Stephen Batchelor | Physiotherapist
"I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine.
I have a keen interest in the biomechanics of movement, specifically how movement affects the body. This is one of the key factors to consider when working with complex patients, particularly those who have a history of not responding to conventional treatment."
Why I became a physiotherapist:
"My original training was as an engineer - hence my interest in biomechanics. I have a masters degree in engineering and have worked in the automotive, nuclear and aerospace industries. But during my time working in engineering I always suffered with back pain. At times it was so bad even taking a deep breath hurt.
After years of treatment with numerous therapists, I had tried all the gels and had side effects from all the pain killers my GP started talking about surgery.
That was when I decided to change my career.
I started off in fitness industry, using my knowledge of mechanics to work on myself - within 6 months I became pain free. I then took this approach further and further and eventually training becoming a physio.
My engineering interests are now focused on biomechanics and I still have a strong connection in the fitness industry, and I use these interests in my physiotherapy practice every day."
My approach to treatment:
"My treatment approach focuses on two things:
1. Helping you get a really good understanding of why you have pain - without this, in my experience you will not improve. I spend a long time with patients discussing their pain with them, my aim is for my patients to leave their assessment with a clear explanation of their problem
2. Coming up with a plan. To me, this is by far the most important aspect of treatment - not having a plan is the main reason that therapists fail to help their patients progress."