Ten Years with PhysioPod UK and Deep Oscillation

My first encounter with DEEP OSCILLATION® was in 2007. A Physiotherapist colleague from Germany used it in her practice in Paris.

Franziska Schmidt-Dengler
Physiotherapist MSc Osteopathy Vodder MLD DLT Practitioner


To be honest, it was difficult not to use it! If someone was in pain then they would almost always get better after we used deep oscillation. Only in the hot summers in August, when patients were sweaty, I found it wouldn’t work but I soon discovered the solution to that..

Back working in London, I knew I had to get my own unit and I still remember my lovely encounter with Julie and Mary in 2011, when they came to train me in the clinic I was working at late on a Friday night after my clients had left.  I’m still impressed with their courage, enthusiasm and honesty in bringing this product to the UK. Their support throughout the years has been really helpful. They informed me that I could drape cling film over the area if a client was a little hot.

I have moved on to study Osteopathy, which has taught me to understand the body and pain in a much better way, yet deep oscillation is still part of my treatment. 

It is very common for Physiotherapists to use machines but deep oscillation is the only one I use. It is very rare for an Osteopath to be using any machines, but still, I use deep oscillation.

It can be used for a variety of reasons and indications. My preferred ones are for scar tissue or fibrotic tissue. I have experienced its many benefits and seen its advantages on numerous patients but I was still surprised when I used on the fresh scar of a patient. The reduced swelling of the scar tissue improved the function of the muscle affected enormously; an effect a conventional treatment approach might have taken much longer to achieve. 

It does not replace manual treatment, it purely enhances it and my Deep Oscillation Personal is a device that I would not be without.

I am very grateful for the existence of deep oscillation and I am hoping to see it being used more commonly and widely; it is effective and its application pleasant and I’m really grateful for Julie and Mary, who continue to share all the research behind the therapy, as a clinical evidence base is very important to me.

I look forward to at least another decade with Deep Oscillation and Physiopod UK and I look forward to seeing future research, to support the results I regularly see in my work.


About Franziska Schmidt-Dengler

Franziska Schmidt-Dengler is a Registered Osteopath and Chartered Physiotherapist. She graduated initially as a physiotherapist in Vienna in 2004 and went on to work at the outpatient trauma unit at Vienna General Hospital and simultaneously at a private sports clinic. After moving to Paris, Fran worked at the Cancer Unit of the Georges Pompidou European Hospital and at a private clinic where she focused on scoliosis.

Fran moved to London in 2010 and helped to set up and develop Infant Massage at St. George’s Hospital within the paediatric unit. In 2014, she completed her Master of Science in Osteopathy at the British School of Osteopathy (now University College of Osteopathy). Since then, she has worked as both a physiotherapist and osteopath, first in Marylebone and the City, and now in Putney. Her diverse experience in a range of settings has given her a wide knowledge base from which to draw.

Fran combines physiotherapy and osteopathy in all her approaches to pain management, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, pre and post surgery, women’s health and paediatrics. Her rehabilitation methods draw inspiration from Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, Pilates, Yoga, Neurokinetic Therapy, Schroth, Functional Rehab and, of course, her patients. This approach allows Fran to offer her patients a tailored programme of rehabilitation.

At the Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy, Fran offers osteopathy services to all ages, from babies to the elderly. Fran is qualified as an IAIM Infant Massage Instructor. She also offers Manual Lymphatic Drainage for injuries and pre and post surgery to reduce the risk of development of secondary lymphoedema. She is a member of Manual Lymphatic Drainage UK.

Fran danced for 8 years and, being hypermobile herself, has a special interest in hypermobility, dance and theatre. She has studied physical theatre at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre.


Fran Schmidt-Dengler’s particular areas of expertise are:

  • Osteopathy: Sports Injuries, Knees, Feet and Ankles.
  • Osteopathy: Newborns/Paediatric

In addition to English, Fran also speaks French and German.


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