Xcel Health recognises healthcare needs are complex and require different healthcare services, this is why we have expanded the services we can now offer you. Our experienced team of therapists is confident in helping you get back to being your best. We are passionate about helping others, giving great customer service and providing you with the knowledge and tools needed to make a speedy recovery.

Toby. Dec 22, 2021

Why does my lower back hurt? up arrow

I get to see around 10 patients every single day who come to me with lower back problems either at the Sittingbourne Physiotherapy practice or the GP surgeries.

Anagha. May 20, 2023

All you need to know about Pilates up arrow

Asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever – yes this is what a young boy named Joseph was born with in Germany in the 1880s. Due to his poor health condition, he started tryi...

Desiree. May 20, 2021

Diet or exercise – which is better? up arrow

Should one diet or exercise? A healthy diet provides nourishment to the body and exercise improves metabolism and body strength. What we eat in a day is the foundation fo...

Tiffany May 01, 2023

How a Pelvic Physiotherapist Can Help During Menopause up arrow

How can a Pelvic health Physiotherapist help me during Menopause?I see a lot of women in the Physiotherapy Clinic in Sittingbourne, and the questions I get are the same.

Desiree Dec 22, 2021

Express Yourself – Facial Acupuncture up arrow

The way intention is conveyed through communication is divided into 3 sections - 55% is through your face and expressions, 38% through inflection and the tone of your voi

Anagha March 16, 2023

Benefits of Drinking Waterup arrow

Benefits of drinking WATER!Drinking enough water is crucial to maintain good fitness and health. However, the question that all my patients at the Sittingbourne or Maidstone

Namrata. February 01, 2023

Do you have a painful pelvis? up arrow

Pelvic girdle painFinding it difficult to walk, turn in bed, stand, manage your regular daily activities, and get some exercise during your pregnancy? Pelvic Girdle Pain

Nicola. January 31, 2023

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? up arrow

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) A New Year means new opportunities and new beginnings. It is a time when people may be working on their resolutions and trying

Namrata. January 31, 2023

What is Tennis Elbow? up arrow

Can you get Tennis Elbow if you don’t play tennis?Have you ever experienced pain in your elbow? Difficulty lifting shopping bags? Finding it painful to drink your cup

Kavi. January 05, 2023

Text Neck in Children up arrow

Text neck syndrome: Although not a formal diagnosis, it is a common term that refers to a repetitive stress injury to the neck caused by having your head in a forward pos

Anagha. December 16, 2022

Physiotherapy after a stroke up arrow

Physiotherapy after a StrokeMost people are completely unaware of the importance of high intensity Neuro-Rehab after a stroke. It is why I will highlight the ben

Vaidehi. November 22, 2022

What are Whiplash Injuries and What Can I Do To Treat Them? up arrow

All you need to know about a Whiplash injury!Every day in the Sittingbourne Clinic I see around 4-5 patients who come to see me following a car accident. And it’s...

Kavi November 21, 2022

Tummy Time for Babies up arrow

Babies spend a considerable amount of time on their backs – in the cot, in the car seat and on your body. Placing them on their tummy gives them a completely different perspective of their world. It promotes their motor, visual and sensory development.

Ellie November 08, 2022

Don’t let anxiety get in your wayup arrow

Anxiety is a generalised mood disorder that results in feelings of apprehension, fear or worry. Anxiety can be characterised into different types which include

Anagha October 20, 2022

What Do We Do in Our Parkinson’s Sessions?up arrow

I know, when I tell you that we will be doing exercises during your Physiotherapy session, you will only think one thing. BORING!! However a session for somebody with Parkinson’s is anything but boring.

Isha Neck Pain

TLC for Neck Pain up arrow

In my previous blogs, we have been talking about neck pain. Thanks for sticking with me to know how you can prevent your neck aches and pains. I am hoping that, having read my previous blog, you have been really conscious of your posture and looking out for it, and have become more self-aware about the things you do and the way you do them.

Vaidehi October 20, 2022

A Battle with Plantar Fascitis up arrow

Have you noticed a pain in your heel when you put your foot on the ground first thing in the morning? Do you wince a little, let out a small cry of pain or a large ouch when you get out of bed? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then you could have plantar fasciitis!

