Physiotherapy

Exercise alone is often not enough to get rid of pain or maybe it is just too sore to be able to exercise in the first place. Sometimes we all need specific advice and some hands on therapy to help us get back onto our feet.

All Physiotherapists are not the same. We all differ in terms of our experience and training. I seek not only to diagnose the condition but also to be a detective and find out the cause to why you may be having the problem in the first place. This may be in a different area to where it hurts. How that old rib fracture affects your back pain now. How your foot posture on the bike affects your neck pain. How since you had knee surgery your hip has never felt quite right. The approach I use is called ConnectTherapy™ and was created by Dr LJ Lee. In essence all our different body parts are connected, our body and mind are connected and therapist and client are connected.

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If this type of assessment is deemed appropriate for you then we will discuss the daily activities or movements that aggravate your pain or affect your sporting performance. I will then analyse you doing simple movements that are related to your aggravating activity. For example, if you get pain in your shoulder when you swim I would want to look at what is happening to all of your neck joints, shoulder joints and spine when you lift your painful arm up. Areas which show poor control or alignment are then corrected. If this makes the pain go away, improves other areas in your body or makes your whole experience of movement lighter or freer then this area is the starting point for your treatment. If you have multiple areas of pain this can be very handy in knowing where to start treating first.

Sometimes it may be more appropriate to use a more traditional Physiotherapy assessment. For example, you may have twisted your knee last week and want to find out whether you have torn your ligaments and get some advice and exercises to help decrease the swelling and strengthen your knee. When you tell me your story I always try to listen to what your needs are and discuss your plan of management with you to get your agreement before treatment.

What to expect in your treatment

I use a wide variety of manual therapy techniques including mobilisation for your joints or specific soft tissue/myofascial release. Sometimes I will use Upledger Craniosacral Therapy techniques within my Physiotherapy practice. These help release tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

I am trained to use acupuncture within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and find this an invaluable tool for pain relief. Acupuncture has very good evidence base for treating OA knees and I have seen a lot of benefits over the years with easing clients’ neck and back pain.

Of course Physiotherapy wouldn’t be Physiotherapy without exercises! Having been a Pilates teacher for over ten years, naturally a lot of my exercise programs will include Pilates and Reformer Pilates. I also use specific exercises related to your leisure activity, sport or your work to train you for more optimum ways of moving.

Common conditions treated:

Neck and Back pain

Pelvic Girdle pain / Sacroiliac joint dysfunctions

Tendonpathies / Tennis elbow / Rotator cuff / Impingement syndrome

Patellofemoral syndrome

Sporting injuries of the hip, knee and ankle

Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid arthritis

Pre and post Orthopaedic surgery

Scoliosis

Osteoporosis

Musculoskeletal injuries in children and adolescents

Chronic pain

Whiplash

My Physiotherapy Qualifications

Master of Musculoskeletal Studies (Manual Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences) - University of Western Australia

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy - University of Southampton

Chartered Physiotherapist MCSP, Member of Health Professions Council HCPC, Member of the Association of Physiotherapists in Acupuncture, Member of Physio First, ISM and ConnectTherapy™ (Thoracic Ring Approach) series graduate, Upledger Craniosacral Therapy 1, 2 and SER1.