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"I would recommend the work of the physiotherapist Michael Otto without reservation. I have consulted a number of other physiotherapist in Exeter over the past seven years; none of whom ever really came close to resolving the back and ankle pain that I had experienced. Michael's approach is marked by detailed assessment which extends beyond the joing causing discomfort; an approach where the functioning of the whole body is considered rather than a very narrow focus on the site of the pain. For me, he was able to provide pain relief through massage and then in consultation with me provided longer term solutions that were manageable. His treatment has been supportive and very effective".

Andrew, Lecturer

Physio for Running Exeter

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Michael has a particular interest in treating injuries incurred by runners and joggers. Running injuries occur because the body is not shock absorbing efficiently which results in excessive force being placed into structures leading to strains and pains. Michael treats the injury and teaches people how to restore fluidity into their running with amazing results for both new and seasoned runners. Michael's clients have developed the ability to control and prevent recurring and long-lasting injuries, see below for testimonials:

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Michael's physiotherapy approach to the treatment of running injuries:

  • Standard Physiotherapy - Assessment to identify the pain-producing structure, hands-on treatment and advice to speed up healing (used alone, people often get re-injury and keep returning for treatment).
  • Restoring Fluidity - Michael uses an approach based around 'Chi Running' and is himself a Tai Chi student, integrating these into his physio practice. the aim is to restore postural alignment and learn to release muscles so that movement takes place in the most efficient way. It improves shock absorption, therefore reducing the amount of stress placed on tissues and joints.
  • Breathing - Michael offers specific physio treatments to restore optimum breathing mechanics. Many people breathe with their upper chest, keeping their pelvic and abdominal muscles in a state of tension. This results in poor shock absorption, inefficient breathing and injuries.
  • Sports Psychology - Physiotherapist Michael Otto understands the mentality of people who keep finding themselves injured and fighting to maintain and beat their personal best. The biggest mistake is that people get focused on a goal (such as the speed that they are running at) and become unaware of what is happening in their body. People often try too hard and push themselves, creating bodily tension and reducing performance. The sporting greats did not have to try, they are relaxed in their body, producing power and performace at ease.

Common running pains include:

  • Knee pain / ITB
  • Hip pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Calf and shin pain
  • Tendonitis Achilles pain

If you are a runner experiencing a pain or injury please contact us to find ut some more information or use the contact page to make an appointment.