Physiotherapy

BMI Albyn Hospital has a team of experienced physiotherapists who are skilled at assessing your problems and facilitating a good recovery. Our physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and work closely as part of our integrated multi-disciplinary teams within our hospitals so that if necessary, you can benefit from fast referrals and access to the latest imaging technologies to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions.

Your first visit will involve an assessment of your condition so that a treatment programme can be specifically developed for you.

We offer a wide range of therapies that are often used in combination in a treatment programme.

The physiotherapists at BMI Albyn Hospital can help with a wide range of injuries and conditions including back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, joint pain and arthritis, muscle injuries, post-surgery rehabilitation, women's health, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) pain, hypermobility syndrome.

The physiotherapy department also offers sports physiotherapy which meets your individual needs, including:

  • Specific training programmes to prepare for sport such as our 'fit o ski' classes
  • Injury management;
  • Kinesiology taping

Services

Manual therapy

Manual therapy includes massage and manipulative techniques to improve the range of joint movement and reduce pain. It can also reduce swelling, mobilise muscles, joints and nerves, and promote blood circulation to improve healing.

Exercise

Exercise forms an important part of physiotherapy. The aim is to increase mobility, muscle strength, and general fitness, build core stability, and reduce symptoms.

Pre/Post rehabilitation

We provide rehabilitation where we look after you from before your surgery until you are back to full fitness.

Electrotherapy and TENS

Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy to manage pain, rehabilitate muscles and increase the range of motion. TENS is a form of electrotherapy that uses surface electrodes to stimulate nerve fibres, primarily for pain relief. A form of electrotherapy is called biofeedback. Equipment is used to reveal internal physiological events. This feedback is then used to train the patient in how to better control their movements to minimise pain.

Shock-wave therapy

Focused Shock-wave therapy is the treatment of soft tissue conditions such as `tennis elbow' and plantar fasciitis. The shock-waves are focused onto the injured area and travel through tissues without causing damage. Treatment will consist of 3 treatment sessions and 1 follow up assessment.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is offered by some physiotherapists who have undertaken post graduate training. Acupuncture can be used on its own or in combination with physiotherapy to treat a range of musculo-skeletal conditions. Amongst other things, acupuncture may help relieve back pain.

Scientific research has shown how acupuncture can stimulate the body's physiological responses and reduce pain. Acupuncture causes the brain to release chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin. Endorphins are the body's natural pain killer and serotonin affects your mood and emotions and can also provide pain relief.

There are over 500 acupuncture points on the body. These points are places on your body which are thought to affect the way that your organs and tissues function. You may feel a tingling sensation when the needles are inserted, but it should not be painful.

Pilates

Pilates is a moderate form of exercise that can improve balance, flexibility, circulation, posture and help you to relax. Pilates is similar to yoga but with a greater focus on strengthening the core abdominal and back muscles.

Women's Health (pelvic floor muscle weakness/incontinence)

Exercise forms an important part of physiotherapy. The aim is to increase mobility, muscle strength, and general fitness, build core stability, and reduce symptoms. Pelvic floor exercises can help resolve incontinence problems in men and women by strengthening the muscles which support and surround the bladder. There are no side effects, the exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce the possibility of future complications. In fact, pelvic floor exercises are proven to improve over 70% of cases*. 

Treating incontinence with simple rehabilitation is now widely supported by healthcare professionals. It is recommended that sufferers undergo at least three months of conservative treatment before considering surgery. *Bond E, Dorey G, Eckford S and McDonnel K, (2004) Journal of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health. Vol 95, pp 66-70.

Sports injuries

In addition to regular physiotherapy services, BMI also offer specialist sports injury services. Whether you are a professional sports person or a sports enthusiast of any age, with an acute or chronic injury, we understand your goal is to return to fitness as soon as possible. At your first appointment, you may be assessed by a sports medicine doctor as well as a physiotherapist. You will also have access to a consultant orthopaedic surgeon if necessary. At BMI we use our expertise not only to offer the best treatment available for your injury, but also to look at the underlying causes of injury and how to prevent future problems. We can offer you advice on prevention of sports injuries, warm up and muscle training for your particular sport, muscle imbalance and overuse and a biomechanical assessment.

Prices

Physiotherapy can help you recover following injury, surgery or illness. At BMI Albyn Hospital you will receive first class treatment at an affordable price. You can make an appointment directly with a physiotherapist or you can ask your GP to refer you if you prefer:

You can contact us by telephone 01224 577 406 or by email physio_albyn@bmihealthcare.co.uk

Physiotherapy may be covered by your medical insurance. You will need to check your cover with your insurer first and you may need a GP referral. Alternatively, you can pay for your treatment by cash, debit or credit card.

The initial appointment lasts for 45 minutes and follows up appointments usually last 30 minutes.

  • 45 minute appointment £85.50 (or £57 for self-funding customers who pay on the day)
  • 30 minute appointment £57 (or £38 for self-funding customers who pay on the day)

Focused Shock-wave Therapy is £191.00 for 3 sessions (1 x weekly)

Facilities

Our physiotherapy department has six private treatment rooms and includes a gym area and a Pilates room.

Gym equipment

The gym area allows our physiotherapists work with you to provide expert advice and develop an exercise programme which meets your specific needs. Exercise forms an important part of physiotherapy. The aim is to increase mobility, muscle strength, and general fitness, build core stability, and reduce symptoms. Services include personal training, customised rehabilitation and staff can provide Pilates instruction and core training.

Our gym includes:

  • Bike
  • Free weights
  • Stepper

BMI Albyn Hospital has a team of experienced physiotherapists who are skilled at assessing your problems and facilitating a good recovery. Our physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and work closely as part of our integrated multi-disciplinary teams within our hospitals so that if necessary, you can benefit from fast referrals and access to the latest imaging technologies to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions.

Your first visit will involve an assessment of your condition so that a treatment programme can be specifically developed for you.

We offer a wide range of therapies that are often used in combination in a treatment programme.

BMI Albyn Hospital has a team of experienced physiotherapists who are skilled at assessing your problems and facilitating a good recovery. Our physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and work closely as part of our integrated multi-disciplinary teams within our hospitals so that if necessary, you can benefit from fast referrals and access to the latest imaging technologies to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions.

Your first visit will involve an assessment of your condition so that a treatment programme can be specifically developed for you.

We offer a wide range of therapies that are often used in combination in a treatment programme.