The Howard Clinic Limited, Chartered Physiotherapists,

Pulse 8 Health and Fitness Club, Mole Road, Sindlesham,
Wokingham Berkshire RG41 5DJ

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Who are we?

The Howard Clinic is a private physiotherapy practice offering a wide variety of treatments from a team of skilled, experienced, Chartered Physiotherapists.

Our main areas of clinical specialties are:

Hydrotherapy

Neurological rehabilitation

Acupuncture

Tui Na (Chinese medical massage)

and treatment for back and neck conditions – we have several
Physiotherapists who are Accredited Practitioners in

The Sarah Key Method (APSKM)

The clinic is led by Cathy Howard who has over 26 years of clinical experience.

Treatment is available to non members as well as members of Pulse 8 Health Club and Nirvana Spa for whom we offer a 10% discount.

You may refer yourself directly or via your GP, Consultant or Insurance Provider.


How can we help?

Physiotherapy is a well recognised treatment for many conditions.
The Howard Clinic has experience in the management of:

Sports injuries

Post-operative Orthopaedics (for example – rehabilitation after a joint replacement or soft tissue surgery)

Acute and chronic neck or back pain

Neurological conditions such as strokes and Parkinsons Disease, MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and head injury Tui Na (Chinese medical )

Chronic conditions such as arthritis

Movement dysfunctions including sports training errors and postural related problems

Hand Therapy – Injuries or conditions affecting the hand are not only much more common than most people think, but can also have a large affect on your daily life.
Hand Therapy is the specialist side of physiotherapy that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of hand injuries and conditions. This can range from simple muscle injuries to fractures, nerve compromises or joint arthritis.
Whilst many elements of Hand Therapy treatment are condition specific, it also includes the use of splints, both off the shelf and custom made, and specific adaptations or activity modification.
As a member of the Reading Hand Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Richard at the Howard Clinic has close links with Consultant Hand Surgeons and can recommend specific investigations or further treatments such as steroid injections.

Treatments may include various manual therapy or manipulation techniques, Tui Na massage, acupuncture, electrotherapy e.g ultrasound, interferential therapy, exercise rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, postural and ergonomics/ workstation advice. We can also advise on referral to a specialist consultant or other health professional. You may be referred by your GP, Consultant or you may choose to refer yourself directly.

THE SARAH KEY METHOD (APSKM)

Cathy and many of the team have been trained by renowned
Australian Physiotherapist Sarah Key, author of “The Back
Sufferer’s Bible” and Pricipal Physiotherapist to The Royal Family.

This unique, highly effective technique of mobilizing stiff spinal segments (the
primary cause of most back pain) usually using the heel of the foot, is followed by “pressure change therapy” exercises. This stimulates inter vertebral disc
metabolism, which is vital for the long term health and pain relief for the spine.

ACUPUNCTURE & TUI NA

Acupuncture is an ancient healing therapy which uses fine needles inserted into certain points of the body to promote health and alleviate pain in the body.

Tui Na is the Chinese precursor to the Japanese Shiatsu. It uses a variety of massage and gentle manipulation techniques.

Just as Western medical professionals monitor blood flowing through blood vessels and messages travelling via the nervous system, in Acupuncture and Tui Na the flow of ‘vital energy’ or ‘qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’) is assessed within pathways known as meridians or channels.

Tui Na and Acupuncture are very effective treatments that can be combined with traditional Physiotherapy treatments. The Howard Clinic has a number of Physiotherapists who practice Acupuncture and Tui Na which provide the patient with a holistic as well as local approach to their health problems.

HYDROTHERAPY

This is physiotherapy in warm water, used mainly for
rehabilitation and pain relief, providing many physical benefits.
Usually an assessment is carried out in the treatment room first.

Hydrotherapy is a very effective treatment for many different conditions – early post orthopaedic surgery (eg after a joint replacement, or after a fracture), following a sports injury, osteo or rheumatoid arthritis and neurological conditions (eg after a stroke or spinal cord injury). Many patients find that they can rehabilitate much more quickly, and less painfully in the water and it is a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for both exercising and having manual
therapy by the Physiotherapist.

