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 Sports Injuries.

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.

Sevices

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 Woodlands 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.

Post operative rehabilitation

At BMI Woodlands Hospital we are ideally situated near the Consultants to be able to offer comprehensive post operative physiotherapy. Meeting regularly with Consultants we are able to keep abreast of the latest advances and current trends regarding the operations performed. We have access to radiology and reporting on site, offering patients an efficient and effective rehabilitation.

Consultant physiotherapist

In addition to the regular Woodlands Physiotherapists, patients have access to a Consultant Physiotherapist who is able to guide treatment when needed, offering the most effective service possible. Consultant Physiotherapists are specialists in their field, and are a vital resource to both patients and colleagues.

Hand therapy

At BMI Woodlands Hospital we have two dedicated hand therapists – one occupational therapist and one physiotherapist – who specialise in the treatment of post operative hand rehabilitation, splinting, and the treatment of painful hand conditions.

Gaitscan

Gaitscan is an assessment of the way you walk or run, which may have an impact on aches and pains in the rest of your body. The gait scanning service offers an assessment by a chartered physiotherapist using a specialised scanning machine to measure and assess your foot mechanics. The Gaitscan™ system records the timing sequences as you walk across the pressure plate.

This enables your physiotherapist to have a clear picture of your foot mechanics; this combined with a lower limb biomechanical analysis can help us to determine whether you would benefit from custom made foot orthotics to avoid any further strain on your body and if required, tailor any physiotherapy you require from this analysis.

Sports massage

Sports participation is not a prerequisite for benefiting from sports massage; regardless of your activity level almost anyone can suffer from the day to day stresses and strains of life’s activities from an aching back, neck and shoulders to limited flexibility and stiffness or more chronic conditions. Periodically, most are successfully treated with sports massage.

Nonetheless, competitive athletes and active individuals looking to keep their muscles in peak condition can benefit enormously as a sports massage can help to prepare them for competition and recover quickly after an activity, event or injury; plus helping to fine tune them for their performance.

Sports massage helps promote health by stimulating and aiding the body’s processes with the following benefits:

Relief of stress and tension

Enhance posture

Re-energise tired bodies

Improve range of movement

Increase muscle tone or muscle length

Improve circulation and lymphatic flow

Assistance in the removal of metabolic waste such as lactic acid

Prepare the body for competition

Assistance in mental preparation prior to sports participation

Aid in quick recovery after an event or activity

Provide injury rehabilitation

Assistance with the remodelling of scar tissue

Facilities

Our physiotherapy department has 4 private treatment rooms, and a room dedicated to the use as a gym. The purpose-built physio-gym at our hospital 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. We have the capability to deliver final phase rehabilitation for your return to sport - whatever your ability or sport.

Services include:

  • Individual exercise programmes specific to your injury
  • Spinal Rehabilitation Class
  • Hip, Knee and Shoulder Classes

All classes and programmes are run by state registered physiotherapists with experience in the specific field. Our gym includes:

  • Bike
  • Treadmill
  • Free weights
  • Cross Trainer
  • Smith's Machine
  • Range of Balance and Proprioceptive equipment

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.

Pricing & 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.

The initial appointment can last up to 1 hour and costs £37/half hour. Follow-up appointments usually last 30 minutes and cost £37.

Self pay patients receive a 10% discount if payment is made on the day of the appointment.

Fur further enquiries or to make a booking, please call us on 01325 341712 or email us: physio.woodlands@bmihealthcare.co.uk.

Meet The Team

Dallas Newton - BSc Physiotherapy (Hons), BSc Phys and Psych

Dallas qualified in Bloemfontein, South Africa after completing a BSc in Physiotherapy, and a BSc in Psychology and Human Physiology. He worked in the public and private sector gaining experience working with rugby teams and athletes. On moving to the UK in 2004 he worked as an orthopaedic physiotherapist and developed his interest in peripheral joints. His special interest is shoulder problems, and he is specifically interested in the conservative management of these complex issues. Dallas has developed an interest in the treatment of neck conditions such as headaches and neck pain and stiffness. He is a keen sportsman, with cycling, golf and canoeing being his favourite sports.

Lucy Bendle       

Lucy Bendle qualified as a physiotherapist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. After spending two years travelling and working as a locum in the UK, Lucy joined a private practice in Port Elizabeth treating mostly orthopaedic patients. She was the physiotherapist for the South African veteran cycling team and had a special interest in running injuries having run marathons herself. She moved to the UK 11 years ago and has worked in Occupational Physiotherapy and Women’s Health both in the NHS and the private sector. Since joining BMI healthcare in May 2010 she has developed the Women’s Health service at Woodlands Hospital. Currently Lucy has a special interest in Chronic Pain Management. Inpatient Orthopaedics and Women’s Health. Lucy is married and has two children aged 14 and 7.

Suzanne Curtis and Nicole Openshaw    

Suzanne and Nicole are our specialist hand therapy team treating a wide range of conditions. They have a close working relationships with consultants in the trusts, and provide specialist treatment and splinting for post operative hand conditions.

Pauline Creamer             

Pauline is the Department Administrator, and is responsible for all administrative tasks associated with the department. Pauline is a keen dancer, and likes nothing better than travelling and nice country walks.


Treatments

Acupuncture physiotherapy
Pelvic floor physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Rehabilitation service
Sports injuries
Gait scan