Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Harbour HospitalAll physiotherapists at BMI The Harbour Hospital are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and are registered with the HCPC.

They 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 some of the latest imaging technologies to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions.

As well as offering specialist physiotherapy treatment for a range of joint and muscle problems, we have experienced therapists specialising in incontinence, hand therapy and respiratory problems. Our therapists in these specialist areas have extensive post graduate training and have close links with our consultants.

Excellence in orthopaedic rehabilitation and recovery

Physiotherapy can help diagnose and treat a wide range of injuries and conditions including back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, joint pains, rehabilitation after surgery, muscle injuries and sports injuries. At BMI The Harbour Hospital our physiotherapists are experts in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, using highly effective equipment such as the AlterG® Anti-gravity Treadmill®, GekoTM device for managing swelling and the intermittent compression Cryocuff TM to help aid your recovery from injury and surgery. For more information can be found below.

Our team will guide you through the stages of your recovery whilst working closely with the Orthopaedic consultants when required. We also have easy access to our onsite radiology department including our new dedicated MRI and CT suite, if your problem requires further investigation.

AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill

We are also pleased to offer enhanced physiotherapy rehabilitation with the AlterG® Anti-gravity Treadmill®. 

This uses NASA technology to reduce weight going through the body from between 20 - 100% of body weight allowing patients to work on the treadmill without bearing full weight on lower body injuries or surgical areas.

The benefits include:

  •     Rehabilitation with less stress to joints and muscles, without the need for crutches for protection.
  •     Enhanced rehabilitation for joint replacement patients, who use the treadmill shortly after surgery to aid movement and promote protected loading of joints.
  •     Patients with some long term conditions can see benefits with walking that they find hard with normal gravity.
Conditions that are likely to respond well to physiotherapy incorporating the AlterG® Anti-gravity Treadmill® include:
  • Knee and hip arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Foot and ankle pain
Patient testimonial and information video on the AlterG® Anti-gravity Treadmill® at BMI The Harbour hospital


Physiotherapy sessions including the AlterG® Anti-gravity Treadmill® are competitively priced for self pay patients and include an initial physiotherapy assessment session. Sessions will also be covered by insurance companies with a referral letter from your GP or consultant.
To make an appointment please call us on 01202 244219 and mention the AlterG ® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®.
 

Geko TM

GekoTM Device for Managing Swelling

A recent development in orthopaedic rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal conditions is the GekoTM neuromuscular stimulation device. The Geko TMis a small device the size of a watch that is attached to a patient’s leg just below their knee. The Geko TM stimulates a nerve in the leg which contracts the muscles at a low level. This contraction has been shown to increase venous return in the leg with proposed benefits for swelling management and tissue healing.

In partnership with consultant hip surgeon Mr Robert Middleton, BMI The Harbour Hospital is currently involved in a research study which analyses the effectiveness of the Geko TM in prevention of deep vein thrombosis. Our outpatient physiotherapy team are also using the device in appropriate patients who are limited by swelling in their leg, in an effort to reduce the swelling and improve range of movement, pain and function.

Patient testimonial and information video on the Geko TM device at BMI The Harbour hospital

EXOS

The EXOS reformable & waterproof bracing system for treatment of fractures.

Please see the video below for more information about the EXOS reformable and waterproof bracing system, and it's use as an alternative type of cast for the treatment of fractures and other conditions requiring stabilisation of the wrist and/or thumb:

Services

At BMI The Harbour Hospital we offer the following 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

Traction

Traction essentially means steady pulling. It can be helpful in relieving pain in the neck or lower back.
 
Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy to manage pain, reduce inflammation and rehabilitate muscles.
 
Ultrasound

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.

It can be used to look at all soft tissue structures and blood vessels. It can also be used for soft tissue injuries and more chronic conditions, with a view to promoting healing and relieving 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.
 
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.
 
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 SRV, BMI also offer specialist sports injury SRV. 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.

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.

Facilities

Our physiotherapy department has four private treatment rooms and includes a gym.

All BMI physiotherapists 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. We provide on-site access to diagnostic imaging services which may include ultrasound, x-ray, MRI and CT scans.
Gym equipment

The purpose-built physio-gyms at our hospitals let 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.

Our gym includes:
  • Bike  
  • Treadmill
  • Free weights

If we cannot help you with physiotherapy, we can quickly refer you to our Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons who can deal with keyhole joint surgery, repair of ligament injuries, treatment of fractures and repair of tendon and nerve injuries.

Read more about physiotherapy in our Q&A section with Jon Swan, The Harbour Hospital Physiotherapy Manager, here.

Appointments are usually available within 48 hours and many even on the same day. Call us on 01202 244219 or make an online enquiry.

Treatments

Acupuncture physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Pilates
Rehabilitation service
Respiratory physiotherapy
Sports injuries