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Profile of Louise Grant

Louise Grant

MCSP. MHCPC. AACP. MSOMM. ACPSM

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of the Health & Care Professions Council

Louise is a Chartered Physiotherapist with over 20 years experience, qualifying in 1992 from Bradford School of Physiotherapy. After graduating, Louise worked for 8 years in the NHS progressing to the level of senior physiotherapist in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic specialities. She has worked in private practice and sports physiotherapy since 1998; setting up Physiocure® with business partner Anna Nelson in the year 2000.

Louise has been the Chief Physiotherapist for the England Sport Jujitsu Squad since 1998, treating fighters in both national and international competitions. She additionally spent 5 years working with elite tennis players from the Lawn Tennis Association.

Keeping up to date with current research and physiotherapy skills is a passion of Louise's and she has undertaken specialist post­graduate training every year to maintain continuous professional development. She undertook her training in acupuncture in 1997 and had continued to attend further courses in this and regular professional skills and research update training. She is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Louise has been trained in muscle imbalance, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques (MET), manipulation, sports injuries, sports massage and many other joint and soft tissue manual 'hands-on' techniques. In 2005, she qualified as a 'Modern Pilates' instructor.

Since 2009, Louise has worked predominantly with hip patients, attending specialist training and conferences. She works with hip surgeons and doctors from all around England seeing their specialist patients. Further information about her role as a specialist hip chartered physiotherapist can be found on our hip information page.

In 2012, Louise completed a postgraduate certificate in Health Research at Leeds University with Merit and following this completed a further Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Medicine (formerly known as Orthopaedic Medicine), gaining an MSc with Merit in 2015. This qualification compassed qualifications to become an Advanced Practitioner in Musculoskeletal Medicine and a research module and dissertation where Louise carried out research in the field of hip arthroscopy and physiotherapy.

Profile of Anna Higo

Anna Higo (née Nelson)

MCSP. MHCPC. AACP. MSOMM

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of the Health & Care Professions Council

Anna completed her BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy at the University of Liverpool and became a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1997. After graduating, Anna worked within the NHS until 2000 when she moved into the private sector, specializing in sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems. She also has had experience in lecturing to third year physiotherapy students at Huddersfield University as a guest lecturer for three years.

Anna regularly undertakes specialist post-graduate training, keeping up to date with current treatment techniques and research. Her specialist areas include acupuncture, muscle imbalance, trigger point therapy, connective tissue manipulation and myofascial release, joint mobilisations, sports injuries, sports massage, pilates, spinal and postural problems.

Her expert area is the assessment and treatment of horse riders in particular dressage riders. She attends a professional dressage yard, Gunthwaite Dressage home of the Moody sisters, once a month providing the international riders with hands-on treatment and postural assessment on and off the horse. She uses her muscle imbalance and pilates knowledge to help them correct faulty movement patterns which may be affecting performance. Her involvement in treating dressage riders developed after completing her muscle imbalance training and through having her own horse could see the link between a correct dressage seat and how the horse performs.

Profile of Eliza Burrell

Eliza Burrell

MCSP. MHCPC. AACP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of the Health & Care Professions Council

Eliza is a Chartered Physiotherapist who qualified in 2003. She has been with us in the practice since 2007. Eliza has developed a special interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions, and to this end has completed a number of post­graduate courses to enhance her degree training in physiotherapy treatments including acupuncture, musculoskeletal techniques for treating spinal conditions and the assessment and treatment of shoulder and knee conditions, Pilates matwork 1 and has completed A-C of the Orthopaedic Medicine Diploma.

More recently, Eliza has been working towards her Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Masters at Bradford University and has completed her Spinal Module and her Independent Studies Module looking at the research for Physiotherapy treatment after Total Hip Replacements. To further this work, Eliza has also attended a two day International Hip Arthroscopy conference for Surgeons and Physiotherapists in Cambridge (ISHA).

Eliza enjoys running and yoga in her spare time and has completed an Aromatherapy Diploma to study the benefits of aromatherapy oils and their uses within Physiotherapy treatment.

