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I had been suffering with a bad back for some time when a friend told me about Sarah; my friend had herself had Sarah recommended by a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Best back physio in the Midlands. Since then I have been pleased to recommend a number of friends of my own, often after unsatisfactory experiences with other physios, and they have all found Sarah's approach and skills extremely beneficial.

Sarah's technical skills are of a very high order and are characterised by her meticulous attention to detail. That's good enough, is not good enough for her and, having taken great pains to get to the root of a problem, she will then make sure that you get things absolutely right, to maximise the benefits and avoid doing further damage.

But as anyone who has coped with severe and/or chronic pain will know, the mental aspect is often more important than the physical. Sarah has an intuitive understanding of this dimension and pays great attention to dealing with it. My experience, and those of my friends, is that one comes away feeling not only physically better but also with an enhanced feeling of wellbeing and ability to cope. As one friend put it I don't know how she does it; but if she could bottle it, she'd make a fortune.

I had four one to one sessions with Kathy before joining her class of four. The difference has been amazing. Kathy is a really sympathetic, intelligent teacher who adapts the exercises according to your ability, just pushing you far enough so that you feel you have achieved a bit more each time. She really understands the philosophy of Pilates, that is not just about 'zip and hollow' but that there are elements of concentration and co-ordination to be mastered too. She's always bringing in new ideas and equipment for us to try, so her classes are varied and it keeps the interest up. She's got just the right amount of enthusiasm and empathy and I always feel so alive and flexible after her classes. I used to go and see an osteopath for my back every 8 weeks, but I haven't needed to since joining Kathy's class.

Best of all, before I started classes with Kathy I had pretty much resigned myself to having to stop doing agility with my dogs because I could not run or turn quickly anymore. It's only been about 6 months and I am back doing agility again and have even gone up a grade! I'm so grateful to Sarah for setting me back on track and to Kathy for helping me to keep it up; this would never have happened without the initial consultation.

When I first came to see Sarah I was suffering from chronic back pain affecting every aspect of my life, I had also been told by my G.P. that I needed to see a spinal surgeon due a spinal abnormality. I was in a bad place both physically and emotionally. Sarah inspired trust and confidence in me from day one. She quickly assessed me and together we came up with a plan of action. Sarah clearly explained how stress and pain were linked and gradually gave me the strategies to deal with my back problem. Sarah never claimed she could "cure" me however she completely contained my anxieties and empowered me to deal with my physical problems (leg strength is the key for me).

Sarah is amazing value she told me she thought she would need to see me for 6 weeks and exactly 6 weeks later we had our last session together however I know I can email her at any time if I have a reoccurrence which is reassuring to know. Oh and by the way the spinal surgeon completely agreed with her plan of care for me and discharged me! Sarah I can't thank you enough!

Each week I look forward to the Pilates class taken by Kathy Lamb. Her calm and knowledgeable approach helps me to achieve the maximum benefit from each exercise. Should I or any of my class mates have any injury problems, she tailors the exercises so that we can make progress without doing any further damage. Since doing Pilates I have noticed the benefits to my health strength and posture. I cannot recommend Kathy's classes highly enough.

I have been suffering from lower back pain for the last twenty years or so. I first saw Alex about two months ago after having him recommended to me. What a revelation! Alan has taught me to change every preconceived idea I had about my 'bad back' and with time shown me how to regain the flexibility that I had lost. Not only is my back feeling so much better but it has helped me with flexibility through my legs as well.

Sarah is a fun, patient and creative Pilates teacher. Always encouraging and when I leave her sessions I always feel as if her sparkle has rubbed off on me.

Physio Art' take all their patients seriously. I rang in some distress with a painful left arm, the problem having begun in my wrist and then radiating upwards. It settled in the elbow. Cycling, which I had enjoyed for years became very difficult because of the braking. Sleepless nights and pain were not doing much for the morale! I had already had some swift and invasive treatment elsewhere which had left me feeling even more vulnerable and I was not happy.

Sarah took my call and listened. I was seen within a couple of days and received good support and practical advice from Kevin as well as a lot of information.

I am happy to report that I am now back on my bike, the elbow is on the mend, and I have coped on a boat. I would recommend Physio Art as a place where you will be 'heard' as well as treated and get back the feeling that you can take control. Physical injury that prevents you doing what you enjoy is much more significant than people imagine unless they have experienced it themselves, so this type of approach is vital. Thank you!'

When I first attended physio I was expecting the standard treatment I have had with previous physiotherapist which is to shown some exercises, get given a sheet with exercises to do each week and just weekly visits doing the same thing and that you cannot exercise until you are better.

However this was not the case with Alex. We discussed the problem and the pain that I was experience and how was it affecting me the most, which was not been able to run. Alex’s response is lets work at getting you running and building strength. Yes I had 'homework' to do but this included running, assisted weights programme and building on this through the weeks.

