Physiotherapy is the treatment and prevention of differing conditions by natural means. These natural means involve many varied skills gained over several years of extensive recognised training in order to achieve the title of Chartered Physiotherapist. The aim of physiotherapy is to help alleviate pain, restore normal movement and help to return the body to its natural balanced state without chemical intervention. Physiotherapists can use a wide range of techniques to achieve this:

  • Manipulation
  • Mobilisation
  • Excercise
  • Education
  • Ultrasound
  • Muscle Balancing
  • Rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture

Whatever technique is eventually used, it is not determined until a comprehensive examination and assessment has been carried out. It is usual for patients to be taught a little about the mechanism and causes of their problem so that they can understand the exercises they may need to carry out, and so they can help to prevent reoccurrence of their problem. In some instances supportive or corrective taping or bracing may be used, if this is for a long term problem then patients will be shown how to do this for themselves.


Acupuncture is one of a variety of skills offered by physiotherapists.

The first record of Acupuncture is found in the 4,700 year old Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine) said to be the oldest medical textbook in the world.

Qi (roughly pronounced Chee) is an energy force that runs throughout the body. Qi is composed of two parts, Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang are opposite forces, that when balanced, work together, any upset in the balance will result in disease in humans. Treatment with acupuncture aims to restore health by addressing the causes of imbalance.

The body is a self repairing mechanism and any intervention through the use of acupuncture is aimed at encouraging this self healing ability.

Research evidence shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain to produce natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins. These assist the body to heal itself and offer pain relief.

Many conditions are treatable using Acupuncture, Claire has had particular success with the following:

  • Migraine
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Joint Pain

Business Services

Why do businesses need the services of a physiotherapist ?

Because it makes financial sense, look at the facts from the CBI:

  • The single largest cause of absence from work is back pain
  • The direct cost to UK employers is in excess of £5billion
  • 70% of get worse without early treatment
  • "Employers have a legal and moral responsibility to prevent RSI and back strain. But they also have a financial responsibility to their firms, and our research suggests they don't even know how much the RSI / back strain epidemic is costing them. If they knew the truth, I'm sure they would want to do something positive about it" TUC General Secretary John Monks

Why does my business need the services of a physiotherapist ?

To help you comply with your legal obligations, especially with the Manual Handling Regulations 1992 Claire Oldroyd has considerable experience of working with businesses and has recently worked for a major oil company. We can tailor our services to meet your needs.

Our business services include:

  • Ergonomic assesment of workstations
  • Manual Handling Risk Assesment
  • Rehabilitation and assesment of long term absence employees
  • Lecturing and presenting on physiotherapy and related subjects
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy logo
  • Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists logo
  • Health and Care Professions Council logo
  • Physio First logo
  • Quality Assured Clinic

To book an appointment or for more information please:

01371 810681

Great Bardfield Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Practice, Lyndale, Mill Rd, Great Bardfield, Essex CM7 4QG

Physiotherapist performing massage on injured shoulder

Assessments and treatments are provided for conditions such as:

  • Back and Neck pain.
  • Sports injuries strains, sprains and bruises.
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • RSI, repetitive sprain injuries
  • Arthritis and rheumatism
  • Pre and post operative surgical rehabilitation
  • Post fracture stiffness
  • Post joint replacement rehabilitation

Claire Oldroyd is a qualified Acupuncturist as a separate therapy.

This is especially useful for:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis/joint pains, including neck and low back pain
  • Tension

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