The Importance of sleep – Carmel Marner MCSP

Sleep is the mysterious shift in consciousness that our bodies require every day. It’s vital for our health and wellbeing and not only do we function less well when we don’t get enough quality sleep, but it can lead to long-term health problems such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity etc. That’s why we need to do all that we can to ensure that we enjoy quality sleep and deal with any sleep problems.

The sleep council website is a great place to start for advice and support regarding your current sleep

Check out their ‘Good-Night Guide’ which goes through 7 practical steps to a good night’s sleep, including considerations about your bedroom, your lifestyle, stress and worry, diet, exercise, relaxation and other therapies, and hormonal balance.

The recommended sleep duration for an adult is between 7 & 9 hours per night for optimal physical and mental health. Studies show that if we get less than this per night, we tend to experience an imbalance of our metabolic signals (increased ghrelin, decreased leptin etc) and unhealthy behavioural changes such as decreased physical activity, increased snacking, seeking sugary and fatty food the following day.

A stressful lifestyle can keep cortisol levels high and cause sleeplessness.

Hormonal fluctuations in the years before menopause can cause disturbed sleep, as can low progesterone levels, and an overactive thyroid. So do check with your GP if you feel this is relevant to you.


The Physiotherapy Clinic – Your questions answered

What do we offer at The Physiotherapy Clinic?

More than just Physio. Based in Saltash for over 30yrs, we now have a clinic in Liskeard, and also offer Sports Therapy, massage, acupuncture, Pilates, shockwave, prenatal massage, with our expanding team.

Why should I see a Private Physio when its free on the NHS?

We have the luxury of time to spend listening and finding out what really is bothering you. Time to treat you in as many or few sessions as required. Time to see you when its convenient for you. We are open 8am to 8pm most days.

We use a holistic approach using hands-on manual therapy skills alongside exercise and advice.

We have a team of therapists and can usually offer appointments within 48 hours. We do see a lot of patients whilst they are on the waiting list for the NHS to get the ball rolling.

All our Physios are at least 4 years qualified so you will be getting the best treatment. We have Physios that specialise in shoulder injuries, sports injuries (from football to horse riding), weight-management, and more.

How many sessions would I need?

This depends on lots of factors…what the problem is, how long you have had it for and also your situation – we understand there is a financial consideration to coming to see us – if you can only afford one session we will do our utmost in one session.

Do you just treat sports injuries?

No, definitely not…. we do have therapists that specialise in sports but we also treat all muscle/joint injuries. It is not all about pain….you may need to us because of stiffness or inability to do your normal activities. You may need help with managing your weight and obtaining a healthy balanced lifestyle. You may also be at risk of falls or struggling with your balance. So no not just sports!

Contact us to see if we can help you 01752 202202 or

April Update


Dear All,

I hope you have all been keeping well and that you have ‘survived’ lockdown in good health.

We may all be in the same storm but we are all in different boats”

I think sums this last year up nicely, at times it seemed like some were clinging onto some drift wood whilst others were in luxury yachts. Its been difficult and different for us all, some worse than others but I am sure there isn’t anybody that hasn’t been affected by this pandemic.

So we have survived as a business, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel and looking to start getting back on the road to normality. We are grateful that we have been open and able to work through the lockdown with strict protocols, full PPE and have all been testing twice weekly.


We are looking forward to Anna joining our team in April – Anna is a massage and sports therapist with many skills to add to our team offering a range of treatments from pre-natal massage to sports massage. Read more here (

I have attached her profile at the end if you want to have a read. Or click here to read more


For now Pilates classes will remain on Zoom, we will await further guidance on when we can return to face to face classes safely and efficiently.

Zoom has provided some great memories and fun stories over the past year and is something we will try and incorporate in the future for those who are unable to attend our classes ‘live’. If you would like to give it a go, come and join us online for £4.50 per class on a Monday 10am or 6:30pm, Wednesday 12noon, or Thursday at 10am. Contact the clinic for more details.


The Friday clinic in Liskeard at The Wellbeing Centre as been a huge success and we are looking at taking on more days…keep an eye on our Facebook page or our website for updates.

In the mean time, do get in contact if there is anything we can help with on 01752 202202 or help us spread the word by liking and sharing our facebook page.

Take care,

Saltash Physiotherapy Clinic

NEW….New…..New…Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft Tissue Therapy

Sports and Remedial Massage

Pregnancy Massage


We are very excited to announce that Anna Furse will be joining our team as of the 19th April. Anna will be providing Soft Tissue Therapy, Sports and Remedial Massage, Pregnancy massage, Cupping and much more…..

More than just a massage! Anna will undertake an in depth discussion and movement assessment, this will guide the most appropriate approach and treatment plan to address any pain or movement dysfunction. As well as massage, treatment may include other techniques including soft tissue release (STR), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM), Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and Myofascial Release (MFR), which all come under the umbrella of Soft Tissue Therapy or you may be referred onto another member of the team ie Physiotherapist if it is appropriate.

Contact us to pre book appointments on 01752 202202

Gardening Injuries

Gardening Injuries

By Hayley Matthews MCSP, HCPC at Saltash Physiotherapy Clinic

It’s that time of year with the weather changing and the daffodils flourishing that we all start thinking about our gardens. The first cut of the grass, trimming those hedges and planting the flower beds…. well it also coincides with a busy time for us Physiotherapists with a rise in injuries caused by gardening.

How can you protect yourself ?

Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day and all your gardening doesn’t need doing in one day – pace yourself !

  • Divide jobs into light, moderate and hard – don’t do all hard jobs in one session.
  • Regular breaks – holding that hedge trimmer at arms length and shoulder height is hard work and a frequent cause of shoulder pain.
  • Repetitive clipping with secateurs can lead to elbow pain so have regular breaks.
  • Don’t over fill the wheelbarrow – make smaller journeys.
  • Always use a kneeling pad to protect your knees.
  • If bending over, bend your knees, change position regularly – stand up and lean backwards (with your hands in the small of your back for support) to stretch your spine.