I got full explanations as to why he had given me specific tasks in between visits and also changed my mindset. "You are not injured you are in recovery." I am now running twice a week currently slowly increasing the distance. Thank you Alex.

After years of regular Chiropractic treatment for lower back pain, then retirement in early 2014, when I thought my back problems would improve, I found it only went on to get worse to the point where in January/ February this year, I became virtually housebound due to all the advice from my Chiropractor, combined with pain and fear of 'damaging' my back and my future as a once active 58 year old woman! I decided enough was enough and had an X-Ray and MRI Scan (at the suggestion of the Chiropractor) to check for any possible underlying problems, then went to see an excellent Consultant Orthopeadic Physician who ruled out any serious problems and advised Physiotherapy - in particular with Sarah Duncton.

My first consultation in June this year with Sarah was a revelation - I was miserable, scared and dubious that anything would change, but she listened to my problems sympathetically, and had a complete understanding of my history, ongoing symptoms and fears, coupled with a thorough physical examination and general mobility. I realised I had become 'addicted' to Chiropractic treatment and needed to drastically change my thought patterns, understand my fears, and trust in Physiotherapy and all Sarah’s expert knowledge and treatment.

This I did, with Sarah always able to alleviate my worries, (and there were many to begin with!) advise on current research of understanding Pain, and proven evidence of managing/relieving back pain, use Acupuncture when needed and tailored Physiotherapy exercises to strengthen my somewhat weakened body!

Four months later(!) and enjoying retirement, I now regularly walk, cycle, swim, and recently enjoyed a holiday abroad after cancelling one in June thinking I'd never travel again. My sessions with Sarah are now becoming less frequent as I build up my strength and stamina, and can't thank her enough for her relentless enthusiasm and commitment to (literally!) getting me back on my feet.

I was highly recommended to Sarah & Physio Art by my GP and was not disappointed. In fact, delighted! After the initial consultation, where no stone was left unturned, Sarah gave me a few simple & enjoyable exercises to help alleviate my symptoms & general aches & pains.

I liked & trusted Sarah immediately and felt she was very caring as well as incredibly knowledgeable, everything made sense!! I had been seeing a chiropractor once a month for about 15 years and also another physio for 4 sessions, but nothing had helped. I felt immediate relief after the first session and was amazed when I was discharged on my fourth session. I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah & Physio Art to all my friends & family & now wouldn't go anywhere else!

I was becoming extremely frustrated at the lack of progress and clarity over my back problem, having had a number of unsuccessful injections and chiropractic treatment with no discernible improvement. Sarah's unique approach, addressing both the physical and mental aspects of recovery, was highly effective and challenged many of the preconceptions I had about back pain and its treatment. Sarah is also keen to understand the types of activity that motivate the individual and then builds those into the recovery. After a small number of sessions I was able to return to active sport and understand that when I did experience slight pain doing so, this was a natural reaction and nothing to be concerned about. I would certainly recommend Sarah to anyone looking for an effective and tailored recovery.

After seeing a lower limb surgeon and receiving 3 months of unsuccessful physiotherapy for a leg injury I was referred to a spine specialist who, after an MRI, diagnosed my issue as a bulging disc and informed me I shouldn't run again. Surgery made it much worse and I struggled to walk as a result. The next option was further surgery, which I desperately wanted to avoid. As a last ditch effort I went to PhysioArt to see Sarah. I hobbled into the first appointment a miserable wreck in a lot of pain and after one hour was simply able to get up and walk out normally! This from just talking! Beforehand I was faced with further surgery and that I would not run again (at age 33). After a few sessions I am now running perfectly with no pain.

Over ten years I have seen many sports therapists (in other countries also) and Sarah is something entirely different. She goes far beyond just physiotherapy into the latest scientifically proven Neuroscience and as a result is the best therapist you could possibly see. She has saved me from potentially dangerous surgery and a very unhappy life and the knowledge/advice given has had positive implications in many other areas. PhysioArt is the only place to go for any musculoskeletal problems.

Sarah is an exceptional physiotherapist. If the problem is a short-term injury, she will quickly diagnose the problem and suggest an appropriate treatment, or give you exercises to work on that will make a difference. She will help you to quickly get back to full fitness. If on the other hand it's a chronic problem that's been dragging on for ages, she will work with you to find a solution.

Let me give you three good reasons for why I rate her so highly:

1. she is an extremely good listener, so she will not fit you into a standard pigeonhole.

2. She has a very large toolkit of current, evidence-based techniques.

3. She will encourage you to help yourself in making lasting improvements to your health.

Sarah is inspiring and gifted. She can turn a treatment session turn from a nuisance into a real pleasure.

