Louise Williams BSc (Hons), HCPC, MCSP, AACP.
Physiotherapist – specialising in the management of chronic pain, health and wellbeing.
My dance with pain started 17 years ago during my pregnancy with my youngest son, I have had chronic back pain since and more recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia syndrome. This journey led me to try many treatments and sparked my interest in becoming a Physiotherapist. Shortly after graduating from the University of Nottingham in 2011 I began working with people who have chronic pain, running cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based group pain management programmes and individual education and rehabilitation for pain reduction. The research evidence strongly suggests, that learning active self-management strategies to cope with and reduce persistent pain is more effective than becoming reliant on passive treatment alone, this has also been my experience.
To facilitate self-management and rehabilitation I have developed a holistic diversity of skills, including; Acupuncture, Reflexology, Movement Intelligence, Massage, Mindful relaxation and diaphragmatic breathing, Pacing, Goal setting, Postural advice, Activities of daily living, Flare up planning and Sleep hygiene. Exercise guidance is based around establishing comfortable physical functional everyday activities, and progressing personal goals. Chronic pain can have a devastating impact on our lives, physically, emotionally and socially. I work intuitively by listening to the personal story and developing meaningful goals. Working together, potential barriers to progression can be identified and challenged.
The aim of my practice is to support and facilitate self-healing and restore the body’s tissues to health. Improving physical function and looking at some of the issues which may have arisen as a result of persistent pain enables people to: get out more and do the things they enjoy, return to work, improve relationships with others, increase confidence and feel in control. How we relate to our pain colours our experience. By changing our relationship, a progressive path of self-development will evolve, which will in turn create greater health and wellbeing to ‘dance’ through life.
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