I began my journey as a therapist with a Thai massage course in Thailand in 1998; this generated a keen interest in Eastern Medicine so wanting to learn more I enrolled on a BSc (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture at the University of Westminster graduating in 2004.
I have been practicing acupuncture and massage for 16 years and have had the good fortune to gain experience in diverse settings including the charitable sector, social services, NHS and private practice. This has enabled me to treat a wide variety of conditions, to challenge my practice and to understand where it may have its limitations. Along the way I have continued my professional learning by attending postgraduate courses and in 2008 I embarked on a BSc in Physiotherapy. Quintessentially scientific, the course further challenged my thinking. It has afforded me a balanced view and provided new and complementary approaches to practice. I am also Pilates trained to level 3 and have completed MSc modules on exercise prescription and rehabilitation and pain mechanisms and management.
The physical treatment, particularly in persistent problems whether it be movement and exercise, acupuncture, massage, diet advice combined with effective talking and listening helps stimulate a change in the internal energy and ecosystems which facilitates a change in how we feel, think, move and interact with our external environment. This sets a solid foundation for ongoing supportive internal change and so this positive cycle continues with you learning to listen and respond to yourself and your body better.
I am HCPC registered and a member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, The Physiotherapy Pain Association and The British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Breast oncology physiotherapy
Surgery for breast cancer can often result in post operative complications such as cording, shoulder pain and restriction and lymphoedema. Following reconstructive surgery there may be abdominal weakness or gluteal weakness. Radiotherapy treatment can lead to painful scarring and shoulder pain.
Breast oncology physiotherapy specifically treats these changes with education, gentle massage techniques and soft tissue mobilisations, stretching, graded exercise programs and Pilates.
I have been working in this area in the breast care unit of a major cancer Centre for three years and understand the importance of early management of these changes. Experiencing cancer and its treatments is a physical and emotional journey and side effects can delay recovery and getting back to your full potential.
If you would like to discuss treatment and thik physiotherapy can help you please get in touch.