Client testimonials

Winning the MOT and subsequent treatment has pretty much transformed my running. There were so many things about my style which i hadn’t even thought about or considered changing. People have actually commented about how much better i look and my times speak for themselves. I have taken 1m10 off my ten k pb to get it to 42.03 and have run a course pb on pretty much every summer series run i do including 1m40 off a 4.4m hilly route where my previous pb was set in 2010.

I feel much stronger as a runner and thats helping on the longer runs. I’m more upright lifting and using my core – also my glutes work now which is a bonus. I do ten times more stretching than i ever did (still not as much as Louisa would like i suspect) and i have taken up Pilates which is also helping lots.

Without winning the competition i would never have considered a running MOT but now i would recommend them to everyone, my sister has already had one with Lucy and she is also reaping the benefits.

I’m still not confident i can smash the 3.30 as so much can happen in three weeks and on the day, but with your help, i’m in the best shape i have ever been and i will be giving it my very best shot.

Rowan Booth. 2017 CSPC #PBCHALLENGE winner

Thank you so much for the prize, it really has been a massive boost and has changed my running not just for York but for good. Louisa has been so helpful, giving me advice on all sorts of elements for the day so all i can do now is finish off these few weeks of training and keep my fingers crossed it comes good on the day.

“It would be fair to say my injury has been complex, and to coin Alison’s phrase, ‘I’m a special case’. However, the dedication, perseverance, care and commitment, of not only Alison but absolutely everyone at CSPC Physiotherapy Clinic, has been second to none. I truly believe that without their support and expertise I would have remained injured and in pain. I cannot express my gratitude enough and would wholeheartedly recommend them above any other physiotherapy clinic in the UK.”

Nathan Shrub February 2017

“CSPC Physiotherapy have not only provided me the most effective treatment programme to address multiple, long standing injuries that prevented me from running for over 2 years, they also educated me in how to help myself maximise the treatments effectiveness. Something which I believe is a hugely important element of recovery & long term performance. Their specialist knowledge and expertise is quite simply outstanding, and this is conveyed to me in an understandable way which I really value. They listen to what I’m feeling & use this together with their thorough assesment to provide targetted treatment which is adjusted & progressed based on the changes that occur. Being able to see & feel physical differences within & between treatments has been a huge motivating factor to keep me believing I would return to my pre-injury level. Their patience & persistance to get to the bottom of complex issues and suceed in making a dfference is remarkable. I cannot recommend them enough.”

Mary Wilkinson February 2017

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to CSPC Physiotherapy especially Rob Hobkinson who literally ‘saved my life’ in the run up to the recent Tel Aviv marathon.

In the weeks building up to my marathon, I had been overdoing the training, and having never had any real professional advice before, Rob opened my eyes up to a whole new world of preparation. He worked hard on all my injuries and niggles, and gave me a whole programme of exercises and advice which ensured that against all odds, I achieved my personal best in Tel Aviv. Rob was more than just a physio, he became my saviour and friend, fitting me into his busy schedule sometimes outside of his normal hours.  Can’t recommend him or CSPC highly enough. I have had physios before, but these guys bring it to a completely new scientific professional level that I didn’t know existed. Different class. Thanks again!”

Ilan Sherman 2016

Just wanted to thank you for all the help, assistance and really good advice that you have given to my son, Aiden Davies, over the last 4 months, that has enabled him to become fit and strong enough again to qualify for GB Athletics team selection.

Thanks, in no small part, to the diagnosis and treatment of his various different issues, that you identified and helped him work on over the last few months, he was able to perform again at almost full strength at the England Athletics Indoor Combined events championships last weekend in Sheffield and came away convincing winner of the U23 Heptathlon, finishing overall in the Senior comp in Bronze medal position with a points score of  5242.

This has resulted in him being selected to lead the U23 team at the CE International in Salamanca in February, and also be reserve for the Senior team competing in France at the end of Jan.

As you no doubt remember, Aiden came to you in September with a number of long term problems that have stopped in reaching his full potential over the last couple of years. You started addressing these, one by one, and whilst still exhibiting some issues, he’s ten times better than he was and now understands what he need to do to correct these in the future. After years of seeing different physios and specialists, you were the first one to really get to the bottom of what was causing his problems and put a plan into place to work on them.

Thanks again Oli for you expert guidance.

Andy Davies 2016

I have been attending CSPC for some time now. Previously I went to my GP who administered ibuprofen, advised rest and asked me to see him again in three to four weeks. This was not dynamic enough for me. It dawned on me that I was seeing the world’s best generalist, my GP, who was dealing with a myriad of ailments each day. I needed an expert in the relationships between joints, soft tissue, nerves and the mechanical movement of the body.I was aware of CSPC through my daughter’s involvement in county tennis. I gave them a try and now they are my first port of call.

