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Spot the Difference – #BLUEBELLPHYSIO


Comparison on our Services here at Bluebell Physio compared to Businesses in the same market as us including the NHS.

At Bluebell Physiotherapy, we believe it is the small things that count and we genuinely consider ourselves to be a caring practice.

You’ve heard all this before we hear you say…..

Well today we are going to prove just how far we go for our customers and why we are simply the best (better than all the rest la la la!!)


We are going to take a look at a grid which we shall put our heads on the block (quite literally) and compare ourselves to other physiotherapists, one private practice and the NHS. We won’t tell you who we’re comparing ourselves too as that’s just a little harsh isn’t it? 😉


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Isn’t private treatment expensive though?

In our experience, you pay for what you get, and one of the reasons we are solely a private practice is that we wanted to make a chance and put an end to long waiting lists, staff shortages and service cuts.  In fact we’re the opposite of all these things here at Bluebell with our same day appointment option, staff who are experts across a wide range of areas and expanding services.


However, back to the costs, you will be surprised at how affordable our sessions are, in fact our sessions start from just £29 and the results are seen very quickly.  We don’t really like the word ‘private’ as this is associated with astronomical costs, however as you can see, our commitment is to you and providing value for money.  Investing a little in your health and well being is money well spent and avoids wasting time on waiting lists and potentially making your problem far worse.


Remember, the longer you leave a problem the worse it will get and the more expensive it will be to treat (as you will need treatment for longer.)


The next best thing to ‘compare the meerkat’ comparison table

OK, we’re not about to confess we’re taking on the well known compare the meerkat (although we do think that they’re very sweet ;)) We have nevertheless, produced a table below comparing ourselves to other physiotherapists.


How did we come up with the topics?


Well we put our heads together and decided to compare elements of a physiotherapy practice that are important to you.  The main aim is to spot the difference, which won’t be exactly difficult.  It is clear to see you are receiving a far superior treatment experience by having treatment privately, however as we’ve mentioned before it’s those little things that count.  And its these little things that set Bluebell Physiotherapy apart from all the rest.  It’s a bit like getting biscuits with your tea…it always more pleasurable!


So without further ado, take a look at our grid below.




Bluebell Physio Official Comparison

Comparison of Physiotherapy Quality Levels (in their own words….)

As the title suggests, we have used the wording found on relevant websites to define the quality level laid out in the table – transparent and honest, expect no less from us. 🙂


Quality Standard Bluebell Other Private Physio NHS Physio
Staff Fantastic & varied team of experts Professional & comprehensive service A Physiotherapist
Nice Environment 6 award winning clinics Comfortable, relaxing but professional environment Surgery/hospital
Knowledgeable MCSP & HPC Registered as a minimum Only Chartered & HPC physiotherapists used NHS Physiotherapist
Good Prices From £29 per session Affordable cost Free of charge
Service Guarantee Full ‘money back’ service guarantee None None
Listen to the Problem Listening to you is our priority Not Known Not mentioned
Quick Appointments Same day appointment if you like Flexible appointment system Self Refer or via GP. 13 week wait on average to be seen
Extensive Treatment Options Specialist, manual, sports, osteopathy, massage. Full range of specialist and basic services offered Limited options
Home Visits Can be arranged No No
Great Customer Service We take the time to understand your problem Highest standards of care (but don’t specify how) Holistic Approach (impersonal)
Detailed Treatment Plan Various plan options all discussed and explained fully to you Treatment plan discussed before treatment begins NHS lead treatment plan
Free Consultation Yes Not known if it’s free No consultation
Friendly & ‘Human’ Real people here and on your level! Hopefully, but not mentioned! Hopefully – no choice of who you get
Contact Options/Flexibility Appointments can be made and changed by phone 24/7 Flexible appointments, not known if they can be changed None – have to wait longer if you change your appointment
Qualified Staff with Experience Properly qualified and registered with area specialist experts Same as Bluebell Physiotherapy Not known
Able to Self Refer Yes if paying for treatment.  A referral is needed is some cases if using private health insurance Yes, unless claiming treatment via health insurance Yes, but restricted to certain areas of the UK
Treat Insurance Related Injuries Yes, Very experienced corporate service available Yes No
Parking (very important if injured!) 🙂 Yes, free parking right outside in our car park! No – local car parks or on street parking. Normally expensive hospital parking


What does Bluebell Physiotherapy advise to ensure I get the most from my treatment?