Desiree October 20, 2022

Heard of Taping?up arrow

No, it’s not your usual tape! Kinesio taping is a therapeutic tape which has its origins in Japan in the 1970s. Since then it has been used by healthcare professionals not only in sports medicine but also in other medical disciplines such as paediatrics and for those with neurological conditions.

Xavier July 19, 2022

Injection Therapy up arrow

Injection therapy is something that we have recently started doing in our Sittingbourne clinic to help patients whose joints are inflamed, they have tried all other treatments and none have worked.

Toby July 19, 2022

Getting into running up arrow

In our blogs, we’re going to talk about different aspects of health and exercise, and how to lead a more active lifestyle. I’m a runner and I wanted to talk about how it all started for me.

Anagha July 19, 2022

The role of Physiotherapy in Neurological Conditions up arrow

Neurological Physiotherapy is a specialist area of physiotherapy which focuses on the treatment of people with neurological conditions. These affect the function of the brain, spinal cord and nerves.

Elmer July 19, 2022

Icing an injury – what do I need to know?up arrow

An acute injury is a said to be a ‘one off’. It didn’t come on gradually and it just happened in an instant. It could be an ankle sprain during a run, a tackle in a sports match, a stumble whilst out walking or even a slip or fall in the shower.

Dorothee July 19, 2022

It’s all about balance up arrow

If you have ever bought a pair of ASICS shoes, you might know that ASICS stands for ‘Anima Sana In Corpore Sano" (a healthy mind in a healthy body, in Latin). I have always loved this saying. To me, this simple phrase encapsulates what well-being is all about: feeling good in your body, while at the same time feeling at peace with who you are.

Emma July 19, 2022

Why you should exercise during the Menopauseeup arrow

Everybody will tell you that regular exercise has huge benefits for both your physical and mental health and this is especially true for women going through the Menopause. As your body goes through a number of changes, this is an important reminder that you need to take care of yourself.

Elmer July 19, 2022

What is Acupuncture? up arrow

Acupuncture is a traditional technique which has been used for the past 3000 years and is originally from China. It has been gaining popularity in the recent past and is one of the fastest growing alternative medicine therapies.

Elmer July 19, 2022

I’ve Got A Leaky Bladder…up arrow

These are words that you will never hear yourself say out loud. In fact, you will probably never hear anybody say them out loud. There seems to be a stigma attached to this. But nearly 50% of women over the age of 50 have this problem

Rochelle July 19, 2022

How can prehab improve my athletic performance? up arrow

Prehabilitation is not a term that many people are familiar with. In fact, it is often confused with rehabilitation which is what helps your recovery from an injury or preconditioning which prepares you for a more specific sport at a higher intensity or at a higher level.

Anagha July 19, 2022

What are Sports Injuries?up arrow

“No pain, no gain!” “Pain is weakness leaving your body.”How many times have you heard this? You don’t need to be a professional sports person to have been told either of these.Whilst it’s difficult to reach our sporting goals without a little bit of effort (and sometimes a little pain as well), we need to think about what the type of pain is.

Toby July 19, 2022

Working From Home up arrow

Before the pandemic of COVID-19 that started in March 2020, home working was becoming more and more popular. However, since the first lockdown the number of people now working from home has grown dramatically and for many office workers, this is now their preferred method of working.

Isha July 19, 2022

Conditioning for Running up arrow

The basic conversation between you, the runner and me, the Physiotherapist always starts the same way. You tell me that you are doing everything that you should be doing, yet your knee still hurts. You stretch before and after running, yet it hurts, You perform a warm-up, yet it hurts.

Anagha July 19, 2022

Are you worried about overstretching your muscles? up arrow

Almost every day in the clinic, and on many occasions each day, I get asked the question “How much should I be stretching my muscles?”, “How do I know if I am overstretching or under stretching my muscles?”/p>

Isha July 19, 2022

Has working from home left you with a bad back?up arrow

At some time during the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 2 years, almost all office workers have had a stint of working from home (WFH). In the same time period, as a treating Physiotherapist in our Physiotherapy Clinics in Sittingbourne and Maidstone

Elmer July 19, 2022

Ankle Injuries : What you should and shouldn’t do.up arrow

If you hear about an ankle injury, you normally just assume that it is a sporting injury. It must have twisted when running or doing a tackle. That’s a common myth. It really can happen to ANYBODY.

