SPORTS THERAPIST & REHABILITATION SPECIALIST
I qualified as a sports therapist after completing my BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Birmingham. I bring in a varied skill set into Perfect Balance clinics. The experience working both in an elite sporting setting as well private hospitals, has given me the ability to treat and help a wide range of patient populations. Throughout my diverse career, I have worked with elite athletes both in the UK and abroad, as well as working for the NHS as a rehabilitation therapist.
I am passionate about working with active individuals to help them achieve their goals. I am fascinated with human movement and injury prevention. My treatment philosophy is to find the root cause of injury beginning with a comprehensive assessment of the whole body and to take a hands-on and exercise-based approach to treatment.
My primary clinical areas of interest are in sport related injuries, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation particularly for lower back, shoulders, knees, and the foot and ankle. I am also specialised in delivering Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy for lower limb tendinopathy.
I sincerely believe that rehabilitation of an injury is a two-way street. It’s the input from me with all the knowledge I carry, and the motivation and determination from the patient to get back into their functional goal, which sets a successful treatment plan.
I understand the effects injury has on your lifestyle and the frustrations of not being able to achieve everyday activities pain free. Therefore my treatment plan will always have an element of activity modification, education on the physiology of injury and how to treat it the best, with most effective and evidence based rehabilitation.
I studied at the University of Birmingham, where I gained exposure to neuromusculoskeletal injuries. Work placements, including Warwickshire Cricket Club, Sri Lanka Cricket Under 17-19, the University’s cricket and football team, as well as working in private clinics both in UK and abroad, have allowed me to interact with a variety of patient and populations, including working with both professional athletes as well as patients who want to return to their functional goals in life.
Whilst working for Warwickshire CC through the season, I experienced the intensity of a professional sports club as well as the requirements of a high-end athlete, such as what was needed to return the athlete back to a pre-injury level, as well as how to prehabilitate an athlete, so that they can maintain a biomechanically correct and balanced movement patterns. During this spell I was able to utilise a variety of cutting edge rehabilitation facilities such as isokinetic testing, video biomechanical analysis, hydrotherapy and many more which has helped me to build an accurate picture of how the patient is performing and progressing.
Unlike many other sports therapists, I was able to work within the NHS setting, under a remit of Rehabilitation Therapist. During my time at NHS, I managed to gain a huge and varied set of skills to complement the needs of patient populations who tend to present with more sedentary musculoskeletal conditions, or long standing chronic conditions. Working with Extended Scope physiotherapists as well as orthopaedic consultants, I developed a real understanding on trauma management post fracture.
My experience includes helping patients back from traumatic fractures and progressing them into a level that they are fit and capable to return to their chosen sport.
I have been working with the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society as a hydro therapist as well as delivering seminars and exercise classes for low back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia for NHS patients. Furthermore, I have been delivering Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) effectively to patients with chronic tendinopathy with a 90% success rate. (Audited 08.08.2017)