William Dykes – Director
Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) MSCP
Will has worked in Suffolk as a physiotherapist since qualifying from the University of Teesside with an honours degree in 1999. He has worked extensively in the NHS, both at the West Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital. He has gained invaluable experience and built relationships with consultants in Rheumatology and the Orthopaedic departments.
From 2005 to 2013 he was employed by the Ministry of Defence and was clinical lead at Wattisham and Woodbridge primary care rehab facilities. During this time he was able to continually develop and expand his private practice in Martlesham under William A Dykes Ltd.
Will has worked at GB performance level in both track and field and has specialist interest in biomechanics and elite sports performance.
In 2013, Will and his wife Lottie opened Hadleigh Physiotherapy Ltd and in April 2015 merged the two companies.
At the weekends you might see Will somewhere in Suffolk on his road bike, clad in his Hadleigh Physio cycling kit.
Will holds clinics in Hadleigh and Martlesham everyday throughout the week.
Charlotte (Lottie) Dykes – Director
Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) MCSP
Fully certified APPI Pilates Instructor (MAPPI)
Charlotte qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2000 from the University of East Anglia, working initially at Addenbrookes Hospital NHS trust. There she developed an early interest in movement dysfunction, lumbopelvic stability and muscle imbalances, and started her post graduate training with the Kinetic Control Group in Clinical Pilates. She then moved to the musculoskeletal Physiotherapy department at Ipswich hospital before becoming the Clinical Lead for Physiotherapy in the Trauma and Orthopaedic department.
Having suffered a back injury in 2012 she decided to return to her roots and revisit her love of Pilates. Charlotte commenced her training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to become a fully certified Pilates instructor. She now teaches over 12 classes a week alongside 1:1 sessions and physio clinics.
If you are an early riser you may pass Charlotte on her morning runs with Pepsi, her lovely Cockerpoo, or see her on her new shiny road bike around the Suffolk countryside.
Pilates classes and 1:1 sessions are available throughout the week. Find our latest class timetable.
Pelvic and Women’s Health Specialist Physiotherapist, MSc, BSc (hons), MCSP, MPOGP
HCPC (PH 51675)
Helen Forth graduated from UEL with a BSc honours degree in Physiotherapy in 1996. She went on to complete her postgrad qualification in women's health physiotherapy in 2000, gaining full membership of POGP (then known as ACPWH). Helen then completed a MSc in Physiotherapy in 2005, and was awarded a distinction. Her research dissertation looked at physiotherapy treatment for women with vulval pain. This was published in 2009 in an Obstetrics and Gynaecology medical journal. In 2016 Helen also completed a postgraduate Foundation course in Acupuncture through the University of Herts.
Helen spent the first 15 years of her career working in the NHS, at the Royal Free Hospital (RFH), a Central London teaching hospital until September 2011. Helen was the lead clinician for women's health physiotherapy there for over 10 years, and was responsible for developing and expanding the service, including the development of primary care and extended scope practice physiotherapy clinics within urogynaecology and pelvic floor dysfunction. Helen began to also work with her consultant colleagues in private practice in 2007 at 132 Harley Street. She continues to hold clinics there once a week.
Helen has been actively involved in her specialist network of the CSP (POGP) throughout her career, having been a member of numerous committees. Helen has also previously been a regular undergraduate Physiotherapy lecturer at UEL, and a Clinical Educator for MSc students at the University of Bradford. Helen enjoys teaching and education, and has hosted her own courses and regularly lectures for different professional groups. Helen has published papers in several journals on a range of women’s health physiotherapy topics and is hoping to publish a case study regarding physiotherapy and acupuncture for vulval pain in the near future.
If you are suffering with any of the following, please arrange an appointment to see Helen: chronic pelvic pain, vulval pain, bladder or bowel control issues, pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, postnatal pelvic floor or abdominal muscle weakness, vaginal prolapse.
Clinics will be held on Monday and Friday at the Hadleigh practice.
Physiotherapist, BSc MSCP
Katie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1991 and then worked in the NHS for a number of years. She has worked with the Military in the UK and Northern Ireland and has also enjoyed working in many beautiful places while treating a diverse range of professional athletes and amateur sports enthusiasts.
Since graduating, Katie has continued to develop her clinical skills and gained the following further qualifications:
She consults as an occupational health and wellbeing specialist in corporate, aviation, industrial and manufacturing sectors helping employers manage and improve their employee workplace productivity and fitness for work.
Away from work, Katie enjoys cycling, mountains and exploring, preferably in the sun in view of the sea!
Katie will hold clinics in Martlesham on Wednesday and Thursday.
Physiotherapist/Acupuncturist, BSc, MSc, MCSP, MHCPC
Originally a football coach, working with Leicester City FC, James went on to study Sports Science at the University of Greenwich and Professional Football coaching with West Ham United and the David Beckham Academy. After getting injured whilst playing semi-professional football, James received physiotherapy treatment and decided to change career path, qualifying as a Physiotherapist from the University of Essex in 2010.
