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Winter News 2016

Do I need to see a Physiotherapist or a Massage Therapist?

An initial physiotherapy appointment begins with a thorough assessment, followed by diagnosis and treatment. Your physio will take a thorough history of your condition, including how and when your pain started and information about any treatment you may have had previously.
The time spent during a massage appointment is purely hands-on, with the massage therapist working into your areas of tightness to help calm and smooth, as well as stimulate and refresh the tissues.
You should see a physiotherapist if:A person's back being massaged

1) You have had a specific injury leading to pain in the area and you would like further assessment regarding specific diagnosis and then advice on management and treatment options.
2) You have had massages before for the same problem and they have not helped and in particular if your pain is not improving.
3) You have seen another health professional who has referred you to, or advised you to see, a physiotherapist.

You should see a massage therapist if:

1) You have known episodic periods of pain (for example neck or lower back pain) and you know massage has helped before to manage your symptoms.
2) A physiotherapist has recommended massage to help facilitate the recovery of your problem.
3) You have no pain symptoms but feel you would benefit from hands-on treatment to help muscles to relax and improve circulation.


Battersea Place

Picture of a bedroom at Battersea Place Retirement Village


Battersea Place is London’s first luxury retirement community with
exceptional services available to all residents. It also provides
rehabilitation and short-stay post-hospital respite for people who, for example, have undergone hip replacement surgery. Central Health Physio is delighted to be providing the physiotherapy for Battersea Place onsite and hydrotherapy at our Chelsea clinic.


Running Assessments and Packages

A person jogging across the bridge the Houses of Parliament in the backgroundIf you are experiencing pain during walking or running despite previous treatment, or perhaps you are wanting to improve your running technique and performance, a gait or running analysis may help to highlight the underlying cause. We perform a full functional screening including video analysis of your walking and running both bare foot and in your footwear.  We are also now offering Running Packages so you can choose from a number of different options to ensure that you meet your goals.


Bayley III Neurodevelopmental Assessment

Specialist PaediatricSwati Bhagat, Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist based at HJE, is proud to be now be running the Bayley III Neurodevelopmental Assessment for children from birth to 3 1/2 years of age. It is widely used throughout the world as a standardised and reliable tool for assessing
developmental progression.
The assessment is lengthy, lasting between 60-90 minutes, but it is fast paced and most children are able to engage throughout the testing process. The child is asked to do a number of activities (covering the five main domains which include Cognition, Language (expressive and receptive) and Motor (fine and gross skills) to see if their thinking, language, and moving (sitting, walking) skills are similar to children of his or her own age.  More information can be found by clicking here or calling 020 7404 6343.  Or click here to watch a video of an assessment.



BLS Training at the The Royal Hospital (Chelsea Pensioners)

The Chelsea team doing BLS Training
Central Health Physiotherapy has an extensive CPD training programme. There is also mandatory training each year, including BLS (Basic Life Support) training which recently took place at our Chelsea clinic. This refreshed their skills on how to perform CPR on infants, children and adults as well as how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Half Marathon

The trophy for best female corporate team at the Royal Parks Half Marathon awarded to Central Health PhysiotherapyThe Central Health Physiotherapy Royal Parks Half Marathon TeamKatriona, David, Vicky, Hema, Keena and Rene all ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon in aid of St John’s Hospice at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. Their group included the fastest female team of the day (congratulations!) and have so far raised £1,800.

Night out on the Thames

A view from a boat on the Thames during Central Health Physiotherapy's evening trip out
Natasha treated us to a wonderful evening on a boat on the Thames where we were given a delicious supper while enjoying the fabulous sights of

London by night. We were even lucky enough to be in the exactly the right place to be entertained by someone else’s fireworks display from the water!



Chris Beggs, Inpatient Physiotherapist with Central Health Physiotherapy
Chris Beggs
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Jason Parry Central Health Physiotherapy
Jason Parry
Specialist MSK Physio Catherine Nutt, Central Health Physiotherapy
Catherine Nutt
Massage Therapist Lizzie Hewitt, with Central Health Physiotherapy
Lizzie Hewitt
MSK Physiotherapist Kate Jupe with Central Health Physiotherapy at Chancery Lane
Kate Jupe





Chris Beggs, who is undertaking his inpatient rotations at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in the
rehabilitation of a range of respiratory, neurological and orthopaedic conditions. He’ll also be combining this with working as a massage therapist at the hospital.
Jason Parry, who has also joined John and Lizzie’s as an MSK physio specialising in pain management, rehab and Hypermobility Syndrome. He was previously based at RNOH Stanmore and also spent five years working for West Ham United FC.
Catherine Nutt, who has joined the Chelsea team as an MSK physio and hydrotherapist, specialising in sports injuries and post-op rehab. She previously worked in Abu Dhabi and the NHS.
Lizzie Hewitt, who will rotate between Chancery Lane, Chelsea and Farringdon as a massage therapist, offering soft tissue, Indian head, Thai foot and natural facelift massages.
Kate Jupe, who has joined the team at Chancery Lane as an MSK physio specialising in orthopaedics, post-surgical rehab, sports injuries and rheumatological conditions. She has many years’ experience in both the NHS and the private sector.


Specialist neuro physiotherapist Hema Chimma
Hema Chhima
Faye Peck, Specialist MSK Physiotherapist, Central Health Physiotherapy
Faye Peck
Physiotherapist David Wales, Central Health Physiotherapy
David Wales
George Baker, Central Health Physiotherapy
George Baker






Neuro Physiotherapist with Central Health Physiotherapy Jo Purdey
Jo Purdey
Women's Health Physiothapist Deidre Convery with Central Health Physiotherapy
Deirdre Convery






For various reasons, including a move to Australia, a few of our physios have left since our newsletter, or are
leaving before the end of the year. We thank them for all their hard work, and the difference they have made to CHP. Very best of luck for your next ventures.


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