Testimonials

Testimonials

Louise Banks – New Business Development Manager

I was recommended to go and visit Rhys by a personal trainer from the gym. After not being able to train properly for three months and the pain in my hamstrings and gluteus was getting considerably worse, I decided to book in with Rhys for some assistance.

After having a few intensive physio sessions with Rhys I am now able to train properly and can run again without experiencing any pain or discomfort. His technique and stretching exercises are the best and he really helped me to get back up and running again (literally)!

I would definitely recommend Rhys to anyone that has any kind of injury as the methods he uses really do work. I have been recommending Rhys to some of my Iron Man friends and he has already started treating them.

 

Laura Guida – Patent and licence management executive

A friend recommended that I see Rhys Chong as I had been suffering from ankle and foot problems for a few years and walking was quite painful. Rhys was patient and thorough, attentive to the detail so as to get to the root of the problem.  Therapy sessions were very helpful and in combination with the advice and exercises I have found great relief.

 

Marko Stojanovik – Strategy Analyst

I would like to provide a short testimonial of the first class treatment that I have been receiving at Physical Edge by Rhys.

I’ve been having problems with my right shoulder for several months now and tried a lot of different ways to get better. I initially tried reading articles on the internet and hoping to find someone that would have the answers. However I slowly realised this is not the approach to take. I then decided to see a physiotherapist, and after visiting a number of different physios in London I began to realise that I was not improving even though I was doing all the exercises I was given. It seemed to me that the physiotherapists could not see what was wrong with me, and where the pain was coming from.

I was then referred to Physical Edge by my colleague, who was extremely happy with the treatments he has been receiving there. I decided to try my luck, and during my first 30min, I realised that Rhys definitely knows his stuff. He quickly realised that my whole body posture was wrong and that my right shoulder and ribs were not aligned properly. Over the course of 4 weeks I improved dramatically. I have been doing the exercises that he recommended and as a result my rib cage, shoulder blade and related muscles have slowly returned to their correct positions. The pain is almost gone, and I am slowly going back to swimming and playing football.

I strongly recommend Physical Edge. At least go for one session and see for yourself.

 

Robert Norton – CEO, Digital Media Business
I’ve met many physios and Rhys is among the very best.  He is smart, thorough, attentive and takes the time to really listen to the issues at hand.  Like the best, he is commited to relieving pain and getting you back in top form.  Thank you Rhys!

 

Marina Nola – Senior Project Manager

I went to see Rhys with a foot injury that threatened to stop me from running the Berlin marathon that was just 10 days away. Rhys conducted a thorough assessment and quickly established the root cause of my injury rather than simply treating the symptoms. Rhys gave me an action plan to follow over the course of the next 10 days to give me the best shot at rehabilitating sufficiently to enable me to start and hopefully finish the race. I followed the rehab plan Rhys gave me and my foot got better each day. 10 days later I lined up at the start line of the Berlin marathon with 40,000 others – over the moon to be there but a little nervous about how my foot was going to hold up. 26 miles later I ran through the Brandenburg Gate and down the home straight to the finish line under my target time. It was an amazing feeling. Thank you so much Rhys for helping me complete the race! Looking forward to working with you on my longer term rehab plan.

 

Emma Pratt – Account Director, London advertising agency
Rhys has been my physio for four years now and I know whenever I go to see him with whatever back related problem I may have that he will quickly get to the root cause of it, treat if effectively and have me back on my feet and pain free quicker than anyone else I have ever seen.

 

I am a very active person and regularly dance and play tennis so it is important to me that I recover quickly from injuries and have full mobility. Rhys is fantastic and setting the right exercises to help with rehabilitation and it’s amazing how much they help and what a difference they make to reducing pain and making a full and speedy recovery (I have actually just done mine before writing this!).

 

It is always difficult to find the time to fit in the exercises though and they can seem a chore at times but Rhys always emphasises the importance of them so I try to do them rigorously and have even been known to pack tennis balls and exercise tubing in my suitcase and taken them on holiday with me so I can ensure I’m doing my bit to support the work Rhys does in the surgery. It really does make all the difference and I’m always amazed at how quickly and well my condition improves when I combine the exercises Rhys sets with the treatment he gives me.

