Physiotherapy in the news – latest

August 3, 2010

Take a look at these recent physio news articles:

Pedal power thanks to physio

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/green-living/simon-usborne-cyclists-are-prone-to-spend-silly-money-on-gear-but-why-bother-when-your-legs-are-as-supple-as-smoked-hams-2031551.html

Childhood obesity fear

http://news.scotsman.com/news/MS-to-sell-39oversize39-uniforms.6439103.jp?articlepage=1

Pioneering knee replacement surgery

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1296223/Revolutionary-new-knee-replacement-patients-walking-just-TWO-HOURS-surgery.html


goPhysio answers your FAQs about seeing a private physio for your injury

July 28, 2010

Do I need to see a Dr or my GP before I come to see a physio at goPhysio? No, a doctor referral is not necessary before seeing a physio. However, if you have private medical insurance some companies do require a doctors referral, therefore check with your insurance company before making an appointment.

How do I know I am seeing someone who is adequately qualified? All of our physiotherapists have completed a 3 year BSc (Hons) course in physiotherapy at university. They are committed to continuing their professional development through training and attended regular courses. They are members of the Health Professions Council (www.hpc-uk.org), which ensures that they are fit to practice.

I have private health insurance. Can I see goPhysio and claim through my insurance? Yes, we are recognised by all the major health insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Simply Health etc. Just check your individual policy as they do vary regarding levels of cover.

Do you do acupuncture? Yes, acupuncture is a very useful tool that our physios use. Our physios are qualified acupuncturists and members of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

What times are you open? We open Monday to Fridays and offer appointments as early as 6.30am and as late as 9pm for your convenience. Different clinic locations open at different times throughout the week, so do give us a call to find out when we could see you at your nearest clinic.

How much do you charge? Our standard fee for assessment is £40 for half an hour. Follow up treatment sessions are also charged at £40 for half an hour.

What should I expect at my first appointment? To find out the cause of your problem we will carry out a full assessment. This comprises of a series of questions and tests. We will then explain the problem or injury to you and discuss treatment options. Treatment will then commence. You will often be advised on exercises you can do at home in between sessions to assist your recovery.

To make an appointment, please give us a call on 023 8025 3317.


goPhysio Website now hosting our Blog

July 21, 2010

We have a change of address!

Our very informative website is now hosting our blog. So, to access the blog the address is http://www.gophysiotherapy.co.uk/blog or alternatively, visit our website home page and follow the link at the bottom to the blog.


A regular “tune-up” can help you stay feeling better

July 12, 2010

If you have a chronic or recurrent problem, such as back pain, neck pain, headaches or arthritis, a regular “tune-up” may help you enjoy life more.

Most of these problems mentioned respond very well to a course of physiotherapy. In conjunction, your physio will usually give you self treatment exercises, to help you improve your problem and maintain this improvement.

Unfortunately, spinal problems and arthritic pain can recur and can make your life miserable. If this is the case with someone you know, then regular maintenance treatment (or “tune-up” sessions) should be considered.

“Tune-up” sessions will help keep your joints mobile, will release tight muscles & will update your self treatment exercises, so that they are giving you maximum benefit. Many patients find that a “tune-up” session every few weeks can help keep them feeling good and stop them having repeated acute episodes of pain. It is also more cost effective than having extensive treatment to overcome an acute episode of pain.

If you are wondering whether you moght benefit from regular maintenance treatment, please give us a call on 023 8025 3317 to discuss this with your physio.


Follow my personal FitFlop trial!

July 5, 2010

FitFlop. Get a workout while you walk™

I have finally taken the plunge and purchased a pair of FitFlops. Having always been dubious about their benefits and honestly thinking that they are pretty ugly to look at, I have been reluctant.

However, I walk up to 4 miles a day on the school run and this summer have suffered from an endless variety of foot problems, including calcaneal bursitis, metatarsalgia and tendonosis! All of which can be treated very effectively by physiotherapy. But, I must practice what I preach and address the cause, which I know is my inappropraite summer footwear!

So, I’m on day 2. So far, so good. They are very comfy and my feet have taken straight to them. I am still dubious about the endless  benefits that FitFlop claim: http://www.fitflop.com/benefits , but despite that, the sole is very cushioned and shock absorbing and the foot support comes up high over the forefoot which provides good support, so they should be an improvement over my beloved Birkenstocks!

I’ll keep you updated and would love to hear any of your ‘FitFlop’ stories!!


New Sports Massage Practitioner joining our team!

June 28, 2010

We are delighted to be joined by Matt Barker at our Chandlers Ford Clinic, who is a qualified sports massage practitioner.

Although the title suggests a focus on sports people, you do not need to be sporty to reap the benefits from a sports massage. The majority of Matt’s clients are not what you would commonly perceive as ‘sports people’ and in fact anyone suffering from a condition causing muscle stiffness that limits their range of movement will benefit greatly from this treatment. This muscle stiffness can come about from your normal daily routines.

A sports massage is a deep tissue manipulation, which helps to realign soft tissue fibres and is often complimentary to existing physiotherapy treatment. Soft tissues include the skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, all of which are connected to bones and joints in some way.

Many of Matt’s clients have a regular massage which is important to ensure the muscles and connective tissues are kept supple and tension free. This combined with regular stretches and exercises, can aid the body to return to its normal function making everyday activities more manageable and maximising your bodies potential.

It is important to make you aware that sports massage is not normally a relaxing treatment. Be assured the positive results may last for many weeks and often months following an initial course of treatment making this type of massage worthwhile.

To make an appointment with Matt at our Chandlers Ford clinic, please call him on 0788 7791423.


Too busy to take a break at work? Find out why you are putting yourself at risk.

June 28, 2010

According to research, 1 in 4 people are too busy at work to take a break. Here are 2 great articles that have been in the news recently:

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/health/472805/one-in-four-people-refuse-to-take-a-break-at-work.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1285414/One-workers-busy-break.html


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