A centre of excellence...
Employing cutting-edge physiotherapy and hydrotherapy practise, our carefully appointed team of experienced health professionals will offer a bespoke care plan designed to restore your strength and mobility at the earliest opportunity.
Recharge your batteries
Let us guide you through a personalised rehabilitation programme that includes up to two treatments per day – one physiotherapy and one hydrotherapy – available Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday free to ‘recharge your batteries’.
With a combined total of over 140 years of clinical expertise in orthopaedic, neurological, respiratory, hydro, and trauma-related rehabilitation therapies, our highly-skilled team are focussed on putting you back on the road to recovery ─ restoring your confidence and supporting you every step of the way.
Selecting the right blend of physiotherapy treatments, in harness with the correct measure of complementary exercise, will be an important factor in your recovery.
In our dedicated physiotherapy suite with adjoining gym facility, you will find the latest in cutting-edge technology, enabling us to provide the very best in rehabilitative care.
The sophisticated HUR gym equipment works in gentle increments, employing air resistance technique to eliminate unpleasant and unproductive jarring, while the targeted GAME READY ice treatment ─ as used on elite athletes ─ may be utilised to reduce swelling where required.
Additionally, the bespoke outdoor gym space offers a further opportunity to measure progress. Supported by an experienced therapist, patients are guided through a set of achievable challenges comprising a series of slopes, humps, cobbles, uneven steps and a stability mat, representing any possible obstacles to mobility one may encounter on returning home and thereby helping to establish confidence and restore function.
And, following inpatient treatment at The Clavadel, you are welcome to return in an outpatient capacity to continue your treatment, should you wish. These sessions can be booked in blocks of six before you check out.
What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?
- Ice treatment may be employed to reduce swelling.
- Soft tissue massage can reduce post-operative muscle tightness.
- A specially tailored exercise plan assists in the restoration of full joint range and muscle strength.
- Walking practice encourages the body to return to correct patterns of walking, thereby reducing the risk of further injury and future pain.
- Balance work helps to prevent the risk of falls.
Housed in our purpose-built treatment centre, we are proud to be able to offer a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool. Its underwater treadmill, parallel bars, and specialist massage jets help to stimulate movement and assist in recovering mobility.
The pool’s fully adjustable floor may be raised and lowered, thereby enabling walk-in access at poolside level and avoiding the need for a hoist. By lowering the floor, even the tallest user can feel ‘weightless’ as the water relieves pressure on joints. This can then be adjusted as fitness levels improve.
Meanwhile, pool users may feel completely safe in the knowledge that an experienced hydrotherapist will accompany you throughout your treatment, to provide constant guidance, support and assistance.
What are the benefits of Hydrotherapy?
- Warm water heated to 34° assists pain reduction and muscle spasm.
- Reduced weight-bearing through the joints facilitates mobility resulting in an increased range of movements.
- Muscles can be worked harder by employing water resistance.
- Assisted muscle movement is achieved as a result of buoyancy.
A combination of Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) has long been used to treat acute and chronic injury, and assist in the recovery and rehabilitation after Orthopaedic surgery. By simultaneously delivering both adjustable cold therapy and intermittent compression, the Game Ready system takes the strain out of the two most difficult-to-manage aspects of RICE.
The ‘right stuff’
Developed using NASA space suit technology, professional sportspeople ─ such Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes DBE ─ have experienced the effects of Game Ready first hand, and clinics, military rehabilitation centres and sporting organisations worldwide have come to rely on its positive outcomes.
Now our talented team of physiotherapists have another string to add to their bows, and our clients are coming to recognise why Game Ready is rapidly becoming indispensable on the journey back to good health.
Meet our physiotherapy team
Helen qualified from The Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in 1991 where she specialised in hydrotherapy and is now head of department at The Clavadel. She has worked in both the UK and Australia within the orthopaedic and neurological fields, and her qualification as a Body Control Pilates Instructor lends itself to the re-education of normal movement patterns as part of the rehabilitation process.
Steve completed a Sports Science degree in South Africa prior to qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2005 from Brunel University, and has since worked in both the NHS and the private sector. His particular field of interest is hydrotherapy, resulting in considerable experience as a hydrotherapy assistant in a number of pools across south west London.
Jane qualified in 1985 from Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital and has since worked across the UK and Canada. With over 30 years of experience in both the NHS and the private sector, Jane specialises in the treatment of pain management and employs acupuncture and hydrotherapy, within a range of treatment options, as part of her holistic approach.
Jennifer gained her BSc (Hons) in 1997 from Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Manual Therapy.
Following her work in the NHS with orthopaedic, respiratory and post-surgical patients, she now specialises in elderly and post-operative rehabilitation and has a special interest in functional therapeutic movement and hydrotherapy.
Jane qualified in 1984 from Queen Margaret College Edinburgh. She has extensive experience treating orthopaedic and neurological conditions and has worked in rehabilitation of the complex older person, with expertise in falls management.
Chrissie graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2008, since then she has worked in both South Africa and the UK, with a particular focus on inpatient rehabilitation and orthopaedics. Chrissie is also a qualified Pilates instructor and enjoys incorporating its exercises and principles into her work.
Matthew graduated from Bournemouth University in 2010. He has worked in both the NHS and private sector, where he has specialised in orthopaedic rehabilitation since 2018. Matthew’s particular interest is in the use of hydrotherapy in the rehabilitation process.
Anna graduated in 2010 before completing her master’s degree in Genoa, Italy in 2013. Having worked in both Italy and the UK, Anna’s area of expertise is in balance and gait analysis and specialises in the rehabilitation of the older patient with movement disorders.
Alex completed his studies in Athens, Greece. Following graduation in 2011, he has worked extensively in both Greece and the UK where he specialises in orthopaedic rehabilitation. Alex also has a particular interest in employing massage during rehabilitation.
You will not regret spending a week in The Clavadel to aid your recovery from surgery or prolonged hospital stay.
Intensive tailored physiotherapy in and out of a custom-built hydrotherapy pool, attentive care, comfortable accommodation and wonderful food, all combine to speed up your recovery greatly. As a surgeon myself and a recent patient, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Your hydrotherapy pool facilities must be state-of-the-art in the UK – certainly it was the main reason I chose The Clavadel … the investment has paid back.
Thank you for an absolutely brilliant stay in your 5 star recovery unit. Your physio and hydrotherapy facilities are excellent and your staff throughout and in every department are so very kind, welcoming and helpful. I did so benefit from my stay.
I would like to say thank you to the nurses, physiotherapists and all staff for ensuring my steady improvement and comfort during my stay. As a result I have been able to manage by myself since my return with the help of my Zimmer frame, crutches and grab sticks. Please pass on my thanks to all involved.