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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 25 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 Higo 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.

Louise has had her research published in 2017 in the Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery and went on to disseminate her research at Professor Damian Griffin's conference 'Sports Hip 2018' and also at 'The International Society For Hip Arthroscopy Annual Scientific Meeting 2018' in Melbourne, Australia.

Louise is a member of the ISHA Physiotherapy Committee (International Society For Hip Arthroscopy) with Amir Takla, Mike Voight, Keelan Enseki and David Kohlrieser - see link here.

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 treatment techniques include acupuncture, muscle imbalance, trigger point therapy, connective tissue manipulation and myofascial release, joint mobilisations, sports massage and pilates.

Her specialist areas are the shoulder, spinal care, hyper mobility and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

She become involved with HSD and hEDS after suffering with a poorly understood illness herself during pregnancy. This gave 9 months of being, and feeling, incredibly isolated. Many of the HSD and hEDS community too have these issues. Invisible illness can lead to much more than physical symptoms and the mental strain can take its toll. Supporting such individuals has made Anna strive to understand and gain knowledge of HSD and hEDS. It also helps that her husband is on the HSD and some of her family!!

Anna also started a graduated strength training and fitness programme (written by Tom of course!) in 2017 and has just started to do the Couch to 5K. She used to sprint competitively at school and never dreamt in her mid forties she would be back to running! The strength work has enabled this and lifting weights is fabulous if done correctly.

Working alongside her husband Tom has given her a wealth of knowledge on strength training and the importance of it in everyday life and injury rehabilitation.

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).

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.

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, knee, ankle, lower limb problems 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 Matt Duke

Matt Duke

Sports therapist

Matt is a registered Sports and Exercise therapist, qualifying in 2010 from Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University. He is Head Therapist for Bradford Bulls Rugby Team.

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 Beckett 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, electrotherapy, taping and exercise prescription 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.

Matt has 2 roles at Physiocure® -

1. Sports Therapist – assessment of injury and treatment which may include manual therapy, soft tissue release massage techniques, electrotherapy, taping and exercise prescription (£70 for 60 mins or £40 for 30 mins)

2. Sports Masseur – massage (£50 for 60 mins, £25 for 30 mins). This service does not include injury assessment/treatment/advice. If this is required, please book in for a Sports Therapy session with Matt.

Profile of Claire Shepherd

Claire Shepherd

Sports Masseur/Student Physiotherapist

Claire is in her final third year at Leeds Beckett University studying for a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. This is her second Degree, the first being in Sport and Exercise Science. She is a keen runner, hockey player and has enjoyed coaching children at multi-sports activities through Kings Camps UK in the past.

Claire is additionally trained and insured in Sports and Soft Tissue Massage Therapy and Physiocure are delighted to have her on board so our patients can benefit from her massage skills.

Profile of Julie Howard

Julie Howard

Aquatic Exercise Teacher

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!

Profile of Corrie Liptrot

Corrie Liptrot

Pilates Practitioner/Personal Trainer

Fitness and health has been important to me all of my adult life. I've been a keen exerciser for a long time. When I fell pregnant with my first child I was determined to not only stave the usual aches and pains off as much as possible but to actually train for labour. With the help of a very knowledgeable personal trainer – I did just that – and recovered very quickly afterwards. From this point I understood the importance of exercise for pre-habilitation and re-habilitation. I was inspired to learn more and undertook my Personal Training qualification.

I have worked as a personal trainer in the gym and home environment for over 10 years now. I work with a variety of clients and get a lot of satisfaction from seeing huge improvements in their movement, Strength, fitness and confidence. An "Exercise To Music" qualification was an added string to my bow which meant I could teach classes. My years of experience of Personal training could be brought to the studio for large groups of people to benefit from – and its fun! Completing my modern pilates qualification has enabled me to work with individuals who perhaps aren’t so comfortable in a gym or studio environment but want to develop stability and strength.

It offers me a really valuable tool which I love to incorporate into all the different formats i teach in. I have a really positive, encouraging approach which makes me good at working with nervous patients. I like to highlight what the body can do – especially in patients who might have had a long road of injury, illness and re-habilitation and have been left feeling their body has "let them down". Working closely with the Physiotherapist at Physiocure means I can create a pilates programme that fits the patient perfectly and gives them maximum gains.

