A sporting background of rugby and skiing has not been the kindest to my body and I have a medical file as long as my right arm. I came to Beyond Health after a full PCL reconstruction following a bad tackle in November. The three operations to follow were done by Prof Justin Cobb in London. I was referred to Suzanne Donnelly by him after a number of recommendations from other sportsmen as well as his own.
Suzanne’s background of working with the All Blacks should be enough to reassure anyone but quite frankly her professionalism is unparalleled. She even strove to get me a second opinion with Andy Williams. I have trawled the rugby physios for 20 years and she is by far the best on the circuit. Her devotion to getting her patients better is fastidious let alone inspirational and I could not have been in better hands after such a depressing injury.
Sue thanks for your patience and for giving me my life back. Beyond Health has been one of those epic life introductions.
— Henry Keighley, keen rugby player – post PCL reconstruction (and the rest!)
Back in 2011 I had the misfortune of tearing my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and my meniscus whilst playing football. Having consulted with my specialist, who is considered to be one of the top surgeons in the UK in this area, he recommended I contact Beyond Health and Joe Lawrence with regards to conditioning my knee pre operation and for the rehabilitation post my surgery.
The work I did pre my operation was invaluable, I went into my operation with my knee in the best condition it could be. My surgery consisted of an ACL reconstruction from my hamstring through keyhole surgery and a repair of my meniscus. I was unfortunate and suffered what is called a cyclops lesion and to compound that the repair of my meniscus didn’t take, which meant I was to have another operation.
The guys from Beyond Health were brilliant during this period which was very tough for me, they offered me all the support I needed and were truly a driving force of why I am where I am today. It wasn’t a straight forward recovery process and I had many setbacks but I always had confidence and trust in what they were advising which gave me drive to push through my rehab.
But it doesn’t end there, as with most people who have been through such and injury, you’re al-ways second guessing the littlest of tweaks and knocks, and the team have continued to offer me the support and advice even months after.
— Ross, 30 year old recreational footballer – following two ACL and meniscus surgeries
I came to Beyond Health with a long term hip condition, I had been told my multiple hospital consultants there was nothing that could be done – this was not acceptable at 27 years old as the pain was very debilitating.
From my first appointment with Beyond Health I knew that I was in good hands – I was diagnosed straight away that my trapped nerve pain was referred pain from my hip and freeing this off along side physio exercises at the gym considerably helped me.
Due to my condition being long term, I have been coming to Beyond Health for many years and have been treated by the majority of their staff – all of whom are excellent, have a wide knowledge of my condition and always try new techniques and exercises to ensure that my condition was managed appropriately. The administration staff are also very friendly and professional and really accommodate my needs when booking appointments and making me feel very welcome.
Beyond Health have really enabled me to live with my condition but due to a change in lifestyle at the start of the year (driving long distances daily in a new job), my hip pain really increased. Beyond Health then recommended me for surgery as they knew that they could no longer help me until this was carried out, again I felt confident in having surgery as Beyond Health had recommended that I see a very reputable hip surgeon with particular interest in my condition.
I am currently undergoing post surgery rehab with the team, having had major surgery its a relief to know I am in very good hands and the results I have made in the short period is amazing.
I would recommend Beyond Health to anyone who is looking for the most caring and highly skilled physios in London – the team really want the best for you and your treatment plan will be unique to ensure that you get the best health results you can. You’ll be challenged to find this anywhere else!
— Emily, in her mid 30s with a chronic hip condition
Over the years I have seen a number of physiotherapists and Sue is by far my favourite. She works really hard on getting you back to doing the things you love and her passion for helping people is evident. She’s tough but it’s for your own good!
— Payal Shah, post ACL reconstruction following a skiing injury
Michelle Lewis is a very encouraging, cheerful and talented physiotherapist. After tearing my meniscus skiing at Easter my goal was a month’s walking in Switzerland in August. I was strongly advised on all fronts not to have an operation due to my age and arthritis. So physiotherapy was the way forward. Michelle set me on the right road and I have just returned from the mountains having done many fantastic steep 4-5hr walks which I never would have accomplished without Michelle’s encouragement.
