Justin’s Story of HOPE (Severe *Neck* Pain)

The following is a true story and great feedback from a patient who came in for treatment not too long ago.

“Hi Leslie,

I just wanted to send a quick email to thank you and your team for helping me so my neck problem. I was in an immense amount of pain and had significant weakness in my arms when I first spoke to Olivia at your Bracknell Reception.

I had not slept properly for about 6 weeks and with our first baby due in a couple of days time and no sight of my first NHS physio appointment or any improvement, something had to be done.

Olivia managed to fit me in that same day in Bracknell and I had a somewhat uncomfortable intial session to start my recovery.

Immediately afterwards I felt better, still in pain but my neck felt a lot looser and my mood had perked up a lot once I knew what was wrong and that you could help me.

I have since had about 6 sessions. Some with Olly and another with Natasha and my neck pain is now gone. I am no longer taking any pain killers. I am however left with the weak arms thing probably due to a trapped nerve which I guess was the cause of all my problems. I expect that this will with some more Physio, and the strength work you guys have mentioned, hopefully mean no surgery or injections.

I am very impressed with the treatment I have received from your excellent Physio’s and the warm and pleasant atmosphere provided at your clinic. My only regret is not doing it sooner.

Incidentally my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, on the 6th of April.

This occasion would have been a significantly less happy event for me had I not taken the plunge with your team.

I just hope that I can get this ‘rubber arms’ syndrome resolved ASAP so I can carry my new baby girl around without fear of collapsing in a heap.

I am also keen to get out running again, but I think that could be a long way off yet.

Kind regards and thanks”,

– Justin. 41, Ascot.

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What you’ve just read is a *pretty extreme* case of neck pain.

And often occurs due to “procrastination” (putting off going to see the right people…).

Chances are that your neck pain and restrictions in life are no where near as bad as Justin’s (yet) – and your transformation will be even easier for us to achieve for you, and will happen much sooner.

That Physio works for helping people with neck pain, is not for doubting…

I’ve witnessed stories like this first hand for more than 20 years now and this is not an unfamiliar one, nor is the “joy” at finally beginning to live life without neck pain, lost on me.

That me and my team will welcome you with open arms and offer YOU the very same “warm and welcome atmosphere” that Justin mentioned is also GUARANTEED.

Last thing from me: When are we going to get the chance to help you out like this, too?

Here at Apple Physio, all of our team have vast experience dealing with Neck and Shoulder Pain so if you need any advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your neck and shoulder. We have a free neck and shoulder pain guide that we can send you. Connect with us on 01344 489398 (Bracknell) , 01753 866274 (Windsor) or email us on windsor@applephysio.com and tell us what’s going on. A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post you a copy.

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams and the Apple Physio team


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the Apple Physio team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

Neck And Shoulder Pain: How To Get Healthy Again (Quickly) By Getting Out Of Your Own Way!

Got a quick “success story” to share that might help you too:

Here goes…

One of my favourite accomplishments of being a Physio is when I’ve been able to help someone whose “stuck” and has been for ages and didn’t even realise he or she was holding them self back.

A bit like this gentlemen who came to “sample” physio first and later said this:

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“Looking back, I’ve realised why I waited (to see a Physio)… I can only describe it as a fear of not knowing if Physio was even right for me.

Even though I had so many people tell me that Physio or something like it would help me, I didn’t do anything about my neck pain for 7 months.

I’d say it helped more at a psychological level because I don’t think I’d have ever got round to going to see anyone had my wife not noticed the sign on that sandwich board for the free (taster) session outside your Windsor premises.

Although I was still in considerable pain following the taster session which you kindly let me have, I was relieved just to know that someone could help me and it was nice to know that what was causing all my shoulder troubles, could actually be helped, how long it would take and just what it would cost.

….and credit to her, everything Ashley (Physio) told me in that session was very accurate too.

By the way Leslie…

the girls on reception made me feel very special every time I came in and, as well as the good treatment I received which helped me no end, I need to compliment you on all the girls who are in your front office.

Thank you and with my regards,

Barry. D. 53, Windsor,

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… What Barry is basically saying here is that LOTS of people are wandering around each day carrying things like neck and shoulder pain with them, that is INHIBITING the enjoyment they can get from life.

