Physiotherapy 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, and sports injuries.
There are also physiotherapists that specialise in Women’s Health, acupuncture, Pilates, Hand Therapy and hydrotherapy.
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.
All BMI physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and Health Professions Council (HPC) 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.
Other areas of speciality within the department include:
• Biomechanical Assessment and Orthotic Prescription
• Computerised Muscle Testing System
• Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation
• Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment
• Pre and Post-operative Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
• Back Pain Management
• Treatment following Whiplash Injuries
• Knee surgery Rehabilitation
• Shoulder Assessment and treatment
• Bladder and Bowel dysfunction
• Re-education of Balance and Falls prevention
• Lymphoedema Management
• Ergonomic and Occupational Health advice
• Workplace risk assessments
• Sports Medicine including Sports Consultants and Sports Massage
• Chronic Pain Management
• Functional Restoration Back Programme including Pilates
• Advice re braces and fitting
We aim to offer you an appointment within 48 hours of receiving a referral. Referrals may be from your GP, Consultant or from another Health Care Practitioner. You may also self-refer to the department but please be aware that several of the major insurance companies require a GP referral.
In your consultation with us the physiotherapist will assess the nature and site of your problem and will relate it to your whole person and its effect on your lifestyle. After full consultation with you and where appropriate your doctor, the physiotherapist will suggest the best form of treatment.
Our Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy complex is a purpose built facility. It has seven private treatment rooms and includes a modern and well equipped air conditioned gym and dedicated large hydrotherapy pool.
The purpose-built modern and air conditioned physio-gym enables our physiotherapists to work with you to provide expert advice and develop an exercise programme which meets your specific needs.
We offer a wide range of services and treatment including:
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.
Gaitscan is an assessment of the way you walk or run, which may have an impact on aches and pains in the rest of your body. The gait scanning service at BMI The Hampshire Clinic offers an assessment by a chartered physiotherapist using a specialised scanning machine to measure and assess your foot mechanics. Your feet have a direct impact on the rest of your body. Like the foundation of a house, your feet support the weight of everything above them. When a small problem develops in your feet, the subtle change in the way you walk will cause a chain reaction of adjustments in your posture and walking mechanics. This may lead to pain in the feet, knees hips and back or other problems such as bunions and hammer toes.
From the assessment and scan, a report will highlight areas of high and low pressure and the timings of how part of the foot come into contact with the floor so appropriate treatment can be determined. Biomechanical medical orthotics can then be prescribed and custom made to correct a specific foot imbalance and restore the normal balance and alignment of the body.
Hydrotherapy provides a warm, relaxed atmosphere for treating chronic and acute conditions.
The water temperature of 34°C provides the optimum temperature for muscle relaxation. This helps to decrease pain, increase range of movement and increase muscle activity. The buoyancy of the water enables movement to be either assisted or resisted and allows for more fluid movements.
The aim is to gain flexibility of joints, strengthen muscles and enhance core stability to restore or improve function. Patients are accompanied in the pool by a physiotherapist throughout their session. It is not necessary for patients to be able to swim or get their head wet in order to benefit from hydrotherapy.
Our dedicated hydrotherapy pool provides the ideal environment for rehabilitation. Patients with a variety of conditions benefit, in particular orthopaedic pre and post–operative patients. Water also provides an excellent medium in which to increase patient confidence and motivation prior to embarking on dry land exercise.
Some centres have introduced Aquanatal therapy sessions in the pool using the advantages of warm water to maintain and improve strength, agility and posture. The class also aims to improve pelvic floor muscle control, cardiovascular fitness and stamina.
Aqua Aerobics Classes uses the benefits of warm water to help posture, strengthen muscles, and increase joint mobility and cardiovascular fitness. Each class lasts about one hour including a warm up and cool down session. You will work at your own level and it is a great way to improve your overall fitness whilst reducing the impact on your joints.
We also run "Splash Sessions" for patients who have been discharged from their formal physiotherapy but would like to continue having sessions in the pool under supervision.
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.
Ultrasound can be used as a diagnostic tool or therapeutically within the physiotherapy session. An ultrasound scan uses high frequency wave sounds to create an image of an organ or muscles in the body. Ultrasound is very high frequency sound that cannot be heard by the human ear, but can be detected using a machine called an ultrasound scanner.
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.