Here at the Ben Fund, we provide physiotherapy support to promote physical, psychological and social wellbeing to our members. Our outpatient clinics are held at various locations across the North West regions including:

  • Lancashire
  • Greater Manchester
  • Cumbria
  • Cheshire
  • Merseyside

Our specialised physiotherapy team offer bespoke treatment programs and interventions to aid in the health of our members using the latest and up-to-date protocols.

At St Michael’s Lodge, based in the heart of the Ribble Valley we offer intensive, residential physiotherapy where we host a wide-ranging exercise class timetable, provide a state-of-the-art gym facility and a swimming pool/hydrotherapy pool.

Please complete the referral form and forward to  . We prioritise applications on the basis of clinical need.

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Meet the team

St Michael’s Lodge

Debbie Fagan

Debbie Fagan

Laura Kennedy

Laura Kennedy

Dean Matkin

Dean graduated in 2013 from Staffordshire University with a first-class honours degree in Sports Therapy. He went on to gain clinical experience in several sport environments and taught for 2 years in his field at undergraduate level. Over his career he has developed a special interest in strength and conditioning to help manage and overcome both upper and lower limb MSK issues whilst focusing particularly in the recovery of acute post-operative lower limb conditions. He has experience in the management and care of chronic back pain and whilst working at the Ben Fund, he continues to teach several exercise classes including Pilates. Dean is always aiming to develop training and skills to ensure he provides each individual patient with the treatment that they need. He has also gained post-graduate training in areas such as acupuncture, shockwave therapy and hydrotherapy.

Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes

Kieran Charnock

Kieran Charnock

Kieran qualified as a physiotherapist with a First Class Honours degree from the University of Salford in 2015 following a long career as a professional footballer. He worked initially as a physiotherapist in the NHS gaining a variety of experience and expertise before specializing in MSK conditions, developing a keen interest in both upper and lower limb injuries, spinal rehabilitation and pain management. Joining the team at St Michael's in late 2018 he has further developed his skills in strength and conditioning and teaching Pilates and Yoga. Kieran has completed extensive post graduate training across a plethora of disciplines and uses evidence-based practice to guide his decisions. He will tailor his approach to his clients taking a holistic approach to ensure best possible outcomes.

Green Lane (Merseyside HQ)

Shaun Fieldhouse

Shaun Fieldhouse

Green Lane (Merseyside HQ) and Progress House (GMP)

Patrick Hoyte

Patrick Hoyte

Winsford (Cheshire HQ)

Ben Croad

Ben Croad

Cumbria HQ

Nina Walkingshaw

Nina Walkingshaw

Common Conditions

Below are some of the common conditions the service can assist with but not limited to.

    • Neck and Back Pain
      • Road traffic collision / trauma
      • Postural / ergonomics
      • Chronic
      • Post-operative
      • Sciatica
    • Upper Limb
      • Frozen shoulder
      • Shoulder impingement
      • Tennis elbow
      • Golfers elbow
    • Lower Limb
      • Runners knee
      • Plantar fasciitis
      • Achilles tendinopathy
      • Knee osteoarthritis
    • Prehabilitation and Postoperative Care
    • Pre / Post-natal Care
    • Sport Related Injuries


Following a comprehensive assessment an individualised treatment program will be devised to include a strong emphasis on self-management and home exercise program in addition with some of the possible treatments below:

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy 

(ESWT) is a non-invasive procedure for the treatment of acute and chronic pain of the musculoskeletal system.  The shockwaves used in ESWT develop in the tissue at the point in the tissue where the pain originates from. They cause an improvement in local blood circulation and metabolism.

Conditions such as tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy and calcifications of the shoulder often become chronic conditions. The use of ESWT to safely treat these conditions is supported by a wealth of clinical experience and scientific evidence. In short the use of ESWT in the treatment of chronic conditions is suggested to jump start the healing process and reintroduce the acute phase of healing.


Hydrotherapy allows treatment to be provided in a warm environment which improves soft tissue elasticity while the buoyancy of the water reduces the effects of gravity. This eases the stress on joints and can considerably accelerate rehabilitation times.

Other main benefits of hydrotherapy include:

  • Provides relief from pain, swelling and stiffness
  • Muscle strengthening, maintenance and restoration
  • Accelerated rehab times
  • Improved circulation
  • promotion of relaxation
  • Cardiovascular fitness

Exercise Prescription / Strength and Conditioning Programs

A fundamental part of pain management and recovery is to incorporate an exercise prescribed program. Our team of physiotherapists are experienced at promoting these programs to a wide range of individuals depending on their needs. We focus on movement quality to improve strength and fitness, and in doing so improve active daily living and wellbeing. A key part of strength and conditioning training is fully assessing an individual’s movement patterns to develop techniques and prevent injuries. Strength and lean muscle mass reduces the risk of insulin resistance, a group of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other factors which can lead to ill health. Strength training doesn’t just increase the strength of our muscles but also our bone health. Strength and conditioning benefits so many areas of not just sport, but everyday life. Incorporating these principles into a structured program can really make a difference in how we perform, move and live.


Acupuncture is used by our physiotherapists to assist in the management of pain and inflammation by stimulating the body’s own healing chemicals in order to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.

The practice of acupuncture can affect pain modulation via the stimulation of the brain and spinal cord to produce natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins; melatonin and serotonin to promote wellbeing. These assist the body’s healing process and offer pain relief as a precursor for other manual or exercise therapies.

Common MSK conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle pain/weakness
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica/nerve root pain

Orthotic/Insole Prescription

  • Foot and ankle conditions along with other lower limb issues may benefit from orthotics to relieve pain and restore function.

Lumbar and Cervical traction

At St Michael’s Lodge, patients often benefit from the use of our Lumbar and Cervical traction unit. This is the process of applying a stretching force to the vertebrae through pulleys to distract individual joints of the spine. This can help ease back pain and symptoms of nerve pain caused by such conditions as sciatica.

One-to-One Pilates 

  • For individuals who are new to exercise, or who have specific physical limitations/requirements, we provide 1:1 Pilates classes to ensure the upmost care and attention.


Based at St Michaels Lodge in the Ribble Valley, patients have access to several weekly exercise classes in order to improve health and wellbeing. Classes include:

Ai Chi

      • A water-based exercise class designed to improve and encourage range of movement, core stability, circulation, reduce swelling and promote relaxation.

Stretch Class

      • A low impact, low intensity workout to increase range of motion and flexibility. Through a series of stretching exercises, participants will develop breathing techniques, enhance strength, coordination, and cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.

Aqua-Aerobics Class 

      • Water aerobics is the performance of exercise to improve cardiovascular fitness which can also enhance strength and flexibility whilst reducing joint impact in the water.

Pilates (APPI accredited)

      • A series of exercises based around core-stability and neuromuscular control, to help relieve and manage pain, improve health and improve quality of active daily living.