I love the Physioart practice, it offers caring, practical support. It's pleasant, and efficient; the practice has offered me hope and a way forward.

Sarah and her colleagues at PhysioArt have been offering an independent Physiotherapy service alongside the University Medical Practice since August 2003. All of our doctors refer patients to Sarah and her colleagues and always get excellent feedback about the service they receive. Patients welcome their treatment being carefully planned and tailored to their needs.

Dr. V.Raichura

University Medical Practice

'I am very keen on playing sport and PhysioArt is the first, and unless an operation is needed the only, place I go to if I get injured. I recently dislocated my collarbone from my shoulder requiring two operations. Starting from a point where I could not even use a toothbrush I have now recovered full movement and strength in the shoulder and am back competing at the same level, as before the injury - I know I would not have recovered without the advice and physio from the team. Sarah and the team are incredibly committed, naturally positive and a pleasure to be with. I trust PhysioArt completely and they have also provided great physio to my teenage boys when needed.

I received treatment for a painful knee. This involved me being advised to practise specific exercises. I had two appointments and decided to cancel a third because I had recovered. I was treated with respect and consideration throughout. I have already recommended Physio Art to two people locally and have advised friends and relatives in other parts of the country to make appointments to see physiotherapists.

I was a county tennis player from the age of 9 playing multiple times a week, was a runner, trained frequently with weights and was generally very active. At age 22, during a weights session, I injured my right shoulder. I rested for a number of weeks but the injury did not get better. I saw two physios but they couldn't help. I was then referred to a shoulder surgeon who performed an arthroscopic operation to assess and treat the issue. Post-op physio lasted 6 months but the shoulder did not improve. I had two further operations - a Thermal Capsular Shrinkage which made it worse (followed by months of physio) and then Thermal Capsular Release surgery (followed by more physio). This didn't help either. I tried chiropractors, physios in other countries, had shoulder injections, multiple MRI's, bone scans, X-Rays, ultra sounds spending many thousands of pounds of my own money.

All three surgeons, after having reported no improvement, simply stated the shoulder was as good as it would ever get. Many years had passed at this point and I had not participated in any sport involving my shoulder since the issue began (even running was difficult) and I missed out on so many things that normally I would've done. Being in my twenties I was facing the rest of my life without any real sport which was devastating. The whole process was incredibly stressful and frustrating since no one ever diagnosed a problem and no scan ever showed anything of significance. I felt lost. After around 7 years of trying I couldn't take it anymore and so forced myself to accept it. In my eyes it had partly ruined my life since sport was all I wanted to do and I was never truly happy since. It darkened other areas of my life and created a negativity I hadn't possessed before. Once a year or so I would try a few very gentle exercises but the pain would become very strong very quickly so I would have to stop. Throughout the ordeal I could never fully accept that I had damaged myself so badly during a simple weights session that I could never again use my shoulder properly.

Then I met Sarah at PhysioArt. She turned all I knew and had experienced upside down. I was stunned when our first session (and many thereafter) consisted just of talking. No review of shoulder mobility, no stretches, no Therabands. I learned all about what pain really is and how the body responds to stress and how that, from a biological perspective, cranked up pain. All I ever wanted was for someone to tell me 'it's going to be ok.' Sarah confidently said this and could back it up with science. Armed with the knowledge that pain is perceived threat to the body and not an indication of damage I began with some gentle press ups. The familiar pain came on but this time I knew, despite 12 years of miserable repeated failures and loss of hope, that the next session would not falter like before. And so it was. After just a few weeks I am now regularly doing high numbers of full press ups and other upper body weights. Just holding my arm away from my body, opening doors, carrying bags in the past would've been totally avoided. Now it's almost like the whole nightmare had never happened. The pain is virtually at zero.

I had gone through a medical centred process rather than a patient centred one. No one ever asked me how this had affected me and how I felt. Sarah and I discussed this at length. It still shocks me to think that what I have recently learned about pain is not known by most medical practitioners. There's not a person whom I tell this story to that isn't knocked off their feet and how many people this applies to and can help. Who hasn't got some sort of long running ache or pain that won't shift? How many sore backs could be fixed with this knowledge? I think back to all those hours sitting in waiting rooms, seeing doctors, lying in MRI scanners, the stress and risk of multiple surgeries and the repeated heartbreak of knowing the latest attempt hadn't worked. And what finally saved me from the abyss was knowledge, understanding and changing my perspective.

I had suffered from chronic back pain for a number of years. As a result of this pain I had seen many professionals over the years such as Osteopaths and Chiropractors, but to no real avail. I contacted Sarah at PhysioArt about two years ago, because not only had my back pain started to increase, I had also developed pain in my right hip that basically prevented me from walking any great distance.