We have several Physiotherapists with specialist hydrotherapy skills and we offer sessions during weekdays, evenings and some Saturdays.

NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION

Injury or disease to any part of the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) may result in many different problems, such as difficulties with movement, balance co-ordination and loss of function. This requires specialist understanding, assessment and treatment approaches, in order to maximize the potential for a person to recover and improve their overall health and well-being.

At the Howard Clinic we have a number of Specialist Physiotherapists in Neurological Rehabilitation and Hydrotherapy.

We also have close links with other health professionals, such as Consultant Neurologists, Orthotists, Occupational Therapists, and Hand Therapists in both the NHS and Private Practice, to enable us to assist our patients with the best treatment plan.

Rehabilitation can be carried out in either the treatment room, hydrotherapy pool or within the gym areas in the club. It may also be appropriate and convenient to treat within the patient’s own home and many of our therapists are able to provide this service.

GAIT AND RUNNING BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENTS

Do you suffer from Foot Pain?

The structure of your foot supports your entire weight. The slightest misalignment of muscles and bones can cause many different problems. If you’re a competitive sports person or an active keep-fitter, this may apply;

The symptoms of faulty foot mechanics may begin with any of the following:

localized foot pain

bunions, hammer toes

foot arch, heel pain

leg, knee pain

hip or low back pain

Kevin at The Howard Clinic can prescribe and provide you with individually customised foot orthotics (supportive shoe inserts) to help correct your specific body imbalance.

GaitScan™ is state-of-the-art computer hardware and software that helps in the assessment and analysis of your feet. Information gained from a scan made with GaitScan™ is used in combination with many years of practitioner experience to detect abnormal foot function which may be adversely affecting your feet and/or other parts of your body, and prescribe appropriate remedial orthotics.

 

WHAT IS SPORTS MASSAGE?

Sports massage is a very effective way for treating muscle pain, tension and restoring balance to the musculo-skeletal system.

Anyone can benefit from sports massage, including people in physically demanding jobs and those not quite so obvious, who have occupational, emotional and postural stress which can produce many similar characteristics to sports injuries.

Sports massage is a firm, deep tissue massage focusing on your problem areas. This type of massage is used to ‘break down’ and realign scar tissue, ease any trigger points you may have, and reduce focused areas of muscular tension. It is also brilliant at speeding up recovery of muscular strains and sprains, and is highly recommended to prevent injury.

 


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Meet the team…

CATHY HOWARD
MCSP; HPC member; Grad Dip Phys; APSKM; AACP; Physio First Member; Dip Tui Na

I am a passionate enthusiastic Chartered Physiotherapist with over 26 years in practice.

I trained at St Mary’s Hospital, London, graduating in 1985 and worked in the NHS for around 10 years. I completed junior and senior rotational posts in several hospitals in London, before deciding to gain specialist experience in Neurology. I went on to work at The National Hospital For Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1987 and then gained a Superintendent post at Battle Hospital, Reading, heading up the Neurological Rehabilitation and hydrotherapy Unit. In 1991 I moved to The Royal Berks where I was Superintendent Physiotherapist in charge of Acute Medicine and Surgery/Neurology wards, which enabled me to further expand my clinical expertise.

I married in 1991 and worked part time in the NHS and private sector whilst my two young daughters were growing up. I then worked freelance in neurology/musculoskeletal private practice before establishing The Howard Clinic in January 2006.

I have studied a foundation course in Acupuncture, and am currently studying for a Diploma in Tui Na (Chinese medical massage) which I will complete in December 2011. I have also gained status as an Accredited Practitioner In The Sarah Key Method, which has been of enormous value in treating back conditions.

I hold monthly Physiotherapy training meetings to share our knowledge and maintain high standards of clinical practice.

I am immensely proud to have such a great team to work with, and our diverse skill mix allows us to offer our patients a wide variety of treatment options to maximize recovery from injuries and illness.

I am a passionate horse rider and enjoy competing in dressage on a super thoroughbred “Buddy” who Ioan. As a member of both Hurst and Wokingham & Bearwood riding clubs I combine my hobby with my profession, working with riders both individually, as well as running “Back Fit for Equestrians” courses at my clinic.

