At Birdwell Clinic our Chartered Physiotherapists aim to treat the whole body, by correcting and improving its own natural healing mechanisms.

Physiotherapy can speed up your recovery from injury and stop your problem recurring.

Physiotherapy plays a vital part in pain relief, healing and rehabilitation by restoring joint mobility, muscle flexibility, muscle strength, co-ordination and core stability after injury or disease.

We give advice , exercises and ‘hands on’ joint and muscle mobilization to aid and maintain recovery and to help prevent your problem recurring by treating the underlying cause and not just the symptoms.

We are local to Bristol, Nailsea, Backwell, Failand & Winscombe.

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Our emphasis is on ‘hands on’ treatment complemented by exercise, advice and self help.

Physiotherapy treats many conditions including back and neck pain, headaches, whiplash, sports injuries, sprains, pain and stiffness, and ‘wear and tear’ arthritic aches and pains.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession concerned with restoring healthy movement and regaining full painfree activity wherever possible.

Physiotherapy can restore joint mobility, muscle flexibility, strength and coordination as well as core stability after injury or disease.

Physiotherapists are trained to diagnose problems in the joints, nerves and soft tissues of the body, and will conduct a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan for your particular problem.

We find the quickest route to recovery, ascertain the root cause of your problem and reduce the risk of recurrence. These are the essential ingredients of a successful rehabilitation programme.

We are committed to using the latest research and treatment methods to improve your condition.

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No system in the body acts alone. So, in order to maximise the benefits of physiotherapy we have adopted a holistic approach encompassing the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves which includes:

  • Joint manipulation
  • Joint mobilization (a gentler form of manipulation)
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Muscle biofeedback
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Pilates and core stability training
  • Biomechanical analysis for orthotics
  • Preventative education
  • Ergonomic education

Sports Injuries

There are two types of sport injuries: acute and overuse.

Acute Sport Injuries

These are sudden traumatic injuries such as twisting your knee or ankle. These injuries commonly involve muscle, tendon, or ligament tears. Pain occurs instantly, is often intense and may stop you playing. The injured area may swell up and it will be painful to move.

Physiotherapy treatment will provide comprehensive rehabilitation programmes individually designed to get you back to your sport as quickly as possible.

Overuse Sports Injuries

Overuse injuries are more common. They start with the gradual onset of an ache or pain with no specific injury involved. Symptoms can be ignored for a while but they slowly get worse until eventually the pain becomes bad enough to stop you doing your sport. There is no injury as such that needs to heal but a part of the body is being overloaded and cannot stand the strain.

Although anti-inflammatory medication and a period of rest give temporary relief, the problem recurs on returning to your activity. The physiotherapist’s job is to diagnose the underlying reason for these problems, devise a treatment and rehabilitation programme and give preventative advice to stop the injury recurring.

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Golf Injuries

Lower back, elbows and wrist injuries are the most common golf injuries, followed by shoulders and knees. Injuries are usually caused by overuse rather than a single traumatic episode. This means the pain comes on gradually.


  • Incorrect technique such as a faulty grip or swing
  • Carrying an existing injury which is then exacerbated by golf
  • Predisposing pathology such as arthritis
  • Muscle imbalance from work related postures causing weak muscle groups
  • Lack of warm-up
  • Bending over to pick up your golf bag


Physiotherapy can analyse if you have any physical limitations which may cause technical problems with your swing. Even if you are only complaining of a minor ache while playing or you feel pain the day after a game, this is the ideal time to address the problem by consulting your physiotherapist to diagnose the cause and/or speak to your Golf Pro to see if your technique may be causing the problem.

At this stage problems can usually be solved without you having to stop playing.

If you are feeling the pain while you are playing, if it is coming on earlier and earlier in the round, becoming more intense or if it is not settling as quickly the next day then consult a physiotherapist immediately. At this stage it may be necessary to take a break from playing while it is being treated.

If you have very long standing chronic problems then it may be possible to adapt your technique to enable you to keep playing. The Golf Pro will help be able to help you with this.

Your Physiotherapist and Golf Pro can work together to solve your problem. Our primary goal is to either keep you playing or get you back to playing as soon as possible.

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Pilates works by re-educating the body in how to move efficiently and correctly. Its focus is on strengthening the deep stability muscles that hold things in place as you move. It incorporates breathing, relaxation, and slow controlled movements whilst maintaining correct body alignment.

Pilates is suitable for everyone of all ages, especially those with back problems or recurrent sports injuries. It is effective in the prevention and treatment of many problems, and can also enhance sports performance.

There are many Pilates classes available, but some classes may be too advanced, especially after recent injury or if you have a recurring problem and so it is advisable to seek advice from a physiotherapist. A modified form of Pilates has been developed by physiotherapists specifically to rehabilitate individuals after injury.

One to one sessions ensure that an appropriate programme is designed for the individual to meet their needs and abilities. It is essential that the exercises are performed safely and correctly to restore normal movement and muscle control around the injured area and to prevent recurrent problems.

