Sport Injuries or injuries resulting from sporting activities, whether traumatic or due to repetitive strain, usually involve the soft tissues. At The Valley Clinic, we have years of experience in sport-related rehabilitation. We treat athletes of all ages ranging from children up to the active retirees. We use state of the art treatment techniques to get people back to their activities as soon as possible.
Physiotherapist & Director: Liz Blizzard
Physiotherapist: Zoe Ayre
Physiotherapist: Julie Edmondson
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.
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.
Julie Edmondson Grad Dip Phys, MCSP, HCPC
Julie has over twenty years of experience treating a large range of musculoskeletal conditions. She has postgraduate experience in manipulation, McKenzie Regime and Kinetic Control.
Julie has held a specialist post in hand injuries. She is particularly skilled in spinal management, working alongside spinal surgeons over many years. Julie can interpret and utilize MRI scan results to assist management of spinal conditions, both acute and chronic.
Julie believes a deep knowledge and understanding of musculoskeletal conditions combined with listening skills and empathy is vital to effective treatment and positive outcomes.
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.