Health Partner of the Eastleigh 10k again. It was a fantastic event and our team worked tirelessly to massage over 170 runners before and after the event. It was such a fantastic experience for all involved and we are delighted to be part of the 2020 event next year.
We have a host of great events, masterclasses and workshops planned. Take a look here at what’s going on and to book any places.
Our Team This year we’ve be joined by our fantastic new Sports & Rehabilitation Therapist Rosie. Rosie is multi-skilled and works in our fantastic (and unique in the area) rehabilitation service, and provides sports and soft tissue massage, sports therapy, Pilates and Positive Steps classes.
We said a fond farewell to Physio Chris, who relocated with his family to The Midlands and a temporary goodbye to Kim, as she welcomed her gorgeous new baby Harriet to the world!
Our Physiotherapy team expanded as we welcomed Physiotherapists Charlotte and Jose and we are delighted that we will be joined by a new Physio early in 2020, Maddie.
Our 4th new team member this year is Katie. You may have seen Katie behind the desk or spoken to her about your appointment or Pilates classes. She’s been an absolutely crucial new member of the team and works tirelessly behind the scenes as our new business administrator.
As demand for our services grows, we are always seeking great new people to join us, so if you know of any Physiotherapists, ask them to give us a shout so we can chat about opportunities.
We are very excited to be planning on expanding our Reformer Pilates service. We’re hoping that this year we’ll be able to introduce Reformer Pilates classes in our studio, offering cost effective, small group sessions on the Reformers!
If you’d like to start 2020 feeling great, looking forward to taking on new challenges and taking care of your body so that you can actually do what you want to do, get in touch. You can drop us an email, book a consultation online or give us a call on 023 8025 3317.
How much movement control do you have when you’re running? And why does it matter?
There’s a really quick little test you can do to quickly screen stability and control in your leg – just take a look at the video below.
If it looks familiar to you, give the 6 great exercises demonstrated by Sports & Rehabilitation Therapist, Tom, a go.
Why is it important to have good movement control if you’re a runner?
Many runners lack some crucial areas of control in the key leg muscle groups. Given the repetitive nature of running, often over great distances and with demands of endurance, lack of muscle control can put you at risk of picking up many common overuse injuries.
You can easily do all these exercises at home with a few simple pieces of equipment such as resistive band and a small step.
If you’d like more help or support, we offer a specialised Running Rehab service.
The aim of Running Rehabilitation is to help you:
Identify any potential issues with your running style, technique or training schedule.
Reduce risk of running related injuries.
Improve your running enjoyment and performance.
It’s a completely customised service, focused on you and your running to help you get the most benefit and enjoyment and a long term love for running!
Being pro-active about preventing injuries for runners is well worth the investment! When you’ve seen hundreds of frustrated runners who can’t run because of an injury, the disappointment is awful. So, investing some time doing a few simple exercises like those above is well worth it.
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Here at goPhysio we understand that choosing to see a someone if you’re injured or in pain may be a bit daunting? Lots of questions may go through your mind before you decide to make an appointment……….“What will they ask me? Will it hurt? Will I have to get undressed? How do I know it’s going to help?”
We aim to provide a very caring, comfortable and professional environment for you to come and get your problem resolved.
To help answer some of the thoughts you may have if you’re unsure about picking up the phone to make an appointment, we’d like to address some of the questions you may want to ask.
What conditions can you help?
As Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists at goPhysio, our specialist area of expertise is in assessing, diagnosing and resolving musculoskeletal issues. Musculo = muscles, Skeletal = skeleton (bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, tendons). So, most conditions affecting those areas, we can help.
Here’s a (not exhaustive) list of some of the most common conditions we help resolve here at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists has launched a new campaign, Love activity, Hate exercise?
It is well documented that physical inactivity is a major public health problem. This campaign sets about to help identify barriers that prevent people from being more active. It also highlights what a positive influence as Physio’s can have in promoting and supporting physical activity at every touch point.
