Nicola is a great physio. She has a wealth of experience covering common and not so common injuries. She has an excellent diagnostic approach, carefully taking you through a rigorous set of questions and movements to ensure she fully understands the problem. From there, Nicola quickly identified the problem I had (of which there has been a number related mostly to Mountain Biking) and provides both excellent treatment and inter-treatment exercises simply explained and easy to carry out.
Nicola has a great treatment facility at Swan Cottage, but she only recommends further treatment when it’s needed. I’ve had three different injuries, all of which have been treated successfully by Nicola, and I’d have no hesitation in recommending her for any type of sports-based or similar Injury.
With Nicola’s clear and simple instructions online (via video call), I have been able to stay at home and achieve considerable relief from the pain of a stubborn and long-standing condition.
I had spinal surgery fusing 3 vertebrae 4 years ago and was once again in pain in another area in my spine. I sought help from Nicola although I knew that the problem was most likely structural.
I was surprised and very pleased that having taken a careful history and listened to my symptoms she was able to give me exercises (they were not difficult) which have helped to reduce the pain and give me more movement. Nicola was gentle in her attitude and encouraged me.
My first two visits were in person and then the next two over the internet. The internet consultation worked well. I managed to position my iPad so we could see each other and she could guide me.
Having suffered for some time with hip pain, particularly at night time, my GP suggested a consultation with Nicola and I’m so glad I took it up.
She was able quickly to identify the root of the trouble and with just two visits and a gentle daily exercise regime, I was very quickly back on track.
Walking is no longer difficult and I have taken up cycling as well as resuming a bit of golf now that is permitted.
I would most definitely use Nicola’s expertise, her personable and highly professional services again should the need arise.
I’d like you to know, Nicola, that I’m really pleased and grateful for your advice and help; all via a telephone consultation!
The knee feels quite normal now, and it seems the fist under the left buttock when lying on my back in bed is no longer required.
Just like to say thank you for your virtual consultation on my recent back problem. It was very clear and worked well.
I was very nervous about starting new exercises but you were very reassuring and knowing you were on the other end of the phone if needed was comforting.
My follow up appointment was good because I could give feedback and check I was doing the exercises right.
With much appreciation.
I have always enjoyed my fitness but since having my son I’ve not felt confident enough to do what I used to do.
I went to see Nicola as I sought medical advice and despite them telling me my pelvic floor was ok, I knew it still didn’t feel right.
It was a year after having my son I saw Nicola so I was worried it wouldn’t make any difference but I have been proven wrong! Nicola filled me with confidence from the moment we met.
Her knowledge, experience and passion for what she does, was delivered in a professional manner making me feel calm and at ease (not embarrassed or uncomfortable at all).
I was surprised how quickly the exercises made a difference and I am pleased to say I am exercising regularly and I’ve just completed a 5k mud run with no mishaps.
Thank you so much for your help.
This is just to thank you for your successful, and incredibly effective treatment of our international violinist. When I brought him to you, I thought that our Festival might be in danger of having to find a new international violinist at no notice. After his treatment with you, he was able to resume with some considerable equanimity. His words to myself and, I believe, to you suggested that no-one previously had been as effective as your good self. Profound gratitude, and don’t forget that you’ve got two free tickets for Hellens Music next year!
My teenage son has received treatment from Nicola for football related injuries a couple of times over the past two years. Nicola is a true professional; she gets to the root cause of the problem very quickly and provides treatment and simple effective exercises for Toby so he can get back on the pitch at the earliest opportunity. Nicola’s ability and willingness to take a little extra time to explain to Toby why the injury has occurred, show him on a model or an illustration where the injury is and how he can overcome the pain has inspired Toby so much that he now wishes to follow in Nicola’s footsteps and study to become a physiotherapist himself.
I can’t recommend Nicola highly enough. A timely appointment followed by a thorough assessment which led to a manageable plan of action. I felt extremely relieved and positive after my first visit. I went away with a clear idea of what needed to be worked on, and my ‘homework’ was very specific, with the exercises we’d practiced during the consultation emailed to me on paper to ensure I got them right and didn’t forget – so no excuses at the next session! There was no pressure to return for lots of sessions, and I had a good idea about what to expect in terms of improvement and what was required of me to achieve that. The fact that Nicola is also part of an NHS team at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital gave me the added confidence that she would be up to date with her training and professional development and aware of the latest professional advice and guidance. Apart from anything else, Nicola is good fun and down to earth.
