Our therapists have the knowledge, experience and hands-on skills to provide you with the very best, evidence-based, physiotherapy treatment.
Our ethos is to help you to feel good and to inspire you to stay fit and healthy. Our team of expert Physios share our passion for health and well-being and will help you to recover from injury, pain, illness and surgery.
We will make sure that you understand the nature of your problem, how we can help you and what you can do to help yourself. We’ll ensure that you recover as quickly as possible by providing you with tailored advice and exercises. We aim to get you feeling better as fast as possible and back to the things that you love doing.
Our Approach to Physiotherapy
At Stretch, we listen. During your appointment we will listen to your story and specific needs. We believe that most of the information that we need in order to provide you with the best possible physiotherapy treatment will come from you. Our clinical examination will then show us what is going on. Our thorough assessment allows us to see what your problems are and how best to help you. We will explain to you the problems that we’ve identified and the treatment options available. We will then agree an effective management plan with you.
At Stretch, we can help you if you are struggling with day-to-day tasks. We can also help elite athletes recover from sports injuries. We will design a physiotherapy treatment programme to cater for your specific needs, taking into consideration your lifestyle, career and sporting aspirations.
Conditions we treat
At Stretch we specialise in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. Our expert Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions including:
We want to get you better as soon as possible and will use a range of of physiotherapy treatment options to boost your recovery. Our treatments provide pain relief, ease stiffness, restore good posture, muscle strength, flexibility, mobility and function. We will provide you with a personalised treatment plan that will address your individual needs. We also provide after-care advice and exercise programmes to help you maintain the improvements that you’ll experience after receiving physiotherapy treatment at our Chelmsford-based clinic.
At Stretch, we believe in you
We believe that successful treatment needs to be underpinned by you understanding exactly what is going on and how with our help, you can get back to the things that you enjoy. We understand that when you feel in control of your problems, your pain level is turned down and your problems will have less of an impact on your life. We will give you all the information and advice that you need to look after yourself as much as you can.
What to expect at your appointments
Your first physiotherapy appointment will last up to 45 minutes and will include a discussion about the history of your problem and a physical examination. Your assessment gives us the opportunity to fully evaluate your problem and talk about an effective treatment strategy. The appointment will include Physiotherapy treatment. At Stretch, our follow-up Physiotherapy treatments are often longer than average, lasting up to 40 minutes*.
Excellence as standard
We are committed to providing the best possible patient care, continually updating our skills. You can be sure that our team is up to date with the latest research, ground-breaking techniques and treatment approaches.
Our Clinical Director also works in the NHS as an Extended Scope Physiotherapy Practitioner, which is one of the top jobs in the Physiotherapy profession. Ellie works closely with Consultants, who are also involved in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. She has an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy practice, in addition to her undergraduate Physiotherapy degree. Ellie is also involved in Physiotherapy research and is passionate about professional development. She regularly teaches the team of therapists at the Stretch clinic.
When you need a little extra help
All our Physiotherapists are highly skilled and have post-graduate training in the interpretation of MRI scans, x-rays, blood results and other diagnostic tests. Our team, also have good links with Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rheumatologists, Pain Management Consultants and Councillors. Therefore, if we feel that you’d benefit from having further tests, or from seeing another specialist, we will let you know. We can then liaise with your GP or arrange a direct Consultant referral.
Private health insurance can cover the cost of your treatment
Our therapists are registered with all the leading Health Insurance companies including: BUPA, AXA PPP, Aviva, Cigna, Pru Health. Therefore, you should be able to use your private health insurance to cover the cost of your treatment at our clinic.
*Nb. Please note that some insurance companies only cover the cost of 30 minute appointments, in which case we will offer you 30 minute follow up sessions, in line with our agreement with your insurer.
