Sacha Swift-Smith

Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

Sacha Swift-Smith
Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • Chartered Physiotherapist
  • Member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Number 060607
  • Health Care Professions Council Registered Number: PH57695
  • APPI Pilates Instructor in Matwork, Class Instructions and Pre/Post Natal teaching
  • Certified Active Release Technique (Upper Body)
  • Certified Trigenics (Upper Quadrant)
  • Certified to use Shockwave (musculoskeletal)
  • Bupa - 81057695
  • AXA PPP - SS04830
  • Aviva - 600044068
  • WPA - 920124383
  • Pru Health no: 706689761
  • Others - All require the practitioner's Health Care Professions Council Reg Number: PH57695
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice
    • Neck, back and peripheral joint pains
    Soft tissue injuries, postural complaints, repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Post Surgical Management Ligament Reconstruction, Spinal surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Entrapments

Clinical Biography

Sacha grew up in Bath. She graduated in 1998 from Coventry University with a degree in Physiotherapy and after taking some time out to travel, completed her Junior Rotation at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS trust. Sacha then moved to London and gained a vast experience working for various NHS trusts, including setting up an acute Physiotherapy service within A&E at Whipps Cross Hospital, working in GP Practices and she spent 2 years at a specialised Low Back Pain clinic working with Osteopaths and Psychologists. Sacha completed a Post Graduate Course in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acupuncture to assist her in running the Pain Management group to help those with chronic pain and Post Traumatic Stress.

Following courses in Manipulation and Tui Na (Chinese Osteopathy) Sacha worked in private practice to develop her skills in the treatment of acute back and neck pain which highlighted the impact of posture on spinal health fuelling her to study Ergonomic assessment. Treating a volume of Sports Injuries, Sacha also completed several courses in Sports Strapping techniques and Core Conditioning Rehabilitation. Having moved back to Bath in 2007 Sacha began work at Nuffield Health in Bristol alongside Orthopaedic and Plastic surgeons working to rehabilitate post-operative cases which fuelled her interest in rehabilitation following spinal and knee surgery, especially discectomy and ACL reconstruction. This led her to complete Pilates qualifications in Matwork, Class instruction and Pre/Postnatal specialities.

Sacha started her own private practice in Bath working within the Fitness First gym, where she sought to expand her knowledge of soft tissue treatment, leading her to study Trigenics and more recently completing certification in Active Release Technique (upper extremity). As her business grew, she finished working for Nuffield, but accredited Active Health to the Nuffield Fusion network. Sacha also maintains close links with several local Orthopaedic consultants, many of whom refer clients directly to her. Continually learning rehabilitative pathways she regularly attends seminars and practices off strong evidence bases such as the work of Prof. Stuart McGill. She recently became certified in the use of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy to further expand the treatments available for chronic suffers from tendon disorders in Bath and the South West. Now a Director of Active Health, she is our lead physiotherapist.

Personal Statement

I studied Physiotherapy with the simple aim to help people return to health and stop needless suffering that prevents us all doing what we love, whether that is sport or playing on the floor with your grandchild. Seeing people benefit from removing these limitations is what fuels my passion.

The human being is a remarkable system of inter-relating tissues that are innately intelligent. Given the right information, your body will heal itself. I aim to show your body what it needs to heal, and inform you of things you can be responsible for through exercises and lifestyle choices. While rest is sometimes a necessity, it is not the magic cure and I often find maintaining your activity levels will actually accelerate your recovery. As an avid sports enthusiast, currently playing Touch Rugby for England, I understand the importance of continuing training where possible.

I feel lucky to be able to say that I love my job, Physiotherapy is my passion and my hobby. I am always developing my practice to absorb new techniques and will remain excited to continue my exploration into healing the body. I look forward to meeting the challenge of helping you realise your full health potential.

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