 

JEAN DODDS
MCSP; MHPC; MAACP; Dip Tui N

I am the ‘elder statesman’ of the clinic, having qualified 40 years ago. Thought I would be retired by now but I am still excited by my job and love the fact that you CAN teach an old dog, new tricks, so hopefully, I’ll be at the peak of my abilities on the day I retire.

I have worked in musculoskeletal clinics for over 18 years, using my expertise to treat both acute injuries and chronic conditions. Prior to that, I worked extensively as a domiciliary physiotherapist and with the elderly or disabled in various Care Homes.

Several years ago, I studied acupuncture in order to add to my clinical expertise and discovered the role that energies play in our health and our ability to maintain our recovery from musculoskeletal problems. This led me to study Tui Na, which is the use of massage and mobilisation techniques to influence the flows of energies around our bodies. Adding this to my physiotherapy skills, I am amazed by what it is possible to achieve.

Many of my patients have complex long term problems and have been told that they have to live with and manage their pain – I love peeling away and sorting out the layers of their problems.

I have been incredibly lucky – I chose a career that I love and also have the good fortune to work with a very talented team of physiotherapists at The Howard Clinic.

CAROLYN TOWNDROW
MCSP; HPC member; MAACP

I am an experienced and enthusiastic Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, especially Sports and Spinal problems.

After qualifying in 1993 from The Middlesex School of Physiotherapy in London, I spent 5 years working in the NHS as a junior at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, then as a senior in Frimley Park Hospital.

I then travelled to Australia, working in a clinic with close ties to a health club, sports teams and triathletes and also treating Paralympians in preparation for the 2000 Olympic Games.

On my return to England I worked in Yorkshire helping to build up a local private physiotherapy clinic and also providing specialist physiotherapy services to a spinal research establishment which performs pioneering laser surgery.

In 2002 I qualified as a Pilates instructor, concentrating on the Modified Clinical Pilates approach which enables those recovering from injuries to perform Pilates safely.

I have also trained in the Sarah Key Method of back care which places the emphasis on patients gaining a full understanding as to the cause of their back pain and taking and active part in their own recovery.

Most recently I have qualified in the use of acupuncture and I find it an essential adjunct to my physiotherapy practice as it helps me to provide a truly holistic approach to patients’ problems.

I am also an outdoor pursuits instructor and mother to a lovely little boy.

I very much look forward to meeting (and treating) you!

RICHARD FORBES
BSc; HPC member; MCSP; Dip in Injection Therapy

After having grown up playing a lot of sport, which inevitably led to a couple of visits to the physio, I became interested in pursuing it as a career.

I graduated from Coventry University in 2003 and began working at the Royal Berkshire Hospital 2 months later. After 4 years of gaining experience in all the different departments I settled into my role as part of the Hand Therapy Team within the Outpatient Department. This role included specialist training in things such as x-ray interpretation and working closely with the Consultant Hand Surgeons within the Hand Clinic at the Royal Berks.

I am a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists.

I completed my Diploma in Injection Therapy in 2010, which enables me to carry out prescribed corticosteroid injections.

I began working at the Howard Clinic in 2009, both in the clinic itself and in the evening hydrotherapy groups. I greatly enjoy the variety of conditions working here enables me to treat.

I am still a keen sportsman, playing cricket for Rowledge CC in the Southern Premier League and regularly playing golf. I try to use this experience to inform and focus my treatments when a sports focussed approach is needed.

Looking forward to meeting you if, and when, you need me.

 

HELEN TALAGA
MSc; HPC member; MCSP; AACP

Currently working as a Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation, I qualified in 1990, from Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. In 1993, I moved to Reading to work in the Rehabilitation Unit, the regional unit responsible for treating adults with complex neurological disability, such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy and Spinal Cord Injuries, where I became Superintendent Physiotherapist three years later.

Since gaining my basic qualifications, I have gone on to specialise by completing a number of post-graduate courses, such as the Basic and Advanced Bobath courses, and by learning a number of other skill-based techniques. I also undertook a Masters Degree in Neurorehabilitation at BrunelUniversity, shortly before taking a year off to have my first child.

