Introduction – Head Physiotherapist, Julie Iveson
Julie Iveson qualified as a physiotherapist in 1984 , after training at the Middlesex Hospital. She carried on working within the NHS for several years, before being appointed as Physiotherapy Manager at the Springfield Medical Centre in Chelmsford.
Julie then went on to establishing her own clinic in Frinton-on-Sea. This rapidly expanded and became a multi- disciplinary clinic offering NHS and private treatments. After the birth of Julie’s second child, she sold the clinic as a going concern and took over Friars Clinic, in Sudbury. Julie bought the clinic from retired physiotherapist, Denise Durrant.
On moving the clinic to Long Melford, the clinic then became known as the Iveson Clinic. Here she works with her husband, Richard Iveson, who is a chiropractor . The clinic has grown over the years and will shortly have 5000 patients on the books.
Why did you choose to be a physiotherapist?
‘I knew I wanted to be a physiotherapist when I was 13. I was regularly hurting myself, as an international gymnast! Hence, I was often given physiotherapy treatment and this sparked an interest in physiotherapy as my chosen career.’
What do you particularly enjoy about your work?
‘I love to make people feel better! Having been a physio for over 35 years now, I have helped many people over the years. To be able to reassure people that there should be something we can do to ease their problem , gives great satisfaction. Obviously there will occasionally be patients who we need to refer on to specialists. But on the whole we can help most patients who come to the Iveson Clinic.
How does your clinic differ to NHS physiotherapy?
I was trained to be a ‘hands on ‘ physiotherapist. NHS physiotherapy now tends to rely on self help, advice and exercise. I however,continue to use manual skills to help ease muscle spasm, mobilise stiff joints and combine this with electrotherapy and acupuncture. Having 40 minutes for treatments, also allows time to offer advice and appropriate exercises .
Does acupuncture hurt?
Previously, I was very sceptical about acupuncture! However, I was proven wrong when I trained in 1998. It has definitely been one of the best things I have learnt over the years. And no it doesn’t hurt! The needles are tiny and by applying them in a certain way, there is minimal sensation when they are put in. There may be a slight ache when we stimulate ‘de Qi‘ , but this enables the release of pain relieving hormones from your brain. These include endorphines, serotonin and cortisol.
What do you do in your spare time?
Away from work I enjoy walking and swimming. I now have two grandchildren , so that also keeps me busy! Several years ago I took up painting and now exhibit all over the county at various art exhibitions. I am also a member of the Suffolk Art Society .
Julie Iveson summary
Julie has always loved her job and is proud of the Iveson Clinic , her staff and the services they provide. She regularly attends CPD courses to keep abreast of new techniques and latest research. The clinic is open Monday-Friday and offers evening clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you would like to see Julie or one of the team at the Iveson Clinic, for advice or treatment, phone:
Tel: 01787 374964 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org