Hereford Physiotherapy Clinic

Tim Holt, MCSP, Dip Sports Physio, Chartered Physiotherapist
Registered with the Health Professions Council

Kay Holt, MCSP, BSc, Chartered Physiotherapist
Registered with the Health Professions Council

Stephen Heptinstall, MSc, Grad Dip Phys, M.C.S.P.
Registered with the Health Professions Council 

What is Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible, when someone is affected by injury or illness.

Who are we?

Tim, Kay and Steve are experienced Chartered Physiotherapists.

Tim qualified in 1983 whilst serving in the army.  He was posted to Hereford in 1987 and soon became involved with local sports teams.  Tim left the army in 1990 to establish his private practice, and also works within the NHS at Herefordshire Musculo-Skeletal clinic.

Kay trained at The Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, prior to working in the London area.  Since coming to Hereford, she has continued to treat musculo-skeletal problems, working in the local hospitals and private practice.

Steve qualified in 1987.  In 2000 he gained his MSc in pain management from Cardiff University.  He has worked in a number of settings including the Nuffield Hospital, Hereford United and as a clinical tutor for the football association.  He also works locally within cardiac rehabilitation, specialising in the treatment of angina.

What do we treat?

We specialise in treating musculo-skeletal problems, such as back and neck pain, sciatica, sports injuries, sprains and strains, repetitive strain injury, whiplash, post-orthopaedic surgery.


A comprehensive examination and assessment is performed to ascertain as much as possible about each patient and their problem, and arrive at a diagnosis.  This will enable the physiotherapist to devise an appropriate treatment plan.  The diagnosis will be explained, and the physiotherapist may teach you a little about the anatomy and mechanism of your injury.

Physiotherapy treatment encompasses a wide variety of possible interventions aimed at improving your function.  These may include:

 Manual therapy

  • Massage - to relax tight muscles
  • Mobilisations - to ease joint stiffness and pain
  • Stretches - to improve range of movement
  • Deep massage - to loosen chronic scar tissue

Posture and ergonomic advice.          

  • Re-education of correct posture
  • Workstation advice - e.g. computer users


  • Individual exercises for specific conditions
  • Rehabilitation advice to assist return to full function
  • Exercises to assist postural correction


  • Ultrasound                   Pulsed electromagnetic energy
  • Laser                           TENS
  • Interferential                Faradism


Physiotherapy FAQs

Do I need a referral from my doctor for physiotherapy treatment?

No, but if you have private health care insurance, the company may require this, for your treatment fees to be paid.

Is your clinic accredited?

Yes, all our physiotherapists are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and the Health Professions Council.

Will the cost of my physiotherapy be covered by medical insurance?

Usually yes, but as the terms of each policy vary, all patients should check with their iInsurers. 

How long do the sessions last?

All sessions last 40 minutes. 

How many treatments will be required?

This is very difficult to predict, and will vary according to many factors, such as how severe the injury is, and how long you have had it. 

What shall I wear for physiotherapy sessions?

Clothing that us easily removed, as the physiotherapist will need to do a thorough physical  assessment.  If you have a back or a leg problem, shorts are recommended 

Is there anything I should bring with me?

Details of your medication, and results of x-rays and scans if you have them

Physiotherapy links

Physiotherapy in sports medicine: website

Private practice physiotherapists: