Dorchester Physiotherapy Service

Physiotherapy services at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital

We are a dedicated team of chartered professionals based at the Winterbourne Hospital in Dorchester.

Our modern clinic offers access to 18 different specialisms of physiotherapy, and is available to everyone for rapid assessment.   Our fast track access to imaging and advanced team of experts ensures our treatments are highly effective and accurate.

We take pride in our high quality rehabilitation and look forward to returning you to a happy healthy lifestyle.

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Services

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.
  • Chronic pain management - if you have had persistent or long standing pain that has failed to respond to previous treatments, then it would be helpful to consult a physiotherapist. This type of physiotherapy has been shown to assist patients with coping strategies that can help improve quality of life.
  • 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.
  • Hydrotherapy - also known as aquatic therapy, is physiotherapy performed in a warm water pool. The effects of the water and warm temperature can help to reduce pain and provide support to aid your rehabilitation.
  • 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 physiotherapy - pelvic health physiotherapists are specially trained to assess and treat a range of conditions that can cause pelvic problems, including anti-natal, women's health, men's health and problems such as incontinence of the bladder or bowel, or pelvic pain.
  • 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.
  • Shockwave therapy - also known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT), it is used to treat chronic tendon problems, shoulder pain, painful heel, tennis elbow or pain in the Achilles tendon.
  • Vestibular rehabilitation – the treatment consists of exercises designed to retrain the balance system and to re-programme your brain to tune out the dizzy sensations. The goal is to gradually reduce the severity of your symptoms, by becoming desensitised.

Amputee rehabilitation

We offer prosthetic rehabilitation and management ideas with our Paralympic level physiotherapist.

Disability sport and advanced rehabilitation

Posture and seating with wheelchair skills are delivered by our Paralympic level physiotherapist. We also offer spinal injury advanced rehabilitation, disability sports specific problem solving and coaching and calliper training.

Integrated care

All BMI physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and 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 high quality imaging technology to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions.

Gym equipment:

The purpose-built physio-gym lets 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.

Our gym includes:

  • Bike
  • Free weights
  • Cross trainer
  • Rowing Machine