Reading and Tilehurst's Physiotherapy, Spinal and Sports Specialists


Tilehurst Clinic4 Chapel Hill, RG31 5DG
Reading Clinic Sports Park, University of Reading, RG6 6UR

0118 9310053


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What to Expect

Core Body Clinic (CBC) has 2 locations.  One can be found at the Total Health centre on Chapel Hill in Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 5DG.  It was set up in May 2014 to provide Physiotherapy, Sports injury care, and Men's and Women's health to the local and wider Reading community.  We wanted to build a practice based on evidence and critical thinking to ensure that we provided the best physiotherapy care possible.  Our clinic is spacious with level access and there is ample parking outside. Our second location is within the Sports Park, University of Reading, Shinfield Road, RG2 7JU and was opened in June 2016.  It too is spacious with the added advantage of having a fully equipped gym.

Our reception area is welcoming and our assessment and treatment rooms are spacious, very private and well equiped.  


Our vision is to provide highly experienced and specialised service to our patients with expertise in patient care, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.  Our guarentee is to provide the most cutting edge in musculskeletal physiotherapy and sports injury to ensure that you receive the right information, understand your problem and recover in the best possible way.  We guarentee to provide an honset approach to physiotherapy to ensure you understand the prognosis and the likely recovery time until you are moving and functioning pain free.  We promise to work with our patients to get them better and work at every stage of the rehabilitation process to ensure you are the right track to recovery.  Call or drop into our Reading on Chapel Hill or at the Sports Park for a free chat.   

Our booking system is integrated into the diary meaning you can see appointment times in real-time.  All you need to do is click  and register using either your tablet, iPad, phone or computer.  Once you are set up you can book and appointment. It is very easy and whats more, should you suddenly find this is not convenient you can change the appointment at any time.  Of course, you can still email or call the clinic and one of the staff will be more than happy to guide you through the booking process.  If you choose online booking, appointments can be made 24 hours a day 365 days a year making access to physiotherapy simple.  


What happens at the appointment?


The process of examination and diagnosis:



 We will first work out what the problem is by assessing the causes.  This will involve a comprehensive discussion about the history of your complaint, how it started, what makes it better and worse, when does it hurt most in the day, does it disturb your sleep and do you have any other symptoms beside pain.  We will also take a history of your past medical conditions.  We will ask about medication and also about what sports and activites you like to do.  We will ask about your home life ad what you do for a living, whether you drive to work and how often you take time off. 

All of this is called the 'subjective history' and it is really important because it gives us the information to work out what's wrong.  We may ask the same things but in a different way or ask similar questions. This is called differential questioning and helps us differentiate between conditons. It may follow the format of a medical examination because physiotherapy is a health profession.

This is the difficult part and we will spend a little time making sure we fully understand the problem.  All too often health professions are guilty of pattern recognition.  A highly experienced way of identifying and diagnosiing disease and dysfunction.  Physiotherapists are trained to challenge any quick judgements they make to ensure that their inital thoughts are challenged and therefore we avoid assuming a diagnosis without clarification. 


Once we have worked through the subjective examination we will have considered the likely diagnosis and the differential diagnosis .  This means that the cause of your problem could be a result of 2 or 3 diagnosis.

The examination is designed to help us firm up a diagnois and refute the differential diganosis.  In this part of the assessment we will look at the range of bodily movement or joint.  We will test muscle strength, neurological fuction and normal everyday movements.  We will also perform some special tests to isolate as far as possible the structures within the joint or body where we believe the problem is.  The idea is to provoke the pain or dysfunction that you have come to see us about.  We already know from talking to you how bad this is and how quickly the pain subsides after being aggravated.  Physiotherapists are trained in delicate handling and therefore we will be conscious of how irritable your problem is.  We will aim not to increase your discomfort.   

If we feel it necessary we may ask your GP to arrange tests like bloods or xrays.  Physiotherapists are trained to look for common conditions and are particularly good at looking for problems not ameanable to physioatherapy.  We can tell if you need to see a surgeon and will refer you to the GP should we deem it necessary.  Additional testing can help clarify the diagnosis if we feel our clinical examination alone is not enough. 

Once this process is complete we will then discuss our findings and ensure you understand what the problem is.  We will discuss a plan of action and then the options for treatment that are available.  There are often many ways to approach a problem and evidence supports this notion. Therefore, the type of treatment we undertake has a lot to do with your time constraints, expectations and previous experiences.  It will also consider your own goals in recovery.  Setting goals helps us work with you to plot your recovery.  This is very important if you are having surgery for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament or if you are recovering from Chronic Lower Back pain. There are many ups and downs in rehabilitation and it is essential you understand this so you know what to do on a day to day basis. 



As stated above, there are several ways to treat a problem.  However, one thing is for sure in physiotherapy: MOVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL!  Exercise and movement is the mainstay of recovery.  Putting load through a joint, muscle and bone is the only way of keeping them strong and promoting recovery.  We cannot push and rub things better.  We can make them feel much better and coupled with exercise and activity we can rehabilitate them back to a more normal state.  

See our list on treatments to see the types of techniques we offer. 



Our “my pain is still there" Service

Even if you have visited 20 physios, 10 chiropractors, 5 osteopaths, an acupuncturist, the GP or 2 orthopaedic surgeons………..we would still love the opportunity to take a look.  Challenge us with the problem and we’ll work out in a free 15 minute consultation if we can help.   


Our Free 15 Minute Consultation

We understand that not every person knows what a physiotherapist is or does so what do you do if someone has suggested you see a physio and you are not sure whether it is right for you?  At Core Body clinic we offer a free 15 minute consultation (sometimes a bit longer if needed).


Who We Are

Reading and Tilehurst specialists in physiotherapy, clinical diagnosis and sports injury.  Core Body Clinic leads in the most cutting edge of assessment and treatment techniques to get you better quickly and keep you better.


How it works

At Core Body Clinic (CBC) we dont like to make things complicated. The human body is a highly sophisticated and adaptable machine but we have yet to understand even 50% of the human brain.  So at CBC we have tried to simplify the treatment process by breaking it down into what we call our Core Approach.

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How to Find Us

Our physiotherapy clinic Core Body Clinic is found on Chapel hill in Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 5DG.  Our second physiotherapy clinic at the Sports Park, University of Reading.  There is ample car parking available at both.  Please note to request if you are attending our physiotherapy clinic at  The Sports Park in Reading and need a downstairs room. 

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