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Physiotherapy specialises in the treatment and prevention of musculuoskeletal injury through manual therapy and rehabilitation exercise.

Manual therapy –  passive stretches, joint mobilisation, sports massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release.

Rehabilitation exercise – dynamic stretches and strengthening exercises including Clinical Pilates, Yoga, strength and resistance training, therabands, kettlebells, balance boards, Swiss balls and suspension training.


What we treat

Back pain – Neck pain – Muscle, tendon and ligament sprains / tears – Hip pain – Knee pain – Foot and ankle pain – Shoulder pain – Tennis elbow – Golfer’s elbow – Carpal tunnel – Sports injuries – Running injuries – Cycling injuries – Disc prolapse – Trapped nerves – Sciatica – Arthritis – Headaches – Pre/post natal care – Pre/post surgical rehabilitation – Repetitive strain injuries.

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a medical profession typically aimed at those affected by illness, injury or disability. The goal is to use manual methods such as exercise and movement to promote the healing of prior injury or medical condition, or to improve the symptoms of a disability, whether that be neurological or physical. Some of the most common reasons an individual would require physiotherapy might be a sports or accidental injury, management of symptoms of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis or rehabilitation treatment following an intensive procedure or incident such as joint replacement or a stroke.

The medical practice of physiotherapy is not exclusive to those who have a prior condition or injury. Physiotherapy can be an excellent way to improve your physical fitness and flexibility, allowing you to achieve your fitness goals and reach your full potential. Physiotherapists focus on improving functional movement used in daily life, focusing on both short term and long term care, giving you back a sense of freedom and independence. Our therapists will work closely with you to tailor a treatment plan that suits your needs and goals, no matter your reason or physical health.

If you are considering exploring physical therapy, whether following professional advice or for personal reasons, we here at the Ludgate Clinic can help you. To book an appointment with one of our therapists, or to find out more about what we can do for you, call us on 020 7427 0080 or use our quick and easy online booking system.

Is physiotherapy right for me?

No matter your lifestyle, prior conditions or injuries, physiotherapy can be beneficial to anyone. Generally speaking, most individuals seek out physiotherapy in answer to an injury or condition, or perhaps on the advice of their GP or other medical practitioner. If you are someone who is seeking improved mobility, circulation and quality of life, our trained clinicians will work with you to create a plan to help you to improve and thrive.

Sports enthusiasts

Physiotherapy can be hugely beneficial to those who lead an active lifestyle. Perhaps you play regular sports or frequent your local gym, only to grow frustrated with restricted movement or tightness, preventing you from achieving your potential. You may even deal with persistent pain and discomfort while training, unsure of whether anyone can help to get you back to your maximum mobility.

Recovery from surgery or trauma

Here at the Ludgate Clinic, we can cater a specialised plan to help you on your road to recovery following surgery or perhaps a traumatic injury. This could be recovery after brain surgery, spinal surgery, amputations, orthopaedic treatment or joint replacement.

Prior medical conditions

There are a number of medical conditions that can be improved with the use of specialised physiotherapy. Conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy can all be improved with the use of physiotherapy. Our therapists target specific joints and muscle groups in order to alleviate symptoms of these conditions and strengthen the muscles in the body, giving you the ability to manage your symptoms and condition more effectively.

What techniques does
physiotherapy use?

Physiotherapists utilise a wide variety of physical methods and manual techniques, and work with you to select those that would be most effective. This can include tissue massage, joint manipulation, stretching and myofascial release. Myofascial release refers to targeted manual therapy, aiming to reduce the stress and strain that can build up around the myofascial tissue, which is the tissue that surrounds the muscles and joints.

Physiotherapy can often include the use of assistive devices to aid in the process. This can include equipment such as therabands, kettlebells, balance boards, Swiss balls and braces.
Our physiotherapists can also educate and advise on care for the caregiver or individual, focusing on recommending specific stretches and exercises that can be done at home or lifestyle and dietary advice, further improving mobility, cardiovascular conditioning and overall well being.

So if you’re an athlete, you’re recovering from surgery, you suffer from a neurological or physical condition or you’re simply curious about how physiotherapy can help you improve, our therapists are committed to finding the right treatments for you.

