A Holywood-based physiotherapy business which specialises in sports injuries and back pain has expanded in order to cope with demand for the unique services it offers.
Julia Webster, who established North Down Physio six years ago, has invested £200,000 in the first phase of a five-year expansion programme, which initially includes a new treatment centre in Holywood.
She has also extended her 11-strong core team to include five physiotherapists, two massage therapists, a sports podiatrist, a sports performance coach as well as admin support staff.
Plans for the business include further specialist treatments and advisory services to complement the existing multidisciplinary approach to client care. Julia, a qualified physiotherapist, is one of only a few in Northern Ireland to be accredited in the Sarah Key method, a unique approach to the treatment of back pain where she uses her feet to mobilise joints and spinal muscle to alleviate pain.
The physio-come-businesswoman, who has worked at major events including the London Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and the recent Gran Fondo has seen a significant growth in demand for specialist services over the last three years.
It is not just the sporting population who are demanding the expert touch. Julia says today’s sedentary lifestyle and long hours working at computers have created a need for the specialist back and spine treatments her team provide.