It's Time To Get 360° Fit

Whether you’re new to fitness or a professional athlete, physiotherapy in Bristol with me, Sarah Bryan, can help you reach beyond your goals.

My name is Sarah Bryan and as a qualified, experienced physiotherapist I’m here to help you break through your own ceiling of expectation with regards to health, fitness and achievement.  Whether you’re a new mum, a recreational tri-athlete, or a sports professional, I’m here to support your fitness and training to help you move beyond those niggles and injuries towards a healthier, fitter and happier you.

The aim regardless of your ‘background’ is to identify your individual needs and aims from physiotherapy.  Everyone has a different perception of what they need – often my role is to listen and treat the short term immediate pain or injury, but longer term I like to identify what has led you down this path and how to minimise re-occurrences.  The aim from my treatment is always to give everyone the tools to self-manage and maintain the improvements, but be here, ready and available if this isn’t enough.

If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I see my physiotherapy patients at the Southville Clinic in Bristol, and also offer Pilates classes in Bishopston (which can be of enormous benefit to those struggling with back issues as Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles, providing that much needed extra layer of support for your back). For Physiotherapy enquiries and bookings please call The Southville Clinic on 0117 963 2335.  To register your interest in Pilates Classes please contact me on 07522 891193 or email me at

physiotherapy bristol The 360° Physio Approach

Why 360°?

I believe in the importance of complete physical care, and I’m here to make my patients ‘fit enough to break’.  That doesn’t mean breaking into tiny pieces so they need even more physiotherapy!  I mean ‘fit enough to break through the ceiling of your own expectations’ and going beyond what you initially thought was physically possible. I get great results too.  I’m extremely proud of my patients’ achievements:

  • A complete beginner runner achieved their dream of running the Mont Blanc ultra marathon
  • A suspected ‘career ending injury’ didn’t mean the end of a career – in fact it led to qualifying for a national team
  • A patient suffering with lower back pain due to biomechanical deficiencies now copes with driving for two hours without inhibition, and undertakes a job that requires regular commuting

These are just a few examples of the magic of regular physiotherapy.  Don’t let back pain, bio-mechanical issues, poor posture and other musculo-skeletal problems hold you back from achieving your fitness goals.

What to expect:

All physiotherapy treatment starts with a subjective and objective initial assessment/examination that lasts 45 minutes.  I will talk with you about your history and ask you questions relating to your injury or problem including what your symptoms are and what makes you feel better or worse.  I will ask about previous injuries, other current or past medical conditions, as well as your daily activities such as work, sports and hobbies in order to determine factors contributing to your problem.  I will then do a physical assessment and bio-mechanical exam to assess your movement and problem areas.  Along with your history, this will help me determine the cause of your pain and dysfunction and how to treat it most effectively and efficiently.  A diagnosis will be discussed, along with the reasoning behind my conclusions.  Treatment is always explained in detail, and home exercises are issued if deemed appropriate. Treatment varies and can include soft tissue release, massage, and joint mobilisation.  Movement pattern analysis, gait re-education, strength training, muscle function re-education are also areas that may need to be explored. On the rare occasions physiotherapy may be unsuitable, I will always suggest alternative routes to well being.


Do I need a GP referral? You can self refer to physiotherapy and as such you don’t need a referral from your GP.  However, if you have private medical insurance your policy may need you to be referred by a doctor (please review your policy details).  Please note that most health insurance patients are seen, but BUPA referrals are not accepted for the time being.physiotherapy bristol

What is your cancellation policy? We require 24 hours notice for cancellation of your appointment so your time may be filled by someone on the waiting list. If you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours notice, a cancellation fee of 50% of the visit fee will be charged.physiotherapy bristol

What do I need to bring? Please bring any test results or specialist reports you might have already. If you are using health insurance to pay for your treatment then please bring your membership number and pre-authorisation number with you. It’s also useful to bring a pair of shorts with you.  Ladies, please wear a regular bra, not a sports bra. Please also bring any footwear that may contribute to your symptoms and/or orthotics that you are currently using for support. Ideally, it’s best not to bring children to your appointment so you can fully focus on your session, but if that’s a problem please let me know.

