Alternative Therapies

Whilst we are predominantly a physiotherapy practice, we have allied professionals working with us.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment are two major parts of Chinese Medicine, they both are based on the same diagnoses and both are treating patient as a whole connected unit.

Acupuncture is a unique physical treatment based on ancient Chinese philosophy: the human body is connected by many meridians, and the energy (Qi) floating within the meridians affects our well-being. Acupuncture helps to keep the energy floating regularly within the body and connect the human body with external natural surroundings. Recent modern scientific researches have collected rich data of the effectiveness of Acupuncture regarding Pain Relief.

Chinese herbal treatment is one of the greatest herbal systems of this world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Due to its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness, it has for centuries had a great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.

The recent battle against COVID-19 in Wuhan (China) has proved the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine.

Katherine (also known as Zhi-Hua) studied Chinese Medicine since she was 16 years old, after spending 5 years of learning in Nan Jing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she gained a Bachelor Degree of Medicine at the age of 21.  She worked in Nan Jing Red-Cross Hospital in China after her graduation, during which time she gained intensive clinical experience in both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

In May 2000, Katherine came to the UK working as a TCM doctor.  Her fluent English helps her to understand the British culture and her patients very well. Katherine has worked in Bedfordshire since 2005 and joined our clinic in Nov 2010.

If you have any chronic or acute conditions which cannot be dealt with by conventional medicine or treatment, her appointments are available in our clinic every Thursday from 8:30am-4pm. She also works from another two local clinics during the week and weekend.

Katherine is a registered acupuncturist with Bedford Borough and Central Bedford Council, she also is a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM).

Introducing Kerry Davis, Sports Therapist.

Kerry is with us on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 8am – 4pm

‘I am a Sports Massage & Injury Rehabilitation Management Therapist.

I treat a wide range of clients from both sporting backgrounds and the general population which has enabled me to have a greater understanding of patients’ needs to tailor treatments and programmes specifically to you.’

What is sports massage?
Sports massage can effectively improve the condition of your muscles and soft tissue and help ease the pain or tightness caused from everyday life or strenuous activity. It will be tailored to address your individual needs and sessions will last either 30 minutes or 45 minutes depending on what area is being treated and what Kerry is trying to resolve for you.

Prices for sports massage are £40 for 45 minutes or £30 for 30 minutes

For more information or to book an appointment, please contact reception on 01525 720882

Sharon Vaspall – HCPC

Sharon qualified more than 20 years ago and is on the HCPC register.

In 1988 having previously worked in the NHS and lecturing about Podiatry in London for 12 years Sharon decided to set up her own business in Flitwick. However, she continued to work in London and also lectured at Northampton University in Podiatry.

The Foot Clinic opened in 1988 located in Ampthill High Street and then moved to the Rufus centre in Flitwick. More recently Sharon has been seeing patients at her premises in Wrest Park, Silsoe.

Sharon had previously worked alongside Ampthill & Flitwick Physiotherapy Clinic. We realised that there was a necessity for Chiropody and Podiatry in Flitwick and we are pleased to welcome Sharon back to the clinic. Sessions are held on Tuesday every week, with Wednesday sessions being phased in from November (2021)

 Please contact reception for details.

Pilates exercises are based on a regime of stretching, strengthening and body awareness. This can help to control posture, improve trunk stability and prevent joint injury. Clinical pilates exercises are adapted from the ‘traditional’ form to retain the benefits but remove potential strain, making them suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels.

Is Pilates for me?

Clinical pilates has exercises to suit almost everyone, whatever their age, flexibility or previous fitness regime. Exercises are adapted for those with back or neck pain, shoulder problems or hip and knee problems. 

How will I be taught?

Most clients benefit from an individual session in order to assess posture and stability and discuss any concerns or problems. From this session a tailored home programme can be devised for practice at home. All our classes are small which allows the physiotherapist to give you plenty of attention; classes include breath exercises for stretching and strengthening

What if I’ve tried Pilates classes before?

If you’ve previously enjoyed classes but are ‘out-of-practice’, small classes or individual sessions can help ease you back to your previous level. This is especially important if you have sustained an injury and need a graded programme to return to fitness. If you’ve tried a pilates class and didn’t think it suited you, why not try individual approach. Take advantage of one-to-one tuition and support and learn the exercises at home at your own pace. Many people find a class environment difficult it they haven’t had time to master the basics.

Due to Covid-19 we are no longer operating our Pilates classes, however, we are offering  1-2-1 sessions. Please call our team for more information.

Thai massage is an incredibly energising and balancing treatment. It is a form of therapeutic massage that has been practiced in Thailand for thousands of years.

The Principles of Thai Massage is very different from other massage therapies that usually only involve tissue manipulation. It is performed using deep compressing, rhythmic pressing, and stretching actions. The pressure, tension, motion and vibration movements used during massage improve regional blood circulation. Thai Massage uses a variety of yoga like stretching positions that is believed to cause its therapeutic effects.

Thai massage can benefit your health in numerous ways, many of which are supported by scientific studies and research such as; 

  • Relaxes Muscles and relieves pain, Increases muscle flexibility, 
  • Improves joint motions, 
  • Improves blood circulation, 
  • Relieves musculoskeletal pain, 
  • Improves immunity, 
  • Promotes mental relaxation, 
  • Reduces fatigue and sleep problems.  
Trisha (also known as Jirapon) is from Thailand, where she qualified as a Thai masseuse. In 2011 she moved to the UK and began to work as a massage therapist in Luxury spa hotels and hospitalities, where she perfected the most effective techniques to achieve ultimate relaxation and to meet clients physical and medical requirements.

Her appointments are available in our clinic Wednesday and Friday from 8:30am-4pm. For more information, please contact reception on 01525 720882