I qualified in 2002 in Nottingham University and returned to South Wales to work in the NHS.
In 2006 I moved to Bath and worked in pain management and rheumatology, alongside this I worked in Team Bath sports injury and prevention clinic.
2007 I became the Physiotherapist for Northern Ballet providing assessment and treatment to professional dancers.
In 2010 I worked as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist
in Nuffield Health. It was here whilst treating a lady struggling with a long history of sacroiliac joint pain (pelvis pain) that my passion for women’s health physiotherapy was ignited. This lady had mentioned that alongside her pain she had also struggled for 15 years with stress urinary incontinence. On successfully correcting her sacroiliac dysfunction, she noticed her urinary leaking had completely stopped and understandably was delighted but also frustrated with herself that she had struggled with it for so many years and not sought help.
I completed the post graduate Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) qualifications needed to extend my skills and become a practising specialised women’s health physiotherapist. I then developed a women’s health service in the Nuffield health and wellbeing centre in Harrogate.
I relocated back to South Wales to return to the NHS working in women’s health. Feeling frustrated with the limitations to physiotherapy within the NHS (waiting lists, waiting for referrals, group education classes etc) I set up my business Salveo Physiotherapy privately.
By having extensive experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, pain management and women’s health physiotherapy – I am able to look at an individual holistically. This is certainly an advantage when treating pelvic pain, pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain and in identifying biomechanical issues that may be affecting the recruitment of the pelvic floor muscles.
Having personally experienced pregnancy and a complicated birth, I fully understand the effects that pregnancy, labour and surgery can have on women physically, mentally and emotionally. I feel this allows me a deeper level of empathy and an understanding of what you may be experiencing. It has certainly altered my practice in a positive way.
It upsets me when I hear about women ‘putting up’ with continence issues. This is partly because incontinence pad adverts on television give the impression that bladder incontinence is normal. They suggest that part of being a woman, having children and getting older is leaking urine – having ‘Oops moments’!
It is a common issue but it is not normal and most of the time can be improved if not fixed!
Please be reassured that you don’t have to live with these issues or suffer in silence, help is available at Salveo Physiotherapy.