What our patients say...
I have attended physiotherapy sessions with Gary Nicholson over the past six weeks.
This email is to convey to you how impressed I have been with his treatment and care to aid my recovery, following keyhole surgery by Mr Chauhan some eight weeks ago.
Gary has encouraged me from the very beginning. He has given me excellent guidance on the right exercises to do at home and as a result of his direction, combined with my application, I am making excellent progress.
I would certainly recommend Gary and the Radius Practice.
Kindly ensure this email is passed on as appropriate, including sending a copy to Gary.
I was driving home from a meeting tonight when I heard Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 ask for inspiration to get her back on the road to train for a half marathon. She was complaining about all the resistances she has to simply getting out and ‘doing it.’ I jotted something down and emailed it in.
At approximately 8.45 she read out my email!
Here's what I wrote:
Jettison the ‘have to’ mentality. Run because you want to. Think how good you’ll feel — not only when it’s over — but every step of the way. Don’t force it. Let those endorphins kick in. Enjoy it because you’re doing it — and because you can. Take it from someone who has been running on and off for more than 40 years, in and out of injuries: Your body & soul will thank you. Have a great run!”
Now while I’m happy to have the 30 seconds of fame (I posted it on my FB page because I was so buzzed), I have to admit that if it hadn’t been for you, and your help in getting me back on the road again, I never could have had the chutzpah to offer my advice.
So thank you — once again!
Please pass on my Mega Thanks to John for his expertise and professionalism! At my last apt he gave me some exercises which I have done am and pm for the last 12 days and my pain in my back has decreased by 80 % and I am off to play golf this am.
THANK YOU John. I have got my mobility back.
I will definitely pass his name to all my friends as the best Physio in Town!!!
Kind Regards. G M.
My Pilates class has been brilliant, I'm not a big fan of exercise but Pilates has really helped me after years of back pain.
Having finished my allowed six sessions post spine operation last week, I thought I should tell you about my treatment from Gary Nicholson.
I first met Gary when I has some leg pain at the end of March. We tried together to find out the cause of the problem ........ and although I did the recommended exercises nothing got better. Poor Gary made the mistake of leaning over me on his table when he asked me to lift my leg. Being addicted to yoga, I'm fairly flexible; my leg came up so quickly I almost knocked him out.
The next time I saw Gary was when I was recovering from a L4/L5 miscrodiscectomy in the Montefiore. He told me how to get out of bed and then offered help to walk to the loo. It was declined and he seemed surprised I made it in one piece!!
I have listened to Gary's professional advice during my recovery; it's like a little bird tweeting in my ear! I hear him when I get out of bed, his advice always sensible, and I heard him when I went back to yoga and he said, until the 12 week point, 'no forward bends or twists.' I am now over
four months past my operation and am completely healed. Gary thought I would have a relapse but I proved him wrong!!
He is a very likeable, professional, knowledgeable individual. He is a real asset for your practice.
Just wanted to let you know how much better I am and to say thank you for all you did – I really appreciate it. I had forgotten how wonderful it is to just go to sleep on either side!
In the nicest possible way, I hope not to see you again for a while – but great to know you are there!
Consultant letter praising Iain the physiotherapy at Radius.
I was delighted to hear from my patient that he has gone from being a "cynic” to being a "believer”!
He has got on really well with his physiotherapist and he has had dramatic improvement both in his mechanical back symptoms and also in his right lower limb radicular symptoms.
Iain has now discharged him and given him a home program to carry on with and I stressed the importance of doing this.
I have had lower back problems for over 20 years with painful flare ups on many occasions. However for the past 3 years i have been doing regular Pilates at Radius and find my flexibility has improved plus my back problems have improved a great deal.
I would recommend Pilates to anyone with joint problems.
I have just paid my fee for the next eight weeks of Gillian Pink's "Beginners" sessions on Mondays beginning 12.30 and ending at 13.30.
This seems a good moment to comment on the excellent experience which she provides.
The variety of exercises she selects ensures constant interest from all the participants in her class.
The continual gradation of skills is so well managed that we all progress and , at the same, time enjoy the experience. Each week has a different mix of activities .... a tribute to skilled planning.
Her professional manner is both calm, encouraging and clearly grounded in her knowledge of the benefits of Pilates.
Your team is fortunate to have her expertise to call upon.
Please congratulate her for me.
Mr Gowan Hewlett
I hope all is well. Just a quick update;
I saw an Orthopaedic specialist yesterday and after an MRI, your suspicions were correct. I have 3 slipped discs in my back causing me the discomfort. The doctor will be writing to you and I also have the scan on CD. (I am booked in to see you on Monday).
Anyway the main reason for my email is that my doctor, Mr Simon Moyes, recognised your name and spoke highly of you. He seemed familiar with your work and proceeded to tell the trainee physio who was also present in the room that this is the level she needs to be at!
So thank you again (and thank you to Stuart for calling in sick on Monday) because I am in very good hands !!!!
See you next week
I just want to say how lovely it was to meet you all during my six weeks of
physio at Radius.
The positive atmosphere and encouragement has definitely helped my recovery.
Following a back injury some five years ago, I have attended Gill's Pilates class. This has been of great benefit, I am supple and can still garden and walk well at 89 years old.
The members of the class are delightful and friendly, I can recommend this form of exercise - especially with such an excellent instructor.
Pilates keeps me moving which i need especially with my desk job these days. Historically I had problems with my hip but Pilates seems to have sorted it!
Also I have osteoporosis but Gill understands and shows me how to adapt some of the exercises.