My next goal is skiing at Christmas which I am sure will be possible in her capable hands. I could not recommend her more.
— Virginia, 71 and an active hiker and skier – sought physiotherapy as opposed to surgery to manage a meniscal tear
Huge thanks to Beyond Health for their commitment and enthusiasm in helping me achieve my fitness goals. Their unique combination of hands-on physiotherapy and rehab sessions is a winning one. I have never come across such a dedicated team before, who really want to help you for the long-term, and not just fix your problems in the short-term. I have really enjoyed my sessions and found their confidence in me inspiring. Thank you for your ongoing support and professionalism.
— Victoria, in her early 40s
I’ve been asked and am more than happy to reflect on the treatment I have received at Beyond Health. As I look back over the last 6 months it has indeed been a team effort & as much a mental recovery as a physical one. I am lucky that Beyond Health, specifically Joe & Christina recognized that and have been there every step of the way”.
Having sustained a rare split tendon at the front of my ankle along with shredded tendons at the side of my ankles whilst increasing my walking in the wrong footwear, my consultant (Sam Singh) told me I had an 80% chance of surgery. I wanted to avoid this as far as possible and with plans B & C in the wings we embarked on plan A. An extensive course of physio started.
I was determined to avoid the knife & the only option was to trust the experts. It is easy to do this – Christina has been a delight. The support has been superb & she has gone above and beyond the call of duty. As things got tough & I hit a plateau, Christina mopped me up and set me on the right path again. Joe listened & plans changed; specifically tailored to me as treatment progressed. This was mentally & physically personalised treatment at it’s very best. The last part of the team was Amanda Lau (Podiatrist) whose orthotics have been a revelation.
It’s not been easy. As one thing fixed it threw something else out. But I’ve stuck to the plan. Got up early, changed my routines. Routines that are with me for a healthier life going forward. Who knew I would start running again & lost and sustained weight loss.
I have been lucky enough to find Joe & specifically Christina at Beyond Health. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone in need of treatment but one thing is for certain. I have trusted wholly in their advice & guidance, done everything asked of me and cannot be more thrilled to say that I have avoided surgery & have been discharged.
Thank you Joe & Christina. Such small words meant whole heartedly.
— Leanne, in her late 30s with rare split tendon in ankle – determined to avoid surgery
I first began using Michelle Lewis a year ago when I ruptured my ankle ligament. She managed to rehabilitate me to the extent I was playing football and tennis within the minimum recovery period of 3 months. More recently, I visited her at Beyond Health with golfer’s elbow and more ankle pain. I was back on the tennis court, golf range and football pitch within a week. It was genuinely quite an incredible experience. It certainly demonstrates the importance/benefit of physiotherapy, or more specifically, having a top physiotherapist.
I would highly recommend Michelle and Beyond Health!
— Galen Crawley, a keen tennis and footballer in her mid 20s – determined to not give up playing despite a run of bad luck with sporting injuries to her ankle ligaments and tennis elbow
My surgeon referred me to Beyond Health following shoulder surgery for rehabilitation. From my first appointment a full medical history was taken. Followed by a full assessment of my shoulder. Exercises are explained and demonstrated in an easy to understand terms. The work we did together over a number of weeks I regained full movement of my shoulder. I was very happy knowing I was taken care of by a very competent and professional team. I cannot recommend the team highly enough. I recently fractured my wrist, the day after my cast was removed, I attended the clinic, again Paul has taken such care, I have regained full movement.Thank you Beyond Health and Paul.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Beyond Health has changed my life dramatically for the better.
By February 2012, at the age of 60, I’d been wracked with sciatic pain for over 10 years. Two major lumbar spine operations, numerous injections, standard physio and exercise, hydrotherapy, CBT pain management techniques, and progressively stronger opioids had all failed to more than dent it. Even the insertion of a spinal cord stimulator (electrodes adjacent to the cord, giving out various pulses designed to change pain messages sent to the brain) was only partially successful – although considerably better than nothing.