If you are struggling with any problems due to gardening or preventing you from gardening then call us to see if we can help.

Saltash Physiotherapy Clinic has been established for over 30 years and now has a second clinic in Liskeard. Our clinic is Open with strict COVID protocols. We can offer face-to-face appointments or remote sessions. Availability is usually within 48 hours.

When seeking private medical treatments check their registration/qualifications – All Physiotherapists will be HCPC registered.

Pilates Classes Starting in September 2020

The long awaited Pilates Update – Saltash Physio Commence classes at Ashtorre Rock

We are glad to let you know that we will return to teaching small groups of Pilates on 7th September 2020 at the Ashtorre Rock.

I know it has been a longtime coming but we need to ensure that we can maintain the required guidelines set by the government and our professional body. There will be a few noticeable changes:

Each person will have a designated area for exercise to ensure we maintain social distancing
There will be a maximum of 7 people per class
You will need to bring your own mat and cushion/towel
Please only bring essential items to the class – no excess bags etc
Hand sanitiser will be available
You will be required to wear a mask up until the class starts and then again once we have finished.
Windows will be left open so a jumper/cardigan may be required!
The room will be cleaned and ventilated between each class
There will be a 15 min gap between classes to allow one group to leave before the others arrive
No waiting in the building. Please wait outside/in your car until your class time (Or max 5 mins before) –please leave promptly after the class to minimise chance of meeting the next group. Please maintain the 2m social distancing outside of the Pilates studio.

Due to the financial implications of reduced class sizes we unfortunately need to increase the cost of the classes by 50p. This will obviously not cover the reduction in income but does make the classes economically viable for us to continue. I hope this is not seen as unreasonable. A 10 week term is now £80.

We will start by teaching the following 8 classes:

Monday    9:15am and 10:30am
Monday    6:00pm and 7:15pm
Tuesday   9:15am and 10:30am
Thursday  9:15am and 10:30am

We are also running remote Pilates session on a Wednesday at 12:00 via Zoom for those that can’t make any of the class times or who do not want to attend groups. 1 hour class in the comfort of your own home.

10 week course (10 classes) £30. Recordings of the class will also be available if you

Contact us if you have any questions about these classes or our COVID protocols

Please contact the clinic on 01752 202202 or email to let us know what class times you would like to join. If we have the capacity we will put more classes on.

Unfortunately due to the size of the room at Saltash Physio Clinic we can not resume the classes there at present.

Kind regards,

Saltash Physiotherapy Clinic

Saltash Physiotherapy Clinic –  Face to face appointments cancelled

How best to Contact Saltash Physio and continue with virtual consultations and classes

We just wanted to take this opportunity to touch base with you in these difficult and uncertain times.

We would like to re assure you that we are here for you. If there is anything we can do to help, any advice or assistance we can provide then please get in contact.

We have made the difficult decision to close our doors for face to face appointments.

During this time whilst we are physically distancing ourselves from each other we are providing the following services:

  • Some of the insurance companies have confirmed they will continue to fund remote consultations if they are appropriate so your rehabilitation can continue.
  • A telephone consultation service to offer any help.

CALL : 01752 202 202

  • Bookings for Video calling and assessments through Zoom or Skype.
  • There will be a small charge for initial consultations and follow up appointments
  • The ability to send appropriate exercises via email (rehab my patient) with video links attached
  • Real time Pilates classes via Zoom for those who have enrolled on previous courses

I will try to keep you updated the best I can through our Facebook page….watch this space!

We look forward to seeing you on the other side of this.

Take care and look after yourselves and those close to you.

Best wishes,

Hayley and the Team at Saltash Physiotherapy Clinic

New member of the Saltash Physio team

Welcoming a new member of the team – Paul Atkinson

Saltash Physio are pleased to announce a new experienced physio to our team. Paul has spent the past 10 years working for Plymouth Argyle FC and prior to that working for Heart of Midlothian FC and Dunfermline FC…18 years in professional sport! His career initially started out in the Royal Navy medical Branch qualifying through the military as a Physio in 1993.

During his career he has worked with the English Football Association U16 and U17 age group squads, Devon County RFU, is a guest lecturer at Marjon University and is a English Football Association Medical Tutor….A fantastic asset to our team!
Paul brings a huge wealth of experience to our clinic whether you are a serious athlete or a weekend runner, whether its back pain or arthritis.

NEW Liskeard Physio Clinic

Saltash Physiotherapy satellite clinic in Liskeard opens on Friday 6th March!

From Friday 6th MARCH 2020 Saltash Physiotherapy will have a satellite clinic in Liskeard at the Well Being Centre every Friday from 8am-5pm.
This is a fantastic location as it has easy, convenient parking, plus fully disabled accessibility.

Saltash Physio have been providing a high quality service for over 30yrs – An experienced team of Physio’s covering all your needs from Sports Physio (ex- Plymouth Argyle Physio) to weight management, from rugby injuries to work related issues, from Arthritis to back pain….we cover it all.

  • Covered by most Insurances companies.
  • Call 01752 202 202 to book an appointment
  • or 01579 344 090 website:

PILATES – New term starting next week. SPACES AVAILABLE

PILATES – New term starting next week. SPACES AVAILABLE

A few spaces are still available in our clinical pilates classes.
Small classes of 4 so don’t worry if you’ve never done it before!
Starting 19th February.
Classes on Monday 12:00, Wednesday 12:00, Thursday 9:15, 5:30 and 6:40.

Call the clinic to find out more details 01752 202202.