Experienced Physiotherapy

in the Centre of St. Albans


Established in 1987 Orchard Clinic is a very successful and highly regarded Physiotherapy Service in central St Albans.We have assembled a very experienced team to offer the best assessment and treatment of a comprehensive range of conditions.
We also offer a variety of specialist lead Yoga and Pilates classes to maintain and optimise your physical health

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Common Conditions

About Orchard

paul carnell

Head Physiotherapist / Clinic Director

Kieran Cummins

Clinic Director


Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner

Faith Sutton


Anna Anders




Julie Vassiliou

Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Becky Moore

Pilates Instructor


Pilates Instructor

Beth Williams

Pilates Instructor

stephanie douglas

Sports Masseuse

We have extensive knowledge and expertise in diagnosing and treating common and not so common conditions.

Paul Carnell is the Clinic Director and the Head Physiotherapist. Along with his like minded physiotherapists he promotes a vision of hands on therapy and corrective exercise to treat conditions and prevent their recurrence.

The team are all CSP and HPC registered Chartered Physiotherapists. They have undergone post graduate training and individuals have gained Masters Degrees and Membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

From reception staff to clinicians we provide a friendly and professional experience.

Latest News

Winter Running Injuries – How To Avoid Them

  Common Winter Running Injuries The cold spell is coming! So how do we stay away from injury but keep running? The common winter running injuries that we see at Orchard Clinic includes: Knee strains and sprains Plantar Fasciitis Groin pulls from slips Overuse...

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The joys of a Broken Arm or Wrist during the Winter Freeze

What to do if you suspect a Broken Arm or Wrist   We are in the midst of our Winter and with the icy conditions fast approaching it's a good idea to know what to do if you suspect you have fallen and fractured your arm or wrist. The most important thing is to get...

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Orchard Clinic …. A Client’s Journey

  Sharing Our Client's Progress Orchard Clinic strives hard to provide a service that really makes a difference, what better way to learn more than hear from one of our clients. We believe this feedback can offer you valuable content and will give you an insight...

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From Our Patients

" I have been attending Orchard Clinic since the 1980's. I have always received excellent treatment and would highly recommend their physio services. Prompt treatment from highly experienced professional staff. "

- Sue Churchhouse

" Orchard Physiotherapy practitioners provide me with the frequent and vital treatment I need to manage my degenerative chronic health conditions. Without their specialist knowledge and care I would be unable to work and live the full and happy life I enjoy. Their reception staff, Pilates teachers, and physiotherapists provide invaluable support with a smile! "

- Angela Clarke

" As a large family we have been using Orchard Clinic for over twenty years in respect of various injuries from hypermobility, foot injuries and back complaints. We have found all the staff to be friendly, courteous and exceedingly knowledgeable in their advice and treatment. We would not hesitate in recommending them. "

- Carole Borras

" Thank you for such a positive and pain relieving experience! I arrived in a terrible state but with lots of patience and care am now able to cope with daily life! I am grateful for such a patient and understanding approach that has been non-judgemental and positive every step of the way! "

- Jan

" Thank you. I am pain-free since my first appointment (I had two in total). I do not need painkillers and I sleep better too. I have a good range of movement in my arms, and the exercises are really simple. I have been given very good advice about posture too. "

- Ruth Jacobs

" I have been fortunate enough to work with four or five physios at Orchard Clinic over the years. They have been consistently effective and helpful - and always friendly. Good assessment and explanations of pathology; straightforward exercise regimes; persistent attention. I am currently working with Paul. He is exceptional. Very high quality work - of the highest standard. "

- Neil Margerison

" A visit to Orchard clinic always helps. A powerful blend of friendliness and professionalism always makes a difference to the problem. Strongly recommend. "

- A Avebury

" Thoroughly professional service. Honest appraisal of back problem enabling me to carry on life as normally as possible, with appropriate treatment. "

- S.G. Edgell

" I have always found the staff very attentive, very professional, and very friendly. Have been using them over a number of years now. "

- Marilyn Hill

" When I visit the clinic my concerns relating to my condition are listened to. The treatment plan is quickly put in place and implemented. The overall experience is one of progress to help me manage my ongoing problems. My physiotherapist does her best to help me. "

- Claire

" Sarah my physiotherapist has been a star. She has taken me a winging patient with a pinched nerve in my neck in agony and in a few short weeks I am pain free, and taking no meds. I am not keen on needles but Sarah performed acupuncture and I am positive this cured my nerve pain. Thank you so much Sarah I will not hesitate to see you again for any other injuries. "

- Linda Gant

" Paul's diagnosis and treatment are amazingly thorough and accurate. He is seeing me through a hip replacement and allowing me a much higher quality of life than I expected. I am so grateful. "

- Sheila Tidball

" I first came to Orchard Clinic to have physio which sorted out my neck problems - by taking a weekly Pilates class at the Clinic for the four years since I have managed to keep all aches and pains at bay. Great staff and a lovely atmosphere. Well done all! "

- Tess Machling

" After an initial consultation I have taken up Pilates for my back. The classes are fantastic - tailor-made, small group and the loveliest teacher (Julie). I am much more in control of my back pain now and it has really helped. Thank you! "

- Heike