About A6 Physio

Providing expert physiotherapy

All our Therapists believe in a ‘hands-on’ approach when treating and with emphasis on achieving prevention of injuries.

As a result all of the team endeavor to provide self-management strategies specific to each individual patient’s goals for optimum results.

We believe it is essential to assess and treat the whole body as where the pain is, isn’t always the cause of the problem.

  • Sports Injuries and injury prevention screening
  • Post-operative Rehabilitation
  • Back and neck pain
  • Treatment for joint pain and arthritis
  • Accident injuries
What We Do

Our Featured Services

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Physiotherapy

All our Physiotherapists at A6 Physio, Chorley,  are members of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council). Providing you with world class physiotherapy.

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Biomechanics

Podiary service. Gait analysis is becoming more and more popular in sporting and non-sporting individuals in order to identify any movement dysfunction that can, if left untreated, cause pain or even injury.

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Massage Therapy

The role of massage is hugely beneficial in providing maintenance for ALL, not just athletes. Sports massage is a deep tissue massage based on knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

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Golf Fit Pilates

Pilates is the perfect conditioning programme for correcting imbalances, improving your game, reducing your score and preventing injury. In addition there are many more benefits gained from enrolling in a Pilates class.

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Pilates

Classes are designed to meet specific needs of everyday life and sports. Invest in yourself.  Pilates is an incredible exercise system that balances the body, strengthens and lengthens the muscles and focuses the mind.

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Sports Screening

Bio-mechanical sports screening. We use a variety of functional movements & performance tests to identify limitations or asymmetries in individuals with no current pain or with known musculoskeletal issues.

All listed Physiotherapists are members of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

Sam Durnian BSc (HONS) MCSP HCPC MAACP

Sam gained her BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree from the University of Teesside and graduated in 1994. Subsequently she worked in the NHS and then moved into private practice in 1996. Sam specialises in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapy, Sports Injuries and Pilates and believes prevention of injury is better than cure. Sam is trained in the use of Acupuncture to complement her hands on approach of physiotherapy treatment.  Sam believes in looking at each patient as a whole in order to provide fast effective treatment.

Sam’s interest in sport injuries developed through her own participation in a variety of sports ranging from county netball, national level dressage, club level squash and golf.

Golf:  It is through golf that she has had the good fortune to travel around the UK and Europe with her husband Denis Durnian.

Sam and Denis formed a successful partnership incorporating Golf Fit Pilates and hands on Physiotherapy to enable Denis to continue playing on The European Senior’s Tour 2000 to 2014.  Denis is now retired from tour golf but continues to play golf as an amateur and is still an advocate of Pilates.

In 2011 – 2014 Sam worked with the CAP juniors (At the time known as the County Academy Program Supported by England Golf).   Sam gained extensive experience in working with junior golfers from as early as age 7 through to teenage years.  Sam continues to work with golfers and has a good working relationship with golf coaches who specialise in golf biomechanics in Lancashire and Cheshire (see our home page for more information).  

Sam, herself, is a keen golfer and currently plays off a single figure handicap.  She has a first hand understanding and knowledge of the importance of remaining fit for golf and other sports.

Running:  Sam has trained in assessing running gait.   Often altered running biomechanics are the result of poor dynamic and functional movement patterns which can be rehabilitated with exercises.  This in turn can improve running speed and technique.  For more information about our running analysis see services.

Sam has a special interest in treating the lower back, pelvic girdle and shoulder pain. Pelvic pain can affect many sporting and non-sporting individuals and can present itself as a range of symptoms such as low back pain, hip and groin pain, pelvis and sacroiliac joint pain.  Pelvic girdle pain PGP affects 1 in 5 pregnant women and often goes untreated but again effective treatment can provide pain relief.  For more information on PGP go to (http://www.pelvicpartnership.org.uk/)

Pilates:  Sam is trained in Pilates through the APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) and teaches regular classes, (see services for more details).  

Sam is a member of the Acupuncture Association for Chartered Physiotherapists (MAACP) and is regularly updating her training in acupuncture. Her most recent courses being under the instruction of Mr Jon Hobbs and Dr Christopher Norris, both accredited tutors for AACP.

Jim Ardin BSc (Diploma) MCSP HCPC MAACP

Jim graduated from the Auckland School of Physiotherapy in New Zealand in 1992.

He initially worked in New Zealand and then Illinios, USA before moving to the UK in 1994.