Profile of Suzannah Jones

Suzannah Jones

MCSP. MHCPC. AACP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of the Health & Care Professions Council

Suzannah qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2003 and is currently working towards her Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. She works as a senior physiotherapist in the NHS and covers evening sessions at Physiocure®. Suzannah has completed post­graduate courses in acupuncture and pilates and specializes in treating patients with musculoskeletal problems. Suzannah is a hand and wrist specialist Physiotherapist in the NHS and brings these valuable skills and experience into her private practice work at Physiocure®.

Profile of Nicola Francis

Nicola Francis

MCSP. MHCPC. ACPSM, AACP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of the Health & Care Professions Council

Nicola qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1994 and developed a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. The last 20 years has seen Nicola working in a variety of settings including the NHS, private hospitals, sports injury clinics and RAF Leeming. She treats a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders and regularly attends post graduate courses to keep up to date on current research and treatment techniques to further enhance her knowledge including McKenzie spinal techniques, Muscle Imbalance, Pilates, joint mobilisations, postural problems and soft tissue therapy.

As a keen runner her specialist areas of interest are the management of lower limb injuries and lower limb biomechanics. She works closely with her local athletics club and has extensive personal experience in endurance events having completed several marathons and half marathons. Other interests include skiing and cycling.

Profile of Julie Reynolds

Julie Reynolds

Advanced Pilates Practitioner

Julie has had extensive training as a Pilates and fitness instructor and has an excellent reputation in the area. She provides one-to one Pilates for patients requiring individual hands on tailored sessions and has specialized experience in the Pilates treatment of hip arthroscopy patients.

Julie keeps up to date with her knowledge and personal development in all areas of her expertise.

Qualifications
Level 3 Diploma in GP exercise referral
Personal trainer award level 3 in general population
Mat Pilates level 3, Diagnostics of the spine, hip, knee, pelvis and lower limb, Postural assessment and shoulder stability.
Antenatal and postnatal level 3
Nutrition and weight management level 3
Exercise for the older adult and associated conditions level 3
Pilates personal trainer award in low back pain management level 4

Additional courses
Pilates and back care
Neuro pilates
Pelvic floor function and dysfunction
The pink ribbon rehabilitation programme
Pilates in pregnancy.

Personal Statement
I feel very privileged to work with the team at Physiocure®. I have worked in the exercise industry since 1991 and with Physiocure® since 2011, in which time I have worked with many conditions and gained a wealth of experience. I enjoy working as part of a team and believe this is what makes our practice so successful. In the future I wish to continue to give the best care and guidance to our patients and my clients to help them reach their goals whatever they may be and continue to develop my knowledge in order to achieve my own. I look forward to meeting you at our practice.

Profile of Karen Solomon

Karen Solomon

Advanced Pilates Practitioner

Karen has had over 20 years experience as a Pilates and fitness instructor. She has a keen interest in teaching one to one rehabilitation Pilates providing individually tailored programmes to improve posture, muscle balance and overall exercise technique.

Karen attends regular Pilates and fitness courses and conferences keeping up to date with current Pilates training methods and research.

Sessions with Karen can be booked by ringing Physiocure®.

Qualifications
YMCA Exercise To Music – 1992
Modern Pilates Matwork Stage 1, 2   3 - 2005 - 2007
Modern Pilates Back Care, Core Stability and Swiss Ball Training - 2008
Modern Pilates Specialist Pilates Hip and Knee - 2009
Modern Pilates – Diagnostics of Pelvis and Lower Limb - 2010
Modern Pilates - Specialist Pilates for the Aging Population - 2010
Modern Pilates – Diagnostics of the Spine - 2010
Modern Pilates and Shoulder Stability - 2010
Modern Pilates- Postural Assessment and Shoulder Stability - 2011
YMCA Award in Chair Based Exercises for the Frail Older Person - 2013
APPI (Australian Physiotherapy   Pilates Institute) 3D Standing Pilates - 2015
2016 - Booked courses - Pilates and Osteoporosis/ APPI Conference with workshops on Pilates for Runners, Pilates for Cyclists and Pilates for Scoliosis.

