Restoring Movement and Function to those affected by Injury, Illness or Disability

Empowering you to understand your condition, to not only recover but to excel. Moving and performing better than before injury struck.

Delivering evidence-based treatments and advice to ensure effective physio

Our Physiotherapist is a specialist in their field of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, ensuring we can specialize in helping diagnose, treat and manage the injuries, disorders and conditions associated with the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and nerves of youths and adults.

Understanding that each individual’s lifestyle and situation are different is key, which is why we listen and implement a personalized practical approach to our system of supported recovery from pain relief through physiotherapy.

Our initial one-to-one assessment allows us to understand the nature of the injury and pain and how we can successfully create a hands-on approach in our physiotherapy to ensure a combination of evidence-based treatments and advice are implemented ensuring our effectiveness in assisting you in, achieving realistic goals in your return to ‘normal’ activities whilst achieving a pain-free lifestyle, in as short a time as possible.

We believe education is key, which is why we’ll ensure we explain all our findings, logic and rationale behind your treatment and rehabilitation in a way that you understand. And rest assured, we understand everyone has different levels of lifestyle, sports training, and family commitments, so our rehabilitation and ‘self-help’ coping strategies are designed with you in mind.

Let our qualified and HCPC registered physiotherapist get you back on track regardless of the injury. Movement is life and life is movement – we are here to help!

Typical conditions that we treat:
  • Neck and back pain – Including whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Hip and Knee pain or arthritis
  • Shoulder and peripheral joint pains
  • Post Operative pain and rehabilitation
  • Sports Injuries
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Nerve Pain
  • Rheumatological conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Paediatric Injuries
  • Biomechanical irregularities
  • Spinal Disk related Injuries
Typical modalities used:
  • Manual therapy
  • Acupuncture / Dry Needling
  • Manipulations
  • Soft tissue release
  • Movement screening
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • ESWT
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Functional rehab

Physiotherapy-led Pilates (APPI)

Pilates but not as you know it!

Take a deep dive into discovering the way your body moves, compensates and feels. Blending traditional Pilates with physiotherapy to analyse biomechanical and anatomical function with special emphasis on pain, pathology and function.

In a nut shel, this means that wether you’re in the early stages of rehabilitation, looking to compliment your training goals or improve your movement and performance at an elite level, then physio-led pilates is for you.

Personalised Sessions

The sessions are personalised for your own goals and move at a pace suitable for you and is a fantastic way for you to become more in tune with postural and body awareness; to learn precision of movement, breath control and mindfulness, promote core stability, flexibility, endurance and strength.

You will learn finer detail to movements with exercises progressed and adapted to a high individualised standard.

Great if you are:
  • Suffering from persistent or ongoing pain
  • Finding certain movements challenging or difficult
  • Trying to increase flexibility or strength in certain areas of your body
  • Looking for accountability and tailored exercises
  • Recovering from an injury, illness or surgery
  • A Mum or Mother-to-be
  • Playing a sport and are looking to complement your training
  • Desiring time for self-care and a mindful-based approach to exercise

The Results

Absolute wizard. Managed to get me running again after an acute slipped disk pressed on my sciatic nerve in just 3 sessions. Used a variety of techniques including acupuncture to resolve things. Highly talented, nice guy and well priced.

Definitely recommend!

I was suffering from awful lower back pain due to my desk and chair at work. Liam was able to quickly diagnose the problem and re-assured me that it can be sorted. With a couple of appointments I was already feeling improvements. With acupuncture and exercises to do at home, I can now say i have been pain-free! Liam is extremely knowledgeable and flexible with appointments.

I wouldn't go anywhere else!

Had back problems not only did Liam help treat the problem he explains why I get the pain and what I can do to avoid future injury. Very passionate about his job. Recommend him to many friends and family who have all gone on to recommend him to others.

Fantastic physio


Initial Consultation & Diagnosis


50min Session

Our Initial Injury Assessment will help determine the source of your pain and level of injury. We’ll then initiate treatment and provide sports and lifestyle specific advice for rehab.

This service is correct if it is your first visit, a new Injury or your last visit was more than 6 months ago.

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Follow-up Physiotherapy Session


45min Session

A follow-up appointment from your initial assessment that you will have had in the last 6 months, and which relates to the same issue.

If it’s been more than 6 months since your Initial Appointment or if this if for a different pain, niggle or injury, please select an Initial Assessment.

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Physio-Led Pilates Session


45min Session

Physio-Led Pilates is a deep dive into the way your body moves, compensates and feels. The sessions are personalised for your own goals and move at a pace suitable for you and are based on physiotherapy, biomechanical, anatomical and clinical research, with a special emphasis on pain, pathology and function.