Tony Jacks 2016

I saw Lucy for a few sessions back in March / April. I had runners knee, which meant I was unable to do the Leeds half marathon in May 2015, which would have been my 1st half marathon. Through Lucy’s expert treatment / advice and exercise plan I was soon back to light running. Fast forward 5 months I have just completed my 1st half marathon in a pleasing time of 1hr 51mins and the knee is all fine!. So thanks for your help, I still use the exercises and have the advice to call upon if needed in future.

Steven Burton 2015

You treated my son on 31/03 this year following a suspected hamstring tear. I have been meaning to contact you for a while now to thank you for expert diagnosis and rehab advice, which, without doubt, not only saved his season but contributed significantly to his subsequent performances. You may recall that you didn’t think it was hamstring but more nerve  issues caused by alignment / posture etc. Rather than have weeks out he was able to get back into training stronger and quicker. He finished the season English schools champion and got to the semi final of the senior British champs at Birmingham running a PB of 47.18 (400m). We will probably arrange a mid winter training visit just to check that he is aligned ok!
Thanks again for your help.

John Gray, September 2015

Cannot rate this clinic highly enough. I went to them with significant long term and complex injuries – I am not a sports person. After seeking help from no fewer than 6 physiotherapists, Alison Rose identified the source of my problem within the first session, and within 2 sessions the pain which I had lived with for years was reducing, within 2 months the problem was completely eradicated. Alison Rose changed my life without a doubt, and if you are looking for a Physio look no further than Ali Rose and her team. If there were 6 stars, I would have rated them 6 stars.Physios can perform miracles!

Sarah Marshall, July 2015

At the age of 47 I have learnt to run again. Or maybe I should use the present tense: ‘I am learning to run again’ as I am still working on it. I have run since I was at school and at my peak ran over 100 miles a week but it was not a pretty sight and I was always quite injury-prone. Over the last few years running began to feel like hard work, I was getting slower and was having problems with my feet and also getting back-ache.

I went to see Alison Rose in May 2014 with a very sore and swollen right foot and she took the decision to address all the postural issues and tightness that were causing me to plant my foot in a way that was putting too much stress onto it. She and the team who looked after me – Vanessa, Jenny and Amanda – freed off everything from the tight shoulder around the collar bone I broke in a bike crash in 2009, through my ribs and abdominal area to my hips, legs and feet. They also gave me stretching, strengthening and activation exercises and some running drills to get me using the right muscles and engage the right neuro-muscular pathways.

The result is that I can now stand straighter (the tightness in my abdominal area was like having a shirt tucked in too tight), breathe more easily, walk better (my bum doesn’t stick out as much and my legs are no longer internally rotated) and running feels so much easier and more efficient. Friends and training partners have observed that it looks prettier too! I am now up to 40-50 miles per week and have done some 5k races.

It has been a fascinating process and I have learnt a lot along the way. The knowledge and insight of Alison and her team is incredible. I am also grateful to my sister Christine, a massage therapist, who has treated me between physio visits. A lot of what I have learnt has been really valuable for the coaching I do and I hope that the athletes I coach will be more efficient and less injury-prone than I was. Some of the lessons I have learnt:

  • A good physio can perform miracles but you have to do your bit too i.e. do your exercises – they do work!
  • Be patient (1): problems that have developed over a long period of time will not be solved overnight but if you keep following the advice from your physio you will get there.
  • Be patient (2): don’t do more than your physio tells you – a gradual return to running is very important so that your body gets used to the new position/action (I started with 5x1min run with 1 min walk every other day). The volume you are advised to do will increase in no time!
  • You can do something about some aspects of ‘age-related decline’ in performance by working with a good physio on strength, flexibility, elasticity and movement patterns.
  • Drills and activation/strength/stretching are a vital part of every training programme. Introducing these elements to athletes early in their careers will result in more efficient, less injury-prone athletes. The drills and exercises must be done properly so should be taught and supervised initially by a good physio or an experienced coach.
  • Your body is all joined together so the root of a problem may be a long way from the injured part. I always found it amazing that Alison could free off my hip flexors without even touching them
  • You don’t have to be injured to benefit from seeing a physio. A good physio can provide a ‘prehab’ programme to stop you getting injured and improve your efficiency. I advise my athletes to get an ‘MOT’ and updated exercise programme prior to starting a new training period.

Thank you so much to Alison and her team (especially Vanessa, Jenny and Amanda) for giving me back my running!

Anne Buckley, March 2015

I just wanted to say a big thank you to CSPC for their help and advice in overcoming a running injury. As an ultra distance runner I had developed poor habits and weak core strength and glute strength which was causing huge problems and chronic pain in my hip. I visited Ali for some advice and was given a helpful programme to follow for 6 weeks along with using some orthotics prescribed by Karen Duff. The results did take a while and commitment is required by clients to persevere with the programme but weeks later at my follow up appointment, the video footage of my treadmill running was completely different! The pain had subsided and I was able to recommence my proper training regime once again. Sticking with the programme and following the advice is imperative but the reward of being able to run properly again is well worth it.

