About Us

ELIMINATING PAIN & GETTING YOU MOVING FOR GOOD

About Us

Thank you for visiting Worthing Physiotherapy & Osteopathy Clinic.

Dean started practice in Worthing 10 years ago this year as a lone practitioner. It has become clear that our clinical services have evolved hugely from humble beginnings. From a one treatment room annexe attached to a house to a three treatment room clinic with fully equipped rehabilitation gym with exceptional practitioners. We thought it was only right to re-evalute our offerings to the people of Worthing and its surrounding areas. We have continued to attend courses and grow as practitioners and therefore it only seemed fair to produce a new information led site to get you the right information so that you can make an informed decision about your care.

We therefore decided to repackage our brand to what we do best, namely Physiotherapy and Osteopathy along with the many other therapies that we provide by our highly respected practitioners. We are the only fully integrated Physiotherapy & Osteopathy clinic in the West Sussex area. No need to work out what the best treatment is for you on your own. We can help you decide.

We are extremely proud to be part of the local community and look forward to many years more of laughter and the sharing stories with patients whilst helping them recover and get back to living a fulfilled life.

So we ask you;

Do you have a niggle, ache or pain? Struggling to move or perform your chosen sport or activity? One of your friends says see an Osteopath, the other a Chiropractor, the other a Physio and so on…

For us, its more fundamental than this. Lots of chiropractors work like osteopaths, and osteopaths that work like physios and so on…..

Therefore it’s not always the discipline the practitioner practices that is important, its the practitioner themselves.

So here is my checklist for finding the right practitioner for you;

Are they qualified in a respected field?

Are they qualified in a respected field, do they have the qualifications/experience in the extra field you require from a respectable college/university and are all there accreditation’s and insurances up to date.

Any decent practitioner will have these all taken care of and will be actively involved in continued professional development (CPD) at levels well beyond their regulators requirements. For eg. Osteopaths have to undertake 30 hours of CPD a year to satisfy the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Word of Mouth recommendation

Luckily for most of the practitioners at Worthing Physiotherapy & Osteopathy Clinic, our reputations have led this to be the primary source of new patients into the clinic. Ask your friends and family. Ask how they work, what they do, what they expect from you as a patient, are they good guys? Understand their professional skill sets.

Use the web but don’t let it limit your decision

Use the website to add flavour to your decision to see a particular therapist. It’s not the full recipe! Websites are ultimately sales tools to drive people to your site and ultimately to use your service. Do you like a hard sell? We personally don’t and would rather give people the information to make up their own minds as to whether our clinic is right for them.

Ask to have a chat with the Practitioner/Therapist once you have done your homework

A busy practitioner will have highly skilled reception staff. Unfortunately these may not give you the information, vibe or feeling that your after. Ultimately they are not going to look after you. A good practitioner, when convenient, will make time for you to discuss any questions you may have. Ask things like;

  • a) How do you work? What type of techniques do you use?
  • b) Do you have experience working with people like me with my problem? What should I expect?

Then ask yourself the simple questions; What are they like? Did they sound nice? Good sense of humor? Apologies if this is starting to sound like a dating site CV but, short of Psychometric testing, you are trying to find a practitioner you can be open and honest with.

Equally, a quick conversation with someone can sometimes identify that another practitioner may be better suited. We have a group of practitioners that work in specific environments for particular types of patients. We are happy to point patients with these specific needs into the path of these practitioners.

Remember, the relationship is more important than the CV!

Don’t get bogged down in someone’s long list of accomplishments as great as they are. Research has found that effective Practitioners build strong therapeutic relationships with their patients based on good inter-personal skills of empathy, warmth, acceptance, and a strong ability to identify a problem and resolve it effectively.

A good practitioner will identify what is the best course of action for you and initiate it. Sometimes this will be treatment with them or they may need to refer you to another clinician or hospital for extra diagnostic procedures.

The memoirs of a health practitioner are always a great read. They often tell the stories of relationships that have been built between patients and their practitioner’s, often through the thick and thin, and highs and lows of life over many years. The best practitioner/patients relationships are brought about by mutual honesty, openness and trust.

We therefore hope that we can be the one to form a new relationship with you through recovery and onto new and better things.

I hope you found this section useful and I wish you well on your road to recovery.

Mr Dean Dickinson

Chartered Physiotherapist & Registered Osteopath
Clinic Director