Christchurch Hall Surgery

20 Edison Road, Crouch End, London N8 8AE

Physiotherapy At Christchurch Hall Surgery

physio roomPhysiotherapist

Charmaine Smyth

MCSP SRP Physiotherapist

Charmaine is a highly trained Physiotherapist of 20 years' experience with a particular interest in back rehabilitation.

She has worked extensively in South Africa and the UK. She has worked at the Physiotherapy Department of the Garden Hospital in North London for 6 years. In 2006 she became Resident Physiotherapist at Christchurch Hall Surgery where she treats an increasing number of patients referred to her both by the practice and by a number of Hospital Consultants in Rheumatology and Orthopaedics both NHS and private.

As a physiotherapist, Charmaine aims to promote, maintain and restore the physical and psychological well-being of her patients whilst helping to manage any long-term (chronic) complaints, in particular where movement and function are threatened by injury, disease or the process of aging.

How does Physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy deals with facilitating movement and helps you maximise your potential. It uses various approaches including massage manipulation in order to promote, maintain and restore your ability to move without pain and increase your flexibility. It takes account of your individual health status.

Physiotherapists are autonomous professionals, able to act as first contact practitioners, as well as accepting referrals from other health care professionals. In partnership with you, physiotherapists work to optimise your functional ability and potential.

Modern Physiotherapy is all about encouraging the body’s own optimal, natural healing. Extensive knowledge of the body’s anatomy, function and mechanics is the basis of accurate assessment and successful treatment. A full case history will be taken on your first visit; a full evaluation and analysis of the movements will also be carried out in order to assess the problem.

Physiotherapists can treat anyone, from small children to adults, for a wide range of physical conditions and varying health problems.
They use manual therapy, passive and active exercises and the application of electro-physical therapies. They apply these approaches in response to your individual need, working with you and, wherever appropriate, with your carers.

Post-operative care for patients who have had a hip or knee replacement is also on offer at Christchurch Hall Surgery. Following initial physiotherapy in hospital, many patients find that continuing for some more sessions can speed up their recovery, thus allowing a quicker return to normal activities.


Another aspect of a physiotherapist's work is treating young children and teenagers who have posture problems, especially those whose muscles or bones are not developing properly.

Sports Injuries

The physiotherapists are also sports specialists providing treatments for skiers, golfers, tennis players and athletes in general.
Physiotherapists try to understand your needs and help you to restore your flexibility and resume everyday activities. They focus on health promotion and your rehabilitation.

Always make sure you consult a fully qualified practitioner. At Christchurch Hall we only use highly qualified, experienced and respected practitioners.

Pain In The Back

At some time in their life most people will suffer from lower back pain. It can come on suddenly, slowly or be the direct cause of a fall or injury.

The underlying cause of most musculoskeletal pain is poor postural habits and muscular imbalance. Muscular imbalance leads to strain on muscles, ligaments and joints. This makes you more prone to injury. Once the cause of the pain has been established, ‘hands on' techniques are used to relieve pain, restore joint movement and strenghthen muscles.

Physiotherapist Charmaine Smythe prides herself on a comprehensive approach when diagnosing lower back pain. “I look for the cause of the symptoms; I do not just treat the symptoms themselves,” She explains. “Lower back pain can very often be easily rectified by simple postural exercises and ‘hands-on’ massage.”

Private health insurance covers our physiotherapy, but Charmaine stresses that treatments should also be available and affordable for those without private health insurance. Our treatments are good value for money and do not always involve many sessions.

Together we will work to improve function, sense of wellbeing, teach you how to prevent further problems and stay pain free!

Conditions treated & Procedures

  • Muscle imbalance assessment and correction
  • Posture correction
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Core stability training
  • Spinal care education
  • Rehabilitation following orthopaedic surgery; back surgery, knee replacement, hip replacement etc.
  • Sports injuries
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Work-related upper limb disorder
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Stress and tension build-up
  • Post-operative rehabilitation

Appointments with Charmaine Smyth


9.00 – 1.00 pm









How To Find Us

The Physiotherapy Clinic is located within Christchurch Hall Surgery at 20 Edison Road, Crouch End, N8 8AE. Telephone: 020 8340 2877.

Preparation For Initial Appointment

Bring comfortable clothing for your treatment. Please bring any referral letters and results of any medical investigations.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled appointment time in order to fill out the necessary registration forms. Your initial appointment may require a full hour to ensure thorough assessment and the correct treatment.

The Physiotherapist will discuss your condition and treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.


Treatment times are 60 minutes for the first appointment and 30 minutes for follow-up appointments.
Between two and six appointments are usually required to achieve the desired outcome. Many patients decide that they would like to have periodic preventative treatments to avoid recurring problems.
During the initial assessment if it is found that Physiotherapy is not the appropriate treatment for you, a further referral will be made upon consultation with your doctor and your consent.