Physio Blog

Top Five Facts About Gout

| Acute and Chronic Pain, Ankle and Foot Pain, General Health

There are many types of arthritis, which get a lot of media attention. Charities raise awareness for the two ‘big players’ of Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. These affect the joints in severe ways, and often require surgery for them to regain any function, however, one of the types of arthritis, which is commonly overlooked, […]


Should My Physio Treatment be Painful?

| Acute and Chronic Pain, Ankle and Foot Pain, Back pain, Hip pain, Knee Pain, Low Back Pain, Neck pain, Physiotherapy in Bristol, Physiotherapy in London, Physiotherapy in London Victoria, Shoulder Pain

Our Bristol Manager and physio Leanne Plenge clarifies whether there is actually any truth in the ‘no pain no gain’ cliché, and whether the exercises your physio prescribes should be painful.  In the years I have been practicing as a physio I have heard the statement no pain no gain many times.  Sometimes from behind […]


All You Need to Know about Hydrotherapy: Part 2

| Acute and Chronic Pain, General Health, Older Person Physiotherapy, Osteoporosis, Post Surgery

In the final part of this special 2 part blog series, our Head of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Emma McCabe reveals the evidence, which proves the effectiveness of hydrotherapy, and also some simple hydrotherapy exercises that you can even do at your own local pool.  In one systematic review, Perraton et al (2009) reviewed eleven studies of […]


All You Need to Know about Hydrotherapy: Part 1

| Acute and Chronic Pain, General Health, Older Person Physiotherapy, Osteoporosis, Post Surgery

In this special 2 part blog series, our Head of Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Emma McCabe reveals all you need to know about hydrotherapy and its benefits. Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water (hot or cold water, steam, or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.  Originally this therapy was known as ‘hydropathy’ […]


Do You Know How to Spot the Signs of an Inflammatory Condition?

| Acute and Chronic Pain

There are many types of inflammatory joint and soft tissue conditions that require effective, early management and treatment to stop them getting worse.  For example, rheumatoid arthritis is a condition where the lining of the joints becomes inflamed and if not corrected, this can lead to joint deformity and lots of pain.  Conditions such as […]


Pain When Walking or Running? You May Have an Abnormal Gait

| Acute and Chronic Pain, Ankle and Foot Pain, Hip pain, Knee Pain, Physiotherapy in Bristol, Sports Physiotherapy

In this blog post, Bristol Manager and Physio Leanne Plenge, reveals what a physiotherapist looks for when analysing your walking or running pattern (gait).  I met up with John Stephenson at AAA-Physio in Bristol recently to discuss his special interest in gait analysis and biomechanics. We discussed the benefits of truly getting to the bottom […]


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

| Acute and Chronic Pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, is a disease characterised by severe pain and abnormal changes to the skin of the area affected.  Rated higher on the McGill pain scale than both amputation and childbirth, CRPS often causes the skin to become increasingly sweaty, and this is often paired with abnormal hair and nail growth.  Chronic […]


Top Five Tips for Chronic Pain Management

| Acute and Chronic Pain

Most people would agree that pain is unpleasant but it is also a very necessary part of life.  If you couldn’t feel any pain then how would you know if the iron is too hot to touch, or if you have brushed up against an electric fence, or if you have broken your ankle? All […]


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