 

Andrew Shelton – TV commercials Producer
Just to let you know that you worked your magic on my left shoulder… it feels so much more normal and relaxed and no pain/tension! It hasn’t felt so fluid in ages! Also the plaster I wore felt great, really warm and comforting! Didn’t want to take it off! (but have done now) So many thanks for sorting me out!

 

Karen Kaldezar – Director

WOW, my back is not hurting and my stomach is flatter. The exercises seem to be working. Thank you so much.

 

Deepa Kalikiri – Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management Director

“I have been suffering from a very painful back for few years and tried a chiropractor, acupuncture, and different types of massages, but really had no improvement. On my first appointment with Rhys, the root of the problem was found and treatment has been successful from then on. Rhys took a lot of time listening to all my concerns in order to identify specific area that needed treatment.

 

What really sets Rhys apart is his personal endeavour to resolve issues that may have been going on for years and years and yet have never been resolved. He has a true passion in his care. He made me realize how my back pain was linked to my day to day life. Through the sessions, he helped me develop a body/mind balanced approach giving me the basis to live my life more skilfully. I will definitely recommend Rhys to friends and colleagues. Thank you Rhys!”

 

Christine St. John

“Very simply, if you are suffering pain, go to Rhys Chong. He will identify the root of the pain and make it go away. Why live with pain ? Why? Go to him and get it sorted. There is no one better.”

 

Trudi Charles – Legal Manager Global Fuels, BP

“Many of the testimonials on this website talk about Rhys being special… and he is! I cannot speak highly enough of Rhys and I have happily (and with great confidence) referred many friends to him over the years. I’m a keen tennis player and Rhys has treated me for various injuries during the past 7 years ranging from a wrist injury, lower back problems, a torn calf muscle and most recently an intensive 3 month period of rehabilitation following ligament repair surgery on my ankle.

 

Rhys has a very analytical and holistic approach to diagnosis and I’ve learnt a lot from him about the exercises and stretches I need to do both during recovery and beyond to help prevent further injury. I have a personal trainer and throughout my rehab from surgery, Rhys would write to him regularly to set exercises to ensure we kept pushing the intensity level and momentum of my recovery. I was back on court within 3 months and I couldn’t have done it without the 2 of them working together in the way that they did.

 

Rhys genuinely cares about his patients and when you combine that with his obvious professional skill and experience, you have a first class physio.”

 

Ed Richards – Board Communications Director, Leo Burnett

“I’ve seen Rhys for a number of years now for various sport & work-related injuries…it’s an ongoing joke that no sooner have we got one thing fixed that something else goes wrong! But I have total confidence in Rhys, and his superior knowledge & experience means that I feel like I’m in a very safe pair hands.

 

Rhys is a great listener, certainly patient, and always keen to get to the root cause of the problem, rather than superficially treating my injuries. One thing I find hugely beneficial is that he gives me the knowledge and the tools to continue the physio treatment outside of his office.

 

As Rhys says, only 10% of the healing gets done in his surgery…the other 90% is done by you back at home. And it’s true – you have to be dedicated to fixing your problem. If you don’t put in the hours yourself, then you’re unlikely to see faster or more quality results. Rhys is a true professional and I would happily recommend him to any of my friends or colleagues.”

 

Gary Burr – Senior Tax Manager

“I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Rhys. I’ve been to many physiotherapists over the years for various injuries, but none have had Rhys’ patient and analytical approach to diagnosis. He is always careful to try to get to the root cause of a problem rather than just treat the symptom.

 

Rhys is very good at giving a variety of exercises to be done at home to ensure that recovery is as quick as possible.

 

I’ve just completed my first marathon and suffered a couple of minor injuries during training. Rhys was invaluable during this time at not only treating the injuries quickly so that I could get back to training, but also with advice and tips based upon his own experiences having completed endurance events himself.”