I first visited the Coach House Sports Physiotherapy clinic four weeks after having a partial knee replacement. Although I was recovering well from my operation, I was struggling to walk properly and seemed to be in quite a bit of pain, and I was getting quite dismayed at my progress, and yet quite nervous about how much to push my rehab work. As a committed but only recreational level golfer and gym goer, I was a bit nervous going into a physio clinic which treats international athletes., but my first appointment with Graeme Everard was great. He reassured me that the pain was due to ‘tethering’ around the scar and from then on, I saw him weekly for three months. The hour sessions were often hard (and sometimes painful!), consisting of manipulation and massaging to get rid of the scar tissue and to regain mobility, with set exercises to get my confidence and balance back. Graeme is an experienced physio, having worked in the NHS and in private practice, and pushed me way beyond what I would have done myself! (The NHS after care for my operation consisted of me being given a list of exercises on a piece of paper and although I did these religiously, the hands on treatment each week was what made the huge difference). The result – I have almost full flexion and extension of the knee (not always the outcome of knee replacement I understand) and I was back to walking normally and golf within a few months of the operation. I can’t recommend Graeme (and the clinic) highly enough and still go for a ‘maintenance’ session every six weeks or so. If you value your physical activity, and need a physio – go the Coach House Sports Physiotherapy Clinic!

Anne Flintoff

Professor in Physical Education and Sport

Leeds Metropolitan University

Last year I started race walking, having already got a reasonable endurance background in runnning. It wasn’t long before I learned that the physical impacts are not the same, and I suffered an injury in my calf leading up to the English Schools Championships. The team at Carnegie helped me recover in time to compete, and they have since played a more significant role in my continuing development. Following that injury, through a series of physiotherapy sessions, I was given an exercise regime to help strengthen and condition me – particularly my legs and core. Since last year I have been doing the exercises at least four times a week and as a result have got stronger. Consequentially, I have been able to build on my training programme and remain injury free.
There is no substitute for hard work and good coaching, but achievement can only happen if you remain fit and capable of putting in the effort. In March this year I made my England debut, and was subsequently selected for Team GB as a member of the World Race Walking Cup team.
Overall, I enjoyed my first experience as part of Team GB – which involved trains, planes and automobiles to make the 30 hour+ journey to Saransk in Russia to compete in the IAAF World Race Walk Cup. Saransk is the centre for Race Walking in Russia, and over 30,000 turned out to watch the event… not something I had previously been used to. I learned a lot from travelling with experienced Internationals, and from the coaching team, but despite this I struggled with the conditions on the day and didn’t perform to my best.

My focus is now on improving my times, and working towards further success, and hopefully I will be fit and have the qualifying standards to make the World Cup team again in 2014.
The contribution from Ali and her team is without doubt a part of that success.

Ellie Dooley, age 16 – Junior International Race Walker

They really came to the fore when I had both of my hips replaced in my late sixties. I returned to golf and quickly found that the rest of my body had suffered whilst struggling to cope with my arthritic hips. I went back to CSPC, and specifically Graeme, who diagnosed the cause of my difficulties and pain. He started treatment immediately and gave me a series of exercises to support my new hip joints and also the treatment he was giving me. I am now getting full value from my expensive hip replacements and a much more flexible and pain free body movement for my golf. The expression spring chicken readily comes to mind. Like a vintage car I now have a routine MOT to keep me on the course.

I honestly feel that without CSPC, and especially Graeme, I would not be playing and enjoying my golf again.

 Tony Jacks

I felt I must thank you for my treatment back in Jan/Feb.
You may remember I had a ‘mad’ desire to do the Barcelona Marathon 25/03/12 despite my right foot…
When I saw you initially I hung on to a remote thread of possibility that it may still be do-able but really in the following weeks I nearly ruled it out.
That is until I recieved my new orthotics…there have been flashes of great hope with these and my right foot is certainly much more comfortable than it was!
So I am able to say that I did manage to ‘fudge’ my way through the Barcelona Marathon last Sunday afterall!
Time irrelevant really but I ran a very cautious 3:56:23 in 28 deg temp always on the lookout for management of right foot comfort round the next corner, maybe…but it didn’t really trouble me at all!
Thank you for making me see the sense in improving the biomechanics of that right foot and trusting you sufficiently to give orthotics a go!
I may well request a second, duplicate pair in due course and am likely to request further treatment and/or a good sports massage in the next few weeks.

