Laura McCrystal

Laura McCrystal

I qualified from Coventry University in 2009 and since then have gained a wealth of experience in the NHS and private sector.

I  have continued my studies and achieved a distinction in my masters degree (Msc) in Manual Therapy at Coventry University and gained  advanced qualifications in injection therapy.

I  also have postgraduate training in pilates, acupuncture and sports massage alongside many other postgraduate courses.

Before working at Physio Art, I  worked as an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist working closely with orthopaedic surgeons in the local area. This role involves complex clinical reasoning and decision making including ordering and interpreting imaging, such as X-rays and MRI scans, and listing patients for surgical procedures. I also worked as an injection therapist and worked closely with GP colleagues.

I treat every client as an individual aiming to provide a personalised treatment and a  bespoke rehabilitation program to meet your individual needs and goals

​I am a keen runner and triathlete. I have completed 4 marathons including London Marathon and 2 half ironman triathlons. I’ve completed many cycling events including the Birmingham 100 mile velo event. I’ve also been on the other side of injuries and have had hip surgery following a running injury. This experience means that I fully understands  the impact injuries can have on our wellbeing. Due to my unique experience I am able to support you with your training and achieving your individual goal.

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The catalysts which took me into physiotherapy were wanting to work in a hospital, a love of everything to do with the body, and a broken ankle (mine!). My journey of physio training began at Birmingham University, where I spent 3 years completing my undergraduate course. I then went on to work for 6 years at City Hospital, moving round all the key areas and covering everything from A&E to stroke rehabilitation, picking up a well rounded experience base.

Following those 6 years in the NHS I decided it was time to spread my wings, and moved over to Barcelona where I stayed for 2 years, studying and then teaching Pilates in addition to learning Spanish. I went further afield still for short stints, teaching Pilates in a village in Malawi, learning Thai massage in a hill tribe in Chang Mai, and learning reflexology in India. On top of my core physiotherapy training and hospital experience, these other experiences resulted in me developing a much more holistic approach to patient care.

I returned to the UK in 2011, and after a short time in private practice in Manchester, I relocated to London, working in a clinic on Harley Street, alongside some of the best physiotherapists and consultants in the City. Finally I came full circle to return to Birmingham, where I am now based with my amazing husband and 2 little ones.

joint dysfunction and have recently completed a masters module in injection therapy.

I am trained in Pilates, and have lead mat based, equipment based, and antenatal classes, but I also incorporate this Pilates approach with many of the patients I see. I’m trained in acupuncture and manual therapy, which I use alongside guided individualised rehabilitation programmes. In addition to musculoskeletal injuries, I also have a breadth of experience with post-operative patients, including both prehab and post surgical rehabilitation, and enjoy the challenge of getting people back to the things that make them tick.

In addition to Pilates I’m also a huge yoga fan, and I love going for a good romp at the Lickeys with the kids and the dog. I love the arts, and when I can I like to go to gigs, galleries, and plays.

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    "The physiotherapy service I’ve received at Physio Art from Ruth has been absolutely life changing. I’ve never been stronger, more mobile or more aware of my own body. The exercises in the app have been easy to follow and remember, and more importantly I’ve been able to step down from more invasive treatment for my back and get back to work."


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    "Sophie has helped me rehab a long standing shoulder issue resulting from overuse of playing tennis and other racket sports. She was quick to identify the condition, gave an accurate timeline of recovery and helped my put in place various exercises over the next few months to get to a state where I can exercise and play sports free of the pain again. I'd highly recommend Sophie and Physio Art."


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    "There is nowhere else I would go than Physio Art. My 11-year old son had an emergency appointment with Adhip for a very painful lower leg and he was absolutely brilliant. His knowledge and advice was excellent and the results began to show during the appointment. Every physio we have seen there has been highly professional, incredibly helpful and so kind. "


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    "I have complete trust in Sarah whom I have seen on a number of occasions for different problems. She always listens intently and delves deep into my experience so I feel completely confident in the course of treatment she recommends. I love that she is so good at explaining what is affecting the problem and often there is more at play than just the mechanics of the body. Any consultation with Sarah is fascinating as well as healing!"


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    "I have been a Physio Art client for many years, accessing physios for both injury and long term back problems as well as Pilates classes. Sarah and her team have my full trust and I don’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Their knowledge and care is second to none and they always go that extra mile to ensure that the treatment and advice you receive is personalised to your needs."

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    "Physioart has built itself to be a clinic with a special vibe about it, a relaxed but professional space that allows the clients to feel listened to, whilst also knowing their receiving the optimum evidence based care. The physios working here really know their stuff, and are genuinely kind and brilliant people. "

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    "I have used the services of Physio Art to treat three different conditions with a successful outcome on each occasion. Grateful thanks to both Sarah and Sophie. I have no hesitation in recommending Physio Art."

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    "A vibrant and energetic clinic with top class comprehensive treatment. The professionalism was second to none and I couldn’t recommend this clinic highly enough. Sarah Duncton, the founder is so passionate and dedicated to her patient’s every need."


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    "Sophie is an absolute life saver. Visited her with very bad pain in my shoulder & neck due to extremely tight muscles. An hour later I left feeling looser and my pain significantly reduced."


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    "All the physios at PhysioArt are amazing and really know what they’re talking about. They treat their clients with empathy and understanding and make sure they are working towards the clients individual goals. Would definitely recommend."


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