Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

Here at Western House Consulting Rooms Ltd in Barnsley our experienced team of physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, acupuncture, education and advice.

Physiotherapists help to maintain health for people of all ages and fitness helping patients in Barnsley to manage pain and prevent disease.

The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible and achieving their goals to recovery.

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.

At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment with the Western House physiotherapists.

You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life.

Physiotherapy helps with back or neck pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia and recovery with post-operative rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession and all our Western House physios in Barnsley are registered with both the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Physios use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body including the musculoskeletal system (tendons, bones, joints and ligaments) and the nervous system.

Some of the conditions the physiotherapists at Western House in Barnsley treat include the following:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Joint pain -hip and knee
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Tendon problems
  • Muscle and ligament injuries
  • Sporting injuries
  • Chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis

Our Physiotherapists

Susan Lockwood

Physiotherapist

Sue began her working career in customer service and administration; however, she had aspirations!

Whilst still working and as a mature student she did five years studying, achieving her ambition by gaining her physiotherapy degree at York St John University in 2012. Sue then worked with the Occupational Health team at BDGH, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She also covered maternity leave at Dewsbury Hospital in the respiratory team, working with the critically ill in ICU and on the respiratory wards. She briefly worked in BDGH as a temporary rotational physiotherapist, before finding her niche in the physiotherapy world private health care and has worked at Western House Consulting Rooms for the last three years plus. Sue is deeply passionate about her career and helping her patients recover that she is often referred to as “Magic Sue”. In her spare time she likes to spend it with her family, especially her two grandchildren, who she adores. She also likes outdoor activities and is participating in fundraising for the McMillan charity next year. Sue is a longstanding member of the Western House team having worked for us 3 and a half years!

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Claire Bailey

Physiotherapist

Claire qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2000 and worked full time for the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust gaining experience with both adults and children.

She has previously been a team leader providing physiotherapy for runners taking part in the London Marathon at the finish line. Claire has worked in private practice for over 17 years, both as a clinical lead physio and more recently as a director at Roundwood Health Clinic. Her clinical time is spent treating a variety of musculoskeletal joint and spinal problems, sporting injuries and chronic pain management. She continues to participate in courses and conferences to enhance her clinical skills which also include acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. In her spare time Claire is a busy mum and enjoys the outdoors and running (she can regularly be seen “plodding” around her local park!).

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Elizabeth Bowman

Physiotherapist

Elizabeth qualified in 2000 from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and has also been awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Advancing Physiotherapy Practice from Sheffield Hallam University as a part of her post registration training.

She has held various positions within both the NHS and Private Sectors gaining a very wide range of experience. She has worked at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and her most recent role was at Roundwood Health Clinic in Barnsley. Elizabeth’s special interests include spinal disorders, ergonomics and workplace wellbeing and post-operative rehabilitation. She is also trained in acupuncture and attends regular updates in this, and other, fields. Currently a “relapsed” runner, Elizabeth plans to get those running shoes back on in the very near future but also enjoys going to the gym and walking her dog in her spare time!

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Thomas Harley-Blake

Sports Masseur

Joining Western House September of 2020, Thomas qualified in 2017 and began developing his portfolio treating individual athletes and the players of Barnsley Football Club, (working as both a pitch side first aider and Sports Therapist).

Thomas further spent 2 years working at Roundwood Health Clinic. Always looking to further his experience and improve upon his quality of treatment, Thomas enrolled at the University of Sheffield Hallam to begin his study of Physiotherapy (BSc) in 2019 and aspires to study at an even higher level in the future. Specialising in soft tissue massage, injury prevention, rehabilitation, exercise, lifestyle and occupational pain management, Thomas finds great satisfaction in working one to one with individuals, whether this be helping athletes with their chosen sport or in helping to alleviate pain for those that may encounter issues due to occupational factors or lifestyle related variables.

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What Happens at the Initial Assessment?


Physiotherapy at Western House Consulting Rooms in Barnsley

Your initial consultation and treatment will last for 60 minutes and any follow up will be 30 minutes. At your initial consultation your physiotherapist will ask you lots of questions about your symptoms, including any previous medical problems and any medication you may be taking so they can make an informed diagnosis.

They will then ask to assess the problem area. To assess you properly the treating physiotherapist will need to observe the affected area(s) and this will normally require you to remove an appropriate level of clothing (but never your underwear). Be prepared to remove upper garments for neck, upper back or shoulder problems and for lower limb (leg) problems, to remove lower garments. Please bring a pair of shorts to the assessment with you if you need to remove lower garments. For people with lower back pain, it is important that your physiotherapist can see the whole of your spine and legs, or problems contributing to your symptoms may not be picked up.

Please let your physiotherapist know at any time during your consultation if you feel unhappy exposing any part of your body. At any time, prior or during the assessment you can ask for it to be stopped. You are welcome and encouraged to ask any questions so you remain fully informed at all times.

According to your wishes the assessment can be modified. After you have been assessed, your physiotherapist will tell you what problems they feel are contributing to your symptoms and propose a plan for treatment. Your physiotherapist will explain their reasoning for the proposed treatment plan, giving you options for going forward with treatment. An example of a treatment plan may include "hands on treatment" or an individual exercise programme. Although many of the treatment techniques that a physiotherapist use and suggest are unlikely to worsen your symptoms, some may result in some temporary soreness.

Other procedures such as acupuncture and manipulative therapy can carry some risks - your physiotherapist should offer potential benefits, risks and alternatives. Your decision whether to agree to treatment (or not) will not impact upon your care in any way. Once you have given your consent further appointments will then be arranged, at a time convenient to you, wherever possible, to allow you to continue with your treatment.

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Opening Hours

Monday 12pm - 8pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 12pm - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Sat & Sun Ad hoc

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Barnsley, UK

Western House Consulting Rooms is located in the heart of Barnsley close to the new Old Mill Lane college campus