A SIDE effect of home working has left an unprecedented number of people in need of physiotherapy.

As workers find themselves sat in kitchens, sitting rooms and away from their usual workstations they may have felt pains and aches, possibly developing lasting problems, while regular physiotherapy patients have often been left without access to much-needed treatment.

So Ribchester-based Elaine Simpson, founder of Discover Physio and Pilates, is now giving sessions virtually from home.

She said: “I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive initially in terms of the use of technology, however I was amazed to see how quickly my clients adapted and we’ve had the best attendance ever at classes.”

Physiotherapy and rehabilitation services had been paused throughout the first phase of the pandemic even as demand for their services reached an all-time high.

Ms Simpson’s sessions specialise in people recovering from accidents, and she is particularly interested in working with people recovering from the physical impact of contracting coronavirus.