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Winter News 2015


The 12 ways of avoiding the physio this Christmas!

1) On the first day of Christmas ….get someone to help you take your tree out of the attic – stretching up and pulling it down without it being passed down to you can result in all sorts of aches and pains!
2) On the second day of Christmas, sit at the table wrapping your Christmas presents – prolonged kneeling on the floor leaning over while wrapping them may lead to neck, shoulder and back pain.

3) Christmas can often involve long car journeys – ensure your seat is as horizontal as possible and is slid back far enough so that your thigh is in contact with the seat when the clutch is down. Remember to adjust the lumbar support for a comfortable Christmas! More tips at https://www.central-health.com/blog/ten-top-tips-healthier-happier-driving/

4) Put salt on your front path. We see a large number of sprains during the winter months due to falling on slippery and icy ground – make sure you’re not one of them.

5) Cut your back some slack and bend your knees when putting your turkey in the oven. Better still, get someone to help you. It’s surprising the number of people who strain their back in this way ahead of feeding the masses.
6) Mind your step! In the frenzy of present opening, with paper and toys everywhere, it’s easy for the stairs to become hazardous places to be – keep them as clear as possible.

7) Who thought crackers could be dangerous? Every year, people break their arms pulling crackers – make sure the space is clear behind you when your elbow goes careering backwards.

8) If Father Christmas brings you a bicycle this Christmas, optimise your health and performance by making sure you set it up correctly. CHP can help with this, and there are also lots more tips on our homepage “51 Ways to increase cycling fitness”

9) The afternoon nap. An essential part of Christmas after a huge lunch. Use a comfy cushion as you snooze – avoid the neck ache that comes with a bobbing head!
10) When someone suggests party games, remember your limits after a few drinks. A colleague of ours badly hurt her knee playing the cornflake packet game at the Christmas party, and she’s not proud of that fact!

11) Mind the crowd! You’re not the only one heading out for a last minute Christmas shop. The rate of crowd-related injuries increases over the festive period, so maybe don’t “shop till you drop!”
12) And if you over-indulge (who doesn’t), remember Anthony is here if you need to get back in shape in January! https://www.central-health.com/ourpeople/anthony-mcgrath/


Neuro Service

The Central Health Neurological Therapy service is available at our St John’s Wood clinic. There are 4 clinics a week where people can access Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy independently or in any combination if for example they have had a Stroke, or are living with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or other neurological conditions. We will work with you to develop a management plan based on your individual needs and goals. This could be to build on your current progress, to recommence a therapy programme to ensure you maintain your current status or to regain movement, function and independence in the things you want to do.
For further information contact Hema Chhima, Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist, via our
department at The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth. Email: [email protected] or telephone: 020 7404 6343

Pilates Update

At our Chancery Lane clinic we have had an increasingly busy autumn with all of our Pilates Classes well attended. We continue to run beginners, improvers and
intermediate classes, as well as ante-natal Pilates. Our monthly free Pilates Taster Sessions have also proved very popular, with more and more people trying out classes and then becoming regular attendees.The New Year will bring a range of new Pilates Classes to Chancery Lane. We hope to provide “Postural Pilates” classes for more targeted strengthening of those problem areas of the upper and lower back, as well as “Pilates for Runners” in order to give more specific conditioning and help complement training programmes. These new classes will be 45-minutes long and run in 6 week blocks. Watch this space for more details!


Goodbye Highgate

After a lot of deliberation, Highgate Private Hospital decided to close their doors on the physiotherapy department. There was a lack of space at the hospital and so we left at the end of October.  We’re delighted that the physio team is still with us though.  Lucie has moved to Chancery Lane, and Sean, Iain and Vicky are back full-time at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth.  Emily is now on maternity leave – more news below.

Ask a physio sessions

Our Ask a Physio sessions are still proving extremely popular. It can be easy to delay that first trip to a physio, and employees are really pleased to be able to have an initial chat at their own offices, determining whether they need to book in, or whether some carefully chosen strengthening exercises or stretches would suffice.

Pecha Kucha

Tash gave a talk at the Midtown Business Club recently, Pecha Kucha style. 20 slides, no more than 20 seconds each slide and the slides wait for no-one! It keeps the presentation flowing for sure, and Tash went down a storm.

 Golf Day

Now in its second year, the “CHP Golf Day” at Denham Golf Club was another huge success. Consultants and physios enjoyed a fun but highly competitive afternoon of golf and also networking.



Not only has Hannah just celebrated her 10th anniversary at Chancery Lane – thank you Hannah for all your hard work to date – but she has also completed her first marathon. With the Bristol & Bath Marathon under her belt, she’s now focusing on the London Marathon in April raising money for Lepra. If you would like to make a donation, please see the following link:


Emily Mackett

Emily has joined the reception team at our Chelsea clinic. She previously worked in medical distribution in administration and quality control and moved to London earlier this year.

Emily Potter

Emily has joined us as a Junior Physiotherapist at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. She qualified earlier this year from St George’s University and has worked at Charlton Athletic Football Academy, volunteered at the London Marathon and provided physiotherapy for people with neurological conditions in South London. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and a number of different sports.


Scarlett McCalla

Scarlett McCalla from the admin at RHC who’s left to study physio at university.

Jennifer Sharpe

Jenny who is going off to spend 3 months in the Alps.

Harinee Ohri

Harinee who is moving onto pastures new.

Claire Benjamin

Claire Benjamin, who has moved into management with the NHS.

Gemma Newell

It’s “au revoir” to Gemma, who has taken a six month sabbatical. She’s gone to La Clusaz in the Alps where she’s moved from manipulation to renovation! She doing up a chalet as a business venture, and also embarking on learning French at the same time.



Emily Spiro

Congratulations to Emily Spiro who has had a baby girl named Elsie.


£100 off when you buy a block of personal training sessions.

10 sessions reduced from £500 to £400 when booked before

31st January 2016



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