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Meet the Therapists

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Lizzie Bird

OSTEOPATH
ACUPUNCTURE FOR SPORTS INJURIES


Lizzie is a registered osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council, and a highly experienced injury therapist with over 14 years of clinical experience. She continuously adapts her practice to support a wide range of clients; from professional athletes to elderly patients.

Lizzie has a exceptional understanding of human movement; her major skills lying in her precise ability to assess and to help improve the way the body should innately move. She guides her clients back to ownership of their body, and control of their own physical progress under her expert guidance. 

Lizzie’s focus is to help you move and function better through stimulating the body in logical and progressive way. She understands the best pathways your movement should follow, ensuring the greatest chance of full recovery.  Lifestyle changes are an integral part of Lizzie’s treatment philosophy, so her treatments are integrated with corrective exercise and movement therapy. Lizzie uses FRC and ELDOA techniques in rehabilitation; systems of exercise techniques that are highly regarded in physical therapy and top-level sport rehabilitation. 

Prior to qualifying as an osteopath, Lizzie had over 10 years experience in delivering exercise and rehabilitation training. Lizzie maintains an active interest in research and education. In addition to keeping her own knowledge current, she also lectures at The Exmouth School of Massage on Movement rehabilitation, and writes for various health publications on physical health.

In her own time, Lizzie is a keen surfer, runner and stand up paddle boarder. She is also a world champion surfboat rower.

Manual Therapy courses / qualifications

  • Batchelor of Science degree in Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Acupuncture for sport injuries
  • Functional Range Therapist FR® 
  • Level 5 Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage
  • Advanced Kinesiology Taping
  • Diploma in Naturopathic Medicine

Movement Courses / Qualifications

  • Functional Range Conditioning®
  • ELDOA (L.O.A.D.S – longitudinal osteo-articular decoaptation with stretching) Level 1 and 2
  • Restorative Breathing
  • ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor
  • Vinyasa Yoga Teacher 100HR
I have visited Liz on a number of occasions with sports-related injuries and she has always managed to rectify my problems, often within a single visit. Her professionalism and knowledge are second to none, and she treats every patient with huge care and attention. As a very active sportswoman herself, Liz’s expertise extends beyond the physiological to a real understanding of each individual and their needs. She has an almost uncanny intuition that I have not encountered among sports practitioners before, and is able to quickly identify exactly where the source of the problem lies. I can’t recommend her enough.~ Nicole
I’ve been visiting Lizzie for over four years now. After successfully diagnosing and treating my original complaint, I’ve been injury free ever since, through periods of intensive training, ultramarathon competition and numerous PBs. I have no doubt that this is down to the effectiveness, care, professionalism and kindness with which she goes about her practice. Always there with a big smile, she’s also helped me through some post-race slumps and dips in motivation. Her knowledge and advice on training has been invaluable too. I can’t recommend her highly enough.~ Adrian
With regards to the Park Clinic, my wife and I have been receiving treatment from Lizzie for several years. This treatment has enabled us to keep mobile enough to live comfortably. The pain and stiffness relief is genuine and immediate and we cannot recommend Lizzie highly enough.~ Dave and Sue
I first went to see Lizzie after an injury whilst taking part in a weights session. As a Pilates instructor its vital that i can demonstrate moves in my classes and my injury was stopping me doing this. I found Lizzie approachable, friendly, encouraging, and really understood my needs and how best to work with this injury. Lizzie not only treats the injury she treats the whole body and i immediately started to notice the difference. I can’t recommend Lizzie high enough.

Helen Morton

    OSTEOPATH, DANCE TEACHER

    Helen is a registered Osteopath with 22 years experience. Helen has worked with young and older people in full time physical training (sports & dance). As a naturopathic osteopath, she enjoys finding natural solutions for an individual to bring them into improved health and performance fitness.

    Helen enjoy’s working with biomechanics and exercise prescriptions and often use’s soft / deep massage, joint manipulations and cranial osteopathy to help with posture and improved functional performance. Helen has a large range of hands on techniques, including lymphatic drainage to draw from and wherever possible she provide’s self-care advice and exercises to improve outcomes.

    As well as using the naturopathic and osteopathic skills learnt during her training at British College of Osteopathic Medicine, Helen also draws from her training as a dancer and teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance. Helen also use’s The Perrin technique which includes lymphatic drainage and Escencia relaxation technique to help the body ease into relaxation. Focused relaxation helps you find your ‘inner quiet’ which is nourishing and restorative for the body. 

    As a naturopathic osteopath, Helen consider’s each person a unique individual. The treatment plans are bespoke for each person, drawing from all fields of her work where required.

    Helen has a full background of bodywork experience providing a comprehensive platform to assist an individual with their whole physical health.

     

    Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Osteopathic [Medicine BSc (Hons) Ost.Med.] 

    Diploma of Osteopathy [DO.]

    Diploma of Naturopathy [ND]

    Licentiate of the Royal academy of Dance [LRAD.] 

    Laura Sofia Pereira Dias

      PHYSIOTHERAPIST

      Laura is an enthusiastic and professional physiotherapist with over 10 years of experience in primary care. Laura’s versatility as a therapist is primarily due to the broad context of care that she has worked in.

      A highly experienced physiotherapist in musculoskeletal medicine, most recently working as a senior therapist for The Integrated Health Clinics in Cornwall and she currently works in palliative care for The Cornish Hospice Trust. 

