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.