Essentially, I couldn’t walk 50 yards, or stand 2 minutes, without crippling pain in my left leg. I’d leant on a stick for 7 years, even if its main usefulness lay in signalling that I needed a seat on a bus! I could no longer work for a living.
Then serendipity struck – some later likened it to a miracle. I was referred to Bh for an apparently unrelated (shoulder) problem. This turned out to be relatively easily solved, but Mark wanted to know what was the problem with my leg. I explained, at length; and he said he thought he could do something about it. He initiated a series of 4 or 5 manipulations over the next 2 weeks, with a little acupuncture included. By that point I was already able to leave my stick at home for most outings.
I then had a series of exercise sessions with Liz, who in effect taught me to stand, sit and walk differently: through a combination of strengthening my inner core and varying my posture. By the beginning of March i.e. 4 weeks after my first consultation, I was moving easily, able to walk a painless mile; and the stick was back in a cupboard, never to re-emerge.
I saw each of them on occasion, but far less intensively, over the next couple of months. I was now in control of both my pain and my life. I could walk miles without even wincing. My family and friends saw a huge difference in me: the pain they had seen in my face had gone; I looked taller and fitter, younger.
OK, I still get excruciating reminders of how it used to be, and sometimes I get locked into the start of another vicious downward spiral. But all I have to do now is to make an appointment with Liz or Paul for a little more manipulation and I’m back on track.
Beyond Health are a really impressive bunch of professionals at every level. Each individual I’ve encountered has a profound understanding of the human body and how it should work, and what prevents it from doing so. They communicate apparently seamlessly with one another, so that one never has to repeat history or problems. They work with each other so that different techniques combine to best effect. And they are extraordinarily friendly and helpful. I would (and do!) recommend them wholeheartedly to anyone suffering structural injury and pain.
— John, 60 years of age
Sue’s treatment for my slipped disc has really improved the problem. After each session I have had real benefits. Sue’s advice on how to think about, and manage, an injury/ailment that affects normal daily activities and life has also been really helpful.
— Gideon Sharp, suffering lumbar disc protrusions and trying to avoid surgery
Paul has been brilliant. I was initially referred by a neurologist to help with headaches but I also had neck and hip problems, plus a variety of other odd aches and pains. Paul was the first person to see them as fundamentally linked muscle imbalances. On his recommendation, a scan showed that I have an extra pair of ribs causing thoracic outlet syndrome which may well explain my array of symptoms. I’ve really appreciated his enquiring mind and patience, not to mention the highly ef-fective manual therapy, and good humour! Alongside this, I’ve had rehabilitative sessions with Liz – it’s interesting and useful to have another perspective and the exercises have always complimented the work with Paul. A great team.
Alex Fugallo has been my osteopath for the past twelve months and has been treating me for back and neck pain. I have four Alex to be very professional, caring and effective and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.
I have found a fantastic massage therapist called Joanna at Beyond Health. She has the ongoing knowledge, skills and expertise to make a tremendous difference. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to fix particular areas or just keep the body in optimal functional balance. I have been looking for someone like Joanna for some time and now I have found her!
— Caroline Johnson
Jo works with players who have existing injuries to enhance their rehabilitation programs, but also players with chronic issues and general aches and pains after matches. Jo is able to offer a wide range of soft tissue techniques which are tailored towards the player’s needs and not just the standard treatment protocols. This sets her apart from other therapists I have worked. She manages to hone in quickly on the issues – and gets results. It is also clear that Jo enjoys what she is doing and is always looking to add to and enhance her current skill set. Jo is not only a great practitioner but she is positive, energetic and highly professional. I would have no hesitations about recommending her not only to athletes but also my friends and family.
