Physiotherapy Exeter

Pain and Injury experts in Exeter

Helping people enjoy active, pain-free lives.


welcome to barefoot

We’re the experts in solving your unique pain puzzle and will get you back doing what you love.

Barefoot is a clinic focused on excellence both in the way that we treat you and the results we achieve. We provide specialist services for pain and injury, massage and wellbeing. Our commitment to you is to get you back to doing what you love as soon as possible and support you in your health and wellness journey.


welcome to barefoot

getting you back to what you love doing.

Barefoot is a clinic focused on excellence both in the way that we treat you and the results we achieve. We provide specialist Physiotherapy, Massage and Wellbeing services. Our commitment to you is to get you out of pain and back to doing what you love as soon as possible.




Our three main areas are outlined below for ease of access, these are the core of our treatment methods and where we begin to build our approach around you and your particular needs. For more information on our core services click on the tiles below. You can discover the full range of services available on the menu bar.


Highly skilled, expert rehabilitation for the smallest of strains to the most complex of cases.


A bespoke holistic experience for your wellbeing. Massage has a vital role in supporting your health journey.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

A specialised service which supports all aspects of women’s health for all generations.


What our patients say…

“After what seems like a lifetime of seeing physios and osteopaths for a serious back condition, I have at last found The Barefoot Physio.” -Anne



What our patients say…

“After what seems like a lifetime of seeing physios and osteopaths for a serious back condition, I have at last found The Barefoot Physio.” -Anne



We have two clinics, one in Exeter and one
in Bovey Tracey. Click below for our contact details.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a degree science-based profession that takes the ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. Physiotherapy has evolved over the decades to encompass a broad range of specialisms in health and social care from neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and more. Physiotherapy is available through the NHS or privately.

If you have any further questions about physiotherapy and how it can benefit you, please feel free to get in touch with us.

How much does physiotherapy cost?

We aim to make provide as much value as possible for our services, so you can achieve gold standard care at an affordable cost. Our prices start at £65 for a full 1 hour initial appointment and £60 for a 45-minute follow-up appointment. We also offer a £45 30-minute treatment session for existing patients where appropriate. If you would like to enquire about our other services, please get in touch. Alternatively, visit our pages for more detailed pricing guides.

What's the difference between a physiotherapist and an osteopath?

Partly due to the broad specialisms in various areas of medicine and settings including hospitals, community health centres and GP surgery’s. Physiotherapy is sometimes associated with the NHS but treatment from a Physiotherapist is available privately in the same way as seeing an Osteopath, or Chiropractor.

In the musculoskeletal field there is often confusion between the 3 professions. There is significant overlap between what each profession offers and what sort of ailment each profession sees and treats. However, all three treat problems with the muscles and joints.

A lot of the differences lay in the origins of the professions but as research and evidence evolves there should be more similarities when the best available evidence underpins the treatment provided.

Chiropractic is a treatment where a chiropractor uses their hands to help relieve problems with the bones, muscles and joints. It’s considered a complementary and alternative medicine, which means it’s not a conventional medical treatment, hence typically not available on the NHS.

Chiropractic is often associated with spinal manipulations – often termed ‘adjustments’ by the Chiropractic profession. This is largely due to Daniel Palmer, the founder of Chiropractic’s beliefs on spinal ‘adjustments’ for pain and health. In reality, a trained professional whether it be a Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropractor may also use this technique.

Owing to the use of spinal manipulations from the birth of the profession, Chiropractic is commonly associated with the treatment of back pain. Most research into techniques used in spinal pain tends to focus on general “manual therapy” techniques, such as spinal manipulation and mobilisations. Manual therapy techniques are used by physiotherapists and chiropractors, as well as osteopaths. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on managing lower back pain and sciatica recommend manual therapy alongside exercise as a treatment option.

Osteopathy is a form of medical care, founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and depend upon one another for good health. It is based on the work by Dr Andrew Still. Osteopathic spinal manipulations are strongly emphasised in the origins in Osteopathy, so you are more likely to receive this specific treatment if you see an Osteopath.

What's the difference between a chiropractor and a physiotherapist?

The underlying philosophies of Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy can differ. However, if you read the “definitions” of what each profession is and does they sound remarkably similar. The reality is that there are probably more similarities than differences!

Not surprising they essentially treat very similar conditions. It is not often related to whether your clinician is a Physiotherapist or Osteopath or Chiropractor, but more their individual experience and ongoing continued professional development and training. It is less helpful to ‘receive’ Chiropractic, Osteopathic or Physiotherapy treatment; This merely describes the title of the profession, not the treatment. You don’t get chiro/osteo/or physio treatment; you engage with treatment with one of these.

What should I wear for physiotherapy treatment?

Your comfort is a top priority, so we recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing to your appointment. In some cases, you may be asked to remove items of clothing depending on the location of your injury. This is always done with your consent.

Does physiotherapy work?

Physiotherapy treatment is designed to improve mobility, reduce pain and restore function to the body. Whether you’re seeking treatment for a chronic health problem, or an acute injury, Physical therapy treatment provides a wide range of benefits to help you manage pain, resolve injury and improve health. We offer individualised treatment and custom rehabilitation that seamlessly integrates the latest scientific research with a holistic approach to your well-being. We believe in empowering you with the highest quality of treatment, this may include manual therapy, manipulation and ‘hands on’ techniques where appropriate, while guiding you through a custom-tailored rehabilitation experience.


If you have any questions or want to arrange a consultation, please contact our professional team.



If you’re ready to book an appointment you can click book online below. Alternatively, if you have any questions prior to booking you can call us on 0333 577 9192 or email us on