Following 20-years of competitive sport and two ACL repairs on my left knee I reached the point where a knee replacement was the only option left to me if I was to be free of pain. Allied to an arthritic right knee cap, my consultant recommended a double knee replacement.
Therefore, I had elective bilateral total knee replacements in December 2015 and I chose A-Therapy for my post operative rehabilitation.
I selected A-Therapy after considering other clinics but was impressed with their pre-op advice on strengthening the joints, post operative support and a visit to the clinic where Suzy took time to discuss my rehab needs and to have a tour of the facilities.
The facilities available from A-Therapy enabled me to have hands on treatment in the clinical room, hydrotherapy in the pool in the early stages and rehab on the gym floor specific to get me back to my goals of playing cricket and a return to football refereeing.
All through my rehab I found Suzy to be professional, structured and considerate to my needs. Suzy was excellent and I couldn’t have got through the early frustrations withouther sense of well being and positive encouragement.
I have recommended Suzy/A-Therapy to family and friends because of my successful outcome and the support I received along my rehab journey.
-Geoff Roberts – Born September, 1961 – Age 53.
When I tore a ligament in my ankle last year, I contacted Suzy the day after my injury. She responded quickly with advice on to how to deal with the initial effects of the injury and arranged an appointment for the following week.
She made a thorough assessment of the injury, talking me through everything she was doing. I received advice there then, and this was followed up by email with details of the injury and where it had occurred as well as a range of exercises to aid recovery.
I found Suzy extremely reassuring and helpful, and have always been offered sound advice and speedy service.
I would highly recommend the service, and I speak from experience, having made a full recovery within the timescale predicted.
Ella back in action!
I would like to write a big thanks to Harry Bedford at Atherapy who successfully led my recovery from a Hockey injury.
In March, while playing junior County Hockey, I was struck on the knee by a hockey ball. I suffered severe pain and was carried off the field and following X-rays I was referred to a specialist orthopaedic consultant, who carried out an MRI scan and examined me. I had considerable swelling of the knee joint and the bone swelling and was told that I could be out of action for a considerable time. This was especially frustrating as I had just been selected to attend an England u15 training camp in 9 weeks which was an amazing opportunity that I was desperate not to miss. The consultant was aware of this and bearing this in mind referred me to a physiotherapist (Harry Bedford at Atherapy) whom he thought would have the best chance of ensuring that I would be fit enough to go on the camp. Both Harry and the consultant both told me that I was unlikely to be fit but that they would do their best to help me.
Over the next 9 weeks Harry worked wonders with me, both in terms of active physiotherapy but also in terms of a rehabilitation program to ensure that not only was my knee ok but the rest of my body was also ready to support the knee. Gradually Harry helped my knee to recovery and when he sent me back to the consultant I was given the all clear to take part in the weekend. I made it to the weekend and it was a great experience with the England Junior coaches teaching us some great skills. Despite my lack of hockey for the 8 weeks beforehand I was able to compete effectively and my knee was good.
I would like to say that not only did Harry treat my injury, he analysed me overall and identified a number of core stability and stretching programs that would help me avoid normal injuries going forward. I now carry out a daily stretching / strengthening program and have already noticed a considerable difference. I would really like to recommend Harry, he did an amazing job.
Melissa Frayne: ‘The Face’ of British Fashion Week
After being in a car collision I suffered severe whiplash. I found it increasingly difficult and painful to move. As I am contracted for photographic modelling this made it virtually impossible for me to continue with my work.
I was referred to Harry at Virgin Active Milton Keynes for physiotherapy. I’m coming to the end of my 11 treatment sessions now and I can’t express how grateful I am to Harry for the work that he has done on my neck and shoulders (which has given me back ease of movement) and enabled me to work again.
This has come at a really important time for me as a few months ago I was featured in The Sun newspaper and have since been chosen as ‘The Face’ of British Fashion Week. I would recommend Harry as a physiotherapist to anyone as he’s a true professional and obviously really ‘knows his stuff’.
Thank you Harry
Saeka and friends hit the top!
‘I approached Chris Whittle, Physio at the Tower Hill Virgin Active Health Club after tearing a ligament in my left foot – I wanted to know if I’d be well enough to climb a 4100m mountain in Morocco in June. Having assessed it thoroughly he said that it would be do-able so long as I followed his instructions and I started with simple stretches and icing to help it heal. We met at two week intervals to check progress and Chris would give me additional exercises each time to increase my confidence and range of movement.
The trip was amazing and I had no problems at all – reaching the peak and seeing the views made all the work I’d had to do in the gym worthwhile. I don’t think I could’ve done it without the input from Chris and will be back to see him before tackling Kilimanjaro next year!’
Saeka Ahmed (Intrepid Explorer)
Mums on the Run!
” Mums on the Run” are a group of lady runners based in Wootton, Northampton who regularly run following their ‘school runs’ in the mornings.