On returning to the NHS in 1999, I worked in the Out-Patient Dept of the Rehabilitation Unit, later becoming a Clinical Specialist, requiring me to act as both a clinician and a source of information to other Neuro-Physiotherapists, both within the hospital and the wider community. This role has an extensive teaching commitment to junior physiotherapists and allows me to mentor other more experienced staff.

More recently, I have achieved a qualification in the Sarah Keys Method, which treats spinal pain and dysfunction and attained qualifications in Acupuncture.

I now mix my NHS role with a busy and fulfilling private caseload, working for the Howard Clinic based at Pulse 8 and within the client’s own home.

In addition, I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapist’s special interest group (ACPIN), which I have lectured to locally, and I am actively involved in the running of a hydrotherapy group for the Parkinson’s Disease Society here at Pulse 8.

Married with two children, I live locally, and when time allows, I run to keep fit!

 

JO TWOMEY
Grad Dip in Phys; HPC member; MCSP; HT; APSKM

Having spent most of my childhood swimming competitively – and frequently getting injured – I decided to train as a physiotherapist, qualifying in 1992 from Cardiff University.

I went on to work for the NHS around the UK for a few years, followed by two years working in Chicago, USA, returning home to set up and run a brand-new Hydrotherapy service within a Nottinghamshire college for people with disabilities. Whilst there I completed the intensive Bath Hydrotherapy Course and gained the title “Hydrotherapist” – or “Aquatic Therapist”, as it is now known.

In 2002 I set up “Hydrotherapy @ Nirvana” and opened a physiotherapy clinic at Pulse 8. After a few years spent practicing and expanding our family, I started working with the Howard Clinic in 2006, specialising in Hydrotherapy.

My other area of specialism is treating back conditions, following the “Sarah Key Method” of treatment – a renowned technique originating in Australia. I completed Stage 1 in 2008 and went on to become an Accredited Practitioner in 2009.

I like to keep on top of the latest techniques and developments in Physiotherapy by attending courses whenever possible.

I have three children – Maddy, Patrick & Finn – and a young puppy named Bertie, who all manage to keep me very busy!

 

EMILY SUFFLING
BSc (Hons); MCSPHPC member

My name is Emily Suffling and I currently work at the Howard Clinic and the Royal Berkshire Hospital. At the Howard Clinic I do domiciliary visits with clients that have suffered from neurological conditions.

I qualified in 1997 with a Bsc Honour degree in physiotherapy. I have worked at the Royal Free Hospital for 2 and a half years specialized in neurology. I have also worked in the National Ears, Nose and Throat Hospital in Kings Cross assessing and treatment clients with vestibular conditions.

My interest and experience is in neurology and I have thoroughly enjoyed assessing and treating clients with any neurological conditions. I have lived and worked abroad. After getting my first 4 years of experience in London a opportunity came up to live in New Zealand. I worked in Auckland City Hospital in the Acute Head Injuries Unit for 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed the life style and work style of New Zealand. We then moved to a more rural part of New Zealand, Wanganui where I worked in a acute stroke Unit.

I stopped work in Wanganui as I was pregnant with my first child. I now have 3 children, 2 at school and my youngest at pre school, allowing me time now to concentrate on my career and getting back to my interest neurology.

My treatment approach is very hands on, analyzing movement with function to try and achieve the clients goals. I have done Bobath Courses in normal movement and have also attended courses on splinting, use of the Swiss ball and vestibular treatment techniques. I am continuing reflecting and adapting my treatments for each client for a very personal treatment plan to achieve the goal of the client.

KEVIN YOUNG
HPC member; MCSP; MSST, member of the British Acupuncture Council and Association of Acupuncture in Chartered Physiotherapy

I have been involved in sports both as a competitor (for 16 years) and as a sports physio (18 years). After retiring from competitive sports, and initially studying to become a Physical Therapist, subsequently gaining postgraduate diplomas in Physiotherapy and Joint Manipulations, Diplomas in Sports therapy and Sports massage.