Nicola is both very experienced & highly skilled. This is not only in her ability to treat the physical problem but also in her help with the low spirits that can accompany flare-ups of chronic pain.
I first met Nicola when referred by my GP for upper neck pain and stiffness.
As my job involves working at a computer a lot, this was affecting my work and making me very tired at the end of the day.
It really wasn’t long before Nicola located the problem. Manipulating the vertebrae that were playing up proved to be exactly what was needed and now with a short top up from time to time, my ability to work at a screen for long periods has been completely transformed…it’s also helped a lot with long-distance driving to; another thing I have to do much of for my job.
What was so pleasing for me was that this injury had occurred years before when picking up the children when they were still small. I had just come to accept that I would have it for the rest of my life. It was incredibly pleasing to have it fixed by Nicola and has made a big difference to my life.
Nicola is a great physio. She has a wealth of experience covering common and not so common injuries. She has an excellent diagnostic approach, carefully taking you through a rigorous set of questions and movements to ensure she fully understands the problem. From there, Nicola quickly identified the problem I had (of which there have been a number related mostly to Mountain Biking) and provides both excellent treatment and inter-treatment exercises simply explained and easy to carry out.
Nicola has a great treatment facility at Swan Cottage, but she only recommends further treatment when it’s needed. I’ve had three different injuries, all of which have been treated successfully by Nicola, and I’d have no hesitation in recommending her for any type of sports based or similar Injury.
I forgot to thank you for seeing me back in April and at short notice. It made such a difference to me, getting some advice and treatment and I felt so much better that weekend. My knee is fine now, I had a few further sessions with another physio (who used to work with you in Gloucester) but I do see the benefit of getting help as soon as possible after an injury.
My GP recommended Nicola to me as I was suffering severe back spasms. Within a few days she had made the problem bearable and with the regime of exercises she gave me as homework I have been able to manage the weakness in my back so that I can continue life with a minimum of discomfort. She is not only very professional but dealt with my problem in a sympathetic and approachable manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services.
I am more than happy to write this testimonial for Nicola Johnson. She has not only treated myself, but also my husband and two teenagers over the past two years. Always very professional, compassionate and caring. Nicola adapts her explanation accordingly and really explains how the problem is occurring as well as manipulating the area needing treatment. Indeed I am still doing a very simple exercise that has so far prevented my problem reoccurring!
I have on numerous occasions recommended her to friends and colleagues.
I had been suffering with shoulder and neck pain progressively as a result of poor posture from long hours at my desk and in the car. A reason for the delay in having this looked into was the thought of having to work around structured appointments.
Nicola offered flexibility in treatment times to suit me and showed a real empathy to my work situation and lack of time.
Unlike physiotherapists I had seen in the past, Nicola took time to consult with me and to fully understand through questioning, the root cause so that she could not only deal with the pain, but give advice on future prevention. Where this differed mostly was in how thorough the initial consultation was and how she made me feel at ease and always considerate to work at my pace.
Suffice to say, my problem was fixed and I would have no hesitation in recommending Nicola especially to anyone who may feel slightly uneasy about receiving physiotherapy for the first time.
I’ve had no hesitation in recommending Nicola’s physio treatment to others. Her flexible appointment times are much appreciated and I always get a set of exercises to keep me moving in between sessions.
Intense hip pain, not able to get into a car. After just a few treatments at my home, I was able to return to normal activity. All thanks to you, Nicola, being able to undertake home visits and treatment. Such a tremendous relief. Thank you once again.
Nicola has treated my daughter, granddaughter and myself! Each time thoroughly identifying the cause of the pain and giving good advice on lifestyle changes to prevent recurrence as well as excellent treatment.
I consulted Nicola about a pain problem which I had had for years – but was becoming more troublesome. She patiently assessed and analysed what was wrong, and saw me through a mixture of hands on treatment, gradually moving onto gentle specific exercises and then onto a maintenance plan for me to continue with at home.
A year on my pain is vastly improved. I have a better understanding about how to prevent it from flaring up. I have been able to return to a hobby which meant a lot to me, but which I had fairly well given up on. For me, this has made a big difference to my quality of life.
Just to say thank you very much for your time last evening.
I was extremely impressed with your questioning and relating to my daughter – the best I have ever witnessed. You have filled me with confidence!
After a recommendation from a friend, I saw Nicola after several months of being unable to play any sport. After one session where she made an assessment, she was able to teach me simple exercises and stretches. I was then able to return to sport without any problems. I would highly recommend her.