We are delighted to recently have been working with Mr Simon Thomas and Mr Guy Atherton, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons.

They provide a specialist orthopaedic service for children up to the age of sixteen and are based at The Spire Hospital and the Pembroke Road GP surgery.

We look forward to treating their patients and referring on patients from Clifton Physiotherapy who require further investigation.

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We have recently welcomed Jessica Butterly to our team.  She currently runs a clinic once a week and specialises in pelvic floor rehabilitation and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.



Have you ever wondered whether acupuncture could help relieve a particular problem that bothers you? Or if there is evidence to indicate the likelihood of acupuncture being a useful treatment? Over the last twenty years an increasing number of trials have been carried out, building up a substantial body of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness and limitations when treating different conditions. The British Acupuncture Council publishes Fact Sheets on many different conditions and the results of research trials. You can access the Fact Sheets via our acupuncturist’s website where you can scroll down to find the condition you are interested in and click on it.



“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young.”

Joseph Pilates

What is Pilates? Pilates is a form of exercise that helps to improve flexibility and stability within the body. Physiotherapists and General Practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today.

Who can benefit? This gentle, hollistic approach means that just about anyone can benefit, regardless of age and fitness level. However, many conditions such as neck and shoulder pain, low back pain and hip problems can be improved with specific strengthening exercises, aimed at providing stability to improve ease of movement. In addition Pilates can be used post-pregnancy in order to help with low back pain and general return to fitness.

Pilates at Clifton Physiotherapy.  Here at Clifton Physiotherapy we are able to offer Pilates on a 1:1 basis with our specifically trained physiotherapist Pauline Niblett, who will assess holistically and give an individual Pilates programme specific to your needs or injury.



HIT has had some positive press recently and although it is not a new thing,  a recent study using older people has had dramatic and encouraging results. A group of volunteers aged between 61 and 74, who had not been doing any regular exercise for at least a year, tried this high intensity training by doing two minutes of six second sprints on an exercise bike with a one minute rest period in between each sprint.  At the end of the six week trial volunteers had lost weight, seen a fall in blood pressure, a fall in blood glucose and an increase in aerobic fitness all to a significant level.

Between the ages of 50 and 70 we lose about 30 per cent of our muscle strength and it is therefore important to do weight bearing exercise to build up strength and flexibility.  Helen Mirren, 69, famously uses an exercise regime based on one that was developed by the Canadian Air Force ( in which you do short bursts of exercise, using your own body weight rather than equipment, for a period of twelve minutes.  Exercises include jumping jacks, wall sits, abdominal crunches, squats along with others and can be adjusted to suit your own requirements.

All these high intensity training options can be done at home and built up as your fitness increases.