I then carried on with my studies and have gained a BSc (Hons) in Traditional Acupuncture and Diploma in Tui Na (Chinese Massage). Finally I’m due to graduate with an MSC in lower limb musculo-skeletal studies specializing in lower limb injuries, biomechanics and gait analysis.

I have worked extensively in sports for 18 years, working with rugby teams locally and professional boxing and martial artist. I have also worked with many competitive sports and experienced most injuries types coming into the clinic

I have also started to use video & gait analysis, using treadmills and on-track/field facilities to diagnose and rectify lower limb and foot biomechanical problems.  

I use a fusion of skills incorporating Eastern and Western diagnosis and treatments to offer patients a different take on treating musculo-skeletal injuries.

Kevin is a State HPC registered Chartered Physiotherapist, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Member of the Society of Sports Therapists, in addition to membership of the British Acupuncture Council and Association of acupuncture in Chartered Physiotherapy.

 

FIONA REID
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy; MCSP; HPC Member; APPI

I am an experienced musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist who specialises in Aquatic Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates and Women’s Health Physiotherapy.

I graduated from Birmingham University with a BSc (HONS) in Physiotherapy in 2003 and worked as a Junior in the NHS for 18 months before moving on to work in a Private Practice specialising in Aquatic Physiotherapy and neurological rehabilitation.

In 2006 I emigrated to Australia and worked in the Public Hospital in Cairns, Queensland before moving into a Private musculoskeletal Practice where I worked for the last six years.

I started specialising in Aquatic Physiotherapy in 2003 and have studied advanced hydrotherapy techniques in Birmingham, Switzerland and Melbourne. I really enjoy treating patients in the water as so many respond well to this form of therapy. In Australia I also developed a charity-funded Aquatic Therapy programme for children with Cerebral Palsy and children with rare diseases.

I have studied Pilates to the highest level with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) and the Queensland Institute of Pilates and this background in core stability training inspired me to create Pilates classes for a range of patients – including chronic low back pain, posture improvement, dancers, ante and post-natal and injury rehabilitation. I teach both Mat Work and Equipment Pilates classes.

As my work in Clinical Pilates developed I found strong links between the work I was doing in Pilates and the work undertaken by Women’s Health specialists so in 2010 I started studying Physiotherapy in Women’s Health and I now treat a range of women’s health problems, including ante and post-natal patients and patients suffering with incontinence.

I am delighted to have joined the expert team of Physiotherapists at The Howard Clinic.

 

WENDY DAVIES
MCSP Chartered Physiotherapist

I am a very experienced “Hands On” physiotherapist with over 28 years in clinical practice, and have huge emphasis on rehabilitation post injury to prevent frequent recurrence.

I trained at the Sheffield Hallum University, and spent five stimulating years working at Charing Cross Hospital, London, where I initially became involved in working with Elite sport. I subsequently have worked with GB Rowing for 20+ years, and also in parallel headed the Physiotherapy Service for GB Judo. This led me to working at 5 Olympic Games and Three Commonwealth Games, cumulating in being the Chief Physiotherapist for the Holding Camp, in Cyprus, prior to Athens, 2004.

I continue to specialise in the treatment and prevention of Rowing injuries, covering for Leander Rowing Club, where I was the Physiotherapist for 4 years prior to taking a break for a family.

My career has been varied, having worked for Marks and Spencers plc, as deputy physiotherapist, in Canada at the Allen McGavin Sports Injury Clinic, Vancouver, The London Sports Medicine Institute, Physiotherapy Manager at Parkside Wimbledon, and finally running a very successful Clinic in Caversham, prior to having a family. I am a member of the organisation of Physiotherapists in Acupuncture, and find this a very useful tool in treating musculo-skeletal injuries.

I have trained in many different methods of Pilates, Body Control, Stott and Clinical Pilates amd also visited the original Joseph Pilates Studio in New York. This is a very useful tool in establishing individual rehabilitation programmes.

I have also worked alongside coaches at Eton College, establishing progressive strength and core programmes for the junior rowers, to prepare them for weight lifting and reduce injory.

I relish the role of a detective, in trying to establish the cause of injury, and prevent recurrence with appropriate muscle balance corrective regimes.

