Hello. I am a physiotherapist who specialises in helping women find and train their pelvic floor muscles. I have been working in this field of physiotherapy for over 20 years. It is interesting, life-changing work with the bonus that I am with the loveliest people all day.
In my clinic I work individually with women to improve symptoms of incontinence, prolapse, bowel issues and vaginal or pelvic pain. We also help with antenatal and postnatal pelvic girdle pain. I also help men prepare & rehabilitate after surgery or manage pelvic pain.
Like a lot of physiotherapists I am also a Pilates Instructor.
This website aims to be a place where tired mums can quickly find useful, interesting, and reliable information to help them get their bodies back after their deliveries.
It's hopefully 'lite' where appropriate, while helping you find reliable answers to the serious questions you need answered. If what you are looking for is not here please just let me know and I can add it in.
MCSP,Grad.Dip.Phys, MSt (Cantab)
I qualified in 1993 from Addenbrookes Hospital School of Physiotherapy, Cambridge, later gaining a Masters Degree from The University of Cambridge in Community & Public Health.
I worked for many of my professional years for the NHS, both at St. George's Hospital in London & until recently at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. In the middle I spent 4 quite different years working at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.
I have post-graduate qualifications to qualify for full membership of the Professional Network of Pelvic, Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP). I was the editor of their peer-reviewed Journal for last 3 years and I am now the Public Relations officer.
At my clinic, based at South Cambridge Physiotherapy, I assess & treat urinary and bowel problems in men, women and children, working closely with local gynaecologists and urologists. I hope that I am respected for assessing and treating these complex problems with sensitivity and dignity.
As well as offering proper vaginal examination of the pelvic floor & comprehensive assessments of the full body, I supervise pelvic floor muscle training for prolapse and urinary incontinence symptoms, as well as pelvic pain. I can teach and advise on the use of neuromuscular stimulation and/or biofeedback to complement treatment programmes.
I started PhysioPilates in 2002 with antenatal and postnatal Pilates classes. As our mums fell in love with Pilates we started general classes too. We now run 14 classes with 5 teachers across 3 venues. Some of our customers have been coming to Pilates since the beginning and we have followed them through several pregnancies!
Do see our website for more information, (www.physiopilatesacademy.co.uk), to join our classes and to get advice about your pilates technique from our blog.
The rest of me
Though I grew up in Sussex, I actually consider myself half South African, after living there for 4 years and bringing a really rather nice one home to marry. We live near Cambridge with our son, some chickens and a glamorous, but not very useful, Flat Coat Retriever called Tilly. She easily won the family photo competition to feature here.