Meet the Team

Valeria Lodovisi

Valeria Lodovisi

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Massage Therapist. Shockwave Therapy practitioner

Valeria offers a hands-on manual therapy approach to physiotherapy treatment together with strengthening and flexibility rehabilitation exercises and postural education.

Governing bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.

Matt Hillier

BSc (Hons) Physio. Sports Massage Therapist. National Strength & Conditioning Association Personal Trainer. Chartered Physiotherapist

As a Chartered Physiotherapist, personal trainer and massage therapist Matt’s treatment approach uses Strength and Conditioning rehabilitation alongside manual therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and sports massage.

Governing bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.

Juan Di Domenico

Juan Di Domenico

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. MSc Physiotherapy. Chartered Physiotherapist

With over 13 years of experience as a physiotherapist, Juan has built a solid track record in the MSK (musculoskeletal) field, working with elite athletes and patients in post-surgery recovery. In addition to his clinical expertise, he has a passion for teaching and has served as a manual therapy professor at Arturo Michelena University and the University of Carabobo (Valencia, Venezuela). Sharing his knowledge with future physiotherapy professionals has allowed Juan to contribute to the discipline’s growth and train competent therapists.

To complement his education, Juan obtained a D.O. degree in Osteopathy, being the top graduate of his class in 2013. This specialization has provided him with a comprehensive approach to patient treatment, incorporating osteopathic techniques to achieve optimal results.

Sophie Weaver

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. MSc Physiotherapy. Chartered Physiotherapist

Sophie graduated from Northumbria University in 2002 following which she worked within the NHS and for England Women’s National Rugby Union team.

In 2010 Sophie joined the UK Sports Institute working with England Badminton, then as Lead Physio with Team GB Fencing and from 2017 as Lead physio with Team GB men’s hockey.

Sophie attended the London, Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games as part of Team GB, the Commonwealth games in Glasgow and the Gold Coast with Team England and The World and European Championships with each sport.

Special interests include Rehabilitation and Strength & Conditioning for musculoskeletal injuries, lower and upper limb injuries and post-injury/ post-surgical return to sport.

Governing bodies: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health Professions Council.

Initial consultation £68​

Follow-up consultation £60

Physiotherapy and Osteopathy are covered by all health insurance providers including BUPA, AXAPPP, Cigna and Simply Health.

Most health insurance providers require a GP referral prior to receiving treatment.

Answers to Common Questions

Is the treatment right for me?

Please call us and arrange to speak to an Osteopath or Physiotherapist if you are unsure about the nature of your injury or what treatment would be right for you. If treatment is not deemed appropriate there will be no charge made for your appointment.

What does the treatment involve?

Osteopathy offers a hands-on, manual therapy approach to the treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries using mobilisation and stretches, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release to restore the health of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

What should I wear?

As the treatment involves massage and stretching techniques you may need to remove some outer layers of clothing such as shirt, jumper or trousers. If you are suffering from low back pain or leg pain you may wish to bring shorts or loose trousers to change into. Women suffering from back and upper limb pain may wish to wear a vest top.

How is my medical data stored?

Your initial consultation involves the osteopath or physiotherapist taking a full medical history, treatment notes are then also taken at subsequent visits. Medical histories are kept on our secure practice software in accordance with data protection and the code of practice set out by The General Osteopathic Council and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. Medical history and treatment notes are not disclosed to any third party such as General Practitioners or health insurance providers without the permission of the patient.

Do I need to see my GP first?

Osteopaths and physiotherapists are trained as primary healthcare practitioners and patients can seek treatment without referral. If necessary you will be advised to see your GP or you may be referred for further investigations such x-ray or MRI. Please note most Health Insurance companies ask that you contact your GP before seeking treatment.

How can I book an appointment?

Book your appointment with us today to find out how our physiotherapists can help you achieve your potential and increase your confidence and independence. Our clinics are conveniently located in St. Pauls and Chelsea, situated close to all London transport links. 

Just use our quick and simple online booking system or call us on 020 7427 0080. Whether you want to book your first appointment or would like to know more about how we can help you, don’t hesitate to contact us.