We get asked this question a lot.  Unfortunately just turning up to your physiotherapy session is not enough.  If you are serious about becoming pain free, you have to be prepared to make changes to your life to improve your general well being, so we work with you to produce an effective home exercise plan.  Don’t worry though, we won’t make you carry out boot camp style exercises 😉


As well as receiving individual advise on treating your problem, there are other things you can do to increase your general well being.  The two best things you can do to help yourself is to:


  • Take regular exercise – see our warm up blog for adults for loads of useful advice
  • Maintain a healthy weight (yes we know the NHS have just invested in ambulance re-enforcement to handle increased body weight….but don’t take it for granted! ;))


Additionally we always advice our clients to take care of their backs.  Lower back and neck pain are the most common reasons for a visit to the physiotherapist.



So how on earth do bad backs occur?


Back complaints can be very painful and difficult and costly to remedy.  Looking after your back is important as it is easy to cause damage (we’re not convinced we should be standing upright on 2 legs, back to the neolithic age we say!!)


Reasons for bad backs

8 out of 10 people have an acute or chronic back problem.

(Source: National Institute of Health.)


Poor Posture

Not sitting up straight can cause pressure on the spine leading to muscle and ligament strain.  Sitting up straight reduces strain in these areas.


Bending/twisting awkwardly

Gardening is a major contributor to injuries like these as well as the next one…..


Over stretching

Muscular pain in joints, ligaments and tendons usually indicates an injury of this nature.  If it doesn’t correct itself within a few days, a visit to the physiotherapist might be necessary.


Standing for long periods of time

This is a common workplace injury, it is important to change positions often at work.  Similarly, sitting down for too long can also be bad for your back and your health.  Sitting or standing for longer than 6 hours can cause back strain.


Lifting/carrying objects incorrectly

Learning the correct method of lifting and handling heavy objects can help prevent injury and back pain.  Think before you lift.


How do you know if having physiotherapy will really help me?

Physiotherapy is often used as an alternative to surgery particularly when treated injuries and promoting body movements such as knee injuries, arthritis or hip replacements.  Treatment in a relaxing environment can also promote recovery.  Physiotherapy values mean that practice is person centred, ethical and effective.


BMJ 2001 effective physiotherapy ‘R D Herbert’ summaries in a clinical review that:


  • Early provision of reassurance and advice to return to activity can prevent chronic disability associated with pain


  • Massage and electrotherapy are not useful for chronic pain but exercise programmes can reduce disability


  • Women with urinary incontinence can be helped with pelvic floor muscle training


  • Multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation programmes reduce the risk of disability and death and institutionalised care or dependency


  • Prophylactic chest physiotherapy reduces postoperative complications in high risk patients


  • Pulmonary rehabilitation programmes for people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease reduce dysproea and increase walking distance


  • Tailoring exercise programmes reduce the risk of falls in elderly people


Humour Time

We have ended this blog with a spot of humour – how would you like to try your hand at being an amateur physio?  We came across this great arcade game called soccer doctor where you take on the role of a physio whilst the actual physio in on holiday!! Yes it’s great if you’ve always fancied ‘having a go’ but don’t try this at home though will you? 😉



…and finally….

Next time we will talk about the benefits of different treatment options.  Did you know that here at Bluebell Physiotherapy we offer a range of specialist treatment and prescribing programs? Well you do now!  You may well find that we can treat you without even knowing it.  How very versatile!


Stay tuned for more, all the best. The Bluebell Team