Jim has extensive experience, having worked in Private Practice since 1998, and over the years has developed close links with many of the North West’s top Consultant Surgeons.

Jim has a special interest in the treatment of running injuries.  He has been a competitive runner since the age of 9 and still competes for Bury Athletics Club.  In 2015 he completed The Wall Ultramarathon (69 miles in one day), in 2017 the Ultimate Trails 110Km Lake District event.  He has completed many other Marathons including 7 London Marathons and therefore has a natural passion for the treatment of runners of all age groups and their injuries.

Jim has continued with his post-graduate education and has been using Acupuncture in his practice since 2002.  Jim’s most recent post – grad courses were The Combined Approach to the Sacroiliac Joint with Howard Turner in October 2017 and The BMI Hand and Wrist course in October 2018.  He is now integrating the concepts and treatment techniques into his clinical practice.

Jim is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MAACP) and is regularly updating his training in acupuncture. His most recent course being under the instruction of Mr Christopher Norris, an accredited tutor for AACP.

Tom Clarkson BSc (HONS) MCSP HCPC AACP

Tom qualified with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree from Salford University. Tom specialises in Musculoskeletal and Sports Injuries. He has a keen interest in Football and Martial Arts and prior to becoming a physiotherapist Tom worked as a Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor. This involved working with Professional and Semi-Professional Athletes from both of these sports. Tom previously worked in a physiotherapy capacity for Manchester City FC Academy and Stockport Grammar Rugby Club.

 In addition to working independently out of A6 Physiotherapy, Tom continues to work for East Lancashire Hospital Trust and now works in a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist role. Within this role, Tom works in an award winning spinal clinic service as well as a specialist soft tissue knee injury clinic. In addition to these two specific roles, Tom is also responsible for the day to day assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all other musculoskeletal complaints. This often involves liaising with specialists and consultants where necessary.

 Tom has also completed his post graduate Acupuncture and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue massage training and is able to provide these in the management of most musculoskeletal complaints.

Tom has undertaken a Masters module at the University of Salford.

Simon Brewer BSc (HONS) MCSP HCPC AACP

Simon graduated from The University of Central Lancashire with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2008, and began his career working within the NHS, completing his rotations through all the specialities within physiotherapy.  Simon has always shown an interest to specialise in the field of Musculoskeletal Injuries.  He has continued to work both within the NHS and privately throughout his career.  This has included working in professional football at Blackpool FC, providing medical cover for national tennis events and two years working within an A&E setting assessing and treating acute injuries.

Simon is qualified in delivering acupuncture which can be used as a treatment modality for many conditions.  Simon has worked with a wide variety of clients from recreational to elite athletes, and has developed a vast knowledge in all musculoskeletal injuries. Throughout his career he has maintained extremely high standards; ensuring treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs.

Outside of work, Simon takes part in a wide variety of sports, with his main interest being tennis.  He has been competing to a high level since the age of 6, and continues to do so.  He has recently completed a number of different events including the Chester half marathon in May 2015, Manchester marathon in April 2016.  Simon also completed a ½ Ironman in Staffordshire in June 2017.  As a result of his sporting interests Simon has a sound understanding of what it takes to train for extreme events.

Sarah Liley BSc (HONS) MCPS HCPC

Sarah graduated from The University of Salford, gaining her BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2014.  She worked as a junior Physiotherapist at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, and went on to specialise in Musculoskeletal Outpatients in 2016.  She has also worked specifically within the Pain Management Programme as part of her senior Musculoskeletal role.  She now works for Pennine Care in the NHS, assessing and treating musculoskeletal complaints whilst continuing to broaden her knowledge and understanding of MSK pathologies.  Sarah is passionate about empowering and helping people with joint pain/injuries to achieve their full potential.

Sarah is trained in Pilates through APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) and has been teaching Pilates for the last three years to people of all ages and ability.  Being a keen netball player and runner, Sarah strongly believes that Pilates exercise plays a vital role in the avoidance of injury and to enhance performance.  With her Physiotherapy knowledge and Pilates experience, she adapts and modifies exercises to tailor each individual in classes to allow people to take control and make a positive impact on their life.

