Welcome to the Hypermobility Unit in London, one of the leading providers of hypermobility services in the UK.
Our specialist physiotherapists are here to help you manage your hypermobility, and optimise your health and wellbeing.
Our specialist hypermobility team are here to understand exactly how hypermobility affects you, and work with you to create a personalised treatment plan to help manage your condition, and optimise your overall health and wellbeing.
Our Hypermobility Unit is staffed by specialist physiotherapists with extensive experience and knowledge of:
Conditions we can help with include:
Physiotherapy can be used to help those with hypermobile joints to:
Hypermobility patients vary hugely in the severity of their symptoms and some may require the involvement of consultants and therapists from more than one speciality.
We have developed an extensive support network of trusted, specialist medical and therapy clinics around London. This enables us to provide a unique, joined-up personal treatment plan, in collaboration with our specialist partners, to give you the best possible outcome.
Physiotherapy is an integral part of the multidisciplinary management of HSD and hEDS across the lifespan.
Depending on your individual needs the therapist will work alongside medical consultants, general practitioners, podiatrists, health psychologists, occupational and therapists, women’s health physiotherapists, occupational health, schools, teachers, PE teachers, sports coaches, dance teachers, NHS teams and other health care providers to deliver the best possible care.
Please allow up to an hour and a half for your first appointment, although this may include report writing by the physiotherapist.
The examination will include gathering information about your symptoms (attained from your specific history), followed by a detailed physical examination to identify how your symptoms are affecting you day to day.
The assessment will conclude with a discussion on the treatment planned and there will be time to answer any questions you may have.
You may be asked to undress as part of the assessment so it may be worth bringing shorts/vest top.
If required a report can written detailing the proposed treatment plan and this can sent to your consultant, with a copy for you. There will be an additional charge for thsi service. Please discuss this with your physiotherapist at your session if it’s something you would like.
Treatment will be carried out at our clinic by a member of the hypermobility team.
As people often come from some distance it may be more convenient to have treatment closer to home. In these cases the report detailing the recommended treatment will be sent to you and your GP to be passed to the relevant physiotherapist.
Treatment sessions take between 30 to 60 minutes and will be carried out on a one-to-one basis by one of the specialist hypermobility physiotherapists.
If you are covered by insurance you may need to check whether they have limitations on the amount of physiotherapy you are entitled to.
Treatment is specific to the individual and based on the presentation and history. It is frequently multi-faceted and may include some or all of the following:
Advice and problem-solving is also included in your treatment programme.
We have a dedicated women’s health physiotherapy team for any incontinence, pelvic floor or pregnancy related issues with specialist skills in the following:
For the assessment and supply of foot orthoses (insoles).
This assessment is currently undertaken by the team at the Gait Laboratory off-site although plans are afoot to transfer them to the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth in the near future.
Flat feet, where the inner part of the feet (the arches) are flattened, are frequently associated with hypermobility. This is due to the foot arches elongating under the body’s weight due to the ligaments on the bottom of your feet being more flexible and foot muscles being weaker.
Correcting your foot biomechanics by wearing insoles, assessed and supplied by our podiatrist, may reduce knee and ankle pain, in conjunction with strengthening exercises.
Shoulder problems are particulary common in hypermobile patients as the shoulder is naturally mobile.
Keeping the large ball of the arm bone centred on the small socket is a challenge to the muscular control and abnormal muscle patterning is common. However, strengthening muscles around the shoulder can help improve the control of the joint and improve symptoms in hypermobile patients.
Yes, our hypermobility service is here to help people of all ages.
Referral from a GP is not required. It is, however, helpful to have access to your medical history from your GP. If you have private medical insurance your insurer will usually request a GP referral.
No, private medical insurance isn’t necessary. Patients can also self pay.
The Hypermobility Unit offers routine appointments on a daily basis, Monday to Friday between 8am and 7pm. Appointments can be made for Saturday mornings, subject to availability.
We have limited parking spaces available at our Chelsea and St John’s Wood clinics. However, there is on-street meter parking nearby at all of our clinics.
We usually call you back within the hour during normal working hours
We usually respond within the hour during normal working hours