Clinical Specialist and lead for women’s health
PG Dip in Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Health and Care Professions Council
Member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) professional network
I specialise in the treatment of male and female pelvic dysfunctions such as incontinence, prolapse and pain. I also have a specialist interest in the treatment of low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy and chest and shoulder problems following breast cancer treatment.
My specialist focus has meant I have gained a broad experience of treating a variety of pelvic problems in women and men of all ages. I divide my time working for the Centre for Clinical Physiotherapy and within the NHS, where I am part of an NHS specialist chronic pelvic pain clinic team. I am passionate about the treatment and management of pelvic pain.
I qualified with a first class degree in physiotherapy in 2008, and have since worked in NHS hospitals throughout the south Wales valleys. I have completed post-graduate training with pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy (formerly the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health) and am now in my second year of a master’s degree in women’s health.
I started doing pilates myself after an operation and, seeing how effective it was at improving my flexibility and strength, I trained as a pilates instructor with the prestigious Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute specialising in antenatal and postnatal pilates. I employ pilates together with my manual physiotherapy skills and knowledge to develop an individualised rehabilitation program and have had excellent results in treating a wide range of complaints from incontinence and pelvic pain, postnatal conditions such as diastasis of the rectus muscle to relief of low back pain. I have published research in this area of women’s health physiotherapy and I am in the process of completing my postgraduate qualification in acupuncture.