Welcome to the Body & Mind Physio website. My name is Matt Kinal and I'm an experienced Physiotherapist who specialises in helping people who have long-term and persistent pain problems. I set myself up as the Body & Mind Physio as I recognised that there was a real need for a different approach to how we treat pain. One that treats the person and not just the area that they have pain and one that takes into account what has been going on in someone's life and how that impacts their pain.
We are now beginning to understand that adaptive changes in the brain and central nervous system play an important role in the development of long term pain. I use the knowledge I gained from doing a Masters in Pain Science as well as my on-going research to help people understand how these changes occur and how they can be linked to their pain.
Connecting the Body & Mind
When I was in my mid twenties I suffered with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). After a period of time I realised that the symptoms I was experiencing were linked to the amount of pressure I was putting on myself and the subsequent stress this created. By making this connection and beginning practicing meditation I was able to improve the pain. This has made me passionate about helping people to make the connection between what is going on in their lives and their pain, so they can have a positive influence on their pain as well.
Guidance and empowerment
I have years of experience in a variety of clinical settings, including the NHS, private practice, professional sport and the prison service to help guide people forward. I also have a range of self-help strategies that I learnt through doing the SIRPA training programme and other courses, which I can suggest for people to use. These strategies can help people to change thought patterns about their pain, improve relaxation and build confidence in their body again.
I am a member of Chartered Society of Physiotherapist and I am also registered with the Healthcare Professions Council and a member of the British Pain Society.
Sometimes further help is needed to help manage mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. If so, I can point people in the right direction. I have very good connections with experienced Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists in Bristol.