 

Janice Dickinson – American model, fashion photographer, actress, author & model agent

I am very grateful to Rhys for his treatment. He guided my recovery from injury and got me into a world class consultant very quickly. It’s easy to see why the consultant rates Rhys as London’s top physiotherapist.

 

Charles Thompson – Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

When I first met Rhys the pain in my right ankle was so great that I could barely walk.I had booked to see Rhys because the consultant surgeon was suggesting that I needed extensive surgery on my right foot.This was a complex operation involving broken bones and the resetting of ligaments with a 4 to 6 month rehabilitation process.

 

Rhys is analytical in his initial diagnosis which is comforting. He wants to find the root of the problem, he does not leap into manipulation or massage immediately.He then sets you some exercises, which to begin with seem low impact and unlikely to be effective. How wrong could I be.

 

I say this as I have been visiting physios for 15 years and to date received many massages and neural stretch routines but no exercises to build up weak muscle groups.

 

Within 6 weeks there was a visible reduction in the swelling around my right ankle and 12 weeks later I could walk without any pain.

 

I also had some acupuncture which seemed to accelerate the healing process. I plan to be able to build up to running for 1 mile and then 2 miles over the next few months.This is a wonderful result; no surgery and a massive improvement in my physical life and emotional life.

 

Rhys is special.

It has been a long journey to find someone as good as Rhys.

Rhys wants to cure problems so that you do not have to come back to see him again.I like that in a medical practitioner.

 

Having cured my ankle last year, Rhys has now worked on tennis elbow and with exercises, massage and acupuncture, has solved that injury in double quick time.

 

 

Ian Christie – Advertising executive

“I ran across a road the other day. Nothing unusual about that normally, but without Rhys, I couldn’t have done it. Rehabilitating after ankle and knee surgery, Rhys was able to get me mobile far quicker than expected. It was his strategy to take an holistic approach that was instrumental – my knee problem was only completely fixed by his assessment of the condition of the opposite ankle. An insight that others had missed.

Professional as well as efficient – I will continue to recommend Rhys without hesitation…”

Beverley Mason and Kevin Chesham – Triathletes

“The champs started with the world Aquathlon champs for age groupers and Elites…

Okay mate!!…keep it brief for now but Bev took silver!!!! 2nd…in the 40-44 and old man Kev…55-59…Took Gold!!! I joke not mate… if i remember from NZ… Bev and I are… Stoked… in UK we are Chuffed To Bits… amazing Rhys we nearly cried. You try your best in training and racing but to come out here against all the other countries and take a medal… wow!!.

We are 2010 British Triathlon Association Champs at the Aquathlon but now International Triathlon Union(ITU)world medalists.”

Sarah Haywood – Wedding Designer

“Good news is that since my last visit I am completely pain free! I have been doing the exercises, laptop all but consigned to a drawer and no long periods of inactivity stuck behind the desk…. so THANK YOU!”

Matthew Jones – Ironman Finisher
“A big thank you for your help during my preparation for Ironman UK, I was aware at the time of entering the race that I would struggle to find enough training/recovery time, but I still felt that three Months of well planned training and a positive mindset would get me to the finish line within the cut off time.

After my first bike ride of just over one hour I became very doubtful as my left shoulder was creating severe discomfort after only thirty or so minutes on the bike, I could see the dream evaporating as I could not imagine being able to cycle 112 miles!

I still cannot believe how much you have helped me in just a few appointments, I think that the fact that you were training for Ironman Switzerland (albeit in a far more disiplined manner than me)at the time enabled a deep and complete understanding of my problem, in addition to this your perseverence in finding the root cause of my shoulder pain has enabled me to continue to impliment the postural advice and enjoy a greater freedom of movement on and off the bike.

I spent over eight hours on the bike in the Lancashire countryside and only stopped once, and that was not because of shoulder pain, your advice regarding race nutrition and pacing paid off as I felt well all through the run, I feel that you provide not only an extremely professional service, but that you are passionate at achieving excellence.

My Ironman “career” started and ended on the same day, thanks again not only for helping me get there, but for caring as well.”

