my philosophy

Every patient comes to me with their own story. It may be a simple back or ankle strain or it may be a lifetime of problems all muddled up like a bag of odd jigsaw pieces.

As a physiotherapist, I see my job as using my wide and varied experience to help find what you need to get back on track. I believe it is very important to try to understand what you are experiencing and then help you find out why you feel this way.

We also have to create an environment in which you can get better and, most importantly, stay better. There will be things that you spend a lot of time doing, but might not realise can change your posture on a semi-permanent basis. I strongly believe that our inactivity is often more harmful than our activity – one of the e -readers is very aptly called a ‘huddle’!

There is a vast amount of information available from medical professionals, the internet, friends and family. At the very least it can be confusing and unhelpful and at worst rather alarming when, for example, you are told “you have a twisted or crumbling spine”, “your pelvis is out” or “it’s your age”. It is my role to try and demystify the problem to help you control it rather than allow it to control you.

Ergonomics and Nicola Ellis Physiotherapy

the human body is a tensegrity structure

The body is a tensegrity structure and functions in three dimensions. From birth, babies gradually gain control of their balance and movement by first holding their head up, then sitting, then crawling and finally standing. The brain builds up a postural picture of this; toddlers usually have fabulous posture!

As we get older, we modify this picture depending on circumstances. Driving and sitting habits, hunching over a computer or on the phone all day, injuries, operations, pregnancy, together with stress all cause small changes which we might not notice but which the brain will adapt to. Each adaptation causes more compensatory changes until we get quite “wonky”. Then we do something that might seem insignificant but can throw our system, causing pain and spasm.

Our natural instinct is to protect the painful area by not moving it, which might seem to help initially but actually becomes part of the problem. The brain then seems to overwrite the old programme and you know something is not right but don’t know what it is.

The really confusing thing is that often the bit that is hurting is overcompensating for another bit that is quietly not moving but is indirectly causing the trouble.

qualifications and accreditation

  • Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health
  • Founding member of the Fascia Research Society

Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (MCSP)

Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered

Physio First registered

Qualified Nordic walking instructor (INWA approved)

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