Profile of Jo Blenkinsopp

Jo Blenkinsopp

BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), CPE (LAW), MBAcC Acupuncturist

Chinese Medicine Acupuncturist

Jo Blenkinsopp was first introduced to acupuncture as part of a physiotherapy treatment for knee pain. The effect of the acupunture above manual therapy was remarkable and the knowledge of my practioner regarding Traditional Chinese Acupuncture was impressive. This sparked an interest in wanting to find out more about this different system of medicine and working with energy.

I have studied for four years at the University of Huddersfield and then at the highly regarded Northern College of Acupunture at York where I gained my Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. I am a member of the British Acupunture Council who maintain standards of practice for the Acupuncture profession and ensure members remain informed about current research. I actively participate in my own professional development by keeping up to date with clinical research.

I have been a modern pilates instructor™ for 12 years, teaching in gyms and studios in the Leeds and Harrogate area. I therefore take a special interest in back pain and hip and knee problems. My training in this area means I am qualified to give advice on exercise and postural correction.

Additionally I am qualified as a First Aid Appointed Person and I have an advanced CRB check.

Most recently, I have completed a Facial Enhancements Acupuncture course with Cosmetic Acupuncture UK and am delighted to be able to offer this in conjunction to Traditional Chinese Acupuncture.

I am to make every patient feel cared for and nurtured and in safe hands.

Profile of Matt Duke

Matt Duke

Sports therapist

Matt is a registered Sports and Exercise therapist, qualifying in 2010 from Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University. With an MSc and BSc under his belt, Matt has worked in international, professional and amateur rugby union and league including England Rugby League senior squad, Leeds Rhinos, Great Britain Academicals and pioneers as well as West Leeds RUFC and Leeds Becket rugby league.

In these roles, Matt has learned valuable skills such as injury diagnosis, prevention and management as well as pre and post event treatment. Treatment modalities such as deep tissue massage, ice massage, myofacial release and trigger point therapy are some of the techniques deployed.

Matt has also been on 4 international tours including South Africa and Australia, and has also been involved with the North Queensland Cowboys (Australian NRL rugby league team) during the world club challenge which they subsequently became world champions.

Matt is additionally a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, teaching future therapist's skills and knowledge. This environment allows Matt to keep up to date with the latest research and treatments techniques allowing his treatment to be current and well backed with research.

Matt's main passion when it comes to treatment is postural correction through soft tissue work. Releasing the correct muscles can help straighten posture, eliminate tension of specific muscle groups as well as dissipating those aches and pains that seem to never go away. Aches such as lower back ache as well as headaches and migraines are two of the common problems matt treats with great success.

So whatever you are in need of, whether in pain or in preparation for a competition or race, Matt can help.

Matt provides sports massage including pre-event, post-event and ice massage for Physiocure®.

Profile of Anna Briggs

Anna Briggs

Sports Massuer/Swedish Body Masseur

Anna is a Registered Sports & Swedish massage therapist, qualifying in 2015. She has congenital Hip Dysplasia and has had both a Peri-Acetabular Osteotomy and a Hip replacement to try correct the issue. While on the long road back to full health Anna became a frequent patient at Physiocure and, impressed with the team and the level of specific care available, decided that she would like to get to know more about her body, and the treatments available to aid her recovery. She found massage to be a very effective treatment and decided that she would like to help others suffering from the same problems. She aims to offer support through her experience, and to aid through the up's and down's of the recovery process.

Anna is a keen Mountain Biker and has a love of travel and the outdoors, and while she knows well that such a lifestyle can lead to injuries and ailments, She also recognise's that massage isn't limited to such problems and can also offer fantastic benefits to relieving stress and muscle tensions from everyday life.

So, no matter if you are looking for treatment for specific physiological problems, help with injury prevention, a pre or post event treatment, or just looking to de-stress and relax, Anna can help and will tailor each massage to fit your specific requirements.

