If you don't want to stop running due to injury, and want to run at your best, then you are in the right place. More than 80% of our patients are runners and so are we.
We know that most injuries do not need resting and that most of them benefit from continuing to run, but importantly our experience enables us to pick up the rare conditions that do. Unfortunately every year we pick up stress fractures that have been missed by other physios, doctors, chiropractors and osteopaths. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online now.
We know how to get you running at your best in as minimal time possible and give you all the tools you need to recover including advice on nutrition, your training programme, your running technique, exercises and stretches.
We hate hearing of people dropping out of marathons when we know we could have prevented it if we had been able to advise. It’s heartbreaking for the individual and a horrible waste of hard-earned fundraising for the fabulous charities and the fabulous causes they support.
We are consistently told what incredible value for money we are. You can read over three hundred five-star reviews on GoogleMaps and Facebook to see how we have honed our services over the past twenty years to provide exceptional clinical standards in a friendly fun way all at extremely reasonable rates.
To enable you to run pain-free we optimize your biomechanics and create a training program that focuses on recovery. We have produced hundreds of videos and contribute regularly to national media which gives you an idea of our level of expertise, along with having over three hundred independent five-star reviews. We collaborate with leading sports doctors, nutritionists, and fitness professionals who recommend us highly as you can see from their testimonials.
We have been getting excellent reviews for our video-based injury consultations for many years. Modern technology gives us not only a way of communicating verbally but visually too. This means we can demonstrate diagnostic tests for you to carry out to work out what is causing your pain and, most importantly, treat it effectively to get you better quickly and fully. We do this by teaching you treatment techniques and exercises to reduce your pain and get you back to pain-free running.
We will teach you specific exercises to correct your biomechanics, strengthen weak muscles, improve your alignment and enable healing. Some of these will be selected from the exercise library on our website and others we will demonstrate and practice together by video link. All of this can be done in your home or office, wherever you have good internet access.
‘Cannot recommend enough. I was struggling with knee problems in training for a marathon and was totally overwhelmed and confused about what to do and who to see. They have been absolutely incredible, sorting out my knee INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVELY and QUICKLY but also reassuring and calming me – they understand that people running a marathon for charity have often gone through something and that training is an emotional challenge as well as a physical one.’
‘They are helping our charity for the London marathon and have really helped me out with 2 issues, firstly my knee, they gave me a few exercises to do and they worked a treat and secondly on plantar fascitis. Fully recommended.’
‘Incredibly happy with the experience. I was preparing to run the London Marathon and got in touch with Octopus a couple of months prior to it, to ensure I’m ready. Full professionalism and support. Managed to run two minutes ahead of target, crossing the finish line in 2:28’
‘I live in Australia but am running the London Marathon. Having access to their knowledge and experience has enabled me to work through a few and varied niggles. They replied promptly to emails and pointed me towards the appropriate exercise and advice videos for my issues, which were very easy to follow. I feel very lucky to have had their services available to me and would highly recommend her. Thank you!’
‘Four weeks before I assumed that I would have to drop out because of my knee but a few sessions ensured that I ran the marathon without any problems’
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The following exercise should be performed under the guidance of your Physiotherapist or Osteopath to ensure you are doing it correctly and prevent aggravation of your condition. Please click here to learn how the back works before reading the following.Read More
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This exercise can be brilliant for hip and groin pain...
Here’s the last in the marathon physiotherapist blog series for...
By Octopus Clinic Physio, Sportsdoc London, RunningWithUs, Up & Running...
Here's a bit of fun from Octopus' favourite running tunes....
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