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Our Low Fell clinic offers a wide range of specialist physiotherapy services and sports therapies that aim to improve your quality of life, relieve pain, manage an existing condition, or simply restore your freedom of movement.

Whether you’re suffering from a work-related or postural problem, a sports injury, muscular or joint pain; our team of chartered physiotherapists, clinical specialists, massage therapists and our podiatrist are here to help.

Massage therapy

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy uses physical techniques such as exercise, massage, manipulation, mobilisation and soft tissue release to restore movement, strength and mobility and reduce pain. It focuses on conditions that affect your muscles, nerves and bones, your heart and lungs and can help you recover after an injury or surgery.

What can physiotherapy treat?

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help improve the symptoms of a number of problems including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Joint, muscle and tendon injuries
  • Work-related problems 

What can I expect?

Physiotherapists are the experts in managing musculoskeletal problems. At an initial assessment, your physiotherapist will ask about your symptoms and examine you. They will then advise on the diagnosis and either offer a programme of treatment for you or advice on how you can improve the problem yourself.

A full explanation of your problem will be given to you and you will be advised on the best course of action. There are a number of different treatment techniques your physiotherapist may use and these will be individually tailored to you and your condition. If necessary, they may refer you to your GP for further investigations. 

The benefits of physiotherapy

A musculoskeletal physiotherapist has an in-depth understanding of how your body moves and works, and will work closely with you to assess and treat your condition, then develop an effective, personalised plan to get you moving again. As well as treating a wide range of conditions, they can also give you advice on how to reduce pain and inflammation, prevent further injury, improve mobility, strength and flexibility, posture and physical wellbeing.


What is chiropody and podiatry?

Chiropodists or podiatrists are foot care specialists that can diagnose and treat abnormalities of the lower limb. Connect chiropodists and podiatrists are trained to treat the majority of problems that occur in the feet, and offer professional advice on taking good care of your feet, foot products and ways to prevent problems occurring. We can also recommend the most appropriate footwear for work, home or sports.

What can chiropody and podiatry treat?

A wide range of conditions can be treated with chiropody and podiatry including:

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Verrucae
  • Bunions and blisters
  • Nail and toe deformities, including ingrown toenails
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Foot pain - plantar fasciitis (heel) and Metatarsalgia (ball)
  • Tendinopathy and foot muscle strains

Your chiropodist or podiatrist can also give you advice on custom-built or off-the-shelf insoles.

What can I expect?

On your first visit to Connect an initial assessment will be carried out. You will be asked a number of brief questions about your medical history and lifestyle, so we can build up an accurate picture and identify any contributing factors. Depending on your condition, you will have a physical examination and your chiropodist or podiatrist will then discuss the treatment options available to you. You can ask questions at any time, and only when you’re satisfied, will we proceed with the treatment.

The benefits of chiropody and podiatry

Your feet are good gauge of your body’s general health. Around 75-80% of adults have some form of foot problem. And problems in the feet and ankles can sometimes affect other parts of the body, particularly your knees and hips. Our chiropodists and podiatrists aims to keep your feet as comfortable and pain-free as possible, and can advise you on how to manage foot problems effectively. Chiropody and podiatry can benefit people of all ages, and plays an important role in helping older people stay mobile and independent.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine where very fine needles are inserted into certain points on the body. Physiotherapists use acupuncture to enhance pain modulation by stimulating the brain to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. These help the body’s healing process and can relieve pain.

What can acupuncture treat?

A wide range of conditions can be treated with acupuncture:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and migraine
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
  • Osteo-arthritis and joint pain

Acupuncture can also be used safely in pregnancy to help treat:

  • Heartburn
  • Rib pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Pelvic joint pain
  • Pubic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica

What can I expect?

A slight scratch sensation may be felt as the needle is inserted, although many patients are not even aware of this. You may then experience a sensation known to the Chinese as de-qi (pronounced de chee). This sensation can be felt as warmth, heaviness or a dull ache. Although common, this sensation is not necessary for an effective treatment. All needles are pre-sterilised, disposable and single-use only.

The benefits of acupuncture

Research has shown that many people, but not everyone, can gain relief from pain with acupuncture. Strong reactors may show changes in pain immediately after the first treatment, whereas the majority of patients experience a gradual change in symptoms. Occasionally, the symptoms may feel slightly worse at first and this is usually a good indication that a condition will respond.

What is massage therapy?

There's no denying the power of massage – it can do you the world of good. No matter how you describe it; pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic, massage therapy has many benefits. Whether you have it as a luxurious treat, to relieve stress or manage pain it can reduce anxiety, improve your quality of sleep, give you more energy, improve your concentration, increase circulation and reduce fatigue.

Sports massage tends to be deeper and more intense than other types of massage, but the benefits are equally impressive. It can reduce the stress and tension that builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. It can also treat and help prevent recurring injuries. Whether you’re an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, a once-a-week jogger, or simply have a physically demanding job, you could benefit from sports massage.

What can massage therapy treat?

Massage is proven to treat a wide variety of psychological and physiological conditions including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Weak, tight or atrophied muscles
  • Depression, anxiety and stress
  • Post-surgery adhesions and swelling
  • Spasms and cramping
  • Injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Migraine pain 

What can I expect?

Sports massage is based on the elements of Swedish massage and incorporates a combination of other techniques involving stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response techniques similar to acupressure and shiatsu. Your experienced therapist will use a blend of techniques, during treatment, to help alleviate pain, improve performance and keep you injury-free.

The benefits of massage

Whether it's an intense sports massage focusing on an injury, or a relaxing, stress-relieving massage, the benefits of this therapy are numerous:

  • Improves the condition of the body's largest organ, your skin
  • Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • Prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
  • Release endorphins - amino acids that work as natural painkiller

Research shows that massage can cause physiological and chemical changes with profound effects:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

Meet our Team

  • Amy Archer
  • Dave Brown
  • Joanne Lawlor
  • Kathryn Henderson

Amy Archer BSc (Hons) MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist

Amy has worked for Connect for seven years and has gained a range of musculoskeletal experience through overseeing corporate contracts and working in the community. In 2008, Amy completed a course on acupuncture and received a post-graduate certificate for manipulative therapy in 2010.

Dave Brown BSc (Hons) MCSP - Senior Physiotherapist

Dave has been with Connect for over five years and brought with him a keen interest in sports physiotherapy, through his own personal achievements in Taekwondo (British champion), working with professional athletes and his degree in sports and exercise science.

Joanne Lawlor MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP MMACP - Clinic Manager and Senior Physiotherapist

Joanne joined Connect in 2006 and as well as seeing patients at our Low Fell clinic, plays an active role in the training and development of other Connect physiotherapists. Joanne received her Masters degree in Manual Therapy in 2011.

Kathryn Henderson MHFST - Massage therapist

Kathryn qualified in sports massage from Gateshead College in June 2005. Since qualifying she has worked with Blaydon RUFC, Durham County RFC, Northumberland County RFC, Durham University RFC, Winlation RFC and currently Ryton RFC , Nike and the Great North Run.

Kathryn joined Connect in August 2009 and works at all 3 of our clinics, Low Fell , Durham and Gosforth. She has quickly established herself as a knowledgeable and extremely hands on therapist and she works closely with our physiotherapists and podiatrist to ensure optimal results for her patients.

She is currently studying Equine Remedial and Sports Therapy and looking forward to linking horse and rider treatments for optimal results. In addition to the treatments Kathryn provides ,she is a retired rugby player herself. She now enjoys obstacle races, horse riding and (attempting ) to fell run.

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