Private Physiotherapist and Author
Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
In short, physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability – through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. (This, and what follows in this section, is an edited version of information on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website
Physiotherapy also takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing that includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life. It is evidence-based and helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, and in the preparation for an operation or rehabilitation after it, and the effects of a stroke. Look at the CSP website’s ‘Physiotherapy Works’ section to see the scientific evidence that shows that physiotherapy can help prevent and treat a variety of conditions and help rehabilitation after them.
Physios use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated
with different systems of the body, such as:
- neurological (for example, developmental problems, brain or spinal
cord injuries, multiple sclerosis)
- musculoskeletal (for example, back pain, joint problems, sporting injuries,
- cardiovascular (for example, stroke, chronic heart disease)
- respiratory (for example, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
For peace of mind
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To practice, a physio must be accredited by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), or an equivalent overseas body, after a three-year degree course - I was accredited rather longer ago that I’d like to remember - that is topped up by Continual Professional Development (CPD), requiring a certain number of hours of further study each year. The CSP also provides a high level of professional indemnity insurance, which is compulsory.
The title ‘physiotherapist’ is legally protected in the UK, and it is an offence to call yourself one in practice unless you are also accredited by the Health Professional Council (HPC), as I am.
I wear two hats: I’m a highly experienced private physiotherapist and also an author. As a physio, I combine hands-on manipulative techniques with modern technologies, such as ultrasound; click here for more information. As an author, I write highly designed, successful non-fiction books for the international co-edition market, one of which has sold in 19 different foreign language editions; click here to see some of my books. But whether you’re a publisher or a physio client, I’d be delighted to hear from you. Take a look inside the site to see my CV, find out more about what you can expect at a treatment session or see whether I could write a book for you.