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About Sophie Lane

Sophie graduated from Oxford Brookes University, before going on to complete a Masters at UCL in ‘Performing Arts Medicine’ (completing her research thesis on the ‘Effect of a Plyometric training programme on jump height in Dancers’).

Sophie works with performers, dancers, circus performers and acrobats within the theatre in London and on tour. She was the Physio for Strictly Come Dancing the TV series in 2014, and has worked with shows including Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Matilda, The Lion King and is currently full time at War Horse, based on Drury Lane. Assessing and treating performers and creating rehabilitation programmes including return to show post injury.

She thinks it’s exciting how Performance Medicine has so many overlapping links with her Sports Medicine background, and how they complement each other in her practice.Sophie has been with us at Perfect Balance since 2011, and previous to this set up a Physiotherapy Clinic in Switzerland spending six months working as a Physiotherapist in the snowy Portes Du Soleil Ski Resort. She treated acute ski injuries and pre-existing niggles.

Qualifications

MSc (Hons) Performing Arts Medicine
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
MCSP
HPC
Vocal Massage
Certificate in Medical Acupuncture
Spinal Manipulation
Level III Sports Massage Diploma
APPI Matwork Level 1
APPI Pilates for Skiiers
Kinesio Taping

Past experience / employment

Sophie has been a Physiotherapist for the Old Albanians, and Saracens Academy rugby teams in St Albans, providing pitch-side and clinic-based treatments for players at all levels, thus enhancing her interest in the treatment of acute sports injuries. She also has worked as a Physiotherapist in a paediatric setting, treating children between the ages of 6 months and 19 years with mild and severe learning difficulties. During this time, she enjoyed a diverse case load, but found a specialist interest in elite sports rehabilitation.

Sophie has undertaken postgraduate training in Spinal Manipulation, Medical Acupuncture and Vocal Massage, and completed the APPI Pilates Matwork 1 and Pilates for Skiiers course. She continues to expand her knowledge by attending regular courses and lectures.Sophie enjoys working with all individuals and a broad range of injuries. However, her particular clinical interests are the spine and the lower limb. Injuries from running, skiing, rugby and performing arts such as dance are her main specialties.

She strives to motivate her clients by combining functional and specific rehabilitation and exercise prescription, enabling them to achieve their individual goals.

She uses treatments such as manual therapy, advice and education, exercise prescription, soft tissue release and manipulation.Outside of work Sophie is a keen sportswoman, and loves keeping fit, whether it be going to the gym, or walking the dog! She also loves travelling the world, and has a passion for health, fitness and nutrition.

Sophie graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree in 2010. She has experience in a variety of NHS placements, including General Medical, Amputees, Orthopaedics, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery.” She also has experience with working with clients who have suffered from chronic and recurrent pain.

Testimonials

“”I was training for the St Albans half marathon when I suffered a knee injury. I went to see Sophie Lane who diagnosed my injury immediately and told me to attend a rehabilitation clinic run by Joe to stretch and strenghten my knee. In my first visit to Sophie, she massaged and bandaged my knee and on my second visit she gave me acupuncture which made a big difference to my knee. During a class she took when Joe was away we did several strength and stretching exercises which gave me confidence in my knee to complete the St Albans half marathon in under 2hrs without any injury problems, which 2 months before I didn’t think would be possible. Thank you very much for all your help.””

Eirian

“I had an appointment with the physio Sophie Lane following a fall and hurting my hamstring. I was worried as to the severity of the injury and being fortunate in not having alot of experience of these types of injuries needed some professional guidance. Sophie examined my hamstring and assessed the injury. She advised me as to the treatment I needed and what exercises I should \ should not do. I found her approach very professional and practical. Being an obvious sporty person herself I felt she understood my requirements and what I needed to do in order to recover from my injury in a timely manner.
I was also due to do the London to Brighton bike ride the following weekend for Charity and did not want to “cry off”. Sophie explained that cycling would not damage the hamstring as it was a different way of using the leg muscles and reassured me that although it might be a bit stiff there was nothing intrinsically wrong in undertaking the bike ride. I am very grateful for this advice.”

Bob

“Both Sophie and then Einav were great physios in rehabbing my knee post-ACL surgery – explaining the recovery timetable and the reason for the order of progression. They were always happy to answer my questions as we went along and were able to accelerate/decelerate my exercises as and when needed. Would recommend either as physios – thanks a lot for your help.”

Tom Czajkowski

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