Personal Trainers

Profile of Thomas Higo

Thomas Higo

Physical Trainer / Injury Rehabilitation

Thomas qualified as a personal trainer in 2006 and has since developed a passion for the human body by regularly undertaking courses in exercise and nutrition. From the first one-to-one consultation he will be on hand, whenever you need advice, assistance, support, encouragement, or just a friendly ear.

Coaching sessions will fit around your timetable, whether you have a whole hour to dedicate, or a quick 20 minutes; they will fit around your lifestyle. Sessions will be focused on exactly what you need, working alongside Physiocure®, and combining training sessions, nutrition advice and lifestyle coaching.

Thomas has qualifications in BTEC National Certificate in Sports Performance and Excellence, CYQ Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 3 Exercise and Weight Management, Level 3 Training Children and Adolescents, Level 3 Swiss Ball and Precision Nutrition Certified Nutritionist, UKSCA Foundation Spin Instructor.

In addition to the above qualifications, Tom has studied Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS), movement pattern assessment and correction strategies along with Postural Restoration approaches. He also keeps up to date with current research and techniques from all over the world and has been invited to present his specialist work with hip patients to Chartered Physiotherapists, Surgeons and Sports Doctors on many occasions.

The personal trainers charge £45 for initial consultation and £35 per hour for follow-up sessions. You can contact Tom directly on 07530 660530.

Profile of Sharon Medley

Sharon Medley

Physiocure® Administration

Profile of Vicky Gordon

Vicky Gordon

Physiocure® Administration

Profile of Fiona Brook

Fiona Brook

Physiocure® Administration

our services

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of problems and injuries that affect muscles, joints, nerves and soft tissues.

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Manipulations

Graded manipulations of the spine or other joints to restore movement, relieve pain and aid postural correction.

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Soft Tissue Mobilisations

Myofascial release, trigger point massage, deep transverse frictions, muscle energy techniques, positional release, cupping and massage.

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Sports Massage

Deep massage tailored to your needs for injury prevention, therapeutic bene ts and pre and post events.

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Acupuncture

Dry needling and electroacupuncture for relief of pain and muscle spasm. Sterile disposable needles are used.

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Pilates

One to one sessions available with a Chartered Physiotherapist or Pilates instructor in our private studio.

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Injury Rehabilitation

One to one personal training tailored to your individual requirements for pre/post op and injury rehabilitation

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What our clients say about us

  • Over the last 10 years I have consistently referred patients to the team at Physiocure. The bespoke treatment Anna and Louise offer patients is ideal for the complex hip patients we have in the practice.

    Jon Conroy BSc.MSc.MB.ChB. FRCS (Tr & Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • Anna and Louise at Physiocure have been treating patients from the Yorkshire Knee Clinic for over 15 years with excellent results. Together with their team of highly professional colleagues, they are able to provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for our patients.

    Nick London, MA MD (Cantab) FRCS (Tr & Orth) Specialist Knee Surgeon The Yorkshire Knee Clinic, Harrogate, Leeds

  • I have worked with Louise and all the team at Physiocure for a number of years. Both herself and Anna run an excellent practice combining up-to-date knowledge, a wealth of experience and a highly motivated team.

    Professor Max Fehily, Consultant Hip Surgeon, Manchester Hip Clinic

  • I have worked with Anna and Louise for many years now and found them to be exceptional physiotherapists. They have successfully treated many of my more complex shoulder patients, as well as athletes.

    Lennard Funk, BSc MSc FRCS(Tr&Orth) FFSEM(UK), Shoulder Surgeon, Wrightington Hospital

  • I travelled 5 hours by car from my home in Sussex for two days of intensive sessions with many different people in the Physiocure team. I can say without any reservation that not only was it more than worth the trip, but that I would and will do it again, because the care, concern, dedication and professionalism of everyone I encountered at Physiocure was absolutely outstanding.

    Camilla Black, Sussex

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Yorkshire Hip Arthroscopy

Yorkshire Hip Arthroscopy

Over the last 10 years I have consistently referred patients to the team at Physiocure. The bespoke treatment Anna and Louise offer patients is ideal for the complex hip patients we have in the practice.

Jon Conroy BSc.MSc.MB.ChB. FRCS (Tr & Orth) Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

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