Mr Matthew Long

Physiotherapy Lead

BSc (hons) Physiotherapy

Personal profile

Matthew Long qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2004, having completed his undergraduate training at the University of Brighton. For his first two years in practice he worked for the NHS in Bedford, gaining a broad experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Within the NHS he subsequently worked in Northampton and St Albans to increase his experience and develop his expertise in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. In addition to his NHS work he has worked part time at several private Physiotherapy clinics.

Most recently he returned to work at Bedford Hospital as a Musculoskeletal practitioner. It was in this role that he went on to additional post-graduate training to be able to assess and treat disorders of the balance system and apply what is termed Vestibular Rehabilitation. Matthew has now worked successfully with clients with these disorders for more than three years and continues to help people with these debilitating conditions.

Matthew has recently joined the BMI team to continue to provide the best possible care for his clients. Throughout Matthew’s career he has striven to develop himself through post-graduate learning, to offer this high quality of care. Attending many workshops and training courses, including those run by world leading researchers and practitioners whilst also completing several MSc Modules in Advanced Physiotherapy.

Post-graduate training was also undertaken in Acupuncture, which has been an important part of his practice over the last decade. Matthew continues to use acupuncture for his clients as a tool to help pain control and aid relaxation of tense muscles in combination with other important parts of rehabilitation such as exercise.

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Vestibular Rehabilitation (ACPIVR)
  • Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorder (ACPTMD)
  • Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP)

Clinical Interests

Matthew enjoys treating all Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic conditions. These are conditions of the muscles and joints. Common examples are conditions such as low back pain, shoulder pain and other joint and muscular conditions. In particular I have extended training and expertise in managing spinal, shoulder and temporomandibular disorders.

Matthew also has a keen interest in dizziness and balance disorders, he uses principals of vestibular rehabilitation to treat the imbalance caused by conditions such as vestibular neuritis / labyrinthitis and vestibular migraine. Matthew also treats problems caused by BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) with positional treatment manoeuvres such as the Epley manoeuvre. 

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