Additionally, to his role at Hadleigh Physiotherapy, James works within the NHS, specialising in musculoskeletal injuries and patients suffering from vertigo. James has previously worked with Watford FC and Leyton Orient FC as well as in the private sector.
James is currently completing his Post. Graduate MSc degree, recently qualifying in steroid injection therapy and complex musculoskeletal conditions. When James is not at work or studying, you will find him on the tennis courts at Essex University or enjoying family life with his wife Seren and son Jasper.
James holds regular clinics at Hadleigh Physiotherapy on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon/evenings and alternate Saturday mornings and is also available for home visits on Thursdays afternoons and Saturday mornings.
If you suffer from any acute or long-term conditions or sports injuries, please don’t hesitate to give the practice a call on 01473 810185 to book an appointment with James.
Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) MCSP
Ruth is HCPC registered and is an active member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP). Whilst she has a keen interest in the early years and neurological conditions, she has a wide breadth of experience across the field of paediatrics.
Ruth qualified from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008 and has specialised in Children's Physiotherapy since then.
Initially, working for Capability Scotland, a charity supporting children with complex needs, she worked under fully certified Bobath therapists and she herself completed the introductory course. She further trained in paediatric splinting, manual handling, hydrotherapy and rebound therapy. Whilst working for the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow with the respiratory and neurology teams, she gained a huge amount of experience rehabilitating children with conditions such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, cardiac and neurological complaints.
Whilst living in Gibraltar she gained further experience and expertise treating children with musculoskeletal, sports, chronic fatigue and obesity issues, to name but a few.
Ruth loves the outdoors and can often be seen in the countryside walking or running and after having had a baby last year she is getting back to her other love of Yoga.
Ruth holds weekly clinics on Monday afternoons at our Hadleigh practice. Home visits can also be arranged.
Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) MSCP
Sophie qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2008 from the University of Essex, worked at the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and is currently employed with AHP Suffolk.
In addition to her Physiotherapy and Acupuncture skills, Sophie teaches Pilates through her ongoing training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).
Sophie’s passion for sports led her to work as the Physiotherapist for both amateur and professional Rugby clubs. She is a dedicated runner, weight lifter and recently has taken up open water swimming.
Sophie teaches Pilates classes on Tuesday evenings and offers Pilates 1:1 sessions on Saturday mornings.
Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist, MSc MCSP
Sarah qualified from Addenbrookes School of Physiotherapy in 1993. During her first job at Ipswich Hospital she began to become interested in the care of patients with respiratory disease and decided to specialise in this area taking a job at The Brompton Hospital in London – a national centre of excellence in the care of people with Cardiorespiratory disease.
After several years in London Sarah secured a senior physiotherapy role at Glenfield Hospital Leicester – a specialist centre caring for some of the sickest respiratory patients in the country. There, Sarah led the Physiotherapy team responsible for the Intensive Care unit, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery wards and outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation. During that time that she also completed a Masters degree in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University.
Following a short career break to have her two children she returned to Ipswich Hospital where she works across the Surgical and Medical wards and outpatient unit.
Away from Physiotherapy Sarah enjoys keeping fit with regular exercise, cooking and traveling with her family.
Sarah holds regular clinics on Monday and Wednesday mornings and also offers home visits.
Physiotherapist, BSc (Hons) MSCP
Victoria qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2005 from the University of Brighton.
Victoria has gained board based experience completing junior rotations in the NHS across Kent, before becoming a community Physiotherapist. Victoria became a clinical lead across the Swale area in Kent managing community hospital rehabilitation and community rehabilitation in 2012. Over the years Victoria has developed a special interest in neurology and chronic pain.
After relocating to Suffolk, Victoria continues to work in the community for the NHS in Ipswich as well as offering evening home visits during the week and Saturday mornings for Hadleigh Physiotherapy.
In her spare time Victoria is a keen marathon runner and will be competing in this year's London Marathon for the Hadleigh Hares.
Sports Massage Therapist
VTCT Level 3
Kerry began her massage career two years ago when she qualified for Swedish massage, which she has since offered in her own treatment room in Ipswich.
Fascinated by the effect of massage on the human body Kerry was keen to advance her massage skills further and has qualified to VTCT Level 3 in Sports Massage Therapy.
She has worked with the British Army Field Gun Team and currently works as massage therapist to the Ipswich Witches Speedway Team.
Outside of work, Kerry loves going on long walks with her dog Deeks who she describes as her ‘shadow’. Coming from a conservation background, she enjoys being in the great outdoors, whether it be climbing Ben Nevis or walking along Felixstowe sea front. She is also a huge fan of musical theatre and loves to sing along (badly!!) to her all-time favourites Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.
Kerry is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
She runs clinics every Monday evening and Friday during the day in our Hadleigh practice or on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in our Martlesham practice.
Sabina has worked in an office environment for the better part of 30 years. She is a highly enthusiastic, resourceful, organised and flexible person who possesses a significant amount of knowledge regarding administrative and office procedures.She loves working in a busy and varied office environment and enjoys all aspects of interaction with people.
