Your Marathon, Your Physio

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Do you worry about getting injured? Do you question if you’ll hit your time target? Do you worry that you’ll let people down if you can’t complete your marathon? Would you like to know when to run through pain and when not to? Are you ever anxious about fitting in your training?


This month by month guide by Lucy Macdonald, Specialist Physiotherapist, supports you throughout your marathon training by giving you all the knowledge you need to make your training effective and time efficient, prevent pain, know how to respond if injury strikes, get rid of your fears and get you across that finish line.

After twenty years of experience enabling thousands of people like you to accomplish marathons, train optimally and achieve their goals, Lucy Macdonald and her team at Octopus Clinic are here for you so that you have all the training and injury prevention advice you need.

If injury strikes you can email them to receive individualised advice and exercises from their library of online physio exercise videos. You can see Lucy and her team either in person or remotely by video link so, if you can’t get into London, you don’t have to miss out on their expertise, just call 02075838288 or book online. Whether you need a course of treatment or a one off second opinion they provide discounted packages tailored to your needs. Initial consultations include a written diagnosis, treatment plan, exercises, running technique modifications, holistic recovery advice, training drills and hands on treatment.

Lucy also produces weekly videos so be sure to catch them by following Octopus Clinic on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or you can email to join her montly newsletter.

You can read more about Lucy Macdonald and the Octopus Clinic team on the website and and check out more than 200 five star google reviews for inspiration. In the meantime here’s one for starters: 

‘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. Lucy has been absolutely incredible, sorting out my knee INCREDIBLY EFFECTIVELY and QUICKLY but also reassuring and calming me – she understands 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. She has been worth every penny and I urge you to go visit the clinic if you’re struggling with an injury!’ Alice James


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Physiotherapist Lucy Macdonald BSc (Hons) MCSP HPC has developed an excellent reputation over the past eighteen years for successfully treating injuries that have been unsuccessfully treated elsewhere. Her patient’s inspiring testimonials include those from leading orthopaedic consultants and sports doctors and professional sports people but she is equally proud of those from her everyday patients, people who just want to get back to their beloved sport, sit comfortably at work or simply enjoy their lives. Lucy is known for her honest and comprehensive communication and her ability to establish the cause of the problem and treat it directly. Her experience and extensive post-graduate training enable her to provide fast pain relief and injury resolution to enable swift accomplishment of individual goals from being able to pick up the kids, sit in a long meeting or do an Ironman triathlon. ‘This time last year I could barely get out of bed and move without pain killers and I was planning on running an Ultra Marathon…! I asked Lucy for help to get me to the start line. As part of my training I worked with Lucy to fix a back problem I have suffered with for the best part of 25 years. Lucy was just incredible, her knowledge of the musculoskeletal anatomy is just outstanding. She hardly laid a hand on me, importantly she taught me to reconnect to my body and gave me the tools and exercises to help myself. I had a few set backs but Lucy was always there to get me back on track. I have been to so many physios/ osteos etc with little success. It’s not too bigger claim to say that the treatment I got from Lucy has changed my life – I now live without constant pain…and I completed the Ultra Marathon! Thank you Lucy, you are just awesome!’ She has always been driven by a desire to enable individuals to fulfill their optimum potential. This, combined with her immense determination and dedication enables her to have high success rates with her patients that makes her love being a physio. It is also why she enjoys managing and training other Physiotherapists. Lucy is passionate about informing and empowering people on how to live pain free lives so has produced and presented almost one hundred exercise videos, has written extensively on injury treatment and prevention, writes weekly blogs and contributes regularly to media including the BBC, Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail, Mirror, Express, Times, and a variety of health and fitness publications. Lucy enjoys public speaking on topics she feels passionate about which include pain management and prevention, running and marathon training, skiing and snowboarding and office health and gets excellent feedback from her presentations and workshops. Overall specialism: complex/chronic cases often where treatment has failed elsewhere (including hypermobility, tendons, and RSI) Body part specialisms: knees, shoulders, hips/groins, and backs. Sports specialisms: running and marathon training, skiing, cycling, and racket sports. Lucy uses hands-on techniques like joint manipulation, massage, acupuncture, and taping, all intelligently applied to release restrictive structures and mobilise stiff joints. This is combined with advanced rehabilitation skills to strengthen the muscles that are weak but most importantly, to get them working in the correct way to treat the cause of the problem. Her mantra is “it’s not what you do its how you do it that counts.

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