Why
Physio?

About ARC Physio

ARC Physio is a private physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation clinic in Cheltenham, based at Leckhampton Surgery. We specialise in providing a speedy expert assessment of what's causing your pain and giving you effective treatment and advice to get back to the sport and hobbies you love.

Why physiotherapy?

Do you have pain or restricted movement? Is it preventing you from taking part in the sport and hobbies your love?

Physiotherapy is a scientific hands-on approach to restoring your health and movement, appropriate for every age. We use physical therapies to identify and treat the root cause of your current pain and limited function, and take into account your general lifestyle. At ARC Physio, we empower you to have an active role in your own recovery, by explaining you how your restricted movement or pain has happened in the first place, and then giving you the knowledge you need to continue restoring movement and function outside of the treatment room.

Whether you’ve got a sore back caused by poor posture or a sudden sports injury, we can help you at ARC Physio.

How can we help?

At ARC Physio, we look at the site of your symptoms and a deeper look at the root causes. We’ll screen your movement patterns and function for signs of weakness, tightness and instability - the three main culprits of physical pain.

We’ll then begin an individualised and realistic rehabilitation treatment programme that takes into account your lifestyle, ability and sporting activities. This may include acupuncture, hands-on manual therapy, kinesio taping and recommended exercises for you to continue your recovery at home. Our strong links with local strengthening and conditioning specialists, pilates coaches, orthopaedic consultants and local GP services enable us to tailor the rehabilitation process for the most speedy recovery for you.

So whether you’re suffering from a recent running injury or a keen gardener with back pain, we will get you back to the sport and hobbies you love as quickly as possible.


James Clapp

Having graduated from Oxford Brookes with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2008, James worked in the NHS for the next five years. Here he gained a wealth of experience across a wide variety of settings including three years working with the Gloucestershire Children and Young People’s team as the Special Interests Lead for musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Since leaving the NHS, James has worked solely in private practice within the Cotswolds. James is fully trained in acupuncture and kinesio taping and is currently completing his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Bath University. Alongside his work in clinic, James works as a consultant for various sports clubs and teams including England Hockey, Gloucestershire All Gold’s Rugby league, Worcester Warrior and Bredon Rugby union.

James founded ARC Physio with a vision to provide speedy top quality hands-on physiotherapy. With an experienced team around him, ARC Physio was created to expertly assess and treat all who need physiotherapy. His passion is to see ARC Physio provide the highest level of treatment from injury through to full function, whether that is gardening or international sports.

When not in the clinic or on the side of a pitch James can often be found in the vicinity of Cleeve Hill running or on his bike, be that road or MTB. Further afield he loves to surf and ski and is often found searching after his next adrenaline fix. James is not shy of a challenge or two either; he has previously trekked to Everest Base Camp and completed the Three Peaks Challenge. Watch this space for his next adventure...

Angela Hardie

Angela is joint clinical director of ARC Physio. Angela holds degrees in Anatomy from Bristol University, and in Physiotherapy from University West of England, Bristol. She has more than 10 years' hands-on experience in physiotherapy, starting out in the NHS after graduation, where she specialised in musculoskeletal outpatients. During her early career she also worked for academy sports teams offering pitch-side diagnosis and rehab.

Since leaving the NHS, Angela has worked in private practice. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy. Angela broadened her experience in physiotherapy by travelling to Australia for a year to work in a busy sports physiotherapy clinic, assessing and treating both acute and chronic injuries and also teaching both mat and equipment pilates, having trained with the APPI.

She has continued to develop her skills through post-graduate training in acupuncture and dry needling, and in mat and equipment pilates. She regularly attends pilates conferences, both as a delegate and as a leader.  She constantly sees the transformation pilates can offer her physiotherapy clients and loves to combine the two as a dynamic package that both treats and strengthens – encouraging the body to become stronger and more flexible, and therefore more resistant to injury.

Outside of physiotherapy and pilates, Angela is a busy mum of two, who loves the outdoors and loves to travel. She enjoys keeping fit by running with her local running club, playing tennis and will one day to return to her love of horse riding!


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Leckhampton Surgery
Cheltenham
GL53 0LA

Churchdown Surgery
Parton Road
Churchdown
Gloucester - GL3 2JH