The physiotherapist may also use other treatment where appropriate to help your recovery. You can be confident that the Pilates exercises will do no harm and then when you are ready you can continue the exercises at home or in a class.

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When I trapped my Sciatic nerve, I thought that I'd be suffering excruciating pain for months or years, after hearing other people's stories of their experience. I run my own business and couldn't afford to not be working long term, so I approached Diane Ouzman for help. Diane’s examination showed there were problems with my neck as well as my lower back, which were causing me to have nerve pain down my leg. Through her expert joint manipulation and mobilisation, she helped me recover from the sciatica within just a few weeks of working with her. She also gave me top tips about how to avoid problems in the future - all of which I'm heeding and have improved the quality of my life no end.

- Juliet Parsons

There is always a warm welcome at the Birdwell clinic. Diane Ouzman is an exceptional physiotherapist and has a great understanding of sport related injuries. I am a keen squash player with back problems since my mid-thirties and (now in my sixties) with Diane’s help I am still enjoying playing regularly. Many thanks.

- Di. Trevor (Nailsea)

I suffered for 4 years with constant neck pain and regular migraine headaches when a friend recommended Diane Ouzman at Birdwell Clinic. Diane's treatment and advice has been really helpful. I began with weekly appointments, then fortnightly and now only once a month. My neck has improved so much that I'm no longer in constant pain and i rarely suffer from migraines. I feel like i have my life back. I can enjoy family life again and haven't had a day off work sick for over a year. I have recommended Birdwell clinic to friends and family. They are always accommodating and offer a friendly welcome and professional treatment.

- Lou

Having been a client of the Birdwell Clinic for in excess of twenty years I can highly recomend them to anyone who is looking for a friendy, supportive and competent physiotherapy servivce. During the past twenty years I have been sucessfully treated for a variety of muscular strains and injuries, resultant in many instances of my participation in extreme sporting endurance events. My continued participation in triathlon and running events into my 60's is due in no small part to the efforts and assistance of Diane Ouzman. Many thanks for all your past help and keep up the good work as I have no intention of stopping any time soon!

- Steve

Sending my very grateful thanks for the wonderful care and advice you give me helping me with a very tricky chronic back condition.

- Betty

Diane Ouzman at Birdwell Clinic has helped me get back on track having had injuries in the knees and (tennis) elbow, without the need for surgery. At the age of 67 and belonging to a couple of Badminton clubs, I was keen to play as much as possible, without too much injury time-outs. Birdwell Clinic understands and supports my desire to be as fit and active as possible!

- Reis

A degenerative spine condition led me to seek the recommendation of my two 40 year old children -who had been rehabilitated at Birdwell after industrial and sporting injuries when younger. My regular visits over 3 years at convenient times, have kept me mobile and independent.

- Bruce

Treatment Fees

Initial evaluation and treatment: 50 minutes £55.00

Treatment sessions: 30 minutes, £42.00

To arrange treatment please contact us directly. We will evaluate your problem at the initial session and we will give a diagnosis and discuss with you the treatment we recommend.

The number of treatment sessions you may require will vary according to the diagnosis and the length of time you have had your problem.

Medical Insurance

You do not need a GP referral unless you want to claim on your medical insurance. We are registered with all major insurers including BUPA, AXA PPP, Nuffield Health & CIGNA
Most private medical insurance schemes pay for physiotherapy if you have outpatient cover but the amount of coverage may vary.

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About Diane & Inga

Diane Ouzman MSc (Sports Medicine) MCSP

01275 393149

Diane qualified as a physiotherapist in 1978. She worked in the NHS and became experienced in general physiotherapy before specialising in joint and muscular injuries. She worked as travelling physiotherapist for the British Alpine Ski team between 1982 and 1984 attending the winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Subsequently, Diane worked in the United States for 5 years and developed expertise in the treatment of sports injuries and orthopaedic problems before returning to the UK in 1989 to start her own private practice in Long Ashton. Diane completed a Masters degree in Sports Medicine and rehabilitation from the University of the West of England in the year 2000.

Diane specialises in back and neck problems and ‘overuse injuries’ where pain gets slowly worse over time but with no history of a specific injury (e.g. tennis elbows).

Inga Rogers BSc PT, MCSP

Inga obtained a degree in BSc Physiotherapy in 1977 and gained her experience in hospitals as well as in private practice as an all-round general physiotherapy practitioner, specializing over the years in joint and muscle disorders such as acute and chronic pain conditions, postural dysfunction, muscle imbalances and biomechanical irregularities, repetitive strain injuries, sport and non-sporting injuries, whiplash associated disorders, post-surgical rehabilitation and injury rehabilitation.

Inga gained a specialized post graduate qualification in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy in 2007. Born, raised and educated in South Africa, she emigrated to Bristol in 2009.

Inga applies her vast knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to deliver treatments drawn from her extensive experience over the past 30 years. She encourages the client’s pro-active participation in their recovery: educating and advising so that the client can understand their own bodies better and self-manage and maintain their progress and recovery. She participates regularly in CPD events and activities to further broaden her professional knowledge and skills so that current and updated best-practice skills can be delivered to her clients.

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