       

      • CSP (The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) Membership number: 098647 
      • HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) PH108415
      • Kinesio Taping​ 
      • Paediatric Chest Physiotherapy ​
      • CPR – Resuscitation training   
      • Blue Badge Assessment course​ 
      • Sports Massage Therapy and MET​ 
      • Pilates Level 1
      • Manual therapy combined with yoga   

      Daniel Luke

      BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, MSST

      Dan is a Sports Therapy graduate from the University of Central Lancashire and extremely committed to his field; working hard to channel his talent and knowledge into his client base.

      Dan’s passion for understanding the musculoskeletal system first developed due to his own experience of sports injury and rehabilitation. Dan experienced an ACL rupture whilst playing rugby, which required surgery and extensive rehab.

      The process of recovering from his initial injury to an effective return to his sport initiated the career path he champions today. Dan has a firm desire to make a clinical difference to patients and support their return to full activity as quickly and safely as possible.

      Dan is now a keen triathlete with an eye for adventure sport and a love of tough terrain. He takes full advantage of Cornwall’s coastline and beaches, and often enjoys trips to the Lake District where there are plenty of fells and mountains to run and climb.

      He has experienced both codes of rugby at amateur, professional and international level, having spent time with Wharfedale RUFC, Sale Sharks RUFC academy, Wakefield Trinity RFL, St Helens RFL and Scotland RFL during the recent Four Nations tournament.

      Manual Therapy

      • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
      • MSST
      I was very impressed with the service Dan provides from the first session I had. He took the time to really listen to me to get a better understanding of how my injury came about and how it may be affecting other areas of my body. The treatment and exercises have made a dramatic impact on my overall physical health as well as to the specific injury. I’m now able to complete movements I thought I would not be able to again. This is due to Dan’s expertise and encouraging manner. I have already recommended Dan to friends and colleagues and I will continue to do so.

      Kuldip Singh-Barmi
      Senior Lecturer Dance & Choreography
      Dan is very flexible in his approach in that he tailors the treatment to your individual needs. He is dynamic and will work through the different pain locations. He teaches very useful stretches to help increase movement range. He will share with you his formulation about what maintains your symptoms and how to start breaking some circles. He also makes the sessions as accessible as possible to accommodate your work commitments. Dan is a very reliable, knowledgeable and friendly practitioner.
      Through my work with Dan I have become more mobile and my body does not go into spasm. I feel freer in my movement range and my function tolerance has increased. I would recommend Dan whole heartedly. ~ Cris
      Dan was incredibly helpful and I could not have achieved my goals without his treatment.
      Training for Ironman events means your body always has issues that need keeping on top of in order to deal with the daily training load. Dans experience in Triathlon, alongside his friendly analytical approach was a massive help. Dan always listened first and then came up with immediate treatment solutions alongside long term advice, his experience across many sports helped improve my strength and core and gave immediate benefit to both muscles and nerves!

      I highly recommend Dan and my Ironman time would of been significantly slower without his help.~ Richard

      Ria Sands

        BTEC Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage

        Ria is our highly qualified soft-tissue therapist, with a Level 5 diploma in Remedial and Sports Massage. Ria is kind and approachable, which helps her understand her patients needs in a truly meaningful way. Clients are able to share their preconceptions about their bodies and injuries, and how these affect their confidence to move forward.

        Ria acutely listens to each patient’s needs, and treats each person based on their individual requirements. She is keen to get people away from thinking that sports massage is about getting a ‘pummelling’, Instead, she uses the therapy to deliver specific and targeted treatment, in order to relieve physical issues. 

        Ria’s interest in therapy came from her own experience of suffering from a long term back injury. Through her journey back to health, she became aware of the power of being positive and proactive in breaking negative thought patterns. She learned first-hand that a negative mindset can prevent people getting over their injury and back to doing the activities they enjoy. 

        Ria’s natural aptitude as a therapist was recognised by her alma mater: Exmouth School of Massage, where she was asked to return to train therapists.

        In her free time, Ria is a committed gig rower and loves walking the coast path with her friends. 

        • Diploma (Level 5) Sports and Remedial Massage
        • Rocktape Level 1 – Functional Movement
        I have had a number of massages (therapeutic and recuperative) over the years, and I
        can honestly say that Ria is top of my list. She is friendly and professional - yes, but she
        is also kind and generous. She indulged the 'geek' in me by explaining anatomy and kind
        of impact/response. After an hour, I walked out feeling taller and more 'aligned' than
        when I had walked in. She gave tips on how to instigate some self-regulation for muscle
        tension. I am hugely impressed, and cannot recommend her highly enough.
        I had my first treatment today with Ria and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She's
        friendly, professional and makes you feel at ease throughout your treatment. Straight
        away she found exactly where each problem area was and worked thoroughly to relieve
        all the knots and tension in my body. Will be sure to go back again
        I usually find it hard to relax when I'm having a massage but Ria has such a lovely way
        about her, she makes you feel instantly comfortable and calm. I've had a few sessions
        now and all of them have been absolutely amazing and left me feeling like a new person!
        If you have any injuries or niggles, or just need some TLC - I cannot recommend Ria
        enough. She is a very talented and knowledgeable therapist.
        After irritating both my Achilles (long story!) I booked into to see Ria. After an hour long
        session my calves, ankles, feet and tendons feel soooo much better and relaxed! Highly
        recommended.

        <p><span class=”dark-blue-text”><em>There is nothing so healing as human touch…</em></span></p>

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