New physiotherapy clinic in Sudbury eager to form part of 'wellbeing triangle'
A Sudbury physiotherapist hopes to form part of a “wellbeing triangle” for the community, after launching a new clinic to support people with both short-term and long-term conditions.
Edge Physio launched in November, having had its opening in early 2020 delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, and has continued to help people to address their physical issues during the latest lockdown.
Operating in North Street, the clinic is run by local resident and former Ipswich Town Football Club physiotherapist Scott Baxter, who explained he had identified a need in the town for such a service.
After qualifying in 2007, the former Sudbury Upper School student spent six years working in NHS physiotherapy settings, followed by a six-month placement at a ski clinic in Austria, before a seven-year stint working with Ipswich Town’s under-18 and under-23 squads.
Following the launch of Edge Physio, Mr Baxter said he is looking to collaborate with Paul Warner, of Personal Training Centre Sudbury, and Sue Tetley, who runs mental health training programme Thrive, to help people across their different disciplines.
“We want to form a wellbeing triangle,” he told the Free Press. “It might be someone who has been in pain for a long time, or struggling to complete their workout – we can work together to help these people.
“I want to form bridges going forward to try to provide the community access to a different way of treating and rehabilitating certain injuries. I want to translate some ideas from working with professional athletes to the normal population.
“Over time, seeing people from different backgrounds, I think there should be a big focus on empowering people to improve themselves and manage their symptoms, so they don’t necessarily become reliant on the therapist.
“We should be looking to give people ideas as soon as possible to help them improve away from the clinic. If a therapist isn’t giving something to work on to maintain progress outside of the physio session, I don’t think they’re serving the client as well as they could.”
Mr Baxter added that his clinic also utilises a Shockwave therapy machine, which he says is unique for the area and is particularly effective for chronic conditions, such as policeman’s heel, Achilles’ tendon pain and tennis elbow.
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