Our Services

Sports Injuries

At the Orchard clinic we treat all levels of athletes and all types of sports injuries. The clinic has been a recommended London Marathon Injury clinic for 6 years and several members of our team have experience of working with elite athletes, dancers and also in strength and conditioning.

We will thoroughly assess and diagnose your problem considering all contributing factors like footwear, equipment and skill-specific technique. When appropriate we can use video gait analysis and our treadmill to assess your running biomechanics. We are also able to advise on the need and use of orthotics. Following a detailed assessment we are able to provide a rehabilitation programme including specific stretches, exercises and also any taping techniques or hands on treatment that may speed up your recovery. Long-term rehabilitation programmes can also be provided to prevent recurrence of injury in the future following the identification of any altered biomechanics or weaknesses.

Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates is a modification of traditional Pilates developed by Physiotherapists in keeping with modern research findings. The emphasis is on performing controlled movements while activating the deep stabilising muscles of the trunk which support the spine. This can help to reduce postural pain and improves the efficiency of our movements. Clinical research also supports the role of clinical pilates in the management of low back pain.

The benefits of our classes are that they are run by Physiotherapists to ensure you are moving correctly, are small in numbers to ensure you are monitored closely and we can also adapt the exercises specifically if anyone is struggling or suffering with particular injuries. Our classes are gentler and slower than those in most gyms.

Our Physiotherapists can help you find the correct level that your body should be working at. You can attend our Pilates classes if you are not currently undertaking treatment with us, but we ask that all clients attend a pre class screening session before entering a class. Class times vary as to need and we ask that you contact the clinic for details.

Sports Massage

You don't have to be an athlete to use this service. Our expert, Stephanie Douglas – Dip. NLSSM, MSMA (Level 4) – will treat anybody who feels they may benefit from sports massage. You might be:

  • Training for a specific event and want to ensure you don't get injured
  • Suffering from muscle soreness or injury
  • Experiencing muscle tension or stress as a result of your occupation, age or lifestyle.

Take a look at the Gym & Tonic website for more information and to find out how to book an appointment with Stephanie.

Paediatrics

Our Paediatric Physiotherapist, Beth Reddy, specialises in treating children of all ages, suffering a wide variety of conditions. She has over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist helping children with disabilities and injuries, Beth is an expert in movement and posture. She sees children from preterm infants to young adults with any concerns about their movement or function (eg. disability and developmental concerns, joint and hypermobility problems, neurological and orthopaedic conditions). Most conditions or concerns are best assessed and treated early, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions

Podiatry

Our in house Podiatrists Patsy Parfitt and her associates treat all types of conditions related to the foot. These include Plantar Fasciitis, Tendo Achillitis, Flat feet, High arches, Sports injuries, as well as knee / hip conditions caused by foot biomechanics. Gait Analysis of walking and running is a key part of initial assessment. Treatment will involve padding, strapping, insoles and orthotics to help change walking /running styles. Patsy and her associates also specialise in Paediatric conditions such as children with flat feet, pigeon toed walking and Severs Disease.

A General chiropody service is also offered including the treatment of verrucas, ingrowing toenails and callosities.

Patsy Parfitt has 30 years’ experience of working in England, America and Australia. She is a lecturer specialising in biomechanics, sports injuries and Paediatrics. She has an MSc (Sports Injuries) and is currently completing a Phd in injuries to ballet dancers.

John Tasker is a Podiatric Surgeon and a lecturer with over 30 years of clinical experience specialising in biomechanics, gait analysis and various foot disorders.

Ultrasound Scanning

This is the same scanning device used in baby scanning, but we use it to assess the contraction of the core abdominal/pelvic muscles. It is an interesting tool as it helps the patient and the Physiotherapist asses whether the muscles are working optimally. If they are not, different cues to activate these muscles can be tried and you can see if they are successful immediately on the image screen. This is a specialist area, so please mention to our receptionist if you would like to consider this service.

Manual Therapy

Our Physiotherapists have or are working towards Post Graduate specialised Physiotherapy skills required to attain a Masters degree in Manual Physiotherapy and membership of the Manipulation Association of Physiotherapists. This means that they have undergone extensive training in hands-on treatment (manual therapy). Many techniques can be used to help alleviate the pain and stiffness which can occur with muscle, joint and spinal problems. This may include the following:

  • Joint mobilisation and manipulations
  • Soft tissue release and massage
  • Mobilisations with movement (MWMs)
  • Myofascial release
  • Taping/strapping

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment originating from ancient Chinese medicine in which fine needles are inserted into certain points of the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Acupuncture can be used to relieve the pain and muscle tension that arises with many injuries. It is not always a stand-alone technique and is normally used in conjunction with other treatment techniques and home rehabilitation.

Exercise Prescription

Home exercise programmes can be extremely effective in helping patients to recover from injury and are often used alongside other treatment modalities. Exercises may be used to improve joint mobility, muscle flexibility and strength. Any exercises recommended by your Physiotherapist will be tailored to you and based on the specific findings of an extensive clinical assessment.

Electrotherapy

Experience shows us that some conditions may benefit from the use of electrotherapy treatment; usually in the form of therapeutic ultrasound. This treatment can be used to increase blood flow, breakdown scar tissue and promote healing in conditions such as Achilles Tendonopathy, tennis elbow and muscle tears. It is not painful, and is normally used alongside other treatment.

Postural education and ergonomics advice

Many of us may suffer with pain due to the postures we adopt at work or in our leisure time e.g sitting at a computer and driving. Our team can help to identify why your dysfunction is occurring ergonomically and correct any imbalances through the use of soft tissue release, taping, acupuncture and progressive exercise programmes to help re-correct these issues long-term.

For more information on the conditions we treat or service we provide, or to book an appointment:

Call: 01727 855 414
Email: info@orchardphysio.co.uk