Brightwell Physiotherapy has two extremely experienced physios. The practice was established in 2012 by Felicity Peach and she was joined in 2019 by Abigail Chambers.
Felicity has more than 20 years’ experience as a Physiotherapist. After qualifying, seven years in London’s prestigious teaching hospitals were followed by a post graduate master’s degree in musculo-skeletal-neuro physiotherapy at UCL, and MACP after which she was snapped up by a Specialist Harley Street private practice. She subsequently moved to Oxfordshire to raise her family, has treated at St Luke Hospital, Oxford, in Henley-on Thames and in Abingdon and ultimately set up her own private practice.
Abigail qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 and initially worked at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, before continuing her career in the NHS in Berkshire, where she was recruited into a private clinic in Maidenhead part time. More recently she has worked at a sports injury clinic in Cambridge, as well as providing physiotherapy for the Cambridge University Boat Race Squad. Relocation brought her back to Oxfordshire and she joined Felicity on her return in 2019.
Felicity takes a broad, holistic approach to treatment – learned during her postgraduate course. She has honed these skills over her career, working with patients such as West End dancers, professional footballers or musicians while in Harley Street. She has developed an instinctive feel for muscle, joint and spinal motion meaning that she can see beyond the symptoms to the bio-mechanical source of the problems – and to treat them.
Abigail’s ethos in physiotherapy is to treat every client is individual, using manual treatments (where beneficial) to restore range of movement and efficient muscular recruitment. Her special interest is in Women’s health, which was sparked during her time at the John Radcliffe Hospital – an interest she has pursued with further training and experience.
While expert treatment is essential, both Felicity and Abigail strongly believe in enabling patients to manage and improve their own situation. This may be done through the use of exercise, stretching, by tweaking habits or the environment or by providing the information patients need to continue their rehabilitation, to achieve their goals and to prevent future episodes. Abi is a strong believer that rehabilitation should be functional and flexible around the busy-ness of daily life and Felicity works closely with other experts including personal trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors to find an individualised path that will bring maximum benefit to patients.
Beyond this, private practice has taught Felicity that tackling physical symptoms and causes of pain are not always the full story in achieving wellness. For complex issues, navigating public and private health systems as well as health insurance can cause confusion, so her expertise in helping and advising on the available options can be invaluable.