Poole Physiotherapy Clinic

Integrated physiotherapy care at BMI The Harbour Hospital

All physiotherapists at BMI The Harbour Hospital are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and work closely with our integrated multi-disciplinary teams and consultants within our hospital 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.

As well as offering specialist physiotherapy treatment for a range of joint and muscle problems, we have experienced therapists specialising in women’s health including pelvic floor therapy, hand therapy and respiratory problems. Our therapists in these areas have highly developed skills required for these specialist problems and have close links with our consultants.

Excellence in orthopaedic rehabilitation and recovery

Physiotherapy Harbour HospitalPhysiotherapy can help with 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.   

Our physiotherapists are experts in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, using highly effective rehabilitation equipment and techniques to aid your recovery from injury and surgery. We diagnose and treat sports injuries, muscle and joint problems and back and neck pain. 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 dedicated MRI and CT suite, if your problem requires further investigation.

"It has given me pleasure to see the department grow over the last few years. Our patients give us really positive feedback and it is great to see them achieving their goals and getting back to activities that they enjoy. We find that patients often return with different problems or recommend other patients to come here so we feel that we do a good job!" - Jonathan Swan, Head of Physiotherapy


Treatments available:

  • Acupuncture physiotherapy - can be used on its own or in combination with physiotherapy to help treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions.
  • AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® - the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is used to reduce stress on injuries and joints in the lower body.
  • Bracing - you may benefit from bracing if you have been suffering with painful joints, stability issues or have ongoing pain. Braces can also help with rehabilitation and returning to sport.
  • Gait analysis – is the assessment of the lower limb biomechanics, e.g. how you stand, walk or run, to help identify problems in your legs, hips or even your back. It can help prevent painful conditions developing or recurring.
  • Hand therapy - provides assessment and holistic rehabilitation for patients with a hand or upper limb injury or condition. The treatment is tailored to your needs and focuses on helping you get back to the day to day activities that you enjoy.
  • Occupational health - physiotherapists who work in occupational health help to treat work-related problems, as well as educating employers and staff on safe working practices to help avoid injury.
  • Pelvic health rehabilitation - pelvic health physiotherapists are specially trained to assess and treat a range of conditions that can cause pelvic problems, such as incontinence of the bladder or bowel, or pelvic pain.
  • Physiotherapy for cancer treatments – we offer individual assessments and treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems that can occur as a result of your cancer treatment, such as shoulder pain and stiffness after breast surgery, or lower back pain as a result of being less active.
  • Physiotherapy for sports injuries - the diagnosis and treatment of muscle, joint and nerve problems caused by practicing a sport or exercising, including muscle imbalances, joint pain and post-fracture rehabilitation. The aim is to get you back to sport as soon as possible.
  • Pilates - a form of exercise that may improve balance, strength, posture, flexibility and circulation. It focuses on strengthening the core abdominal and back muscles.
  • Respiratory physiotherapy- relates to the assessment and treatment of people with disorders of the respiratory system. Physiotherapy is focused on maximising physical function and helping you manage symptoms.

Gym equipment

Our gym includes:

  • Bike
  • Free weights
  • Watt Bike
  • Alter G Treadmill with Stride Smart Analysis
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. 

GekoTM device for managing swelling

The GekoTM neuromuscular stimulation device is a recent development in orthopaedic rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal conditions. The GekoTM is a small device the size of a watch that is attached to a patient’s leg just below their knee. The GekoTM 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 GekoTM 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.

Intermittent Compression Cryocuff

The mechanical intermittent compression cryocuff is now used after joint replacement and other surgery or injuries. This uses modern technology to intermittently push ice cold fluid into a cuff around an operated area aiming to limit swelling, bruising and pain. 

Specialist services

Hand therapy

Hand therapy specialists at The Harbour Hospital provide assessment and holistic rehabilitation for patients who have a hand or arm condition. The treatment is tailored to suit the individual and focuses on returning the patient to an optimal level of functional activity. Treatment may include specialist splinting, scar management, exercises and manual techniques. For patients with simple wrist fractures and hand problems we now use the Exos bracing system. This system is an excellent light weight alternative to plaster cast.

Simi Padmanabhan and Louise Thompson are our Hand Therapists who will be pleased to assess and treat your condition. 

Workplace physiotherapy and assessment

Ergonomics is the discipline concerned with fitting people to their environment in order to minimise stresses on the body. It may involve a work station assessment and advice concerning seating, posture and ergonomic aids. Our Senior Physiotherapist  Gillian Jenkins has post graduate training in occupational health and is happy to go into workplaces to assess the environment and workstation aiming to help minimise the risk of injury and help if staff have problems with pain.

Prices and bookings

When you consult a physiotherapist, you get a detailed examination and assessment which is individually tailored to your needs. The conclusions from this session form a plan of treatment and can be used to predict how much treatment you might need and how much improvement you can expect to achieve.  We offer a wide range of therapies that are often used in combination in a treatment programme.

At The Harbour Hospital you can self-refer for physiotherapy without having seen your GP, we offer competitive self-pay packages and a tailored program to suit your need

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.