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Behind the Service

Joanna Shopland

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Jo is a Physiotherapist specialising in musculoskeletal issues and joint pain with a focus on strength and conditioning. Jo is HCPC Registered with a wide range of experience of acute illnesses, different neurological conditions, orthopedic injuries,  biomechanics and the skeletal system.

Meet the wider Team

Many Disciplines in one place

The 8th-Element Hub is a community of professionals brought together under one roof to provide specialist sports, performance and massage services and treatments.

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State-of-the-art Equipment

Our dedicated luxury sports facilities are truly a one-of-a-kind in Medway and the surrounding South-East of England, boasting comfortable treatment rooms and specialised equipment.

Physiotherapy FAQ

Are your Physiotherapists suitably trained and registered?

Yes.  All our Physiotherapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which requires them to hold all the necessary qualifications to treat you safely and professionally.

Can I claim the cost of my Physiotherapy through my Private Medical Insurance?

8th Element ltd is recognised by most major private health care insurance companies for physiotherapy, osteopathy and Podiatry treatment. 

We strongly recommend that patients contact their insurance company before commencing treatment to check and confirm individual policy conditions relating to a claim.

Special questions to check with the insurance company are:

  • Is there an excess on the policy? i.e. the policyholder has to pay for part of the treatment themselves.
  • How much insurance cover is available? e.g. set number of treatments or monetary limit.
  • Is the financial assistance provided for physiotherapy treatment alone or is it part of an overall sum for specialist services? This is important if a Consultant is involved or if further investigations are being considered.
  • Is there a time limit for the treatment to take place?

What should I bring with me on my Initial Consultation?

  • A referral letter from your GP or consultant if you have one.
  • Your full insurance details and claim number, if you wish us to claim our fees directly from your private health insurers and you have notified them of your claim.
  • Any x-rays or scan results that you may have relating to your injury or condition.
  • You might want to bring a pair of shorts with you (we do keep spare shorts in the clinic) and/or or a vest-type top.

Do I need to get permission from my Doctor or Midwife before attending my appointment?

Whether you are in the first, second, or third trimester of pregnancy, if you are a high-risk pregnancy, and/or have any medical/pregnancy complications, and/or any undiagnosed medical conditions we ask that you first seek approval from your Doctor or Midwife prior to attending your massage appointment.

In case of doubt, it is always advisable to check with your Doctor or Midwife first, as the additional peace of mind will only help you relax and enjoy your treatment more!

Can I bring Someone with me?

You are very welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment and they can sit in on the consultation and treatment with you if you wish.

How many treatments will I need?

We always struggle to answer this question, as although we are hands-on, we empower and educate you to understand and take control of your injury and rehabilitation. Which can hugely reduce the number of appointments you need. We look to be a stepping stone in your recovery not a reliance. 

However, to try and answer the question, it usually depends on factors such as:

  • How long you’ve had a problem
  • The severity of your symptoms and condition
  • What you want to be able to do? For example, a person wishing to get back to training for a specific sport or event may require a longer course of treatment for a knee injury than a sedentary office-worker.


A fairly standard course of physiotherapy would be 3-5 treatment sessions but this can vary considerably.

A person seeking advice on what they should and shouldn’t be doing in relation to their condition or problem might just attend for 1-2 sessions to be shown some specific exercises to do themselves at home and receive some general management advice for their condition. Similarly, an individual with a relatively minor injury might just need a few treatments to assess their condition and alleviate their symptoms. At the other end of the scale, a patient receiving treatment post-operatively or for a condition that has been present for some time may require treatment over a longer period to see them through to full rehabilitation.

I can receive free NHS physiotherapy, why might I opt for private treatment?

There are many reasons for choosing to see a private physiotherapist such as:

  • Receiving a more bespoke hands-on approach to suit your needs, lifestyle and goals. Your appointments will last far longer and will include advanced treatments such as manual therapy and soft tissue release treatments which are often not available on the NHS due to time constraints. 
  • You’ll receive a tailored rehabilitation plan and guidance, to ensure you are empowered and able to take control of your injury and progressions. 
  • Being able to see someone more quickly if you are in pain or need to know what to do to optimise your recovery and not aggravate any symptoms that you are having.
  • Arranging an appointment time to suit you to fit in with your work or other commitments. We offer early morning, evening and weekend appointment times.

I’ve looked through your website and am still unsure who I need to see, what do you suggest?

Give us a call and we can have a chat about your requirements and particular issues and advise you from there.