Following a few minor set-backs whilst training for the 10K Race For Life in Abington Park Northampton, 2 of the mothers consulted Harry Bedford the physiotherapist Atherapy Physiotherapy clinic in Virgin Active’s Northampton Riverside Gym. Harry quickly diagnosed Stacy’s 2 month history of medial shin pain and corrected it with hands-on treatment and functional based training, he also helped release muscular tightness to Nicky’s hamstrings and “Gluts” through specific sports massages. Both Stacy and Nicki, along with other members of the “Mums on the Run”, managed to complete the 10K in a very respectful time of 62 minutes.
The girls with their hard earned medals!
The ladies both stated, ” This is without doubt the hardest run we have done, and without the skills of Harrys hands-on treatments there was no way we would have completed the run!!” Thank you Atherapy!!!
…with their loyal following!
Congratulations to Richard Snadyk who recently completed the Prague Marathon. “I went to ATherapy concerned about my calf strain with a full marathon less than 5 weeks away.
The treatment I received was first class. It took the pain and worries away and allowed me to resume my training.
I also got great advice about routines and stretches to ensure I made a full recovery.”
Dave Stevens completes the marathon!
In early 2011 I realised I was getting old (late forties), and feeling really old. I was inspired though by the gymnastic achievements of my daughter and her friends at City of Preston Gymnastics Club, and also impressed how some people I knew were doing impressive running distances. So in June 2011 I did a 5k race and downloaded the Nike Plus running App for my iphone. By early July I was a client of Atherapy, experiencing right lower back and buttock pain, right groin and thigh pain and lateral right knee pain. Last week (April 2012) I did a full marathon in just over 4 hours and this would not have happened to me without the expertise, guidance and support from Phil Isherwood at Atherapy.
So being a Virgin Active member made it easy for me to access the Atherapy services, and I had realised that I was going to need some help to stop the legs and back hurting. But what happened in ten months to truly make me fit, healthy and bring back a real spring in my step? Well, Phil with the sports physio approach didn’t just fix the one problem, we worked together over a number of months to build core strength, build leg muscle, rebuild my running form and technique, improve diet, bring flexibility back, sort out balance, consult with a podiatrist for choosing correct stability running shoes and force me to do ridiculous squat variants. The week before the marathon he even told me how to tape my feet correctly to avoid a blister problem.
So ok, we did lots of hard work and i trained hard around the sports physio sessions – but why was Atherapy so important? I think this is best described with the patella tendon problem I started to experience when I was upping my running miles at faster speeds. With no expert guidance – you read about the problem on the internet, self diagnose (probably incorrectly) and either give up or damage yourself. The knees are a sensitive topic, and all non runners never hesitate to remind you about the myth of how running ruins “your knee joints”. Phil diagnosed the problem, and we worked on a set of exercises to build strength in the thighs and tendons around both knees. It wasn’t improving much over the weeks, and was starting to demoralise me, but I kept up the weights and squats work. I’d already booked a date with a marathon for end of April, and a sequence of training races as part of the plan. Luck intervened in the form of flu and enforced a few days in bed. I got rid of the flu, did a half marathon race, 15 minutes off my previous best time and no knee pain! The knees have been pain free since, much to my delight.
So I approached the week’s taper prior to the Manchester marathon, having changed my running style, run 500 training miles and lots of gym work, with a plan to do less than 4 hours. The weather was gruesome, and I started too slowly (!) but was happy with 4 hours 7 minutes – and most important I was injury free the day after. I’m still not sure why I booked the marathon. Maybe because I knew I had to try for it. Many thanks to Phil at Atherapy – we now have a new plan for work over the summer taking me into the next marathon and beyond….working with Atherapy has been one of my wiser investments.
I have been using Atherapy physiotherapy as a result of a lower spinal injury and have subsequently discovered the impact injury has on other muscle groups and how your body can “cheat" as a mechanism of compensating to protect itself from further injury. From my perspective when you have had major surgery yet still experiencing pain or discomfort you are apprehensive about seeing someone, worrying in case they may make it worse (especially if previously have had a negative experience) however desperate to return to fitness and exercise.
Jenny and Carl at Atherapy, Nottingham (based in Virgin Active gym) are very welcoming and caring, those initial fears and worries become trust and confidence in their knowledge and understanding of physiotherapy whilst maintaining privacy and dignity at all times. I highly recommend them if you have any aches and pains, recovering from a sports injury or surgery!
Physio Suzy McRitchie - Atherapy Solihull
Thank you so much for supporting me through a difficult healing process.
I felt throughout my physiotherapy sessions that you were very knowledgeable, approachable and showed an understanding of my disability issues/priorities. You always dealt with my queries promptly and professionally.
Finally, the level of service provided to me was always consistently excellent. It was great to be looked after by a physiotherapist I had grown to trust. I would certainly recommend your services.