I am a specialist in treating back and neck pain and long standing conditions.
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 post graduate experience and training. I seek not only to diagnose the condition but also to be a detective and find out the root 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. The assessment is very detailed analysing the whole body.
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. In this example it is common that the neck can be the primary cause (driver) to the shoulder pain and the shoulder joint the secondary driver . 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. I read widely and attend conferences and courses to keep up to date with current research.
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.
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
Tendinopathies/Tennis elbow/Rotator cuff/Impingement syndrome
Sporting injuries of the hip, knee and ankle
Pre and post Orthopaedic surgery
Musculoskeletal injuries in children & adolescents
My Physiotherapy Qualifications
My learning journey started at the University of Southampton where I graduated with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London was the perfect place to undertake rotations in the different Physiotherapy specialities. After this I spent 6 years overseas firstly in private practice in Sydney and then in a large teaching hospital in Singapore. I obtained my Masters in Musculoskeletal Studies (Manual Therapy) in 2002 from the University of Western Australia in Perth. This degree included studying countless research articles on the spine, muscles and joints, doing advanced anatomy labs and fine tuning my skills in manual therapy and sports rehabilitation.
I have been in private practice in Southampton ever since and over the last six years I have been specialising in ConnectTherapy™.
Lastly, but not least, I am constantly building on my Upledger Craniosacral therapy training. This training is giving me tools to treat adults in areas of the body that Physiotherapy traditionally doesn’t help. For example, the cranium if you are unlucky enough to hit your forehead on your bike handlebars, the mouth after lots of dental work or scar tissue deep within the body after surgery.
Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Or alternatively fill in the form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
PHONE NUMBER: +44 7403 224945
Pilates classes are held in Highfield, Chandler’s Ford and Empress Road Industrial Estate, Southampton
Physiotherapy and one to one Pilates is at Laura’s home in Bassett, Southampton. Address given when making an appointment.