Outside of work Sabina is mum to three teenage boys who keep her on her toes. She loves the outdoors whether it be walking the family dog Ella, gardening or visiting beautiful sights around the UK.
Tuesday 9th January 2018
We would like to thank everyone who has donated to our reverse advent collection. The generosity has been overwhelming, so we plan to make this an annual event. The Storehouse Foodbank in Sudbury were most appreciative of everyone’s wonderful effort.
Hadleigh Physiotherapy Ltd and Highcliff Veterinary Practice along with many others in the community will be taking part in the London to Paris Bike Ride to raise funds for the Royal British Legion in September 2018.
Please look out for next month’s edition of The Hadleigh Community News where we will provide comprehensive information on all our fundraising activities…
Hadleigh Physiotherapy will be welcoming Women’s Health Physiotherapist Helen Forth, to the practice in February so keep an eye out for further information on this new service.
Tuesday 19th December 2017
Wishing you the timeless treasures of Christmas.
The warmth of home, the love of family and the company of good friends.
Have a blessed and meaningful Christmas and happy New Year.
Thank you very much for choosing Hadleigh Physiotherapy and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.
Hadleigh Physiotherapy will be closed from the 23rd of December until the 1st of January inclusive.
Hadleigh Physiotherapy Team
Thursday 2nd November 2017
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year, Breast Cancer Care is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, a powerful symbol for millions of people affected by the disease.
Earlier in the year, Lottie undertook her training to become a Pink Ribbon Post-Rehab Specialist studying the latest Theory and Best Practice for working with breast cancer survivors.
This allows her to tailor a rehab programme to help with mobility, strength and self-confidence either mid or post treatment. If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact the practice.
The Hadleigh Hares will once again be running their highly successful 5 and 10 Mile Road Race & Junior 2K Fun Run which is sponsored by Hadleigh Physiotherapy.
The races follow undulating country roads through Layham and Shelley and thanks to the support of sponsors come with added bling! There will be a finisher medal for all races.
This year the Junior Fun Run will start at 10am and the 5 and 10 mile races at 11am.
Show your support for local events by cheering on the participants!
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
As in the October Edition of the In touch Magazine
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY HADLEIGH
We are delighted to announce that the Hadleigh Physiotherapy are our latest local business to sign up to support the work of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance. Will and Lottie Dykes set up the practice in 2013 and are located at 111 George Street, Hadleigh in the heart of our community.
Will and Lottie are joined by a team of experienced and dynamic health care professionals, and aim to provide every client with the highest level of patient care. They offer a comprehensive pathway to facilitate recovery by offering the following services: Physiotherapy, Clinical Pilates, Acupuncture, Swedish and Sports Massage, Respiratory and Paediatric Physiotherapy.
The team offer a person-centred approach and take time to listen to you, clinically reason the cause of your condition or injury and thereby will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. This will help you to understand, alleviate and manage your condition and prevent the likelihood of its reoccurrence.
As part of becoming a dementia friendly business the team have set the following aims;
o We aim to encourage all our team to become dementia friends
o We support the work of the local alliance
o We will sign post people to local services that allow them to stay active and connected
If your business or employer has not yet signed up to support the work of the Alliance or you would like more information email us on email@example.com or visit our website at www.hadleighdementiafriends.co.uk
Physiotherapy for dementia
Dementia is a loss of cognitive ability in a person who was previously unimpaired. It is an umbrella term that describes a set of symptoms that occur when the brain is damaged by certain conditions. A lack of cognitive ability can significantly impact on an individual’s physical presentation. Physiotherapy can help an individual with dementia to remain as independent as possible.
An assessment is best carried out in a client’s home or familiar environment.
Depending on the client’s stage on their dementia journey it is often helpful to have a friend or relative present at the assessment to provide a detailed account of the individual’s past medical history, daily routine, problems and hobbies. Following a detailed assessment, a list of the individual’s problems will be formulated along with realistic goals and an appropriate treatment plan. The treatment plan will be specific to the individual’s needs. However, a general treatment plan may involve:
Depending on the severity of the dementia, communication, understanding and memory may be a problem for the individual. This can make it difficult for them to engage in treatment, understand the purpose of therapy and remember to do exercises in their own time. If this is the case, our experienced clinicians utilise functional every day activities such as walking to the bathroom or polishing a table as therapeutic exercise which has purpose and meaning to promote participation whilst achieving specific goals.
Carer education is an important part of physiotherapy for dementia. The Physiotherapists will provide physical demonstrations, verbal instruction and written handover to carers involved in the management of an individual with dementia to ensure holistic care 24 hours a day. Carers are often shown how to use equipment, how to roll or position someone in bed, how to transfer or walk with an individual safely.
NICE and SIGN guidelines recommend physiotherapy for promoting and maintaining independence for this client group.
For more information on the Alliance or dementia friends visit:
If you would like to get involved and become a dementia friend or dementia friendly business, you can contact Tracey at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01473 823470
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