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A Leading Sheffield Physiotherapy Clinic

Sheffield Physiotherapy is a professional clinic located on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield. We offer physio services for spinal and sports injuries as well as arthritis and muscular problems. We are a highly innovate and modern clinic, continually investing in the latest technology.

Lewis Payne

Lewis graduated in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy from The University of Nottingham, after which he worked as first team Physiotherapist for Sheffield F.C., before finally settling into private practice.

He has helped grow Sheffield Physiotherapy over the last 10 years into one of the most technologically advanced Physiotherapy clinics in the country, using state of the art equipment alongside an innovative model of Physiotherapy which retains a very hands-on approach.

He has over a decade of experience working as a Physiotherapist, he has trained to a high level in manual therapy, the use of advanced technological treatments for challenging conditions, and exercise based approaches to treatment.

Each week he manages a full case load of patients, including spinal conditions, joint conditions and sports injuries.

Lewis is perhaps most renowned for his work in treating complex and challenging spinal conditions, including disc pathology and joint problems. He also has specialist training in the treatment of scoliosis.
He is the lead practitioner for IDD Therapy, and has performed over 6000+ treatments throughout the last decade.

He offers MRI Referral and Review of MRI imaging as part of his expertise. Correlating MRI findings with symptoms, offers insights into challenging spinal conditions, provides clarity of diagnosis and helps guide the most effective treatment.

A fundamental blueprint that underpins Lewis’s treatment methodology is that he see’s the body as a Tensegrity structure, a concept whereby the bones float within a tensional matrix of soft tissues. Viewing the body in this way leads to profound insights into the true “cause” of a condition.

Lewis is adept in postural analysis, body reading, and a plethora of soft tissue release techniques, which help reduce unnecessary strain on the joints, meaning we hold ourselves with strength, move with grace, and tend to have less pain.
He is trained to a high level in prescribing specific “biomechanical corrective exercises” to improve the execution of fundamentally human movements. When humans move well in relation to what they’re designed to do, the benefits transfer to literally every other movement we perform.

Lewis is passionate about nature and being outdoors. He enjoys bushcraft, mountain biking, canoeing and campervanning. He gyms regularly which is a constant source of inspiration and innovation to his practice. He supports Sheffield United, loves the works of Tolkien and Rothfuss, Chinese food, and the Cinema.

John Wood

John is the Clinical Director of Sheffield Physiotherapy. He has over 30 years of experience working as a physiotherapist and has trained to a high level in both manipulative therapy and acupuncture. He came to Sheffield after qualifying to work at the Northern General Hospital, after five years he went on to work for and eventually became the Physiotherapy Manager at BMI Thornbury Hospital.

Whilst at Thornbury part of his work was with Premier League footballers working with players both at their club and within the hospital. He started working privately in Sheffield in 1998 and in June 2007 moved his practice from Wilkinson Street to its new premises on Ecclesall Road, establishing; Sheffield Physiotherapy.

He has a keen interest in the treatment of chronic spinal problems as well as longstanding sports injuries. John is a tutor for the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and has been involved in teaching acupuncture courses for physiotherapists throughout Britain. He has also been involved in teaching on postgraduate courses in manipulative therapy at Sheffield Hallam University.

Physiotherapy is an ever-developing profession and John has become one of the leading innovators within his profession, receiving the prestigious; Excellence in Innovation Award from the AACP in 2016. He pioneered the introduction of IDD Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression in England opening the first IDD Therapy Disc Clinic in the North of England. He has gone on to develop Sheffield Physiotherapy to be one of the most technologically advanced physiotherapy clinics in the country offering state of the art physiotherapy equipment alongside an innovative model of physiotherapy which retains a very hands-on approach.

In his spare time John enjoys playing both tennis and football. He has a passion for British and Italian sports-cars, coffee, wine and food.

Sujay Agarkar

Sujay qualified as a physiotherapist in 2021 and then continued his physiotherapy education by completing a Master’s Degree in Specialist Physiotherapy Practice at Hallam University qualifying in 2023.

He is experienced in treating a wide range of spine, joint and sports injury conditions using the latest techniques and technologies.

He has been working in private spine and sports injury physiotherapy practice full-time since completing his studies.

He is highly motivated to help his patients feel better and get back to doing the things they want to do. He is softly-spoken, empathetic and a great motivator who enjoys working with people of all ages.

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, travelling, running, cricket and socialising with friends over a beer.

Gemma Marshall

Since qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015, she has gained an array of experience in Musculoskeletal and Neurological Physiotherapy within the NHS and private practice.

Post graduating, Gemma studied two modules within Msc Advancing Physiotherapy Practise; Contemporary Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Advanced Clinical Reasoning in 2016/17. She ran her own clinic working as the lead Physiotherapist for 4 years until the pandemic, then pursued locum Physiotherapy roles within the NHS where they were short-staffed in Nottingham and Sheffield.

She has experience treating spinal conditions, joint conditions and soft tissue injuries with the use of manual therapy and exercise prescription. She also has a great understanding of the impact of the psychosocial model on chronic pain and rehabilitation, ensuring she has a holistic approach when treating patients. She will listen to your goals and work with you to achieve them.

With broad experience, she has a wealth of knowledge which allows her to have good understanding of a wide range of conditions. She has a kind and approachable manner which makes people quickly feel at ease. She looks forward to meeting you, treating your injuries and improving your quality of life.

Gemma competed semi-professionally in snowboarding until she was 21, travelling the world until she retired competing to study Physiotherapy. Out of work, Gemma is busy looking after her young son and enjoys training in the gym regularly. She has previously partaken in many sports such as horse riding, bouldering and tennis.