Why choose Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is about helping you achieve your maximum potential through movement and function, allowing you to live your life to the fullest. This could mean any number of things — from being able to train for a triathlon, to simply being able to sit pain free at your desk at work.

In terms of being free from pain or discomfort, Physiotherapy can help with a huge number of common issues, including:

  • Muscular back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Chronic overuse injuries
  • Tendon and ligament sprains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Disc bulge
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve impingement

The list goes on and on. Whatever the issue, though, we guarantee that our Physiotherapists will have experience in treating it. Rest assured though that if we do feel you should see a doctor, we will advise you to do so. As Physiotherapists are medically trained, we are able to differentiate between what is a pain coming from an organ and what pains are more likely to be coming from a joint, muscle or nerve.

What to expect during your consultation?

After a warm introduction, our Physiotherapists will begin by initially asking you a series of questions about your basic health, current levels of activity and what exactly is your problem preventing you from doing. Then, a thorough assessment of, not just the affected area, but also the wider body in order to fully understand your injury. We are interested in not only getting you better, but also helping to keep you that way!
Following your assessment, your Physiotherapist will explain your diagnosis, covering any underlying issues, as well as the immediate symptoms, and then proceed to devise a ‘tailor made’ treatment strategy to get you mobile, pain free and back to normal as quickly as possible. At this point it is important to us that you fully understand your diagnosis, as well as the treatment approach put forward.
Initial consultations will typically take 45 minutes. (This includes the assessment mentioned above and treatment commencing.)

Once we understand the nature of the issue that is affecting you, treatment can begin. Completely tailored to you personally, this could include any combination of the following:

  • Joint manipulation and mobilisation
  • Soft tissue and myofascial release
  • Ergonomic analysis and advice
  • Gym-based rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Pilates
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Home exercise program

What to bring or wear to your appointment?

Comfort is key. If the problem relates to your lower body, it would be great if you could please bring a pair of shorts (don’t worry if they are packed away in your holiday suitcase, as we do have some!). For the lower back some stretchy trousers are always good. If the problem relates to your upper body or neck, then we would advise ladies to wear some sort of a vest top, as we do need to look at and Palpate the area in order to treat you effectively.

Just so you’re aware, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member along to your treatment, and please do let us know if you’d rather be seen by a same sex therapist.

Will your health insurance company cover fees?

Most likely. Atherton Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic Ltd is recognised as a provider for most insurance companies, including Simply Health, AXA, WPA, AVIVA, Health Shield, CIGNA & Vitality. You may, however, need a referral from your GP in order to claim. As such, we’d always recommend checking your policy and giving us a call just to check.

Are there any discounts currently available?

Beyond the free consultation, we offer 10% discount for all NHS staff. We also have packages available to reduce the overall cost. This can be discussed with you. Once we identify what your problem and assess your needs.

Do I need a recommendation/referral by my GP?

No, is the short answer. Your GP will sometimes suggest you have Physiotherapy and may put you on the NHS waiting list. However, because they are not allowed to refer outside the NHS, they will never recommend a Private Physiotherapy Clinic.

Many clients of ours have attended here whilst on the NHS waiting list and are often 100% better before their Physiotherapy begins on the NHS.

What if I am not sure that Physiotherapy can help my problem?

If you are not sure if Physiotherapy will help you then we offer a Free Physiotherapy Assessment.

Here is what our clients are saying…

I had severe back pain after bending down I could not stand up straight. In the past I had been to other private Physiotherapists; they just put me on a TENS Machine for several weeks without any other treatment. Another time a Physio was giving me the wrong treatment for my condition and could have done more damage.
The treatment at Atherton Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic was Wonderful !!!

After one treatment I was pain free. I have recommended friends to go.

Alan H


I’d had 8 years of pain in my left shoulder.

In the past I had physio on the NHS for 6 weeks which had no effect; so, I felt like nothing could be done. So, I stopped using my arm.

Before going to Atherton Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic (AP&SIC), I had reservations & wondered what if there is nothing wrong? Was it in my head?

At AP&SIC I was told from the beginning that I could be helped but it would take time in the same way it took 8 years to get worse.

After a course of Physiotherapy, I now have most of the mobility in my back in my Shoulder. I do still have some pain, but using the exercises the Physio recommended, it is massively better. At the Physio’s suggestion I have had a scan and have tendonitis as suspected.

Tracy L


I was in severe pain with sciatica & was struggling to walk, not sleeping & having difficulty looking after myself.

I was in so much pain that I was willing to try anything. The Physiotherapists help & advice was invaluable ( the GP had just told me to take tablets).

Through exercises, acupuncture & massage she got me walking normally again; I got my mobility & independence back again.

Julie B


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