 

Diccon Driver – Copywriter
“I have been doing triathlons for three years now. While I have enjoyed the training, putting more physical strain on my body has resulted in injuries, which thanks to Rhys have been expertly managed. For the past 6 months I’ve been building my training towards the UK half Ironman in June. With only 6 weeks to go I started to get a stabbing glutial pain after only 30 mins of running.

I went to see Rhys and after a thorough examination he explained it was caused by my running style. He explained this in simple terms and then set about putting together a program to help me get fit again in time to race. Having followed the program of stretches and exercises I’m now injury free and ready (just in time) to race. What I like about Rhys is, unlike some Physios, you’re not just another patient. He takes time to understand your body and then tailors a treatment that’s perfect for you. Thanks (again).”

Completes UK Ironman 70.3.
“Thanks again for the work, leg, glutes were fine for the run. Did 6hrs 16 which put me in the top 30%. You got me in shape just in time, cheers Rhys.”

 

Angela Radcliffe – Model
“I was referred to Rhys after suffering for 20 years with a daily constant headache, and my migraines which were becoming more frequent. After diagnosing the problem and only six sessions I am happy to say I have been free from pain ever since. Rhys also encouraged me to review my posture and neck positioning which has helped me to look better as well!.”

 

Cris Cole – Screenwriter
“A long term injury to my neck/shoulder that was causing a fair bit of discomfort when I turned my head, was diagnosed, treated and rectified quickly and easily. Thanks very much. I’d definitely recommend Rhys.”

 

Mehmet Ali – Metropolitan Police Const
“I would like to say a big Thank You to you at Physical Edge. As you know I serve the Metropolitan Police as a Constable. This entails a lot of walking as you can imagine and gets quite a bit harder on the knees when you put on weight, as I have done.

I have been suffering with knee problems for some years now and the bad food habits persisted until I came into your treatment room. Being a Police Officer I often found myself grabbing unhealthy take away food on the go.

I would like to say Thank You for the treatment and for going over and above what you needed to do with trying to get me onto a more healthy way of life. Both eating and exercise. I know you had to keep on at me, but I am now doing better things with my life. I watch what I eat more closely and have a regular exercise regime that I keep to. I must put all this down to you so Thank You.”


Daryl Fielding – Vice President, Marketing of Kraft Foods

“Rhys’s brand of physiotherapy is to be both practical and intensive. He sorted out a very painful neck for me very quickly, by a combination of manipulation, exercises and advice on my posture. He is intelligent and thoughtful and gave me a regime that worked for my lifestyle. The pain I was experiencing has not returned several months later, so the effectiveness of the treatment is sustainable.”
Beverley Mason – triathlete
“Just wanted you to know that I won the National Swim/run championships on Saturday at Milton Keynes. That was in my age group 35-39 and I have just turned 39! It was a 750m swim and 5k run. That is the fourth time I have won it – but of course I didn’t compete last year. Thanks to you – I have been able to win it again!”

Daniel Priestley – Entrepreneur
“I’ve really enjoyed watching Physical Edge launch into the world of social media. I’ve known Rhys Chong to be on the cutting edge of his field. He is again proving this by connecting with patients- new and existing- on a level not possible without social media. His videos allow people to have a personal physio at home, his Twitter updates offer advice and updates, the blog educates anyone interested in matters of physical care and other sites such as facebook allow great communication between people.

Its amazing to connect with a qualified expert through this medium and as a result have such a specialised field become accessible to all. Rhys has shown a great dedication to his patients and a passion for physiotherapy.”

Daniel Priestley is an entrepreneur, currently with several successful businesses and an in demand international speaker. Find out more at www.triumphantevents.co.uk.

 

Paul Goldfinch – UBS Head of Finance EMEA markets
“After years of regular back problems and many visits to many different ‘experts’, Rhys was the first person who took the time to really sit down with me, study my habits and identify the root cause of my pain.

Subsequent to his treatment and making the recommended changes to my daily routine I have been pain free… 18 months already.

Rhys takes a genuine interest in his clients, is very positive and an excellent attitude and most importantly really knows his stuff.

