Holistic business approach to health & wellbeing
A Holywood-based physiotherapy practice which specialises in the treatment of sports injuries and back pain has expanded for the third time in nine years in response to demand for its specialist services.
North Down Physio has invested a further £200k in its facilities which includes the opening of a new studio space and the creation of four new jobs. The studio will initially be used for a range of physio-led pilates and yoga classes which will be tailored for rehabilitation, stress management and well-being.
The business was established in 2009 by entrepreneurial physiotherapist, Julia Webster, who was one of the first to introduce the Sarah Key treatment method to Northern Ireland. This is a pioneering pain relief technique where the physiotherapist uses his/her feet to mobilise joints and muscles in the back.
North Down Physio’s client base has grown year-on-year and the business now employs a 16-strong team working over three floors of treatment rooms in Holywood.
Julia, who trained in Northern Ireland and New Zealand, has worked as a physio for Team NI at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (2014) and Australia (2018), at the London Olympics in 2012 and supported numerous sporting events throughout Ireland.
According to Julia, the expansion of her business correlates with the public’s growing enthusiasm for health and fitness:
“More people than ever before are getting active – and are taking their health seriously. This is really positive but as enthusiasts push their bodies to do more, they can become prone to sports injuries.
“Our approach is holistic – we place great emphasis on patient education as well as treatment – with the aim of creating improved health and wellbeing for the long term.”
The new studio space will complement Julia’s multidisciplinary approach to client care.
Julia added: “The classes will be small and focused – offering a more personal or bespoke approach – and are developed to cater for a wide range of needs, lifestyles and age-groups.
“While health and fitness are high up the agenda for some, we are also finding today’s more sedentary, desk-based lifestyle is taking its toll on necks, backs and spines. In response to this we are offering express classes at lunchtime to accommodate those working in offices nearby.”
With the new fit out due for completion in October, classes will start on the 6th November with courses running for a six week period.