Swindon Physiotherapist Clinic

At BMI The Ridgeway Hospital we believe in a personal service that caters for each individual’s needs.

The well-equipped Physiotherapy Department includes a superb gymnasium and hydrotherapy pool, offering patients a full range of treatment for medical and musculo-skeletal conditions.


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


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


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


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 medicine and Sports injuries

PhysiotherapyA service for all athletes, including enthusiastic amateur athletes. By using the principles used to treat elite competitive athletes amateur sports men and women can return to their sport or exercise as soon as possible. The key is early and accurate diagnosis.

More than 90% of sports injuries are treated without the need for surgery.

A detailed assessment to find the underlying cause of the injury is essential. This is particularly important for recurrent injuries where the cause of the injury is not at the site of the symptoms but is elsewhere in the kinetic chain.

Common underlying causes include:

  • Abnormal alignment
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Incorrect training intensity / volume
  • Incorrect / unsuitable equipment
  • Incorrect footwear

Poor technique Sports medicine is not just about treating injury –Sports Physicians are trained in non-musculo-skeletal aspects of sports medicine including:-

  • Unexplained underperformance and return to activity / competition
  • Injury prevention
  • Mild traumatic brain injury and other head injuries and fitness to return to play advice
  • Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis)

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 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. 

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 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.

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.


Pilates is a moderate form of exercise developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates who believed mental and physical health were closely connected. Practitioners highlight that regular Pilates can help to improve posture, muscle tone, balance, joint mobility as well as help you to relax. Pilates can complement current training schedules by improving whole body awareness and helping to reduce the risk of injury.

Pilates classes are available on a weekly basis at the hospital. Please contact the Physiotherapy department for more information.

Gait and biomechanical analysis

Gait analysis enables your physiotherapist or podiatrist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics. This combined with a lower limb biomechanical analysis can help to determine whether you would benefit from custom-made foot orthotics.

Orthotics are moulded insoles that are contoured to the sole of your foot. They correct the position of the foot so that the heel and arch are held in a stable position, allowing the weight of the body to be distributed normally onto the different parts of your foot. This corrects abnormal foot and leg movements, preventing unnatural posture and relieving pressure on the lower skeleton.

Stress management

Stress management can help you deal with aspects of your life that are causing you difficulty whether that is coming to terms with a major change in your life such as the loss of a partner or family member or dealing with stress or depression. By talking through issues with a professional who can help you understand and live through these experiences your whole life, and that of your friends and family, can be changed for the better.

Our Psychiatry team, Professor Gordon Turnbull are well respected in their field and can offer both individual therapy and group therapy according to your needs.


Acupuncture physiotherapy
Osteopathy treatment
Pelvic floor physiotherapy
Rehabilitation service
Sports injuries