I love working within The Team, at Howard Clinic, and treat the patient very much as a whole.

I amstill a very keen distance runner, having completed several marathons many years ago. My PB is 2 hours 52 mins, so can empathise with the frustrated runner!


Where do treatments take place?

We have a well equipped treatment room within Pulse 8 as well as use of the large hydrotherapy spa pool, gym, dance studios and mat areas.

We also provide a domiciliary service (this is treatment in your own home) for those who are unable to travel to the clinic – please call us for more information on this service.


For information on Pulse 8 / Nirvana Spa visit:


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Where do treatments take place?

Our clinic is based near the main entrance of Pulse 8 Health Club. There is disabled parking available and good wheelchair access into the club. We also use the large spa pool in Pulse 8 for our private Hydrotherapy treatments and class sessions, as well as the gym facilities within the club.

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We also provide a Domicillary service (this is treatment in your own
home) for those who are unable to travel to the clinic – please call
us for more information on this service.

For information on Pulse 8 / Nirvana Spa visit:


Appointments

Appointments may be for 30, 45 or 60 minutes depending on the nature of condition, urgency of the appointment required and possibly the guidelines set by individual Insurance Companies.

To arrange an appointment or for further information, please telephone:

We are open six days per week and offer a wide variety of appointment times from early morning to evening including Saturday.

Physiotherapy
Consultation Fees

30 minutes: £48
45 minutes: £65
1 hour: £83
Home treatments from £93
Nirvana Spa & Pulse 8
Members Fees

£43.20
£58.50
£74.70
from £83.70

 

Sports Therapy
Consultation Fees

30 minutes: £40
45 minutes: £55
1 hour: £70
Nirvana Spa & Pulse 8
Members Fees

£36
£49.50
£63

 


Can I use my medical insurance?

In most cases if you have been referred by your GP or Consultant your treatment should be covered. It is strongly advisable to check your policy and confirm authorisation before starting a course of treatment, as patients are responsible for paying for treatments should Insurance Cover be declined.

We are recognised by all major insurance companies including AXA, PPP, AVIVA, SIMPLY HEALTH and we area a recognised BUPA practice.

Please contact our Administration Manager for further information.


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Testimonials

My first consultation with Cathy Howard at the Howard Clinic was in March 2010. I had suffered constant lower back and hip pain for over a decade, with visits to several chiropractors and osteopaths during that time providing respite for less than 24 hours post each session. I was even under a consultant orthopedic surgeon at the local hospital assessing the merits of undergoing the fusion of adjacent vertebrae in my lower back to provide some relief.

From my first appointment with Cathy I felt totally at ease, as the passion she has for her vocation has to be experienced to be appreciated. Despite her initial alarm at just how inflexible I was and the degree to which I veered off centre when bending forward, Cathy assessed that she could help me by employing techniques pioneered by Sarah Key, for which Cathy is an advanced practitioner in the UK.

Working with Cathy is a partnership, my trust in her professionalism was there from the start, but hard work has to be put in on both sides. My carefully structured exercise plan became part of my daily routine, and most definitely still is. What really impressed me from Day 1 was that Cathy’s ethos was to teach me to repair the damage myself, through increasingly demanding exercises, rather than by selling a long programme of regular visits, having extracted my bank card details!

My initial assessment, along with teaching me the daily exercises, took 4 consultations over 6 months. Although over this time I did much background reading to increase my awareness of how the back works. Within a year my back pain was considerably reduced. In June 2012 I had to return to Cathy, purely through my own fault in becoming complacent in how I exercised. Two sessions of re-training later and I had recovered from my set back.

To bring my experience up to date, I have not visited Cathy for nearly a year as in that time I have not had one twinge from either my back or my hip.

Finding Cathy has honestly given me a new, pain free, lease of life. The fact that I averted undergoing a major operation, where the chances of relieving my pain were put at only 50/50, must be the best recommendation anyone can give.” 

