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Bolton Physiotherapy

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Treatment with Francis Connor

What ever your sport we put a plan in place suited to your needs and goals, race, climb competition or pain free we look at the best outcome for you and work with you to achieve it…

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Commons Q&A’s and a little more information
How many physio sessions might it take before you get back to normal?

Often the first question most people ask following an assessment of their injury is how long will it take to get back to normal. Although there are a huge number of different variables at hand for each individual, there are a number of ways of knowing what to roughly expect.

Firstly, the extent of the injury is key. Minor injuries you might expect 2-3 sessions of physiotherapy; soft tissue injuries you would be looking more towards 6 – 8 weeks, as this is roughly how long it takes for soft tissue to heal in most cases; and more chronic or serious conditions can take 2 or more months of treatment depending on the level of progress being made.

If you are experiencing referral pain radiating down the leg this can indicate nerve irritation or compression and you may be looking between 5-8 sessions 

Notably, the number of weeks required doesn’t necessarily equate to the number of physiotherapy appointments. For instance, it is often the case that appointments become less frequent over time, with more emphasis placed upon the completion of exercises performed at home. 

As such, your own level of commitment to recovery is key. Physiotherapy is far from a one-way street. Patients who progress the fastest tend to be those who commit wholeheartedly to completing the exercises and stretches prescribed by their physio, as well as making positive changes to their diet and sleep habits. With only a short period of time spent together each week or fortnight, the time spent outside of the treatment room is just as important — if not more.


What to expect during your consultation?

After an initial introduction, our physiotherapists will work through  a chain of questions about your basic health, present and past, observed by a thorough evaluation of  the affected area,  also looking at the broaderbody that allows you to fully understand your injury.
Following your assessment, your physiotherapist will then provide an explanation for to you your diagnosis, discussing any underlying issues, as well as the on the reason for your symptoms, and then proceed to devise a bespoke plan to get you mobile, pain free and moving back to normal as quickly as possible.

At this point it’s  essential to us that you recognize your diagnosis, in addition to the plan put forward.
Initial consultations will normally take 45 minutes but are structured upon the complexity of the problem.

What to expect during your treatment?

After a thorough evaluation along with a diagnosis, treatment can begin. Completely tailored to you personally, this could include any combination of the following:

  •  Joint manipulation and mobilisation
  • Soft tissue and myofascial release
  • Ergonomic analysis and advice
  • Rehabilitation Exercises
  • Sports massage

Alongside your sessions you will also find that your physiotherapist will provide you with plenty of instruction for home-based exercise and rehabilitation in order to get you back to normal as quickly as possible.

What to bring or wear to your appointment?

Comfort is key. If the problem relates to your lower limbs, it would be great if you could please bring a pair of shorts. If the problem relates to your upper body or neck, then we would advise ladies to wear some sort of a vest top. As we use soft tissues and massage techniques you may need to remove your top, towels are provided and modesty is always considered.

Just so you’re aware, you are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member along to your treatment, and please do let us know if you’d rather be seen by a same sex therapist.

Will your health insurance company cover fees?

Francis Connor Physiotherapist & osteopath is recognised as a provider for most insurance companies, including AXA, WPA, Bupa, AVIVA, Westfield Health, CIGNA & Vitality. You may, however, need a referral from your GP in order to claim.

Check with your provider on the guide lines and procedures,  we always recommend checking your policy and giving us a call just to check.

Why choose Bolton physiotherapy at Deansgate Osteopathic Clinic

Physiotherapy is about helping you achieve your maximum potential through movement and function, allowing you to live your life to the fullest. This could mean any number of things — from being able to train for a triathlon, pick the kids up or to simply be able to sit pain free at your desk at work.

In terms of being free from pain or discomfort, physiotherapy can help with a huge number of common issues, we are experts in spinal rehabiliation and sports injuries including the likes of:

  • Muscular back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Chronic overuse injuries
  • Tendon and ligament sprains
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Disc protrusion
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve impingement

This list gives an idea however we offer a whole lot more fro our team. 

What are the signs you should go see a physio?

Whatever the reason for delaying going to see a physio, there are a number of certain tell-tale signs that it’s probably time to stop ignoring that pain or injury and to seek some professional advice. These signs include:

1. Not moving as easily as you used to…

2. Your sleep is being disturbed…

3. Something just ‘feels different’…

4. You’re in pretty constant pain…

5. An old injury keeps flaring up…

6. You’re experiencing pain in other areas…

Although all of the above are pretty strong signals to book a physiotherapy appointment, the truth is that it is always a good time to go and get treatment and advice — regardless of whether or not you’re injured or taking part in lots of physical activity.

Absence from pain is no indication of health, the reason physiotherapy isn’t solely for the treatment and prevention of injury, it is also the advancement of wellness within the body. Often we forget just how good it feels to feel good — if that makes sense? All of us, to a lesser or great extent, have certain areas of weakness, stiffness and discomfort in our body, which we have grown accustomed to, and physiotherapy is there to address these and to optimise how you feel on a day-to-day basis.

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CSP/hpc physio

Experienced HPC & Chartered Physiotherapists with a structural approach to treatment particularly back pain, sports injuries, postural imbalance, work related and road traffic injuries..

registered osteopath

The only dual qualified Osteopath and physiotherapist in the northwest, with expertise in treating backpain. Registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Sports rehabilitation

Combining coaching skills with osteopathy and physiotherapy we provide tailored plans to get you get back moving pain free and back to enjoying the things you love to do.

Back moving 

without pain


Move Better


Pain free


Back to sport

Strong, Mobile & Pain Free

Real treatment.
  Real Results.

Bolton Physiotherapy, here to help you become pain free…

Mums & Back Pain


Over Fifties

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Why patients attend the clinic for

bolton Physiotherapy

Our most common presentations to the clinic are backpain, sciatica, shoulder pain, sports injuries, work related and sports injuries….patients come for different reasons which may may pain relief, part of a management plan or rehabilitation from injuries short and long term.

Sports Injuries

Our priority is to get you back to sports and any other activities you do pain free, strong with specific strategies to keep your training.

Backpain Treatment

Along with sports injuries probably the number one reason for attending the clinic, some thing we are experts at treating.

Headaches & Neckpain

Common from postural adaptations, traumas and also road traffic accidents, such as whiplash.

what They’re Saying

patient Testimonials

As an academic with poor posture,  I’ve learned a lot of things. A handy one is to make sure you know a good physio/osteopath!

Dr John Rowe

Academic and Copy Writer

My job can be quite sedentary and I need to keep fit. On many occasions I have hobbled in and walked out, thanks!


Veterinary Assistant

In training/coaching you can just overdo it and pick up an injury. I recommend the clinic to my students and friends.


JUDO Coach &Mechanic

Treatment Options

Home visits & online appointments
to be paid for prior to visit..

Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19 we can only offer online physiotherapy consultations

Currently not avaialble due to COVID-10

Currently not avaialble due to COVID-10

What You get…

Rest assured our treatment plan is based around you, to get you moving well, back to sports, back to work or to prepare you for a sporting event…






Pain Relief





What You Don’t get…

You do not get left on machines or given a generic sheet of the same exercises.


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