Client feature: Are you sitting comfortably?

As we spend ever longer at our desks it perhaps isn’t surprising that more and more of us are suffering from neck pain or a bad back. Clayton & Brewill client Therapy Direct Healthcare works with businesses and their employees to improve health and wellbeing at work, including rehabilitation after surgery or injury and proactive support to minimise work-related injuries.

Stressed business woman sitting at a table and holding her lower back in pain

Ross Tomkins, founder and clinical director at Therapy Direct Healthcare gave us an insight into his fast-growing business.

“There is a large body of evidence that point towards the value of early intervention and treatment for employees that present with musculoskeletal problems such as neck pain or a bad back: the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy reports that businesses can expect a minimum return of £3 for every £1 spent on managing and rehabilitating workers suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.

“At Therapy Direct Healthcare we work with employers and their workers to get a correct diagnosis at an early stage, and then put in place an effective treatment and rehabilitation programme to enable the employee to recover as quickly as possible.

“The positive effect on the employee is easy to measure; anyone who has suffered from a bad back will understand how limiting the condition is, but there is also a powerful positive effect on the business, specifically in the area of reduced sickness and absence.

Proactive support for employee wellbeing

“Interestingly however, most work-related injuries can be avoided through making sure employees’ working environments are keeping them safe and healthy and this is something we focus on with our clients, which range from SMEs through to large NHS Trusts.

“From ergonomic assessments of how an employee’s display screen equipment is set up through to more detailed health and safety audits, wellbeing days and stress management training, Therapy Direct helps businesses to create healthier, safer workplaces.

therapy-direct“2016 is the 10th anniversary for Therapy Direct Healthcare and we’ve grown at around 20-25% each year. We operate in a very niche industry – there are lots of physios out there but very few with the combination of occupational health knowledge and musculoskeletal expertise that we can offer at Therapy Direct.

“We see this growth as being set to continue as we develop our nationwide network of physios, and business become more and more switched on to the benefits of having a happy and healthy workforce.”

Therapy Direct is based in Gateshead in the North East with a network of clinics and physios across the UK. Click here to find out more about Therapy Direct.


Clayton & Brewill is a firm of chartered accountants with offices in Nottingham, Long Eaton and Melton Mowbray. We offer tax, audit, payroll and business advisory services to business owners and individuals across the East Midlands.

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