And sometimes all it takes is the offer a “little look” at it and the chance to sample the benefits of great health care for that person to see PROOF of how easy it is to be relieved of the root cause of the pain.

We can do that for you too.

If, like “Barry”, you’re suffering from ANY pain in your *neck and shoulder area* and something, (anything), is holding you back from coming back to see us. Don’t hesitate any longer.

Here at Apple Physio all of our team have vast experience dealing with Neck and Shoulder Pain so if you need any advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your neck and shoulder. We have a free neck and shoulder pain guide that we can send you. Connect with us on 01344 489398 (Bracknell) , 01753 866274 (Windsor) or email us on windsor@applephysio.com and tell us what’s going on. A member of the team can take your details and we can email or post you a copy.

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams and the Apple Physio team


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the Apple Physio team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

How To STOP thinking about NECK pain, *late at night*

This email came in from another subscriber with neck and shoulder pain, earlier today:

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“Dear Leslie,

Another late night thinking about my neck problem again, so thought I’d share with you how I really feel:

Initially, I thought this little niggle would go away on its own and that I wasn’t so much affected. I thought to myself, this will pass, I’ve pulled my neck before, that it was OK with some rest last time, and I’m not going to rush into paying for something like physio, if it’s just going to go away on its own.

A few days of this I could handle.

But now I’m resigned to asking you a big question: Does physio offer the kind of real help that means my problem getting sorted is a certainty? Or is it just a FAD?

Whether physio is as good as you say it is, I’m not sure (admittedly that is starting not to matter), but it does sound interesting and I’m beginning to agree with a good friend of mine who said it really is the best option for someone like me, with this type of pain.

Last night I came up on the realisation that despite my early scepticism, I’m attracted to the confidence in which you and my friend have for Physio:

And strangely, despite my early cynicism about trying Physio…here I am…interacting with you about it…a feat.

The raw truth about Physio I’m not sure. But seems I’m going to have to find out for myself, so please bare with me as I courageously make my tentative way to coming in to see you.

In anticipation of your time, Much Thanks”.

– Susan J. 58, Ascot

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For some reason, this is a very familiar story that is not lost on me.

“I know I need to do something, I’m just a bit scared and nervous about getting it wrong, so I’ll wait a bit longer and see what happens”…

That’s kinda’ the message from Susan here.

And seriously though…

“It’s NOT needed”.

And she is right, I AM confident about Physiotherapy.

Because when it’s done right, it can be hugely effective and able to really help people with neck and shoulder pain – particularly those that have been putting up with it for a LONG while.

I’ve seen it work first hand, “1001 times” (if not more) over the last 20 years.

And, here’s the main reason why:

If your neck or shoulder is stiff or stuck, and you’re not moving it properly, *it’s slowly getting weaker*.

(And that’s what is likely causing your pain to get worse…)

So what we do for you from a Physio perspective is just give your body a little “push”.

It’s a simple case of getting your body moving again and getting all that is stuck, “unstuck”.

The science behind physio is really simple:

If something in your neck is stuck, we get it moving.

If a muscle is weak, we work out how to make it strong by showing you the right exercises.

If a muscle is tight, we relax it by releasing it.

If you’re worried or concerned about something, ask us the question and we’ll answer it. (Honestly and directly.)

Not much more to it to be honest.

And it really isn’t that difficult for us to help you.

But honestly, *I do get it*…That the biggest problem most people with shoulder and or even neck pain have, is that they just don’t know where to start.

If you confused. In a lot of pain and just need a no BS approach, getting the right facts and the appropriate treatment then we are here to help.

Here at Apple Physio all of our team have vast experience dealing with Neck and Shoulder Pain so if you need any advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your neck and shoulder. We have a free neck and shoulder pain guide that we can send you. Connect with us on 01344 489398 (Bracknell) , 01753 866274 (Windsor) or email us on windsor@applephysio.com and tell us what’s going on. A member of the team can take your details and we can email you a copy.

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams and the Apple Physio team


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the Apple Physio team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

Neck/Shoulder Pain: The Problem With “Reading Before Bed” And Why It’s Likely To Be A Source Of Tension And Pain, NOT Pleasure.


