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

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.

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Small Pilates classes for all abilities.

Small Pilates classes for all abilities are held at the clinic  on Monday and Wednesday lunchtime (12:00), early Thursday morning (9:15) and 2 classes on a Thursday evening (5:30 and 6:40). With a maximum of 4 people, the classes are run in 6 week terms when possible, if block booked its £12 per class or £14 each if booked as individual one off lessons. Contact us if you have any questions about these classes.