Meet the Therapists: Bill Potts, Physiotherapist

About Bill

Perfect Motion Physio was founded and is run by Bill and Becky Potts in 2013. Both Bill and Becky are highly skilled Chartered Physiotherapists with almost 30 years of experience in the musculoskeletal field and have worked as physiotherapists in the UK and abroad. They commonly treat a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from pregnant ladies and office workers through to athletes and retired persons. They use a manual approach to their physio treatments alongside exercise rehabilitation and run 15 highly regarded Physio-Pilates classes a week. Bill specialises in lower limb injuries, shoulder rehabilitation and is an expert in movement performance.

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Can you explain what a Chartered Physiotherapist is?

A chartered physiotherapist is a qualified member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy which means you fulfil the high standards of professional practice and adhere to the CSP’s Code of Professional Values and Behaviour.

Who are your main clients?

We are fortunate to see a wide variety of individuals from teenagers to those in their 80s and beyond. The main demographic we see are people between the ages of 30 and 60 who are active and want to remain that way. We assess and treat a varied range of issues, but we do get a lot of sporting people as well as gardeners and office workers and are always pleased when people try to see us before they have any major issues.

Our Pilates classes have worked wonders with many people to keep their bodies fit and healthy. We still have people continuing with us from when we started up 10 years ago due to the benefits they have gained.

You and your wife set up and run Perfect Motion Physio. How do your skills complement each other, and do you specialise in different areas?

We set up the business 10 years ago, whilst working at other private physio clinics. With growing demand and the arrival of our two children, it seemed a natural progression to solely work for ourselves and build our business, which we did from about 2017.

On leaving the NHS and venturing into private practice overseas, we both worked in the same area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. This has tied in with us both teaching Pilates and strength and conditioning exercise sessions and have learnt a lot from each other with our different approaches. We often bounce ideas off each other which really helps our patients.

In terms of the business, Becky is the more organised of the two of us; while I might at times provide some pragmatism and ideas to help the business move forward. We are generally good listeners and communicators and identify when we need to support one another, as at times running a business can be stressful and could be overwhelming if we didn’t have the support of each other.

Can you describe your training?

Becky and I met and trained together at Brunel University and graduated in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. As part of our degrees we took part in several work in hospitals and we were fortunate enough to be awarded placements in Denmark (for Becky) and Finland (for myself.) These were great experiences for us and we definitely learned a lot, not just the treatment techniques but the ability to work in a different culture, with a unique communication challenge and very different patient groups.

And have you worked abroad?

After working in the NHS for a couple of years, we secured work in New Zealand for 7 months before working in Sydney for a further 3 months. The time away was a huge eye opener and we absolutely loved it. We love New Zealand, but home is now definitely Midhurst, whose outdoor lifestyle is similar to that offered in New Zealand.

Are you passionate about sports, and if so which ones?

I am a big sports fan and love to see people getting and staying active in whatever they love. I used to play a lot of rugby and tennis but now I focus on Pilates, resistance training and when possible, a short run or bike ride.

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