About Emma Woods

Qualifications and Accreditations

My name is Emma and I qualified with a BSc (hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2003 from the University of West England, Bristol. Since qualification, I have worked extensively in the NHS and prior to leaving attained the position of Advanced Level Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in chronic pain. I have also worked for the  public health service in Australia and in the private setting in the UK. 

I have completed a range of courses since qualification which enable me to be able to complete a comprehensive assessment of your problem including factors that can contribute to ongoing pain after an injury. I am experienced in treating a range of different musculoskeletal problems, however I have an interest and passion for working with individuals in chronic pain. Chronic pain is where pain persists for more than a 3 month duration. This interest and passion stems from experiencing and recovering from chronic pain myself. My own experience made me look further afield that my physiotherapy training and I found combining skills from both physiotherapy and psychotherapy professions invaluable in my recovery.

This prompted me to start training in psychotherapy to improve my own knowledge of human development, coping mechanisms and emotional well-being. This also enhanced my understanding of how the body and mind are strongly linked.

I have currently completed two years of psychotherapy training and work by integrating this knowledge into my physiotherapy role. A dual training background means that I can look at your problem from a wider perspective. I am passionate about changing your understanding of pain based on modern pain science and in making sure you are doing all the correct things to lessen the impact of your problem. Many behaviours and ways of functioning are engrained in us from an earlier age and these can get in the way of managing or overcoming chronic pain. 

The overall aim of pain coaching is to work towards lessening the impact of your pain on everyday life.

Outside of work, I enjoy being active in the outdoors. I enjoy activities such as hiking, climbing, skiing and I am a regular open water swimmer throughout the Summer months. I gain satisfaction from seeing an individual return to an activity that they have stopped doing due to pain or injury. I understand that being able to do the things that bring us enjoyment is an important part of life. I am happy to work with individuals with a wide range of fitness – from those possibly wanting to be able to walk further day to day, to those wanting to return to sport or work.
Emma Woods

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

How do I work?

First session

During the first sessions, I conduct my assessment. This entails me asking you a series of questions to gain a thorough understanding of your problem and how you are currently coping with it. After these questions, I will perform a physical assessment that involves looking at factors such as your posture, joint movements, muscle strength and nerve function. The initial assessment allows me to gain an impression of your main problems, communicate these to you and help develop a plan for treatment that I feel will help.

Usually there is time during your initial assessment to start treatment.  This can be any traditional physiotherapy treatments such as exercise therapy, soft tissue work or manual therapy.

If you are attending for chronic pain coaching,  I usually use the first session to start teaching you about your pain and how you can work towards reducing it through making small adjustments or changes to your life.

Follow up sessions 

These can comprise of a combination of traditional physiotherapy treatment such a exercise therapy, soft tissue work or manual therapy. For those attending for chronic pain coaching, traditional physiotherapy treatment is combined with a problem solving and talking therapy type approach to help address any factors that might be contributing to an ongoing pain state. 

As previously mentioned, many factors can contribute to an ongoing pain state. My background is physiotherapy with additional psychotherapy training on top. If I feel that you may benefit from an individual primarily trained in psychotherapy or require a referral elsewhere, then I will discuss this with you.

Qualifications and training

BSc (hons) Physiotherapy (2003).

MSc Advancing Physiotherapy (2013).

Integrative Psychotherapy diploma (Years 1 and 2) (2015-2017)

Reiki 1 and 2 (2018)

Associations

I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health Care Professions Council.

Payment

Payment at Truly Therapeutics can be via cash or card

Cancellations

24 hours notice needs to be provided for cancelled appointments.

If you fail to attend a session, the full cost of the session will be charged.

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