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About PhysioNeeds East Bridgford

PhysioNeeds is an expanding group of physiotherapy practices, that now boasts 6 clinics based in the Nottingham, Rushcliffe, East Bridgford and Heanor area.

About PhysioNeeds East Bridgford

About us

Established in 1982, PhysioNeeds is an ever growing group of physiotherapy practices, which now boasts 5 clinics based in the Nottingham and Rushcliffe area.

Our aim at PhysioNeeds East Bridgford is to provide a high quality physiotherapy service within a comfortable, confidential and friendly environment. We only employ Chartered and State registered physiotherapists, and we ensure we meet both The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and The Health and Care Professions Council’s standards.

All of our staff are dedicated to maintaining their continued professional development to maximise results for our patients.

Meet the team

Mrs. Helen Tomlinson MCSP

Helen Tomlinson Physiotherapist

I am the founder of PhysioNeeds and after graduating from Nottingham University in 1979, with a MCSP Grad Dip in Physiotherapy, I specialised in spinal and sporting injuries.

I have years of experience treating a wide variety of injuries and a wide range of patients including famous people like Stephie Graph, Stuart Pearce, Brian Ferry and Jane Torville. I opened my first private physiotherapy practice in 1982. Torville and Dean then opened the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic in 1995. I am a family person and love my family with all my heart.

I have triplet boys called Mark, Peter and James and a daughter called Abigail. James and Abigail are now partners in PhysioNeeds. I love to horse ride in my spare time and take my springador called 'Willow' for a walk everyday. I also enjoy reading, listening to music as well as theatre and travel. I would say my specialty is backs and necks as I have graduated in osteopathic manipulative techniques. I also gain great satisfaction in seeing how core stability exercises/pilates help my patients and have established PhysioNeeds Equestrian which combines my interests and specialities. I believe that hands on physiotherapy is very important and I make sure all my staff are trained and deliver the best quality hands on treatment possible.


Abigail Tomlinson

Abigail TomlinsonI studied BSc Physiotherapy at Northumbria University and graduated with a First Class honours degree and I have worked in private practice ever since. I also work at the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic, which gives me a wide range of experience.

My keen interest within physiotherapy is musculoskeletal and I enjoy treating people of all ages. I always like to focus on people's own goals whether that's returning to high level sport or simply being pain free doing the hoovering. I find my job very rewarding when I get patients back to the activities they enjoy and getting them better!

I have undertaken many postgraduate training courses to enable me to continually develop my manual skills. I am a fully qualified Sports Massage Therapist (ITEC) and I treated runners at the Great North Run for the NSPCC for 3 years when I was living and training in Newcastle. I am trained in Acupuncture which can have amazing results and it's always fascinating me. I also have a keen interest in Pilates, having undertaken APPI Pilates training to Intermediate Level and I run Pilates Classes at the Nottingham Sports Injury Clinic.

I enjoy riding and I represented England in 2006-2008, competing in Ireland for the British Young Riders dressage squad on my pony Billy. After university, and a spot of travelling, I have returned to competing but I now do British Eventing on my horse Hugo. With my knowledge of equestrianism I am part of PhysioNeeds Equestrian which looks at a riders posture/position and how this may be effecting your riding or your horses way of going. Please see the section on PhysioNeeds Equestrian for more information.


Paul Scothern

Paul Scothern Physiotherapist

I obtained my First Class Honours in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University and I have been working in the private industry since 2010. I have also completed training in western medical acupuncture for the treatment of painful conditions such as low back pain, headaches and arthritis to name just a few. I am an associated member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and a member of the Advanced Practice Physiotherapy Network (APPN).

I am currently studying for my MSC in Manual Therapy at Sheffield Hallam University. I have a great interest in advanced diagnostics of complex musculoskeletal conditions and the management of upper limb conditions and headaches. Through my MSC, my goal is to train in injection therapy and ultrasound imaging to provide the effective assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions which would ordinarily need to be reviewed by an Orthopaedic Consultant.

When I'm not busy at work, I am kept preoccupied by my wonderful young family. I have a little girl (who isn't so little any more) a big baby boy and a supportive (and patient) wife. In my spare time (not that there is much of that with work and family) I enjoy running, cycling and generally keeping fit. I have completed several half marathons and I have set my sights on completing various endurance events across the country as well as trying to break that elusive 1 hour 30 minute half marathon!


Ellie Howatson

Ellie Howatson PhysiotherapistI enjoy playing for my local hockey club in the midlands league and previously County. I am a member of Holme Pierrepoint Running club and enjoy social and competitive running anything from 5K to Half Marathon distances. I also play golf socially but have previously played at a county level.

My interest in physio lies within musculoskeletal with a particular interest in the rehabilitation of sports injuries back to a competitive level.

I graduated from Nottingham University with a Bsc in Physiotherapy in 2007 and shortly after I volunteered in Ugandan hospital shortly after graduation and then took a break from physiotherapy to undertake a post-graduate study in Human Resource Management and gain experience of managing a business.


Sarah Willis

Sarah Willis PhysiotherapistI graduated in Physiotherapy at Kings College London in 2004. My main work has been in private practice with a sports injury bias.

I worked initially with a variety of local sports teams ranging from local London league rugby to championship level, where I spent a season in 2008 with London Welsh 1st XV. I worked in a couple of football youth academies over several years including Crystal Palace Football Club and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. I also assisted with a development program for youth swimmers competing at a National Level.

I completed an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2009 at Queen Mary’s University London in the hope of working at the Olympics.  I was lucky enough to spend time working in the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and following that at the Polyclinic in the Athletes Village for the Paralympic Games, where I worked trackside in the Olympic Stadium and in the wheelchair basketball arena.

I am trained in Acupuncture and I also have a keen interest in Pilates, having undertaken APPI Pilates training to Intermediate Level, and have previously ran Rehab Pilates Classes. I plan to complete the pilates Instructor qualification in the near future.

I have a special interest in running injuries, having been a keen runner myself having completed London, Paris and New York Marathons (and sustaining several injuries!) and therefore can relate to athletes injured in the lead up to the event they have been training for. Having a hectic life with 3 little ones, I am trying to fit in runs whenever I can and am hoping to get back into it properly in the near future.


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