Physiotherapy

Treatment programmes can be designed to relieve pain and restore movement and function. 

The team are experienced senior state registered physiotherapists with a variety of skills. 

Treatments include:

  • Post-operative surgery ie knee and hip replacements
  • Musculoskeletal conditions such as back and neck pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, headaches and whiplash, sports injuries such as ligaments, strains etc,
  • Gynaecological problems such as stress incontinence, neurological problems such as rehabilitation for strokes, multiple sclerosis etc,
  • Orthopaedic conditions such as pre and post-operative joint replacement and spinal surgery etc,
  • Manipulative technique and manual therapy
  • Muscle imbalance training
  • Rehabilitation programmes
  • Ergonomic advice and posture correction
  • Self-help, advice and education. 

Facilities include treatment rooms and high-tech electrical equipment.  Appointments are on a one-to-one basis and a full examination and assessment is carried out prior to commencement of a course of treatment.

A GP or consultant referral is not essential.  You may book an appointment by telephoning the above number.  Self pay patients are most welcome; insured patients are advised to contact their insurance company before arranging any treatment.

Services

At BMI The Somerfield 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.

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 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.

Hydrotherapy
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 specialised 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, 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.

Facilities

Our physiotherapy department has five 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:

  •     Exercise bike
  •     Wobble boards
  •     Free weights
  •     Trampette
  •     Gym balls

Within the department we offer:

  • Traction
  • Electrotherapy and TENS
  • Ultrasound

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.

Prices & Bookings

Physiotherapy can help you recover following injury, surgery or illness. At BMI you will receive first class treatment at an affordable price. You can make an appointment directly with a physiotherapist or you can ask your GP to refer you if you prefer.

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.

Your initial appointment will involve a 45 minute assessment of your condition so that a treatment programme can be specifically developed with you. Further sessions will consist of 30 minute appointments. Fees for a 45 minute assessment start from £65.00, with follow up appointments starting from £40.00.

For more information on our physiotherapy treatments, please call 01622 208067 or make an online enquiry here.