One of the greatest mysteries of being 40+, is the sudden onset of neck pain and stiffness. It often creeps up on people with zero warning and usually offers NO explanation as to why you might all of a sudden wake up with neck pain that can torment the life out of you and make your enjoyment of life, very difficult!

Clients of mine suffering with neck or shoulder pain are often the most “confused” and will often find it difficult to remember anything that they’ve done, which has brought it on.

But asking a few simple questions usually gets to the root cause of the issue.

And what I nearly always find is that neck and shoulder happens due to an accumulation of things:

Like, sleeping with the incorrect number of pillows… or reading or watching TV right before bed, spending all day looking at a desk or computer screen, cleaning the house, ironing, preparing family meals and even reading the newspaper first thing on a morning are all on the face of it, simple activities and unlikely to cause any major problems.

Or so you might think……

Done on their own, and done once, any of these activities which I’ve just described are not going to cause a problem like neck and shoulder pain or stiffness. Do them all multiple times per day, every day, for 40+ years, and they are a problem.

Let’s look at reading before bed.

Who doesn’t love to read before they go to bed? It’s likely to be a habit that you’ve had since your Mother or Father started to read to you before bed when you were a child. And something no doubt you’ve done for your own children and will continue to do for any grandchildren you may or may not have. But think about the position that your head is in when you’re reading. It’s likely to be looking DOWN.

Now, what most people don’t know about their head is that it’s designed to be in a position where your “ears are level” with your shoulders. So, as soon as you begin to look down, as in when you’re reading a book, those ears are now not in line any more. Again, that’s okay if you only do it once. But if you’re doing it all the time, it is going to cause you a problem and your head will, after a few years, end up in a position that sees it put off “sync”. Then if that habit continues when you’re driving, watching TV, sat at a desk at work or in the kitchen and looking down to do the ironing or make tea, it’s easy to see why your ears may not now be level with your shoulders.

But there’s another problem with reading before bed and this is why lots of people end up with tight shoulder muscles and a neck that is very stiff and even suffer from tension type headaches throughout the night and first thing on a morning. When you are reading that book, you are having to hold it. And that means you’re adding tension to muscles and holing the book in place is going to put your neck into a locked and rigid position. Again, it’s not too bad at first, but doing it night after night isn’t helpful. My tip: if you do enjoy reading before bed, try not to do it any longer than for 20 minutes.

And here’s one more thing about neck and shoulder pain and bed times.. The number of pillows that you sleep with can also affect the position of your head. Think about it for a minute. If your sleep with two “thick” pillows it is going to push your head forwards meaning those ears are not in line with your shoulders. The same applies if the pillow is too low!

Not a problem at first, 10 years later and after spending 8 hours per night sleeping like that, it’s guaranteed to leave you with a less than healthy posture. And I know that these are “tiny little” changes that I’m offering up to you. But believe me, in the same way that lots of tiny little things add up to cause problems in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, it’s lots of time little improvements or alterations that will also collide and see you feeling less stiff, less tense and living with more energy and freedom than anyone else you know.

Here at Apple Physio, all of our team have vast experience dealing with Neck and Shoulder Pain so if you need any advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your neck and shoulder. We have a free neck and shoulder pain guide that we can send you. Connect with us on 01344 489398 (Bracknell) , 01753 866274 (Windsor) or email us on windsor@applephysio.com and tell us what’s going on. A member of the team can take your details and we can email you a copy.

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams and the Apple Physio team


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the Apple Physio team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

 Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.


You’re Going To Want To ‘Sit Up And Read This’…

In the past whenever I’ve heard someone say that posture is important, or that you can do damage if you don’t sit or stand currently I didn’t quite pay attention to the importance of it.

There is nothing worse than hearing:

“Stand up straight, or ” sit properly”, and “stop slouching!…”

However sometimes it can’t be helped.

I did assume like many other generally do that I was just being nagged at that it wasn’t really a “big deal”.

Oh how I was wrong!…

I have learnt that is this anything but the case.

What surprised me is that posture is one of the biggest causes of shoulder and neck pain today….( ACTUALLY getting stuck in one particular posture is the actual culprit – moving regularly and more often will help you massively!)

