Hilary qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1987, and has worked in various NHS and private hospitals around the Manchester area since that time. She has specialised in Women's Health (obstetrics, gynaecology, continence, breast surgery, and acute pain management, completing the year-long Association of Physiotherapists in Women's Health Foundation Course in 1992) while also gaining experience in general surgery, plastics and orthopaedics, then moved into Mental Health (covering stress management, panic attack control, body image work) and later still specialised in all types of  Oncology.  More recently, Hilary has worked in an acute hospital, mainly seeing older patients following an Emergency Department admission and helping them get home from hospital quickly. Hilary has completed courses in  Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Soft Tissue Work  for scars.

When not treating patients, Hilary can often be found tending her vegetables or chatting to the hens and sheep.

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy   Bradford Hospitals School of Physiotherapy, 1987

MCSP  (Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) number 046631

HPC registered (Health Professions Council) number PH37570

Cert ECBS European College of Bowen Studies 2011 practitioner BT3689

BTPA registered Bowen Therapy Professional Association number 31119

Fluoroscopy Guided Manual Lymphatic Drainage practitioner. Full package training completed 2016, updates attended in 2017 and 2019.

 

Hilary says

At the age of 13, I knew that I wanted to be a Physiotherapist. During my training I developed an interest in Women's Health, and followed that path for several years after qualifying. 

In 2003, I had a slight change in direction and moved into Mental Health where I relished the opportunity to take on the complex interplay of a huge variety of conditions - orthopaedic, neurological, rheumatological, surgical - and mental health. This is where I honed my skills of anxiety management, relaxation coaching and panic attack control. I also did a lot of work on body image with my patients.

In 2010/2011, in spite of my initial scepticism, I undertook a full year of training in the Bowen Technique, which has enabled me to treat musculoskeletal conditions in a new way, and tackle many other conditions I could never have imagined any Physiotherapist attempting to work with. (Please see the testimonials page.)

Now, my treatment will involve 'traditional' Physiotherapy - exercises, advice - and my newer skills of Bowen therapy where required, to make your treatment a relaxing and pleasant experience.

In 2016 I completed the 'Full Package' Fluoroscopy Guided Manual Lymphatic Drainage training with the world-renowned Jane Wigg at the Lymphoedema Training Academy in Stafford. I am very excited to be able to offer this from the Bramhall base. Clients with leg oedema are requested to contact their GP or oncologist prior to attending to request a doppler scan to rule out DVT. This is absolutely essential for client safety, and must be done before any hands on work can be commenced.

I have also done a little training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling Skills, both of which have proved extremely useful in helping patients to make progress. There can be no doubt of a mind / body link........