— Megan Reid, Clinical Lead Boreham Football Club
I have suffered from chronic back pain for a number of years. During this period I tried osteopathy, acupuncture, regular physiotherapy and steroid injections in my discs and whilst some of these treatments were providing short term fixes, none of them were working in the long term.
Three months ago my former physiotherapist referred me to Michelle to have physiotherapy involving reformer pilates. I arrived for my first class with no confidence in my ability whatsoever and was suffering from pain every day, including some days where I couldn’t get out of bed. After seeing her every week for four of five weeks, I started to notice a significant difference in my pain level and my confidence soared. I continued treatment for another eight weeks, and the treatment has turned my life around.
I now notice when my back hurts, as opposed to when it doesn’t! I have finally found a long term solution to my problem as opposed to a short term fix. I have started exercising 3 times a week (having previously not been able to do any exercise whatsoever) and know I would not be able to do this without Michelle’s treatment. The sessions are immensely enjoyable (imperative for me who is incredibly lazy at doing my exercises) and challenging. In fact, I enjoy them so much that I’ve just signed up to a 10 week course of moveBeyond classes with Michelle!
— Lucy, 29 – now exercising 3 x a week having suffered chronic back pain for years
Matt is a lot more than a personal trainer. He initially got my personal fitness levels beyond where they had been in the previous 20 years and then working with physios and rehab specialists in Beyond Health has enabled me to maintain my fitness and lifestyle though 2 debilitating shoulder operations and a major illness.
Over the last 10 years Matt has continually adapted my training programs to reflect the changes in my life, through periods of intense stress at work, a desire to improve my performance in other sports or injuries. When appropriate, he’s worked closely with Beyond Health physios and rehab specialists, so that I’ve felt like I’ve had a team supporting me.
The care I have received has far exceeded any other antenatal care I have had. Clare seemed to really understand my problems and dealt with me with professionalism, patience and a great deal of empathy and understanding. I now feel confident about giving birth.
Thank you – for the first time in my life I am master of my own bladder.
You are the only person who made a significant difference to my recovery from birth. I finally understand what is going on and why. Thank you you’ve been amazing.
The treatment I received was excellent! It has changed my life post suffering for 15 years and helped me 100%! Thank you thank you!
Clare was super knowledgable, supportive and encouraging – she was a big part of the reason why SPD was not as bad in the second pregnancy. Thank you!
The service Clare provided was fantastic all round. Very personal and individual – I felt fully involved in my treatments. She took the time to listen, put my interests first and concentrated treatment on the issues most bothersome to me.
The physiotherapist, Clare was super – she addressed each and every concern I had. Very knowledgable, understanding, clear, friendly and approachable. Everything explained well. I had full confidence at all times.
Sue Donnelly took me on as a patient at 3 months pregnant – I had a bad stabbing pain in my lower back that was getting worse and even stopped me walking at times. Another physio had advised that it was simply pelvic girdle pain and that it would probably stay with me for the rest of the pregnancy. However, in five sessions, Sue managed to transform me! She did a full diagnostic session and diagnosed SIJ pain due to the pregnancy. She then worked on both sides of my back to ensure that the muscles released in the entire area instead of focussing simply on the one side – something that no other physio has done in the past, and an extremely effective technique. I am now five months pregnant and swimming, cycling and walking with no pain – something that I am incredibly grateful for! I would recommend Sue without hesitation to anyone: I found her practical, helpful and seriously efficacious!
— Karen Archer, very sporty pregnant woman with severe back pain limiting all activities
I am so pleased that I was referred to physiotherapy instead of immediately going down the surgery route. I have learnt so much and I am much more in control. Treatment felt personal and holistic – about me as a person not just a pelvic floor.
I was treated with great professionalism, empathy, consideration and skill. My initial fears were addressed completely and I have a good understanding of my condition and how to manage it.
I had complete confidence in Clare. She always listened and I always felt I was getting the best advice for me. Treatment was explained to me in a way I understood, at my pace and I felt comfortable to discuss all issues, however sensitive.