MCSP. MHCPC. AACP. MSOMM. ACPSM
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 encompassed 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.
Anna Higo (née Nelson)
MCSP. MHCPC. AACP. MSOMM
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.
MCSP. MHCPC. AACP
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).
After the birth of her son in 2017, Eliza developed a particular interest in the role that Women’s Health Physiotherapy has on prevention and treatment of female urinary incontinence as a result of birth, surgery, prolapse, pain or age related conditions.
To this end, Eliza completed the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy Society (POGP) course on Female Urinary Dysfunction and has become an affiliate member of the POGP. This ensures she stays up to date with research and best practice.
Eliza is very good at supporting ladies in their goal to improve their pelvic floor and urinary continence and enjoys seeing the benefits in quality of life that this often brings.
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.
MCSP. MHCPC. AACP
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®.
MCSP. MHCPC. ACPSM, AACP
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.
Stephen is a knee specialist Chartered Physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience under his belt. In addition to working with the Physiocure Team, he works as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust specialising in the assessment and management of a wide range of knee pathologies.
Stephen initially qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1986 at the North London School of Physiotherapy, he then subsequently registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council); formally known as CPSM/State Registration. He continued his professional development gaining a Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1992 at Sheffield University, and then his Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Practice in 2009 at Bradford University. Steve enjoys keeping up to date with current practice and as well as his knowledge regarding the most appropriate exercise for knees, he uses manual therapy including Mulligan and Neurodynamic techniques.
Knees are Steve's passion! He has worked extensively in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy as a clinical specialist for the last 19 years in a NHS multi-disciplinary rheumatology team, and for the past 12 years in a NHS orthopaedic knee specialist clinic. He has played a huge role in teaching not just Physiotherapy students on placement from the University, but also to fellow Physiotherapy colleagues, delivering post-graduate courses and knee lectures.
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.
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
Pilates and back care
Pelvic floor function and dysfunction
The pink ribbon rehabilitation programme
Pilates in pregnancy.
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.
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.
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®.
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.
Fiona is a Physiotherapy student in her final year at the University of Bradford, due to qualify in Summer 2019. In her first year of study, Fiona qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist which has allowed her to gain valuable hands-on experience and has seen her working at multi-day sports events in Europe.
With a passion for running, cycling, horse riding and skiing, Fiona has a great appreciation of the physical and mental demands of sport, which has developed her particular interest in musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries.
Fiona individually tailors her treatments to the needs of her client, and with her physiotherapy background, she is able to work with a variety of patients. Sports massage can benefit everyone, whether it is for an injury, injury prevention, pre/post-event massage or simply to de-stress.
Exercise has always been a passion of mine, starting from playing hockey, netball and rounders at school, to joining my local gym after having my second baby where I discovered my love for group exercise. So much so, that after baby’s 3&4 I decided to embark on a journey which has now lasted almost 20 years! First, I qualified in the YMCA exercise to music level 2, followed by aqua exercise to music level 2 and with this I began teaching at local private health clubs in 1999 when my youngest 2 children started school. I wanted to push myself further and take on a new challenge so in 2003 I qualified as a Body Balance instructor with distinction, I have never looked back since!
Teaching Group exercise is so rewarding and seeing people progress with fitness, strength and flexibility is a wonderful feeling. I am a big believer in 'if you don’t use it you lose it' and even if you can only manage a little, it's good.
I have had first-hand experience with recovery from hip surgery with my daughter undergoing 2 lots of hip surgery in 2015, where her surgery meant that she was unable to weight bare. Jodie undertook hydrotherapy and physiotherapy under the care of the Physiocure team. Taking part in hydrotherapy meant she could achieve so much more in the water than on dry land and this helped her immensely, seeing the effects of the hydrotherapy was amazing.
In 2017 I myself underwent a hip replacement after suffering with hip pain for a long time. My daughter was an inspiration to me and I aimed to follow her steps in my recovery, staying positive along the way. Getting in the water after surgery was just amazing and I believe that this was significant to my recovery, as well as the full support of the Physiocure team.
I am excited to share my experiences and the benefits of hydrotherapy with other patients and see them progress and develop. And to top it off, I will be working with such an inspirational team of people at Physiocure, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Physical Trainer / Injury Rehabilitationbook now
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 £50 for initial consultation and £40 per hour for follow-up sessions. You can contact Tom directly on 07530 660530.
Beck qualified as an Occupational Therapist (BSc Hons) in 2012 from York St John University and is registered with the HCPC and RCOT.
Occupational Therapy aims to promote a person's ability to do their occupations regardless of difficulties and recognises that engagement in meaningful occupation promotes health and wellbeing. Occupations are the meaningful activities we need to do that give us purpose. Occupations may include self-care (e.g. washing and dressing) productivity (e.g. meal preparation, work, study), or leisure (gardening, cycling, reading).
Since qualifying Beck has gained a range of experience in neurology, physical disability, mental illness, addiction, learning disabilities, and autism through working for the NHS, private, and 3rd sector organisations.
Beck recognises that a range of conditions, and life circumstances can impact upon a person's ability to do their occupations and is passionate about supporting people to overcome difficulties to ensure they can do the things that are important to them.
Occupational Therapists not only focus on physical conditions, they consider all of the patient’s needs including psychological, social and environmental. They work together with you to achieve balance and independence in your life. It may be that you need help preparing yourself mentally, physically and with your surroundings for an operation, or maybe you have had an illness or condition where you need guidance on regaining your independence. For some people, the effects of daily stress, or issues that arise from being in pain, suffering from fatigue, low mood or work stress may take their toll. Beck will work with you to determine what occupations are meaningful to you and apply this throughout all intervention.
Occupational charges - £65 for 1 hour assessment and £65 for any report required thereafter.