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–  £50 for a 45 minute initial assessment –  £40 for follow up treatments lasting 30 minutes –  £60 for an extended physiotherapy session lasting 1 hour physiotherapy bristol


I very much believe that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and that’s why I also offer Pilates classes to help strengthen your core and take the pressure off your back and joints.  For details of my Pilates classes (held in Bishopston at several venues*) and spaces available, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07522 891193 or via email at *Bishopston (St Bonaventure’s Primary School, Bishopston) Tuesdays 7–8pm, 8-9pm *St Michaels and All Angels Church, 160A Gloucester Road – Thursdays 10-11.00am *Church of the Good Shepherd (COGS) Kings Drive, Bishopston – Fridays 9.15 -10.10am and 10.15 -11.10am

About Me

Sarah is a vastly experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor, qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1999 from University West of England and completing an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from University of Wales in 2005. Sarah studied with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) achieving her level 1,2 and 3 mat work Pilates qualification. She is also trained in antenatal and post-natal instruction.

Sarah’s professionalism and passion for sport ultimately led her to work at 3 Commonwealth Games: Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006 (Team Wales) and Delhi 2010 (Team Wales) and for 10 years with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club as a team physiotherapist.

Sarah has also worked with a variety of sports teams including professional rugby teams, Welsh Netball and Hockey associations; tournaments such as UEFA qualifying tournaments, European championships, the LTA Challenger tour and the UK School Games.

Since moving back to Bristol in 2007, Sarah has continued to use her experience and skills in the private clinic setting to meet the varied needs of her patients: whether they are elite or recreational sportsmen and women, post-natal Mums looking to regain movement and fitness or simply those who want to get through the working day pain-free.

In her spare time, which can be a little sparse with two very active children to bring up, Sarah enjoys cycling, running and cooking to feed an often friend filled household. She also loves spending time working on her family farm, moving animals and driving tractors. Sarah has also obtained many further professional qualifications, including: Certificate in Spinal Manual therapy, Acupuncture with Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist (AACP), Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists.


Significantly improved

I had a serious lower back disc issue shortly after giving birth.  As a new mum and someone who exercises regularly I was desperate to get myself ‘fixed’. I saw three different physiotherapists who all treated surface symptoms but when I saw Sarah it was completely different.  She really listened but it was also clear she had very unique knowledge and experience and very quickly pinpointed the real issue meaning after just one treatment I felt significantly improved.  As well as treating the local injury, she treated me as a ‘full being’ for the longer term to ensure I balanced and strengthened to prevent injuries in the future.  She got me back to where I needed to be but also changed the whole way I think about my body.  I could not recommend her highly enough.  – Clare Conroy, Bristol

Pinpointed the exact problem

Sarah is clearly a very professional, highly knowledgeable and skilled practitioner and I have no hesitation in recommending her wholeheartedly to those who need physiotherapy.  In particular, I would like to highlight Sarah’s diagnostic abilities which pinpointed the exact problem from which I was suffering and brought me pain free days and nights.  Zoe Cox – Bristol

Back on the football pitch

Sarah has helped me get back on the football pitch after a number of serious injuries (muscle and tendon).  I can’t recommend her Physio enough! Not simply for working on the injury but also explaining what it is clearly, working with me to agree a sensible rehab plan and finally designing my ongoing warm up and warm downs for different sports.  Sarah always remains a positive force getting through my injuries when I’m thinking my footballing days maybe coming to and end!  Mr E Cox

By far the best Physio!

Sarah Bryan is by far the best physio I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  Given that I have a chronic joint condition and have worked with numerous physios, this is really saying something. Sarah has a warm and friendly manner.  She has the ability to listen and also to explain her perspective and knowledge. She tailors her treatment to the individual and is responsive to feedback.  She has empowered me to self-manage and to continually move forwards whilst also being realistic about setbacks.  I would wholeheartedly recommend her.  Z Hawes

A Lifeline

You were a lifeline, so thank you.   Mrs Bruce

Contact Me

To book an appointment or to have an initial confidential conversation, please get in touch.

Clinic:   0117 963 2335 Mobile: 07522 891193

The Southville Clinic, 68 Coronation Road, Bristol BS3 1AS

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