Anne Kirtley- Marathon runner

Today I ran the Abbey Dash in 1 hour 6 minutes and 19 seconds with no hip pain and no foot pain YIPPEEEEEEEEEEEE. I ran every step and loved every second of it. Without your hard work, skill and persistence I would never have been able to do it. The inlays have made a big difference and I didn’t feel a twinge anywhere. Mind you I might not be able to launch myself out of bed in the morning but that won’t be because of my hip or feet!!!
Cassies and Karen the podiatrist have allowed me to get up and go again. I will always shout from the roof tops about you.

Sarah Parker – Keen runner

I started attending physio with Alison after a number of hip replacements at a relatively young age left me with chronic difficulties with my back, hips, pelvis and gait. Alison’s skill and expertise in assessment, treatment and exercise prescription transfered brilliantly from “sports” physio to management and treatment of my chronic difficulties and have made an enormous difference to my functional ability, have decreased my pain and improved my gait. Her willingness to liaise with other relevant professionals has been hugely helpful. I’ve also learned about my role in exercising and maintaining strength and mobility. There are a lot of exercises involved!, but I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to someone with chronic pelvis/back/gait difficulties, her “sports” clinic is not just for the sporty.

A. K, Ireland, Age 43

I’ve done a bit of thinking since last summer and what you and the Clinic have made me realise is that I need to look after my body and listen to it. I haven’t had care like I’ve received since I was in the States and I’ve hit a few more tennis balls, ran many miles and booted a few footies around in the last 11 years since I was last there.
When my shoulder and foot were both hurting last year I’d got to the point where I was thinking is sport worth it anymore as was getting sick of the aches and pains but I’m so glad I listened to my mate to call. I know in reality I’m not getting any younger (maybe mentally sometimes!) but you guys have given me back my faith in my body. I know its up to me to look after myself but at least a little stubbornness has subsided in me to realise this and do what needs to be done to ensure I keep enjoying my sport for many more years to come.

Jo Cunliffe – County level Tennis player and previous USA professional

I travelled to see Alison from Glasgow having suffered from osteitis pubis for around a year and after hearing good reports regarding her treatment of this condition.
After trying numerous physiotherapists, ART therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors/ osteopaths, & surgeons in Scotland with no great results, I did have my doubts as to whether I would ever be able to play football pain free again and was contemplating hanging up my boots- luckily I heard about Alison, and I haven’t looked back.

The attention to detail and anatomy knowledge I experienced was unbelievable and the best I have ever received- every aspect of my body, posture, and breathing was analysed over a two day period that addressed every fundamental weakness/ issue I had.
Even though the aches, and pains that had plagued me for over a year felt better after these initial two days it was after a week+ of doing the exercises given to me that I seen a huge difference. I am now at the stage where I can play pain free and I can’t thank/ recommend Alison, and the clinic highly enough.

David Falconer -Semi professional football player

“I have been treated by most of the team at Carnegie Sports Physiotherapy since the age of 17. I strongly appreciate the treatment I have received it has been hugely beneficial to my career, helping me to rehabilitate from serious injury as well as endless dedication from the team on injury prevention. I am extremely grateful to access such world class professional care local to me in Leeds.

Richard Strachan – 400m GBR Athletics

I would like to really thank all of the team for supporting me with my treatment over the years. They have stayed with me through the long haul and had a lot of patience with me. They have always had a belief in me and although I am not back to full racing yet I am hopefully on the road to recovery. I have received treatment from all of the team and not just Alison and I have no problem taking advice from any one of them. They go the extra mile with me and use drills and track sessions to help me progress. I am so pleased to be this far on so soon after my foot operation and although the Amsterdam 8k may not seem like a triumph to most, it was to me and I know that the everyone at CSPC understands me and supports me.

Tracey Morris- 2004 Olympics marathon runner

Ali has worked wonders with me, and I’m sure that I would not still be running without her help. She has always been good at diagnosing the cause of my injury, giving it the most appropriate initial treatment and then sending me away with exercises and the necessary encouragement to get me back to what I love doing. My injuries have not been straightforward and I appreciate all the time and effort Ali has given to helping me, even though I am well past my best years as a runner!

Richard Nerurkar – Ex GB international, Olympics 1992 (10k) & 1996 (marathon), 1993 (world cup champion)

A huge thanks to Alison for all the black magic/witchcraft over the last 9 months – when I first came in, doing any endurance activity was agony (I remember having a lie down on the side of the half ironman course in July – not conducive to getting a PB!). I thought you only treated the elite guys, but on reflection you seem just as happy inflicting pain on anyone! Yesterday I managed 26.2 miles running constantly – albeit at quite a slow pace – without pain! I finished in a blaze of glory, overtaking a banana, Big Bird and a spaceman as I sprinted majestically over the line! I finished 3 minutes quicker than when I did the same event in 1994. Thanks so much for your keen efforts, encouragement and brutal pain – it made a real difference yesterday.

Stuart Jeffries, written after the 2011 London Marathon – Member of the Leeds Bradford Triathlon club