These links below are solely to book Fitcure Physical Training and Pilates sessions.

Profile of Jo Mugan

Jo Mugan

BSc (Hons) Podiatry. MHCPC

Musculoskeletal Podiatrist

Member of the Health & Care Professions Council

Jo Mugan has over 20 years experience of working as a podiatrist within the NHS and private sector. For the last 18 years she has specialised in the field of Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Podiatry and for the last 12 years she has further specialised in the assessment and treatment of children (Podopeadiatrics) whilst continuing to treat adult patients. Jo has previously worked as Biomechanics Team Leader and more latterly, the lead paediatric podiatrist for Leeds North West PCT and Harrogate and District Foundation Trust providing support for Podiatrists across North Yorkshire. She has spoken at many society branch meetings and also represented her profession at national conferences on the subject of podopaediatrics and recently contributed to the College of Podiatry’s new guidelines on Children’s Podiatry. Jo continues to be one of a small number of highly specialised podiatrists in the UK experienced in the treatment of orthopaedic, developmental and inflammatory conditions specific to children and has a special interest in hypermobility spectrum disorder. Jo remains committed to her own ongoing professional development, providing evidence based treatments where possible and getting the best result for her patients regardless of their age or mobility.

In her free time Jo enjoys spending time with her family and their dog and keeping fit.

Jo aims to provide bespoke Podiatry treatments for the whole family ranging from the assessment of a child with an unusual walking pattern to the athlete suffering with recurring foot/lower limb pain during activity. The feet have a large influence on the rest of the body as they are the foundation on which we stand and walk. Many musculoskeletal aches and pains therefore can be caused or made worse by feet that aren’t functioning correctly. Podiatry intervention depends on numerous factors i.e. the developmental stage of the foot, activity level, footwear etc. Successful Podiatry treatments may include, advice and reassurance, footwear advice/modification, exercise programmes, taping, mobilisation/manipulation, functional/accommodative foot orthoses (insoles) and silicone splinting. Effective treatment aims to reduce or resolve symptoms whenever possible, reduce the risk of future injury/deformity and promote mobility for all.

Psychotherapy/Hypnotherapy

Profile of Susan Roe

Susan Roe

Psychotherapist

With over 10 years' experience as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist I am passionate about enabling my clients to overcome their issues and to find coping strategies to assist them in being able to live their lives to the full.

I generally work with adults, offering a safe confidential space to explore specific needs. I utilise both Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Clinical Hypnotherapy for a wide range of issues, offering a holistic approach with each client, for both short term and longer term issues. Some clients come to work with me on specific issues for a series of weeks, whilst others continue working with me on more complex issues for several months or even years.

I have experience working with clients presenting issues such as, but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Illness
  • Anger Management
  • Family Conflict
  • Bereavement
  • Loss
  • Grief
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Self-Defeating Behaviours
  • Career Guidance
  • Relationships
  • Divorce
  • Coping Skills
  • Fears and Phobias
  • Life Coaching
  • Life Transitions
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma
  • Weight Loss

Qualifications

  • Registered Accredited Membership: National Counselling Society - Registered Member
  • Advanced Diploma: Psychotherapy and Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma: Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Registered Accredited Membership: The General Hypnotherapy Society (GHSR)
  • NLP Diploma
  • Life Coaching

What can you expect from therapy? The answer is of course unique to each person, but I meet with every client for an initial consultation to enable me to understand their, needs and expectations and to determine a treatment plan. This is followed by individual therapy dependent upon the client's ongoing needs.

I recognise, as academic research consistently shows, that hypnosis is a psychotherapeutic tool, not a therapy in itself.

I blend Hypnosis with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Counselling Skills. I find by using this approach, I am able to tailor sessions to the individual needs of the client.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me you can email me on susan.roe@btinternet.com, or call 07720 274326.

Personal Trainers

Profile of Thomas Higo

Thomas Higo

Physical Trainer / Injury Rehabilitation

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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.

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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Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy is the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Treatment may involve exercise prescription, advice, hands-on therapy, electrotherapy and taping.

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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 benefits 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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Podiatry

Biomechanical assessment of the foot and lower limb. Treatment may include exercises, strapping, manipulation and insoles.

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Psychotherapy/Hypnotherapy

The use of both Psychotherapeutic Counselling and Clinical Hypnotherapy for a wide range of issues.

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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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