I am a fully qualified UK trained physiotherapist. I graduated with a First Class Bachelor of Science Honours degree (BSc Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1994. I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (MCSP) and I am registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).I started my career gaining general experience but I had discovered a love of treating and learning about musculoskeletal problems. In 1996 I decided to specialise in this area and began to concentrate on the treatment of back pain and spinal problems. I completed a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Rehabilitation and Research in 2002. I have continued to develop and gain expertise in this specialty ever since. Among other things I have completed postgraduate training in managing chronic pain, acupuncture and dynamic stability and Pilates.
I am a member of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, a special interest group for physiotherapists interested in improving their understanding of pain and their care of people in pain. I have a very keen interest in research and regularly read current research papers on back pain. I am especially interested in the effects of exercise on back pain and also how your thoughts and feelings affect your pain.
I would love to be able to help all my readers individually but I am very sorry I can't offer advice about specific problems.
My interest in my profession has never wavered. I am passionate about delivering the best possible care to my patients - and this means its very important to me that my practice is evidence based or in layman's terms combines the best available research, the preferences of my patients and my own clinical experience and knowledge. This path has led me to complete a lot of postgraduate training. I have attended many weekend and day courses and have spent thousands of hours reading the literature and discussing clinical cases with my peers.
My interest in research and a desire to deepen my approach in a more holistic way led me to I complete a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Research (MSc) in 2002. It was particularly special as it was a multi-disciplinary course - I was working alongside doctors, nurses, occupational therapist and others. Passing this Masters was a career high for me as it was very challenging - especially when combined with a full time job.
Celebrating my MSc - a very proud moment
I worked for a while in education, for two years I combined my clinical role with a job as Dean for Allied Health Professionals for a local higher education establishment. Now I have a tremendously varied and interesting job working in a large acute hospital.