As a team of Physiotherapists, Pilates Instructors, Sports Therapists & Sports Massage Practitioners, we all have an important role to play in promoting physical activity. We want to maximise the opportunities to discuss the benefits of physical activity and any barriers to it with our patients, and make exercise more accessible to a wider range of people.
goPhysio’s Clinical Director, Paul, says “It doesn’t have to be ‘exercise’ per se, ‘activity’ is what is great! It’s about keeping it simple, finding things that you enjoy doing that get you moving and challenge you physically. So, gardening, walking, playing tennis with friends, marathon running, taking the stairs instead of the lift, even pushing a trolley round the supermarket, they all count! That’s what’s great about this campaign, even if the term ‘exercise’ frightens you, you don’t need to be afraid of being active!”
Do more of what you love with physio is such a great term. It’s exactly what we do – help make sure you can do more of what you love doing!
So whether that’s physio or sports therapy treatment to help you recover from an injury, Pilates to help improve and maintain your physical wellbeing or Positive Steps elderly exercise classes, we run a host of services from our clinic in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, that help you do more of what you love.
So, what are the tips to getting started if you love activity but hate exercise?
Find something you enjoy so that you’ll keep going.
Set goals for yourself – big or small – to keep you motivated.
Pace yourself – start slowly and gradually build up.
It’s OK to ache but if pain persists, ease back and go slower.
Need more motivation and support? Find someone join you!
If you need any help or support or just don’t know where to start, just get in touch. Our friendly and supportive team are here to help you.
When we are putting together an exercise based rehab programme for you as part of your recovery, there’s a lot that goes on behind it. To get you the best possible results and outcome, we want you to be working on the right things in the right way, not only helping you recover from your injury but helloing you building term, physical durability.
At goPhysio your bespoke programme will be constructed and tailored specifically to you using evidence-based research.
Here you can see an example of the top five exercises proven to target the glutes and hamstrings most effectively.
An overuse injury is normally a long standing or chronic injury that gradually occurs over a period of time, rather than a sudden, acute traumatic injury. Repetitive minor or micro trauma to a muscle, joint, ligament or tendon such as a tendinopathy or stress fracture, are just a couple of examples of overuse injuries.
What causes overuse injuries?
Overuse injuries are often linked to training overload in athletes, or sudden changes in activities that put stress through the body which they are not used to and therefore overload the soft tissue or bone. When we take up a new hobby, sport or activity or increase training levels/load this will put increased stress onto our body, this will lead the body having to adapt. However, if the body is not given time to adapt and the body is overloaded then this can, in some cases, lead to repetitive ‘microtrauma’ to the tissues. This can be unnoticed for a long time, or thought to be just a muscle ache. Some causes of this include:
Biomechanics of your foot
What might it feel like?
Depending on the affected tissue or body part will depend on how it will feel. Common symptoms include:
Pain that starts initially during a warm up that then eases of and returns at the end of your sport or activity
Consistent pinching or sharp pain on specific movements
Constant dull ache
How do the symptoms progress?
Overuse injuries can be slow in developing and last a long time. The longer the problem is ignored the worse or more frequent the symptoms can become. This may lead to pain every time you engage in your sport or activity and may also lead to pain/swelling afterwards.
How is it diagnosed?
If you think you may be suffering with an overuse injury, it is important to get an assessment by a physiotherapist or sports therapist. The key to effective management of an overuse injury is accurately identifying exactly what’s causing it and addressing this. This will help to prevent any of those niggles turning into a bigger problem and possibly preventing you doing the sport of activity that you love.
What is the best treatment for overuse injuries?
There are lots of treatments that can be used to help, depending on the injury. Treatment will often start with easing the symptoms of the injury, such as pain and inflammation. In parallel to this, addressing the underlying cause and working on strength and stability to prevent reoccurence is key. Treatments may include:
When the underlying issue is addressed and appropriate changes are made, overuse injuries can be solved. They can often be a very frustrating injury, as they inevitably need a bit of rest and trial and error to work out exactly what’s causing the issue. That’s where we come in, seeing an expert can guide you through the puzzle of injury and help get you back doing what you love as quickly and painlessly as possible.