The role of massage is hugely beneficial in providing maintenance for ALL, not just athletes. Sports massage is a deep tissue massage based on knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. If you find yourself with any general aches and pains, sprains, minor injuries, or generally tight muscles then sports massage could help you. Applicable to all age groups from children to the elderly. Sports massage can help clients to increase and improve circulation, enhance muscle tone, relax muscle spasm, prevent and relieve adhesions. This, in turn, increases range of movement and ultimately improves general well being and relaxation. It can be used to aid recovery after injury / intensive training and prevent atrophy (wasting) of muscles.

SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST

Olivia Brewster is a qualified Human and Equine Sports Massage Therapist. VTCT Level 4 / ITEC Dip Eq Sports (www.bfitforever.co.uk) BFitForever

Olivia’s massage interests developed through her own experience competing with her horses and being involved in other sporting interests such as running, cycling and swimming. As well as working with A6 Physiotherapy Olivia runs her own clinic in Cheshire under the brand name BfitForever which specialises in soft tissue massage and teaching Pilates. Olivia has a wealth of experience and has also previously worked for the English Institute of Sport and British Cycling as a Sports massage therapist.

Before training to become a Sports Massage Therapist Olivia worked for long hours in an office job which involved lots of sitting down and driving. This consequently highlighted posture risk factors that ultimately affected her ability to perform in sports without pain or recurrent injuries. Olivia believes such problems can be prevented with regular sports massage.

Olivia is also qualified in Hot Stones Sports Massage which is becoming hugely popular in sporting individuals wanting that deeper longer lasting massage. She also offers Swedish Body Massage for those that prefer a gentler form of massage. In addition to massage Olivia has trained in the correct application of K-Tape to enhance performance and enable clients to continue training even as part of their injury rehabilitation.

Olivia has also qualified to do massage on horses which she feels has enhanced her hands on skills with the humans. This training further developed her ability in identifying the underlying cause of muscle tightness in order to administer the most effective soft tissue techniques. Olivia says “Horses can’t tell you where the problem is so it’s a case of finding the problem by touch and feel.”

Olivia is a fully qualified Pilates instructor so has extensive knowledge on how the body moves which is crucial when identifying muscle imbalances and for administering effective massage treatments.

Olivia’s ethos is:-

DON’T, wait until you are in pain or suffering from injuries before turning to massage.

DO, have regular massage maintenance to increase your overall sense of well being for optimum physical and mental health, helping you to achieve your goals pain free.

Life is for living and in today’s fast paced world, Olivia believes it is important to look after yourself and do what you’re passionate about to live a more rewarding life for much longer and to achieve your goals and ‘B Fit Forever’.

Acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider.

ACUPUNCTURE

The foot is a complex part of the body because it is the first and last point of contact with the ground and therefore greatly influences the musculoskeletal system in the gait cycle. Gait analysis is becoming more and more popular in sporting and non-sporting individuals in order to identify any movement dysfunction that can, if left untreated, cause pain or even injury.

PODIATRY SERVICE

Dr Lindsay A Hill Bsc

Dr Hill graduated from the University of Salford in 1998 with a BSc in Podiatric Medicine. In July 2003 she completed a Masters’ Degree (MSc) in Sports Injury and Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University and went on to complete her studies at The University of Salford in 2013 where she was awarded her Doctorate degree. Her Doctorate research investigated foot orthoses for chronic low back pain.

Lindsay has a special interest in the Treatment and Prevention of Sport Injuries and utilises TOG Gaitscan in her private practice. She has worked with the Football Association and treated a range of Elite Sports Men and Women, that have included Liverpool Football Club, Salford City Reds and Warrington Wolves Rugby League clubs to name but a few. With each sporting profession Lindsay’s role is to conduct biomechanical screenings and prescribe bespoke foot orthotics. Lindsay works with all age groups from Paediatrics up through the ages and believes in close working relationships with all the health professionals involved with each patient working with a team ethos for the patient’s overall well being.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Lindsay is a keen runner and regularly raced at half marathon distance for a few years with a PB of 1.31.03. In 2009 she completed the London marathon in a time of 3.38.31! More recently her spare time has been occupied by her two children.

For further information about this service contact Lindsay directly via www.axis-podiatry.co.uk or 07768 176669. Quote A6 Physiotherapy to qualify for your discount.

A6 physiotherapy works in conjunction with local sports clubs and other health professionals with the same end goal of optimal health and performance for the wellbeing of every person being treated. We believe it is essential to assess and treat the whole body as where the pain is, isn’t always the root cause of the problem.

Chorley Athletic Club discount: 20% off for juniors 16 and under

Please quote membership number when booking your physiotherapy.