Sarah conducted her assessment and was able to inform me that my posture was pretty poor and that I had been overcompensating on one side, thus certain muscle groups were not working together as they should. This was the first time in all the treatment I had undergone in the past that someone actually conducted a thorough assessment of my difficulties. Sarah identified a plan of exercise and treatment that was to last a number of months with a view to overcoming and correcting these difficulties. Prior to seeing Sarah, the treatment I had received only seemed to work in the short term.

As treatment progressed it was not long before I noticed some improvement. The home exercise programme Sarah set out for me, along with regular sessions with Sarah helped me to correct my posture and strengthen or even wake up the muscles that the rest of my body was overcompensating for. After around 6 months of treatment the pain that prevented me from walking had gone. We then focused more on the chronic back pain that had been part of my life for many years. Again after a number of months this pain also alleviated. In the past I have been told by other professionals not to play tennis or go to the gym, thanks to Sarah at PhysioArt I can now use the gym without any problems and have joined a local tennis club and play social tennis on a regular basis.

The treatment I received from Sarah can only be described as life changing for me, which sounds a tad corny, but the pain I had been experiencing was really interfering in many aspects of my life. I found Sarah very easy to talk to and felt that her understanding and positive approach really helped to motivate me. I cannot fault the treatment received and would highly recommend PhysioArt to anyone who requires input from a highly experienced and skilled physiotherapist such as Sarah.

Sarah provides a personalised and hands on approach to physiotherapy treatment and I have always received excellent feedback from patients I have referred to her. I am happy to recommend her and the PhysioArt team.

Dr Vinay Ketkar

Musculoskeletal Physician

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

I decided to attend Physioart following a sports injury to my foot, which left me unable to continue my physical activities. I was also in pain when putting any weight through my foot for over 6 weeks with no sign of improvement.

After receiving a few weeks of physiotherapy with Pauline I noticed significant improvement to the injury site and was able to begin returning to my physical activities within 8 weeks.

The treatment I received was highly professional, informative and efficient. I felt confident in everything Pauline explained to me, which helped to ease any worries I had related to my injury. Pauline also encouraged me to be more positive about achieving a full recovery, which I have now done and am back to doing all the activities I was doing prior to injury.

I would definitely recommend Physioart to anyone suffering a sports injury and am really glad I made the decision to attend.

I first contacted Physioart on the recommendation of my podiatrist, Clive Heron, who had performed a gait analysis on me to help fin out what was wrong with my knee. The GP had diagnosed arthritis following an X-ray, but Sarah at Physioart very quickly discovered that I had sustained an injury to the medial ligament and so started a programme of exercises and massages. After just three sessions with Sarah at Physioart I was well on the road to recovery and Sarah suggested I might like to try some Pilates sessions with Kathy.

Sarah is an exceptional physiotherapist. If the problem is a short-term injury, she will quickly diagnose the problem and suggest an appropriate treatment, or give you exercises to work on that will make a difference. She will help you to quickly get back to full fitness. If on the other hand it's a chronic problem that's been dragging on for ages, she will work with you to find a solution.

Let me give you three good reasons for why I rate her so highly:

1. she is an extremely good listener, so she will not fit you into a standard pigeonhole.

2. She has a very large toolkit of current, evidence-based techniques.

3. She will encourage you to help yourself in making lasting improvements to your health.

Sarah is inspiring and gifted. She can turn a treatment session turn from a nuisance into a real pleasure.

I love the Physioart practice, it offers caring, practical support. It's pleasant, and efficient; the practice has offered me hope and a way forward.

As a runner for over 30 years, I have been prone to injuries. I've seen physios before but I've never been entirely satisfied. The approach of Sarah and her team is very different to that which I had previously been exposed. Rather than just treat the injury, Sarah wants to identify the cause so as to prevent it's reoccurrence. I know that when I come to see Sarah that she will not only get me back up and running but that I will have a strategy to prevent further injury. I cannot recommend Sarah highly enough. I've referred several friends and work colleagues to PhysioArt, and they report similar experiences to my own.

As a 'seasoned' tennis club member and very keen skier, last March I feared that a torn medial ligament in my right knee (sustained in an airport arrivals lounge!), had brought my sporting lifestyle to an very abrupt and premature end.

However, after six months of physiotherapy and ultrasound treatment from Sarah, I have just returned from my second skiing holiday this year, and was able to ski for up to six hours every day, as well as now getting back to playing competitive match tennis twice a week.

Sarah has given me a new 'lease of life', and I cannot praise her highly enough for all of her skill and professionalism, in getting me back into shape.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her to anyone who has suffered any physical/skeletal injury.

My wife has also used Sarah in the past, and I suspect and hope that we both now number amongst her greatest and many, advocates!