And when you realise just how easy it can be to rectify, you’ll be mind blown to think why don’t more people understand the importance of ‘good posture’ and ‘moving more”

The best way for me to explain this would be to give an example, close to heart, about my best friend.

A couple of years back, he rang me up complaining of really bad shoulder pain when he was running on the treadmill.

The pain would only come on after 5-10 minutes and would stop after a while, after he had stopped running.

Now my friend loves to keep fit, i.e. running, and going to the gym but he especially liked going to a weekly spinning class. I’m sure you can imagine the position he would be in on the bike in this spinning class, he would be slumped over whilst pedalling. ( By the way he spends at least 30 hours a week hunched over a desk in his day job)

I ended up spending some time with him trying to correct his position, keeping his back straight and shoulders high, and before he knew it, as if like magic his pain had disappeared…he also began moving more and regularly changing up his postural patterns to ones in direct opposition to the usual postures he’d find himself in during the course of his day.

Now don’t get me wrong, I joked on with him saying how clever I was ha ha, but this is how easy it can be changed.

There is a few quick tips to help you spot you “bad posture” and how to improve on it.

Tip 1:

Look at yourself in the mirror. (Remember there can be signs of poor posture before pain even occurs, so if you can spot the signs early, it is often easier to fix.)

Signs of poor posture include: 

  • Slumped or rounded shoulders
  • Protruding abdomen
  • An excessive curve in your lower back
  • A caved in appearance to the chest
  • And the one people usually notice last- Pain

Now to improve your standing and walking posture “Think tall”, imagine a string being pulled from the top of your head pulling you upward.

Tip 2:

Another great tip I use myself is practice engaging your abdominal muscles and flattening your stomach. A 30-40% of maximum would do. Hold it for a few seconds, then relax, repeat this throughout the day.

Tip 3:

When standing for long periods a lot of people tend to rest their weight predominantly on one foot. Try instead standby evenly balanced on both feet and if this proves tiring, then shift the weight from one foot to another regularly.

One of the most common causes of poor posture is desk work, on computers for long periods of time, which puts the back and shoulders into an unnatural position.

Simply move more. Your neck will thank you for it

Tip 4:

Try and take a break every 30 minutes and stand up during this break.

When sitting at a desk, lean forward at your hips, bringing your trunk forward, rather then bending at the waist or neck and try to keep your lower back pressed against the support of the chair.

This should really help improve your posture and prevent and problems from surfacing.

If you have any more questions about the importance of posture, with shoulder and neck pain just ask and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Just remember….“Think Tall.” And “MOVE MORE”

Here at Apple Physio all of our team have vast experience dealing with Neck and Shoulder Pain so if you need any advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your neck and shoulder. We have a free neck and shoulder pain guide that we can send you. Connect with us on 01344 489398 (Bracknell) , 01753 866274 (Windsor) or email us on windsor@applephysio.com and tell us what’s going on. A member of the team can take your details and we can email you a copy.

About the Author: Leslie Abrahams and the Apple Physio team


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Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the Apple Physio team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.

Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.

We’re Hiring!

Apple Physiotherapy is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Physiotherapist who is an excellent team player to work at our Clinics in Windsor and Bracknell.

Here at Apple Physiotherapy we promote a healthy and friendly working environment. We value each member of our team equally and under the guidance of our director Leslie Abrahams we pride ourselves on providing expert assessment and diagnosis followed by effective treatment and management

Working across many disciplines including, Physiotherapy, Gait Analysis, Massage, Acupuncture, and Pilates our therapists have a broad knowledge base, which is continually shared across the practice.

We are dedicated to promoting wellness of both the body and mind and work with a large range of clients from top performance athletes to sedentary office workers.

Qualifications in Needling, Taping and Pilates (Mat and Equipment) would be advantageous, although training will be provided for exceptional candidate’s dependent on your experience. Membership to the CSP and HCPC are essential.

This is a Full Time Position. Employed and self-employed applications will be considered. Candidates with 1-5 years experience and beyond feel free to apply. Remuneration will be based on experience.

Applicants are required to work at least one evening and Saturdays.

Please note that we will only be able to contact those who are shortlisted to progress to the interview stage.

Please send your CV to: – olivia.hind@applephysio.com