Matt Barker

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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Qualifications:

BSc Health Sciences

MSc Physiotherapy 2013

Memberships:

Health & Care Professions Council

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Specialist Skills:

ConnectTherapy™ & Thoracic Ring Approach™

Integrated Dry Needling Level 1

Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Level 1

Favourite Things to Treat:

Athletes in all shapes and sizes from weekend warriors to pros.

Hip and foot pain/dysfunction

Testimonial:

I have been treated by Matt for several months post hip replacement surgery. He has helped so much with my rehabilitation. I made really good progress very quickly and a lot of this is down to Matt. The treatment, a combination of deep tissue massage, which really relieved the discomfort, and graduated exercises were perfectly planned so as to be helpful but not daunting. From the first time I saw him Matt was so helpful and encouraging that I never felt discouraged, even when at times I wasn’t making progress as quickly as I wanted. He encouraged me to email him between treatments with a progress report and then replied with advice which I found really helpful. I would heartily recommend both the Vanbrugh Clinic and Matt.
Pippa, Greenwich

Bio:

Hi, I’m Matt and I’m an Australian trained Musculoskeletal Physio. I trained in Sydney and began my professional career there, moving to London in July 2018. I joined the Vanbrugh Team in December 2018.

I have always had an interest in sports and sports science and at the age of 16 I had a serious injury where I had a small crack across my spine and had to have 6 months off all sport. For me at the time it was absolute hell and unthinkable that I wouldn’t be on the football pitch, athletics track, basketball court or in the pool for that length of time. After bouncing around practitioners of varying skills and abilities I landed at my local Sports physio and he slowly put me back together and challenged me in such a way that I came back a stronger and better athlete then before the injury. His expertly guided program not only helped me physically but also mentally and am still back pain free because of him.

One of the essential skills I think you need as a physio is listening, really listening to what the patient is telling you. It allows for a much better connection with the patient and the ability to really get to the real root of the problem. I am also someone that thrives on learning, so need constant education, always looking for new ways to treat issues and achieve the best results for my patients.

When not in the clinic, you will more than likely see me out for a run, drinking copious amounts of coffee or at the pub with friends, especially when sport is involved!

An interesting fact about you no one would know (until now):
I’m a dog person.