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

AlterG®  Anti-Gravity Treadmill®

We are 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.
We have recently added the Stride smart analysis system to the AlterG which uses video and treadmill data to provide real time biomechanical analysis for the patient and physiotherapist. We are able to use recordings of video and gait to aim to help you improve your technique which could make you less prone to injury and improve your recovery.
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 
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.

Biomechanical analysis service

For patients with problems with their feet, legs or back we provide a biomechanical analysis service.  We initially assess you within our clinic area looking at your alignment, muscle strength and flexibility. We then analyse your walking/ running on our AlterG Anti-gravity treadmill and use the overall assessment to provide you with a summary of exercises and tips for improving your technique aiming to benefit performance and minimise the risk of injury.

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

Sports injuries

At The Harbour Hospital our physiotherapists are experienced in treating a wide variety of sports injuries.  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. If your condition requires it you can be referred quickly for further on site investigations and on to one of our consultants if required. We can also 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.

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.

Respiratory physiotherapy

Respiratory physiotherapists are experienced in treating a variety of conditions and are able to help with sputum clearance and shortness of breath. Liz Whittington, our respiratory physiotherapist will advise on appropriate exercises and self-management.

Women’s and men’s health

Treating incontinence in both men and women with simple rehabilitation is now widely supported by many healthcare professionals. It is recommended that people undergo at least three months of conservative treatment before considering surgery. At the Harbour Hospital we have specialist physiotherapists in both bladder and bowel problems.

Exercise forms an important part of women’s and men’s health physiotherapy. The aim is to reduce symptoms by increasing muscle strength and building core stability. Pelvic floor exercises can help resolve incontinence problems by strengthening the muscles which support and surround the bladder. There are no side effects and the exercises can strengthen the pelvic floor and reduce the possibility of future complications.

Our specialists are Debra Clarke and Philippa Irvine.

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.


Manual therapy

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


Acupuncture is offered by our Senior Physiotherapist Anna Wills who has undertaken post graduate training in acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used on its own or in combination with physiotherapy to treat a range of musculo-skeletal conditions.

Scientific research has shown how acupuncture can stimulate the body’s physiological responses and reduce pain. 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.


Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy aiming to reduce inflammation and improve recovery. One example is therapeutic ultrasound which  is very high frequency sound that cannot be heard by the human ear. It can also be used for soft tissue injuries and also more chronic conditions, with a view to promoting healing and relieving pain.


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

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.