MYTH BUSTER -Best for your back?

Fresh from Conference I’m drafting a simplified version of the latest evidence that my profession is reinforcing.

Half of all people experience back pain at some point in their lives and this is one of the leading causes of sickness and absence.

Half of neck pain sufferers don’t realise they are at risk of become another statistic, which is 70% of suffers have an ongoing disease process.

The good news is we are constantly learning more about it, thus skills develop and perfect constantly.

Clearly as we hear often, mental health and physical health are inter-related. When comparing the most active people to the least active people there is a 15% reduction in the chance of developing mental health issues with one’s musculoskeletal pain.

Physiotherapists are experts in treating – and preventing – musculoskeletal pain and specialist physios like Felicity and Abigail with their years of experience can draw from this to help you recover getting back to full health.

Call 01491 834622 for an appointment today.

Tips for getting started with activity.

1. Find something you enjoy so you’ll keep going. 

2. Set goals for yourself big or small to keep you motivated.

3. Pace yourself -start slowly and gradually build up. 

4. It’s okay to ache but if pain persists, ease back and go slower.

5. Need more motivation and support? Find someone to join you!

Find out how you can do more of what you love at:

If something needs treatment why not bring up this conversation with Felicity Peach whilst you’re at physio and she will guide you further and inspire you to get active.

Call now (01491)834622

What is Sciatica? Can Physiotherapy help and treat it?

This is a very well used phrase, many of my patients think they have it, A lot of my patients really do and I’m pleased to say they are soon getting back to full health.

Sciatic is the name of the nerve that lies down the back of your leg. If irritated this nerve or any others can cause pain along part of or it’s entire length.

As the nerve come out from the spine it exists from a small space called the foramina, here the nerve can either be compressed or irritated.

A compressed nerve means that the messages to the muscles and skin are blocked and you may experience numbness or pins and needles. If the nerve is irritated, you will experience pain down the leg.

“I have a trapped nerve”

I hear you say – what can be done to help?

Therapy can really help, particularly physiotherapy with its balance of hands on treatment, exercise guidance, early stage strength & conditioning and continued support with mobilisation, acupuncture, kinesiology taping and all while you return to full health.

Call Brightwell physiotherapy to discuss your symptoms or make an appointment now.

01491 834622

Oriental Acupuncture for sports injuries/MSK.

June 2019 has been the month where I have started being re-inspired into the benefits of oriental acupuncture as taught by Bernard Nolan M.B.Ac.C.

Back in the years of my Harley Street practice, I was exceptionally lucky to meet and be taught by this most talented true acupuncturist. Many patients benefited.

Years on, the same gentle, kind and wise acupuncturist has really inspired me to further study the moorish subject.

I will write a case study over the coming months to show its benefits.

Written by Felicity Peach

Will moving make my back pain worse?

Another myth buster story.

FACT. Don’t fear twisting and bending- it’s essential to keep moving. Gradually increase how much you are doing, and stay on the go.

Have you ever as a child bandaged up a finger for half a day. I did as a curious 8yr old. Well the outcome was memorable, it really hurt, in a very new way, something I had never experienced before nothing like falling and grazing a knee. It took quite a while to get back to its original healthiness. Age was on my side. We lean’t further about the mechanism causing this, as an undergraduate at St. Mary’s Paddington and then again whilst studying the MSc. PAIN module at UCL. In fact in practice the theory is regularly revisited and up dated. The theory is truly dynamic. It’s fascinating, the body so clever yet sometimes it works against itself.

Physiotherapy can really help you understand what the problem is, and help guide you towards safe exercise, if you are unsure. Hands on treatment can help ease out relative areas of stiffness and release other tissues to rebalance those that are giving rise to pain. Other techniques can halt pain.

Gone are the days of 10 days of bedrest.

Modern medicine encourages us to all keep moving, to tackle the sedentary style full on and restore ourselves. After all it is said “sedentary lifestyle is the new smoking.”

What can be better than having a full holistic assessment of how you move, to help you turn over the new leaf. To keep you going on your journey back to a full health.

At Brightwell Physiotherapy, I can network to ask a large group of colleagues, any professional concerns you have. I have quick access to many specialities which can ease concerns or provide the much needed help and support. So Doctors and other professionals are on hand just like in Harley Street.

Why not phone now to book an appointment.

Contact: Felicity Peach at Brightwell Physiotherapy



01492 834622