I would recommend him to anyone.”

Sheron Wray – Jazz Dancer
“The treatment I had with Rhys Chong enabled me to work again without the pain and restriction that was seemingly chronic in my hip. The rehabilitation has enabled lasting stability and a return to my full range of movement.”

 

Henriett Tunyogi – Ballerina
“As a ballerina my body requires special care. My body was really exhausted after an extended time of constant traveling and per­forming with daily 5-6 hour rehearsals. I had pains everywhere.

Luckily I met Rhys Chong, who perfectly understood my problems. After the first treatment I felt great relief. Following a few more my body was reborn. I regained the feeling of total freedom in my dancing. So I can whole-heartedly recommend Physical Edge to everybody and to my colleagues who need special care.”

Nicola Sacher – Creative Director
“ ‘Torturer’ the first words I uttered after treatment 1 with Rhys Chong. ‘Brutal’, ‘Mean’, ‘Cruel’ and ‘Insane’ all followed. Privately I feel freedom restored inside my body and call him my ‘Saint’.”

Kate Ginn – Secretary, Author & Lecturer
“Balance between mind, body and spirit is vitally important if I am to be able to do all I want to do each day. However, the reality is there are times when I don’t express my emotions well or I overdo something physically and I find myself feeling out of shape both physically and emotionally.

This is when I go for physiotherapy with Rhys at Physical Edge. At my sessions Rhys assists me by getting my body back in alignment whilst also listening with compassion to my endless chatter about where I am stuck before encouraging me to seek solutions.

He is a practical, caring health practitioner and I really enjoy my physiotherapy sessions with him because I leave there feeling lighter in all ways and ready to take on the world again … until the next time …”

Nick Appell – Extreme Athlete & Polar Explorer
“During the build up to the North Pole Marathon, I had terrible trouble with my both my shins. I was unable to run at all.

Had I not had the exceptional treatment from Rhys there is no way I would have been able to take part in this incredible event. Thanks Rhys for making that possible.”

Peter Campbell
“I was referred to Rhys by my doctor as a last resort, having been told by an eminent Harley Street specialist that I had a worn cartilage that would not respond to treatment or surgery. My knee was causing considerable pain as I walked and affecting my desire and ability to play golf, go on city breaks with my wife etc. The specialist’s advice was to learn to live with a bit of pain, buy new shoes, lose a bit of weight and do a few exercises!

In three months over about 10 sessions of 30 min, Rhys has transformed me so I can now walk without discomfort to the extent that I can now play 36 holes of golf in a day! His diagnosis and questioning are thorough and persistent; his treatments are intense and relevant; and the exercises he recommends are simple and effective; he always begins each session by reviewing efficacy of treatment and exercises.

Above all he is interesting and interested; I could not recommend him more strongly.”

Mohamed Afzel – Accountant
“I was referred to Rhys Chong at Physical Edge by a colleague at work. I had a rotator cuff injury which by the time I came to see Rhys had precipitated to a frozen shoulder.

The careful assessment, painstaking therapy care and instructions given by Rhys had transformed me from almost a cripple to regain my full range of movement with my arm and shoulder.”

 

Katy Young

There is no way I would have got around the 26.2 miles f the London Marathon in 2007 without Rhys’s treatment and support. It was hard work… sometimes it was painful(!) but I learnt so much.

 

Rhys’s patience and encouragement kept me going at a time when I thought my body – and my mind – were going to give out, and I know that my training, then and now, has benefited greatly.

 

Thanks again, and here’s to the next marathon…!

 

 

Sarah Harley

I had 3 months to up my fitness regime before the trip of a lifetime to Kiliminjaro. During this training period I started to experience pain to the right-hand side of my left knee whilst running/trekking. This was extremely frustrating as it was affecting my progress. I decided to seek help with a physio.

 

I had a series of sessions over an 8 week period with Rhys prior to my trip. He combined electro-acupuncture with more traditional physio practice to help combat the issue with my knee. I had never heard of, let alone had electro-acupuncture so I was slightly apprehensive. However, I am convinced that this played a significant role in my recovery!

