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Physiotherapy at Bridge Health & Wellbeing

At our private physio clinic in Christchurch, Dorset, we have everything you need to recover from injury and relieve your pain.

From thorough assessment and treatment in our private treatment rooms, to supervised physiotherapy exercises and rehabilitation in our state-of-the-art gym and rehab classes that will complete your recovery, we have a standalone facility that can address all your physio needs.

Led by Paul O’Connell (MSC, BSC, HCPC, MCSP), our clinicians have many years of experience in both the NHS and private sector, as well as private hospitals. They regularly work with sports teams and in sports injury clinics.

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

Are you struggling with a spinal problem?

We regularly treat a wide range of spinal conditions including:

Do you need help with an upper or lower limb injury?

We help patients to recover from many upper and lower limb conditions including:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder instability
  • Biceps and triceps injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow

Are you facing orthopaedic surgery?

We have a huge amount of experience with orthopaedic surgery. Our physiotherapists can help you pre- and post-surgery for procedures including:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Total knee replacement
  • Uni-compartmental knee replacement
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Ankle fusion
  • Ankle replacement
  • Spinal surgery
  • Sub-acromial decompression
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder stabilisation


What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy focusses on improving movement and restoring function, so you can build your strength and get back to doing what you do best. Physio is suitable for everybody, whether you want to start a rehabilitation programme after an 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.

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 from your treatment

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.

Physiotherapy FAQs

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.

Tips and Tools

Lead physiotherapist Paul regularly writes about common injuries and how they can be treated through physiotherapy on our blog. Why not check out his latest guide to common shoulder conditions:

Shoulder pain and common shoulder conditions

“I went to see Paul because I’ve had an ongoing achilles problem and I have never found anybody that has been able to resolve it. I am pleased to say that I am now at last pain free and in full training mode, thank you to Paul. I would 100% recommend Bridge Health & Wellbeing”

– Mel C

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To find out how physiotherapy might help you, please contact us on 01202 473800 or email on You can also book your physio appointment online.

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54a Bridge Street, Christchurch, Dorset. BH23 1EB

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