Laurelle was naturally drawn to a career in healthcare and rehabilitation through being involved in sport from a young age, competing nationally in both triathlon and hockey. She pursued these interests by completing her undergraduate studies in Exercise Science in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. Following this, Laurelle further developed her knowledge in rehabilitation science trough enrolling in a Masters programme in Physiotherapy at Brighton University.
BSc MSc MCSP Physiotherapist & Biokineticist
Throughout her studies in the UK, Laurelle developed an interest in musculoskeletal injuries and paediatrics through hospital placements in the National Health Services (NHS) as well as private practise. She additionally developed her knowledge in geriatrics, respiratory physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and neurological rehabilitation. Laurelle is determined to continually progress her skillset by attending regular seminars and courses on related topics. She recently completed a module in acupuncture and pain management which will be valuable addition to her current skillset. She believes in tailoring her patient management approach to ensure the treatment she provided meets the individual needs for all her patients.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a health profession that uses evidence based methods to help people of all ages with pain, illness or disability. Physiotherapy was initially founded in Ancient Greece in 460BC during the time of Hippocrates. It was documented as a professional group in Sweden 1813 and now is a widely recognised and protected profession. Physiotherapy can be provided as a primary or secondary treatment as well as in conjunction with other medical services.
Physiotherapists consider the ‘whole’ person and employ advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic methods. Physiotherapists facilitate recovery, reduce pain and provide strategies to best manage physical injuries or conditions enabling people to remain independent and improve physical status. At the core, is the patient’s involvement in their own care, by participation in their treatment, and through education, awareness and empowerment. Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to treat with a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body, such as:
- Back pain, sciatica, neck pain and headaches, whiplash associated disorder.
- Sports injuries including traumatic and overuse injuries.
- Soft tissue and join injuries including, knee and shoulder conditions
- Muscle aches and pains.
- Orthopedic injuries, pre and post-surgery
- Join problems including arthritis.
- Work related and repetitive strain injuries.
- Posture and growth-related injuries
- Brain injuries including head trauma and concussion
- Stroke, meningitis, tumors
- Multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Pediatric- developmental delay, cerebral palsy, clumsiness, spina bifida.
- Cardiovascular and respiratory.
- Chronic heart disease, acute heart attack
- Respiratory conditions such as:
- Chronic: Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis.
- Acute: bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis
- Special populations
- Chronic pain
- Critical Care – ICU
- Occupational Health
What to Expect from your first visit?
When seeing a new patient, a physiotherapist will talk with you about your health and aim to build an extensive medical history. They will also perform a physical examination, this will be dictated by the nature of the illness/injury. Treatments are tailored to the individual, based on their initial assessment and agreed goals.
Physiotherapists use a variety of treatment modalities including, but not restricted to: advice and education, soft tissue mobilizations, mobilization or manipulation of joints, exercise, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound therapy, electro- therapy, Splinting & bracing, Strapping & taping and acupuncture. Exercise plans and advice are routinely given as part of treatment, and the number of treatments will vary depending on the patient’s recovery progress. Exercise aims to improve your flexibility, muscle strength, quality of movement, proprioception and co-ordination and help you to take control of your contition.
If you feel a physiotherapist would be beneficial to you, you can book an appointment directly with one of the team. However, you may also be referred to us by a GP or specialist. Please bring with you your referral letter and all your investigations such as ultrasound scans, MRI reports and x-rays. Physiotherapists will use this information as a component of their initial assessment and help provide a treatment plan tailored for you.