Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can help with a wide range of injuries and conditions including back and neck pain, repetitive strain injuries, joint pain and arthritis, muscle injuries, post surgery rehabilitation, and sports injuries. There are also physiotherapists that specialise in Women’s Health, acupuncture and pilates.

Your first visit will involve an assessment of your condition so that a treatment programme can be specifically developed for you. We offer a wide range of therapies that are often used in combination in a treatment programme.

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 the latest imaging technologies to help accurately diagnose and aid treatment pathway decisions.

Services

Manual therapy

Manual therapy includes massage and manipulative techniques to improve joint movement and reduce pain. It can also reduce swelling, mobilise muscles, joints and nerves, and promote blood circulation to improve healing. We will always treat you on a "one to one" basis, in you rown consulting room, and have the luxury of a number of very experienced physiotherapists in this field.

Exercise therapy

Exercise forms an important part of physiotherapy. The aim is to increase mobility, muscle strength, and general fitness, build core stability, and reduce symptoms. We understand that exercise facilitates a return to your normal way of life as smoothly as possible.

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy to manage pain, reduce inflammation and rehabilitate muscles. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to promote healing. TENS is a form of electrotherapy that uses surface electrodes to stimulate nerve fibres, primarily for pain relief. Another form of electrotherapy is called biofeedback, this can be used to teach the patient how to better control their movements to minimise pain.

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.

Women's Health (pelvic floor muscle weakness/incontinence)

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.

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. Alternative therapies including bowen therapy and hypnotherapy are also available.

Sports injuries

The treatment of sports injuries is part of the service at BMI Three Shires Hospital. We will not only offer the best treatment available for your injury, but we will also look at the underlying cause for the injury, and how to prevent further injuries.

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. We can offer radiological services and consultants on site, thereby facilitating a quick return to your sport.

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.

Therapeutic massage

Massage is a relaxing, therapeutic treatment and involves the manipulation of soft tissue in order to restore or maintain balance in the body and aids rehabilitation.

Benefits of massage:

  • Promoting a feeling of well being
  • Improving circulation
  • Increasing range of joint movement
  • Easing stiff and sore muscles
  • Having a calming and soothing effect

This service is only available on a self pay basis and is practised by a qualified Massage Therapist.

Pilates

Pilates is a moderate form of exercise that can improve balance, flexibility, circulation, posture and help you to relax. Pilates is similar to yoga but with a greater focus on strengthening the core abdominal and back muscles. The programme focuses on the core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and are essential for providing support for the spine.

Hand therapy

Hand therapy specialists at BMI Three Shires Hospital provide assessment and holistic rehabilitation for patients who have a hand or upper limb injury or 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 splinting, scar management, exercises, manual techniques and electrotherapy. At BMI Three Shires Hospital the hand therapists can also offer nerve conduction studies for the accurate diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Facilities

Our physiotherapy department has two 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 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:

  • Static bike
  • Treadmill
  • X trainer

Within the department we offer:

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy is the use of electrical energy to manage pain, rehabilitate muscles and increase the range of motion. A form of electrotherapy is called biofeedback. Equipment is used to reveal internal physiological events. This feedback is then used to train the patient in how to better control their movements to minimise pain.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound can be used 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.

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. Ways to be referred:

  • You can self refer and make an appointment directly with the physiotherapist
  • You can ask your GP to refer you

By telephone 01604 885033/885029
By email physio_threeshires@bmihealthcare.co.uk

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.

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