We offer Physiotherapy to manage neck and back pain, joint pains, sports injuries and arthritic conditions. We can also help manage post-operative or post-traumatic rehabilitation. Each of our Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapists has over 10 years of experience treating a full range of conditions. In addition, they have developed special skills through post-graduate study.
Physiotherapist & Director: Liz Blizzard
Physiotherapist: Zoe Ayre | Physiotherapist: Julie Edmondson
Physiotherapist: Diane Hopton | Children’s Physiotherapist: Dawn Wills
Acupuncture and Physio
Liz Blizzard BSc(hons), MCSP, HCPC, MAACP, PhysioFirst
Liz has a special interest in back and neck pain, acupuncture, trigger points and core stability training. She uses core muscle strengthening to help athletes enhance performance and prevent injury.
Liz prescribes a progressive exercise programme to assist patients back to full function post-injury. Exercise programmes are tailored to individuals’ needs and, if relevant, are sport-specific.
Liz finds that acupuncture can be a beneficial adjunct to some treatments. Having been trained by the Kinesio Taping Association, Liz uses taping techniques extensively as part of the therapeutic management of musculoskeletal conditions.
Liz believes that really listening to patients and involving them in the development of the treatment plan through education and communication is vital to rehabilitation. One of the main goals for any physiotherapy treatment is to empower the patient to prevent and self-manage a recurrence.
Zoe Ayre BSc(hons), MSc, MCSP, HCPC, MAACP, PhysioFirst
Zoe has experience treating and assessing a large range of musculoskeletal conditions using a variety of manual treatment approaches and Kinesio taping.
She has a Masters degree in Rehabilitation and has undertaken postgraduate training in acupuncture, the McKenzie Regime and Kinetic control. She teaches at a postgraduate level at the University of Bradford. Zoe also has experience working with GP specialists in musculoskeletal triage clinics, which requires an in-depth knowledge of a range of diagnoses and their management.
In addition to managing sports injuries and day-to-day sprains and strains, Zoe has a special interest in spinal rehabilitation, from acute pain to chronic conditions of the neck and back.
Gill Fielder BSc(hons), MSc, MAACP, MCSP, HCPC
Gill has worked in musculoskeletal physiotherapy for 14 years and has a Masters degree in Manual Therapy from Birmingham University. She has gone on to teach at a post-graduate level in Cardiff University. Gill has a special interest in shoulders having worked alongside Specialist Shoulder Orthopaedic Consultants diagnosing and treating complex shoulder conditions.
Gill combines manual therapy techniques with Pilates and gym based rehabilitation to help patients recover from their injury and return to normal activities, be it walking up stairs or running marathons.
Gill also has experience of Occupational Health physiotherapy and treating work-related musculoskeletal conditions. She is trained in ergonomic assessments and regularly conducts workplace assessments, making recommendations on how to improve the ergonomics of a working environment.
Diane Hopton BSc(Hons), MCSP, HCPC, MAACP
Diane has experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. She uses a variety of treatment techniques such as manual therapy, core stability training and Kinesio taping.
Diane has worked at a senior level in the field of orthopaedic rehabilitation and has post-graduate training in Pilates, Kinesio taping and acupuncture.
As well as managing common musculoskeletal conditions, Diane enjoys treating low back pain and knee pain.
Dawn Wills BHSc Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC
Dawn qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 and has worked at an advanced level in the NHS as an Extended Scope Practitioner Physiotherapist since 2003. She works closely with children’s orthopaedic surgeons, paediatricians, and paediatric rheumatologists, using her extensive experience to advise on appropriate investigation, diagnosis, and management of musculoskeletal problems in children and adolescents.
Alongside her NHS commitments, Dawn runs a successful private practice – Leeds Children’s Physiotherapy-which provides privately-funded treatment and also holds NHS contracts. Dawn teaches on physiotherapy courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level, and is qualified to teach APPI pilates on a class, or one to one, basis.
Dawn believes that strong listening and communication skills are essential for engaging children/adolescents to play an active role in their rehabilitation, in order to achieve optimal outcomes.
Wesley Davidson BPhty
Wesley commenced working with The Valley Clinic team in June 2016, after relocating to Leeds from Australia. Graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at University of Queensland (Australia) in 1999, Wes has over 16 years’ experience working in private practice physiotherapy both in Australia and the UK. He has a passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy, using hands on techniques and exercise rehabilitation to optimise his patients’ recovery and improvement.
With a special interest in treating shoulder and groin injuries, Wesley has worked alongside a neurosurgeon rehabilitating clients with co-existing shoulder complaints after cervical spinal (neck) surgery. He recently updated his skills in treatment of shoulder injuries with Melbourne shoulder specialist physiotherapist Lyn Watson.
He has also updated his skills in management of neck injuries with world renowned physiotherapist Gwen Jull. Wesley is also skilled in acupuncture, Muscle Energy Techniques for managing low back pain, trigger point release and the management of chronic pain. In addition to treating the general, non-sport related conditions, he has enjoyed treating a number of elite athletes including a junior Australian beach volleyball champion, a masters level Australian female power lifting champion, Australian rules football players and runners.
Aside from working in the private practice setting Wesley has also worked in onsite occupational health clinics, working with Stirling police and Ayrshire council building services in Scotland.
Wesley is enthusiastic about commuter cycling and also enjoys trampoline wrestling with his 2 young kids.
The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.
Sports injuries are injuries that occur in athletic activities. They can result from acute trauma, or from overuse of a particular body part.
Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, discs, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. Back pain often results from weak core muscles.
Arthritis is a global term describing diseases which cause painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints.
The McKenzie method is a classification system and treatment approach for patients with low back pain.
Kinetic Control involves the management of uncontrolled movement through retraining of muscle function.
Trigger Points are sensitive areas of the body, particularly tender areas in the muscle which cause generalised musculoskeletal pain when overstimulated.
These are the deep muscles of the body which are crucial for postural support and dynamic control.
Having to do with the muscular and skeletal systems, which provide form, stability and movement to the human form.