T. Walker
Wokingham
December 2013


“I recently visited Fiona as I saw from the Howard Clinic leaflet that Fiona specialised in women’s health problems.  Due to an early onset of the menopause I began to suffer from stress and urge incontinence.  I had hoped the problem would go away of its own accord but unfortunately it gradually got worse.  When the problem first started I approached my doctor who referred me to an NHS specialist.  Sadly the specialist just sent me away with a leaflet to read.  I tried to do the exercises from the leaflet but saw no progress so consequently gave up.   I felt very disillusioned by this and ignored my condition for the next few years until the problems started to really impact my everyday life.  At this stage I decided I would tackle the problem head on and decided to seek Fiona’s help via physiotherapy.   Fiona explained the anatomy of my problems and helped me understand what I needed to do.  I was shown what exercises to perform and very importantly I was shown how to do them properly and how to make them part of my everyday life. 

“As well as my pelvic floor exercises, I was also given simple brain teaser exercises to help with my urge incontinence which had immediate impact.  After 4 visits to Fiona I have seen an amazing transformation and I am now pleased to say that I can now even do “star jumps” again!  This is something I had avoided for years! Fiona has a very gentle approach and if you choose to have an examination then this is carried our very discreetly respecting your privacy.  Personally I felt it was very important to do this as Fiona was able to tell you if you were doing your pelvic floor exercises correctly.   There is certainly a correct way to do the exercises and without professional help most of us do them incorrectly which is a waste of time and effort.  

“I am very pleased that I took the initial steps to make an appointment with Fiona and I would recommend anyone with a similar problem to do the same.  I am delighted with my progress which is progress I would never have made without Fiona’s help, guidance and support.  The problems with my incontinence were starting to negatively impact my daily life and I did worry that things were only going to get worse.   I am now very pleased to say that my pelvic floor is back to normal and life is now so much easier.
Thank you Fiona for helping me make this transition and for giving me a much better quality of life.” 

SD August 2013


Back Awareness Sessions – Recommendation. (To view full recommendation [pdf] click here)
Kim Stevens, Head HR, Environment, Culture and Communities,
Bracknell Forest Council


“Cathy and her team at the Howard Clinic are playing a vital part in my recovery and rehabilitation from a serious spinal cord injury. Their high level skills and experience in neuro physiotherapy are bringing continued improvements even four years after my accident. I find their easy movement between leading edge Western neuro physiotherapy and traditional Chinese medicine hugely beneficial. Weekly land based treatment and hydrotherapy sessions combined with acupuncture and Tui Na when appropriate have led to great improvements in my complex condition. This is a highly professional yet very caring team”.
Annette Greenhalgh


“I have been treated by Cathy Howard for 6 months. I have had a chronic back problem for 3 years with no exact diagnosis after the usual scans and MRIs etc. Cathy has helped me enormously with her expertise which ranges from traditional physiotherapy to Chinese and other methods. Her dedication and enthusiasm is totally inspiring. Over the last 3 years I have seen chiropractors, physios etc. with no great result and I am so lucky to have found Cathy. I am now walking without a limp for the first time in 3 years and my back feels stronger too”.

“On behalf of myself, and Redingensians Rams, I would like to thank you for all your excellent work through 2011. Your intervention with regard some of our squad’s complex injuries has enabled certain players to return to full fitness much quicker than we ever expected. Not only that, they have remained fit and that is a great credit to the Howard Clinic team. Thank you also for your attendance at pitch side on 10th December. I understand that you helped treat a couple of players and it was meant to be a day off!
Gary Reynolds
Director of Rugby – Redingensians Rams RFC


“your feet are the 8th wonder of the world Cathy. My back feels awesome thanks! Debbie”.
March 2012


“I snapped my ACL in October last year and was referred by my surgeon onto Carolyn. She has been fantastic and gave me some excellent exercises both post and pre op to help get me get my strength and movement back. She has always been very understanding and always had the view of “how do we get you playing rugby again” rather than take it easy avoid those sort of sports. This is something that I really appreciate. She was excellent after the operation during a couple of set backs and always gave me the right advice on how to get over certain milestones and went the extra mile for me when I emailed questions outside of my appointments.

I am now back playing rugby in full and a lot of this is done to the work that Carolyn put in herself and got me motivated to do. I would have no hesitation recommending her to anyone who needs physiotherapy”.
Anthony Baker, August 2012

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