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Helping care for your muscles, bones and joints.

What is MSK?

Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapists are specialised in treating orthopaedic, rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions and sports-related injury. They aim to restore movement and function and support patients to manage conditions by using tools including education and advice, pain management strategies, exercise therapy and manual therapy techniques.

MSK physiotherapists will consider all factors which could impact a patient’s recovery, such as specific tissue injury, training load, change in activity, individual functional goals, lifestyle, sleep and stress. They use evidence-based practise and experience to assess and diagnose problems and identify which factors are likely to be causing or impacting the symptoms, in order to devise a tailored treatment plan.

Book online at a health centre near you or call us on 0330 127 7805^ to discuss your treatment options.

Our musculoskeletal treatments

Physiotherapy

Whether you’ve had an operation and need post-surgery rehabilitation or have had sports injuries and need some help with prevention techniques, our team of Physiotherapists are here to help you get back to feeling like yourself again.

What happens at an MSK physiotherapy session?

During your first appointment, our highly experienced physiotherapists will speak to you about your medical history. With your needs and goals in mind, you’ll get a personalised musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment plan. Treatment plans may include any of the following:

  • Self-management, education and advice
  • Manual therapy
  • Sports and exercise therapy
  • Chronic pain management
  • Taping
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise outside of your appointment

Sports and exercise medicine

Our MSK physicians can provide expert assessments and order diagnostic tests such as X-rays, MRI scans and blood tests. They can also perform injection therapy and shockwave therapy, if clinically right for you.

So you get a holistic, individual care plan, MSK therapists such as physios and osteopaths will work closely with our MSK physicians. If surgery is needed, they’ll collaborate with orthopaedics surgeons too.

  • Osteopathy

  • Women’s health

  • Podiatry

  • Pilates

  • Other services


Osteopaths have a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. This is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together.

They work to restore your body to a state of balance, using physical manipulation to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and to help your body’s own healing mechanisms.

Our Osteopaths will provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.


Our women’s health physios are specially trained to treat a wide range of pelvic & abdominal problems such as:

  • aches and pains related to pregnancy 
  • abdominal separation
  • urinary Incontinence
  • overactive bladder
  • pelvic floor rehabilitation 
  • pelvic organ prolapse
  • painful sexual intercourse

The treatments covered can include:

  • exercise programmes to improve movement, function & flexibility
  • core strengthening exercise programme
  • mobilisation and manipulation techniques to reduce pain
  • advice on lifestyle changes
  • taping and provision of supportive equipment, where needed

All you need to do is book a Physio appointment by calling the number below and ask to be booked with a Women's Health Physio

Available at Reading, Basinghall & Solihull 


If you’re suffering from heel pain, thickening foot tissue, toe deformities, pain when moving your feet or achilles, calf, shin or knee issues, you could benefit from an appointment with one of our podiatrists.

Our podiatrists specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders that affect the foot, ankle and lower limb, and how they react to stresses placed upon them.

After assessing your feet and footwear, along with your walking and running techniques using video Gait Analysis, your podiatrist will discuss their findings with you to agree the best management strategy going forward.


General pilates classes at Bupa

Available for all ages, our small general Pilates classes can help you mobilise and strengthen muscles around your entire body to support your posture and improve spinal health. It can be a great way to keep any aches and pains under control in the long term.

Taught by our knowledgeable chartered physiotherapists or qualified health advisers, our classes incorporate elements of yoga, martial arts and western forms of exercise to target fitness and rehabilitation goals.

Pre and post-natal pilates – experience the Bupa difference

Whether you’re expecting a new addition to the family - or have recently given birth, - pilates is a safe, low impact way to strengthen your pelvic floor and core abdominal muscles. Run by physiotherapists or health advisers, our classes are a great way to discover the benefits of pilates and achieve any personal goals and objectives you may have.

Our experts will assess you to plan whether an individual pilates class or joint session would be the most beneficial for you.

Shockwave

Shockwave produce micro traumas to the targeted injured tissue which results in increased blood flow and help speed up the body’s natural healing process. It is commonly used for tendon related injuries and can be a great adjunct to other treatment options such as exercise therapy.

Available at a limited number of health centres.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points around the body. Application can assist with various MSK conditions from headaches to lower back pain although is commonly used as an adjunct to more traditional physiotherapy interventions for longer-term health benefits.

Pelvic health

Following a comprehensive assessment, our Pelvic Health physiotherapists offer an individualised treatment plan that may include lifestyle advice, biofeedback, exercise-based rehabilitation, hands on therapy, taping and provision of supportive equipment where required.

Service Greater London Outside Greater London
Initial consultation £265.00 £233.00
Follow-up consultation £202.00 £158.00
Short follow-up consultation £101.00 £79.00
Service Greater London Outside Greater London
Initial consultation £82.00 £62.00
Follow-up consultation £64.00 £49.00
Service Greater London Outside Greater London
Initial consultation £85.00 £51.00
Follow-up consultation £62.00 £42.00
Isokinetic testing £170.00 -
Isokinetic final report £170.00 -
Service Greater London Outside Greater London
Podiatry biomechanical assessment £202.00 £176.00
Podiatry 30-minute consultation £82.00 £41.00
Podiatry short follow-up consultation  £64.00 £30.00
Service Greater London Outside Greater London
Six sessions
£90 £70
Class rate
£18
 £14
Service Greater London Outside Greater London
Initial consultation £85.00 £51.00
Follow-up consultation £62.00 £42.00
Isokinetic testing £170.00 -
Isokinetic final report £170.00 -

No, anyone can have an appointment.

Your insurer will need to pre-authorise your treatment, please check with your insurance provider that they check with your health insurance provider that they’ll cover your treatment before booking with us. When you book your appointment with us, you’ll need to supply your health insurance details, unless you’re paying personally.

To make an appointment you can call us on 0333 3315924^. If you have health insurance, please make sure you have your policy number and an authorisation code for treatment when making your appointment.

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If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please call us with at least one working day or 24 hours’ notice. If you cancel later than this you will incur a cost.

For physiotherapy, osteopathy and podiatry you will be charged 100% of the fee if you fail to attend or cancel with less than 24 hours notice.

For musculoskeletal physicians and orthopaedic surgeons you’ll be charged 100% of the fee if you fail to attend or cancel with less than 24 hours notice. If you cancel your appointment with 72 to 24 hours notice you will be charged 50%.

You may need to undress to your underwear so that your clinician can examine you. Alternatively, you may be asked to change into shorts and a t-shirt so you may wish to bring your own along with you.

If you’ve had any previous tests such as an X-ray or MRI scan, bring the results of these and any other letters that your doctor may have sent you. If you’re taking any medicines, bring these as well.

Your first appointment may last up to 45 minutes. Any follow-up sessions are usually about 30 minutes.

MSK initial appointments may last up to 40 minutes. Any follow-up sessions are usually about 20 minutes

If you’ve been referred by your GP, and you’re happy for us to do so, he or she will be sent a letter with an update on your progress. If you made the appointment without being referred and you would like us to notify your GP, we’ll be happy to do this.

The first time that you contact us, we’ll ask you to provide some personal details and open a confidential medical file for all of your records. All patient records are subject to the same strict rules of confidentiality that you would expect of any medical records. No information will be passed to any third party without your consent.

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