If you’ve just had surgery or picked up an injury – or if you’re struggling with long-term pain, illness or disability – our physiotherapy clinic in Christchurch Dorset is here to help. Physiotherapy focuses on improving movement and restoring function, so you can build your strength and get back to doing what you do best. Physiotherapy is suitable for everybody, whether you want to start a rehabilitation programme after a sporting injury, or need advice and an exercise plan for age-related conditions. Once you’ve started treatment with us, you’ll have access to our gym facilities . Or you might like to join one of our exercise classes, which can be very helpful for supporting recovery and preventing re-injury.
What we treat
How does Physiotherapy work?
The aim of physiotherapy is to restore motion and function to bones, joints and tissues in your body. It’s a science-based discipline that provides relief and rehabilitation for many different conditions and complaints, from soreness or pain to injury, disability and post-surgery recovery. Physiotherapy comes in several different forms. These include manual therapy (where we use our hands to encourage movement and reduce stiffness), tailored exercise plans, and education (such as correct lifting techniques and how to improve your posture). The key thing about physiotherapy is that it’s personal to you as an individual. Every person’s body is different, so the treatment will be tailored to your own needs and goals.
What to expect
Your first physiotherapy appointment at our clinic in Christchurch Dorset will last up to an hour. We’ll start by asking you about the history of your injury or symptoms; for example, when they started, whether you’ve had any surgery or treatment to date. We’ll also ask you about your goals for treatment: what would you like to achieve in the short-term, and longer-term? We will then give you a thorough physical assessment, looking at where and when you experience pain, the range and quality of your movement and strength. All these things will enable us to agree a clinical diagnosis and treatment plan. Your treatment plan will include hands-on treatment together with prescribed exercise, which will take place in our rehabilitation gym. We would advise you to book a follow-up appointment (each lasts up to 30 minutes), to review your symptoms, track your progress and ensure a full and successful recovery.
No. You don’t need to be referred to us in order to make an appointment. While it’s always helpful to have accompanying notes or a diagnosis from a GP or consultant, we don’t need to have them before we see you or start your treatment. You can simply walk in, book an appointment with our clinicians, and they will assess, diagnose and treat you.
If you need to ask change or cancel an appointment, we ask that you contact us at least 24 hours beforehand (cancellations within 24 hours are charged at 50% of the appointment fee).
Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes when you come for your appointment. If you’re having a lower limb assessment, shorts or leggings are best. If it’s for an upper limb problem, please make sure you’re wearing a vest, vest-top or similar.
If you feel that you would prefer to have a chaperone with you during your assessment then please bring a suitable person.