Elmer July 19, 2022

How to set up your workstationup arrow

So many of us have been working from home in the comfort of our own living rooms, sat on the sofa, at the dinner table or on our beds. But now, we are steadily going back to the workplaces we left in March 2020.

Toby July 19, 2022

When is a Headache not just a headache?up arrow

Yes, you read that right. There is more to a headache than it simply being just a headache. In this blog, I’ll talk to you about the different headaches that you can get and explain the differences between them. It will help you to self-diagnose when you can feel that throbbing starting.

Toby July 19, 2022

Sports Injuries – they’re such a pain!up arrow

Spring has arrived, the sun is out and the trees and plants are blossoming.My running shoes are out of their long hibernation and I’m training for a Spring race.It’s that time of year when people up and down the country are getting ready for exercise again, we’ve survived the cold, dark winter months and our good moods and motivation are back.

Toby July 19, 2022

I’ve got this pain in my knee…up arrow

‘My knee is hurting. I just woke up one morning and it hurts. What have I done and can you fix it?’ This is a question that our Xcel Health Physiotherapists hear all of the time in our Sittingbourne and Maidstone clinics.

Vaidehi July 19, 2022

What Is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?up arrow

Just over 2 years ago, COVID-19 wasn’t a thing that anybody could even have imagined. Now, we’re all experts in virology. What we do know is that some of the strains of COVID-19 are extremely infectious and very dangerous. We speak about long COVID, but without a real understanding of what that really is and the long term effects that this can have on our bodies.

Anagha July 19, 2022

Why do I need a strong core? up arrow

Have you always been physically active, yet you still get injured every now and then? If yes, you really need to work on your core! Having a strong core is not only important for people who do sport, but it also has lots of health benefits for office workers, older adults, young children and pregnant women.

Toby July 19, 2022

Who wants to talk about feet? up arrow

From my experience there are only a select few that do. Either they are Podiatrists or foot care professionals and they will talk to you about your feet until they are blue in the face. Or there is another type of person, but this blog is not aimed at them!

Isha July 19, 2022

A pain in the neck? up arrow

In the course of my role as a Physiotherapist in the Xcel Health Maidstone and Sittingbourne Clinics, I often get asked about neck pain. Specifically, what it is, how it starts and the symptoms that it can cause. My aim is to ensure that your neck pain does not become a ‘pain in the neck!

Vaidehi July 19, 2022

Just take a deep breath… up arrow

Our lungs and breathing are 2 things that we always take for granted. The lungs just seem to work and we continue breathing without even thinking about it. We only ever think about this when something is not right.

Desiree July 19, 2022

What on earth is Text Neck?up arrow

I can hear you asking yourself, what on earth is text neck? Well, if you experience soreness and a nagging pain your neck, then this will be especially interesting for you. The culprit could be your mobile phone!

Anagha July 19, 2022

What is Parkinson’s Diseaseup arrow

An astonishing fact : 1 in every 500 people in the UK has Parkinson’s Disease (PD). In our Physiotherapy Clinics in Sittingbourne and Maidstone, we are seeing more people who have this condition and are looking at Physiotherapy to help them maintain their mobility.

Namrata July 19, 2022

What is frozen shoulder?up arrow

You might have heard somebody close to you, such as family or friends complaining about a Frozen Shoulder and how difficult it is to sleep. But have you ever wondered what a Frozen Shoulder actually is? It’s a really common problem that we see in our Physiotherapy Clinics in Maidstone and Sittingbourne.

Abigail (guest blogger) July 19, 2022

What do children need? up arrow

Recently, we had a visit from 7 year old Abigail who liked the idea of our blogs and decided to write one of her own. We were very impressed with the spelling and ideas that she put forward! So, this is what Abigail wrote and we decided to publish it for everybody to read, exactly as she wrote it :

Desiree July 19, 2022

Osteoartritis and Quad weaknessup arrow

The Quadriceps Femoris or Quads is located at the front of your thigh and consists of 4 muscles, hence the name. Quadriceps is the Latin word for “four-headed”.