Ben Farrell

Ben Farrell is the practice principal at Farrell Physiotherapy and graduated from the University of East London in 2001 with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. This followed a 3 year degree in Sports Rehabilitation in St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. He began his career in the NHS at Southend General Hospital where his focus and special interests were Musculoskeletal outpatients and Orthopaedics. During this time he honed his skills with regard to these two disciplines. Whilst learning his skills at the hospital Ben began to develop a desire to set up in private practice, which he did in 2003. This allowed him to see a greater spectrum of clients from the acute to chronic and people from a sporting environment rather than just in the hospital setting.

Over the next few years Ben worked in and for various private clinics in Southend, Leigh on Sea, Wickford, Chelmsford, Reading, Henley on Thames whilst also working as a locum physiotherapist for two years in the NHS. This allowed him greater time with his clients to diagnose and understand people’s injuries and problems ensuring effective and correct treatments were administered. It was a valuable learning curve and gave Ben the best view on what each of the clinics he worked in excelled. Based on this he established the core principals of the practice which were communication and correct diagnosis were essential to allow best treatment. The motto of the clinic is ease the pain, cure the cause.

Ben was then keen to revisit the sporting arena and became one of the Physiotherapists at Essex County Cricket Club for 2 years working with such athletes as Andy Flower, Darren Gough, Ravi Bopara and Andy Bickel. An opportunity arose for Ben to be Physiotherapist for Old Loughtonians Hockey club, which he did for 2 seasons and thoroughly enjoyed before setting up Clinic in Chelmsford in 2011.

Ben has always wanted and demanded the best for his clients and makes sure that no stone is left unturned to get the correct result for his clients. Ben is a firm believer that client input into rehabilitation and physiotherapy is essential. Explanation of and understanding the problem is paramount for the client to get better. Working together returns you to pre injury fitness and well-being as quick as possible.

Ben areas of special interest are acute and chronic Lower Back pain, shoulder pain, Tennis elbow, knee pain and ankle/foot pain.

Val Nettleingham

With over 25 years of experience as a Chartered Physiotherapist Val has a vast array of knowledge and experience to treat any of the injuries you may have from head to toe. It is this that sets Val apart from others as she has all the experience from working in the NHS to the Commonwealth Games, working with Golf PGA Professionals and developing a specialist sports injury clinic in The Royal London.

Val qualified from The Royal London Hospital School of Physiotherapy and worked in the NHS where orthopaedic conditions, post-surgery repairs, joint replacements, sports injuries, back pain , neck pain and musculoskeletal conditions were her core interests.

After some time such was her interest in sport that she then expanded The Royal London Hospital Sports Injury Clinic and ran this for several years. This involved developing and teaching on a Sports Diploma qualification for Doctors and Physiotherapists to specialise in that particular field. Many of the participants now work with professional and international teams.

Val is very interested in sports and has travelled with various sports team at local and international levels including football, athletics, hockey and water polo and has also been Team Physiotherapist at the Commonwealth Games and the World Student Games.

Currently, Val enjoys working with Golf PGA professionals, developing a golf specific exercise programme to improve the playing ability of junior international players and preventing injury, using a physical screening assessment and relating the biomechanics of the golf swing to the physical fitness and attributes of the young players.

Val is a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Physiofirst Organisation and Member of the Health Professional Council.

Rachel Dodgson

With over 22 years of experience Rachel’s skill base and knowledge in the treatment of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic injuries is extensive. Following graduation from the Nottingham School of Physiotherapy in 1992 Rachel began her career in the NHS and moved into private practice 16 years ago.

Her career has taken her to New Zealand where she has treated some of the world’s top athletes in the All Blacks and All Whites rugby teams and New Zealand National cycling team. During her time in New Zealand Rachel began developing an interest in Spinal Rehabilitation and Rehabilitative Pilates, which she found to be instrumental in her treatments to significantly reduce spinal, pain, improve posture, and give patients the techniques to self-manage their condition. Her interest and demand for her service grew so much that she established a Pilates studio focusing on the Spinal pilates within a multi-disciplinary practice.

Following her move back to England she worked locally in South WoodhamFerrers, where she built up a thriving and loyal client base before joining Farrell Physiotherapy. It wasn’t long before history repeated itself and Rachel was asked to set up a clinic in Harley street. In this clinic she treats spinal problems, teaches spinal rehabilitative pilates and works closely with eminent Spinal Surgeon.

Rachel’s strengths lie in her communication and manual therapy skills which represent the back bone of the philosophy of Farrell physiotherapy. Through these she is able to get the right information to implement the correct techniques and treatment modalities to get you on the road to recovery as soon as possible. Rest assured you are in safe hands with Rachel.

Rachel’s other interests are knee pain, tennis elbow, headaches and migraines, pelvic imbalance, sports injuries and shoulder pain. Rachel has built a close working relationship with eminent local knees surgeon professor Kevin Cheah, where she regularly attends clinic and treats his pre and post-operative arthroscopy and knee replacement clients.

Mark Thomas