 

I would thoroughly recommend Rhys as a physiotherapist. He was highly professional and efficient in his approach and got to the core of the problem very quickly. I am delighted to say that I didn’t experience any pain throughout my trip even after trekking for at least 5 hours a day for 8 days! I got to enjoy an amazing experience without any of the pain I had felt previously.

 

 

Warren Dekkers

As a young teenager I was diagnosed with Sheurmanns disease which has effected my posture and the way I exercise. As a result I have suffered from back, neck and knee pain most of my life. At the age of 38 my personal trainer, Wayne Alleyne urged me to see a physiotherapist to get my condition professionally assessed.

 

I made an appointment with Rhys Chong for a full postural analysis. Rhys spent time looking at the range of motion, flexibility and stability that I had and together we worked on each individual area to improve my overall posture. We discussed improvements to my work station set up, sleeping positions, mattress quality and how I could improve my general daily exercise and training.

 

After each session I was given a series of exercises to do on my own and to incorporate into my gym training with Wayne. Wayne designed a training program which helped maintain my physiotherapy results and work towards my personal fitness goals. My physiotherapy sessions consisted of deep tissue and muscle massage, acupuncture with electrical pulses put through the needles and stability exercises. After 3 months I can personally see an improvement and feel almost pain free for the first time in my life.

 

I would urge anyone with joint pain or injury to book a session with Rhys and get yourself checked out. This is the best thing that I have ever done.

 

Rhys you have been brilliant – thank you! And thank you to you too Wayne for encouraging me to go in the first place.

 

 

Louis Jebb

Rhys Chong has twice helped me to recover from injury. On both occasions he guided me to a complete and lasting recovery. His expertise and positive approach were very reassuring. I could feel his treating working by degrees. He taught me to understand the mechanics of my body, so that together we could heal the problem, and strengthen my frame in the long term, to protect against recurrence.

 

The Shoulder

On the first occasion, I was suffering considerable pain from a chronic shoulder problem, brought on by incorrect posture and poor work-station practises. Rhys taught me why bad posture and slovenly work patterns had created the problems in the first place. At the same time as correcting these failings, we worked on activation g the smaller muscles around the shoulder blade to provide better support. Small repetitive exercises made the joint more stable, and left me with a pain-free shoulder for the first time in months.

 

The Hamstring

The second occasion for treatment was a pulled hamstring. which I suffered doing sprints in the park, and stretching for too long a stride, Rhys helped me to calm the injury using first cold compresses and then hot compresses. He then brought me through a routine for stretching the back of my legs, while activating the connected muscles (the gluteus and lower abdomen) to give the healing hamstring the co-ordinated support it needed.

 

I have found that Rhys’s special quality as a physio is that he educates his patients as he treats them. He has a reassuringly direct, no-nonsense, approach to diagnosis. And during treatment, he teaches his patients to look after themselves, and thus avoid further injury. I can’t imagine being in better hands.

 

 

Louis Berkinshaw

I am a very keen footballer, playing for the Imperial College 1st XI. I had been training hard during the summer (running, weights, circuits) and was really looking forward to the season ahead. However, when I kicked a ball for the first time, I felt a sharp pain in my ankle; a recurrence of an injury from the previous season.

 

Since football is my main distraction from my studies, I would be devastated if I could not play. I decided to go to Rhys to see if he could help. I explained the injury and Rhys assessed my ankle. At first, it was not obvious what was wrong; I could run, twist and turn on the ankle, but just could not kick a ball without pain. Soon however, Rhys identified the problem and performed some exercises.

 

I soon felt an improvement and Rhys suggested I should now kick a ball to test it. I felt no pain at all. I returned to full training the next day, and again, felt no pain. I was greatly relieved that I could play football pain-free again, considering the importance of the sport in helping me through my studies.

 

I was hugely impressed by Rhys’s professionalism and obvious expertise. He offered me an appointment on the day that I contacted him. Rhys identified the problem and then solved it during the single appointment. I will certainly be returning if I pick up any other injury and will strongly recommend Rhys to my football team.