Gait Assessment and Orthotics Clinics
At Stretch Physio, in addition to our Physiotherapy service, we now also have a gait assessment clinic. Our Senior Physiotherapist, Ola will be offering comprehensive gait assessments, including foot scanning and casting, enabling him to prescribe custom-made orthotics, which are then engineered in the lab. Orthotics are specialist inner soles that you wear in your shoes. Orthotics optimise the alignment of your body, by improving the position of your feet. Orthotics help to correct foot problems and pain that is caused by how you stand and walk.
Our orthotics are bespoke and their design will take into account your general health and lifestyle. We will examine how you stand, walk and move during day-to-day tasks or sporting activities to ensure the perfect fit and type of orthotic. Orthotics can help athletes with recurrent pain and injuries whose suboptimal foot positioning is impacting on the problem. They can also help people with recurrent foot problems due to peripheral neuropathy, such as those with diabetes, or who have developed their peripheral neuropathy after cancer treatment. Additionally, people affected by stroke or children with developmental problems may benefit from a gait assessment and orthotic review.
How Orthotics Work
Orthotics can help to realign the bones within the foot, to control excessive mobility or stiffness of the bones and connective tissues. Orthotics maintain the neutral alignment of the feet, reducing stress and strain on the body by maintaining an ideal position throughout every step. Suboptimal placement of the feet can result in increased risk of pain, as it can have a significant impact on the joints and soft tissue above. Custom-made orthotics are designed to correct your specific foot issues and improve alignment throughout the legs and spine, reducing pain and the risk of injuries.
The Benefit of a Physio Gait Assessment and Orthotic Design
The major benefit of having a detailed assessment from a Senior Physiotherapist is that we will be able to complete a detailed assessment of more than just your feet and walking pattern. We will be able to establish the cause of your pain. We will look at your whole body and how you move, as although you may think that pain in the foot region directly relates to a foot problem, it is not always this straightforward. After all, as load transfer through your feet can affect other parts of the body, other parts of the body can also affect your feet and their alignment. A good example of this, is in someone with lower back pain which is causing them to limp, placing excessive strain through their leg and foot, irritating the soft tissue on the sole of the foot (plantar fascia) giving rise to plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of this tissue. In this instance, using physiotherapy to treat the lower back would be the best first course of action, while monitoring the foot symptoms to see if orthotics are needed further down the line.
Your Custom Made Orthotics
Ola will use his examination findings to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment. In the event that you do need orthotics, your key examination findings, scans and imprints will be sent to the lab where your orthotics will then be made. We can request that the lab add special features to your orthotics based on your specific needs. Also, if you don’t need orthotics, we will tell you! If orthotics are not needed, we will be able to offer you an alternative. Custom-made orthotics work best and have the greatest impact, if your feet are causing the condition being treated.
Conditions that Orthotics can Help:
Many conditions can be helped by the appropriate use of Orthotics, provided that foot position is contributing to the problem. Conditions that can be helped include:
If you would like more information about whether orthotics could help you please call Stretch Physio on 01245 505 866 and book a gait assessment and orthotic appointment.
“I saw Ellie at Stretch Physio following extensive abdominal surgery, including a hysterectomy, following a cancer diagnosis. I had seen several other physiotherapists whilst in hospital, and although helpful with immediate surgical recovery, they had all focused solely on strengthening and straightening the body. Ellie knew, within the first five minutes of our meeting, that I first needed to focus on relaxing and realigning. She recognised that much of my discomfort was actually related to being incredibly tense, and our first sessions included hands-on manipulation and mindfulness work; very different to my previous experience of physiotherapy.
“As the weeks went on, I saw incredible improvements, and Ellie gently began to introduce yoga-based stretches and strengthening movements. Ellie’s approach was holistic, and as such, always flexible; she began each session by asking what I felt I needed, and tailored the time to suit me. I felt incredibly comfortable discussing my physical AND mental health with Ellie, and her support during a difficult time was invaluable. I was genuinely sad when our sessions came to an end, but I honestly think Ellie took that into consideration, and that she worked towards preparing me to listen to my body and my instincts, helping me to rediscover my own confidence in my ability to take responsibility for my health.”