Contact Us

Rachel Duncombe Physiotherapy

Ipswich Sports Club

Henley Road

Ipswich IP1 4NJ


Phone: 01473 251183

Mobile: 07957 475610

Physiotherapy News
RDPhysio Updates
Search Site


Thanks to Rachel I managed to complete my experience in mountain walking adding to my log book to become a qualified Mountain Leader (Summer). I had a knee problem that left me coming down the hill/mountain backwards and in the most awful pain. She worked her physio magic and I obeyed her physio orders and was restored to strength and fitness to complete what I had set out to achieve. Her excellent treatment and her understanding of my determination to get sorted really fast in a specific time was refreshing and so very much appreciated. To anyone reading this and needing physio, I thoroughly recommend her. Many thanks Rachel.

December 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Smith

I couldn’t move without excruciating, tears-in-my-eyes, pain. The doc had been to visit (it was that bad) and prescribed industrial strength painkillers and relaxants.

It was because I’d put off an operation that had been recommended to fix a prolapsed disc in my lower back, and the problem had suddenly become a lot worse. I admit it – I was being a wimp and didn’t really like the idea of someone cutting into my spine and cutting some disc away. Now I had no choice.

I thought Rachel might be able to help release the pain a little, just so that I could survive until the op. I’d had successful physio from Rachel before – my neck, my knee, my ankle – but the consultant that my GP had referred me to some months earlier had said that the fix for my back required surgery.

After the first couple of physio sessions I definitely felt a little better. I could move again, albeit slowly and carefully and with a stick. After a couple more sessions the pain was definitely reduced and I was moving more easily. Not only was I out of bed, but I was back at work. I postponed the op again. The prescription painkillers were replaced by Rachel’s prescribed stretches and exercises.

Within 2-3 months, perhaps 10-12 sessions of physio, my back was better than it had been in years. The underlying stiffness and pain (that had slowly been getting worse for years) had gone. No, not a miracle cure - it was due to Rachel's physiotherapy skills and expertise!

It's now more than a year since that first appointment. I still have a phsyio session every 2-3 months, but that's more of a check-up and review session.
I've had no recurrence; my back still feels better than it had done for years.
I have since spoken to friends and colleagues who had the same problem and who had the recommended surgery. Comparing our experiences, I think I've had the least inconvenience and pain, certainly the least risk, and probably the fullest recovery.

Rachel, thank you, thank you, thank you!

November 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTony Vince

I decided to take up running a the tender age of 49, joined a running group and for the first couple of months was fine. Then my knee flared up and I couldn't run. My local GP practice put it down to inflamed ligaments and suggested 6 weeks rest. 6 weeks later and after my second run same problem. My wife recommended Rachel as Rachel had helped her over a sports injury. Rachel diagnosed the problem as fallen arches at my first appointment and gave me some exercises to help. A few more visits to have my feet measured for insteps, have them fitted for my running shoes and to check my progress with the exercises and I was sorted. Some six months later I haven't looked back, I'm running twice a week with no problems and have completed my first half marathon, all thanks to Rachel!

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNeal Hales

My injury history dates back to 1994 when I fractured L5 on impact during a sporting incident. I was later diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. This has since stabilized and continues to be with the help of Rachel who I have been seeing since 2004. Over these 8 years I have suffered sporadic pelvic rotations. These rotations mainly occur during a heavy season of sport which includes triathlon, skiing and skydiving. The rotations are not always the same and cause different symptoms and pain levels. Rachel has been able to deliver me an immediate diagnosis of each rotation and has kept me alive and kicking in the sport world since my first meeting with her. I accept that sport brings its injury downfalls and I rely heavily on Rachel to get me fixed and back to full strength.
Rachel has continued to provide a top class service and I have sent friends and family members to see Rachel for diagnosis and treatments.
With Rachels ongoing help and commitment I am able to continue with all my sporting activities and I would simply be lost without her!

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Whelan-Smith

For a number of years I have competed in triathlon and duathlon at both national and international level as an age grouper. Injury prevention and rehabilitation are crucial to enable me to compete at the highest level. I first went to Rachel at RDPhysio due to a prolonged glute injury that was refusing to heal and preventing me training. After just a couple of treatments I was able to get back into training and achieved a silver medal at the European duathlon champs; something I could not have done without Rachel's help. Thanks Rachel for your support.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTonya Antonis

PostCreate a New Post

Enter your information below to create a new post.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>