Purpose designed clinic in Kingswood Maidstone Kent
We have a somewhat different approach from the ‘old school’ style of physiotherapy. We are very much hands-on, manipulating soft tissues and joints to get information about how they have responded to injury, as well as to measure their response to treatment. Our practice is very much about stretching tissue if it is too tight, strengthening tissue if it is under-performing, balancing and aligning joints that are not contributing fully to a range of motion, and reducing swelling. All of these require getting hands-on, and physically, but in a ‘controlled’ manner altering the muscle, joint and neural behaviour. We do not put people on machines that stretch them, make them tingle or just ‘beep’ occasionally and we don’t agree that it has to get worse before it gets better. The idea of no pain no gain is a myth!
We do however believe that knowledge is power and we are frank and open in everything we do. Only by conveying our knowledge to you in an understandable way can we achieve the best results. We endeavour to deliver the best assessment, an accurate clinical diagnosis and effective treatment. A thorough explanation about your problem will be given so that you may understand it and have an indication as to how long you are likely to require treatment. Rehabilitation is an essential component of recovery. That does not have to entail running around a gym. It is essentially having the knowledge about how the body heals, also understanding the ingenious but simple rules the body follows in order to repair, at the same time maximising the effects of those rules to achieve the best possible outcome. These are some of the key points that will assist in your recovery, your eventual return to functionality and a satisfactory experience within this clinic setting.
Your treatment plan
Your physiotherapist will discuss the examination findings with you, explain the implications and answer any questions you may have. With your agreement, a treatment plan will then be proposed that will include both advice and self-management.
Your first visit
On your first visit a comprehensive examination will be carried out. The physiotherapist will ask you questions about your perception of the problem and details of your relevant medical history. There will follow an examination of the relevant joints, muscles, ligaments and, if indicated, a neurological examination.
Kyle Blackburn MSc MMACP MCSP
“Common things occur commonly, but rare things do occur“
I have an Honours degree in Physiotherapy and a Masters degree in Rehabilitative Physiotherapy, which basically means how to diagnose and effectively treat ‘aches and pains’, irrespective of whether they are sporting traumas, overuse, or even a strain due to everyday living, such as back pain caused by an awkward bend when stooping to pick up a newspaper.
I worked in London prior to becoming a physiotherapist for Kent Police, a role I relinquished in February 2008 so that I could concentrate full time on private practice.
Tim Russell Bsc (hons) AACP MCSP
“Every injury involves body and mind, physiotherapy is the link between the two“
Having always worked in the health & fitness industry, I felt it was a natural progression to move into physiotherapy. I obtained my Honours degree from the University of East London and have been in private practice since 2010. My career has so far been varied, ranging from regional hospitals in Africa, to treating athletes at test events for the Olympics. I enjoy working with people and find it rewarding to treat a wide range of conditions from mild to severe. I find that every patient presents a unique challenge, in turn bringing a widening of knowledge and experience.
Away from physiotherapy I am a keen sportsman. Not sure I will ever achieve an appearance at Wembley, Lords or Royal St Andrews but I can dream!
I believe that getting fit should be enjoyable and manageable. I ensure that all exercise programmes are challenging yet realistic at the same time. I think that variety is a key component of an effective regime as this helps to motivate people and keeps exercise fresh and exciting. For instance, at one session we might combine kettlebells, the core stability ball and the TRX suspension bands to help build your core stability and overall muscular strength and endurance. On our next session we might go out cycling to improve your general fitness, thus maintaining a steady improvement as we progress.