About Chichester Physiotherapy
Chichester Physiotherapy is the longest established Physiotherapy Clinic in Chichester. Founded over 30 years ago in association with a local GP practice, the clinic has since changed hands and location, but still maintains close links with the local community including local GPs, Consultants, businesses and sports clubs.
At Chichester Physiotherapy we are committed to ongoing professional development and use an evidence based approach to treatment which means treatment choices are supported by current research.
We believe in using hands on treatment with advice and corrective exercises to help patients achieve their goals in the shortest possible time frame.
Louise took over Chichester Physiotherapy in December 2016. Having graduated with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy in 1996, Louise has specialized in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy for 18 years. The first half of her career was spent in Manchester where she experienced treating a wide variety of NHS patients and professional athletes. Louise enjoyed 5 years as a senior physiotherapist at BUPA Hospital Manchester, working closely with the orthopaedic surgeons, rehabilitating post-operative patients, and developing a special interest in biomechanics and lower limb rehabilitation. She has spent the last 10 years working for Sussex Community Trust, initially as an Outpatient Team Leader, then as an Extended Scope Practitioner specialising in backs, hips and knees. Louise set up her own private practice at home In 2015 after becoming frustrated with hearing the accounts of ineffective and unnecessary treatment that patients sometimes experience in the private sector.
Louise enjoys teaching Pilates classes and treating a wide variety of Musculoskeletal conditions. She is trained in the use of acupuncture for pain relief and has a master’s module in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy of the lower quadrant. Her expertise is in the diagnosis and management of conditions affecting the spine, hip and knees.
Karen Irons is another member of the team with over 20 years of experience as a Chartered Physiotherapist. Karen has specialised in the fields of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pelvic health physiotherapy. She has completed post-graduate courses in continence care and a Masters degree in manipulative physiotherapy. Karen is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of patients, with conditions ranging from repetitive strain injuries to double incontinence post trauma. Within the NHS, Karen worked for many years as a team lead in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. Currently, Karen is team lead for the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapy team at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester. Karen also works within the business sector completing ergonomic work place & vehicle assessments as required alongside backcare, knee and upper limb educational workshops.
Karen is a registered member of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapy Group, the Manipulative Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and she is a founder member of AStretch (www.astretch.co.uk) – a non-profit organisation with the focus on gathering & disseminating information in the treatment and management of Axial Spondyloarthritis (working closely with the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Association). For the latter, she works as a tutor for weekend post-graduate courses.
Along with the rest of the team at Chichester Physiotherapy Karen is passionate about providing good value, effective physiotherapy, using hands on treatment, education and advice to empower her patients to achieve their goals in the shortest possible time frame. Her ethos is of holistic patient care and enabling self-management.
Sarah has 17 years of experience in Neurological Physiotherapy and works as a Clinical Specialist within the Neurological Physiotherapy team at St Richards Hospital.
Sarah has extensive experience of working with patients following acute onset of neurological symptoms such as stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury, as well as clients with long term conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and cancer.
Sarah has completed numerous advanced Bobath courses and is trained in the use of functional electrical stimulation. Her expertise is in the analysis and treatment of movement disorders to optimize function.
Rebecca is our Neurological Specialist. She developed a passion for treating people with neurological conditions in a number of specialist roles in the NHS in London.
In 2011, Rebecca became a specialist neurological Physiotherapist at The Wellington Hospital Acute Neuro-rehabilitation Unit in London. During this time she undertook an MSc module in life after stroke and trained to assess and treat using functional electrical stimulation (FES) and the latest rehabilitation technology. Rebecca is an approved Saebo therapist, meaning she is able to assess your suitability for the Saeboflex arm orthoses and Saebostretch dynamic splint.
Rebecca also has a special interest in treating vestibular conditions, including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and the use of The Epley Manoeuvre.
Rebecca has since re-located to Chichester and is enjoying continuing to treat patients with neurological and vestibular conditions in West Sussex.
Heather is another of our highly skilled musculoskeletal physiotherapists. Graduating from Brunel University in 2006, Heather experienced working in Orthopaedics, Women’s Health and Community Rehabilitation before specialising in musculoskeletal outpatients.
Before moving to Chichester, Heather worked for the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, where she gained extensive training in treating patients and teaching matwork and reformer Pilates. Chichester Physiotherapy is one of the few clinics to offer reformer Pilates under the supervision of such a highly skilled physiotherapist in the Chichester area. Heather is able to help people who want to improve any area of their strength or control using a wide variety of methods.
Heather currently works as a senior physiotherapist within the NHS where she is responsible for supervision and training of other physiotherapists. She is qualified in the use of acupuncture for pain relief and brings with her some specialist experience of treating hands, having spent 12 months working in an orthopaedic hand clinic. Heather is confident in the assessment and treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions, and particularly enjoys putting her outpatient and Pilates skills to good use in treating pregnancy related pelvic and back pain.
Lisa Jackson has over 20 years of experience working as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in NHS and private settings, she also has 10 years of experience as a Clinical Pilates instructor. Lisa is trained in the use of acupuncture for pain relief, and is skilled at the clinical diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions affecting all areas of the body.
Lisa has worked as an NHS Advanced Specialist Physiotherapist in shoulder and upper limb conditions for the last 7 years within the Musculoskeletal Assessment and Triage Team. A large part of her role was to diagnose conditions affecting the neck and upper limb, using expert assessment skills, diagnostic imaging and blood tests, before deciding what services, if any, patients should be referred on to. This experience means that Lisa is able to quickly identify those patients who actually need to be referred on for further intervention, such as injection therapy or surgery, as well as those who will really benefit from physiotherapy.
Lisa particularly enjoys putting her manual therapy & pilates skills into practice rehabilitating complex upper limb conditions. She has trained in physiotherapy post breast cancer treatment at the Christie School of Oncology, and has recently resigned from the NHS to focus on developing the upper limb rehabilitation and post breast cancer physiotherapy services at Chichester Physiotherapy.
Vanessa is a highly experienced Women’s Health Specialist. She graduated in 1996 with a 1st Class Honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Hertfordshire.
Over the past 16 years she has worked as Senior Physiotherapist within the NHS specialising in women’s health, initially with ante & postnatal patients and in recent years she has developed her role, to include assessment and treatment of urinary incontinence and gynaecological issues. Vanessa worked for 12 years at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust but recently returned to Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust to join the Pelvic, Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherapy team at St Richards.
Vanessa has expertise in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions. She has a special interest in the treatment of Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) in pregnancy, the treatment of Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRAM) postnatally and coccydynia both antenatally and postnatally. She is also particularly interested in the treatment of patients who have a combination of musculoskeletal and “uro-gynae” symptoms, such as stress incontinence.
Vanessa is member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) special interest group. She has completed a number of post graduate physiotherapy courses on pregnancy related conditions as well as in continence and prolapse.
Vanessa enjoys using a variety of manual therapy skills, and exercise, combined with just the right amount of education and advice to inspire confidence in her patients and enable them to become self-sufficient in taking control of their conditions.
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Chichester Physiotherapy are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and also registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC)