Senior Physiotherapist with MSc in Osteopathy
Qualifications and professional membership
Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, MSc Myofascial Pain
I graduated in Physiotherapy in 2010 from the CESPU University (Porto, Portugal), in 2011 I did a postgraduate in myofascial pain in Castilla La Mancha University (Madrid, Spain). During the last years I worked with athletes from different sports; tennis, football, basketball, hockey, rugby, gymnastics and professional dancers). I have experience in NHS hospitals working close with orthopaedic surgeons which gave me good physio pre/post-surgical rehab skills, I collaborated with TheFA in Wembley stadium and Royal Brompton & Harefield occupational health.
The last course you attended and how you put it into practice
The last course I did was about Hip Rehabilitation (Articular and Extra-articular Pathologies) and a course with the steps to have a successful rehabilitation of the Shoulder. I consider important to keep refreshing my knowledge with CPD courses and I try to read the latest scientific articles to provide an evidence based treatment.
Any specific area of interest
Orthopaedics (pre and post surgery)
Nervous System Dysfunction
The most challenging injury you have treated
During my career I faced different challenges treating MSK and orthopaedic patients, the most recent one was a patient with a complex open fracture of the tibia and fibula after a motorbike accident. Patient came in using an external Ilizarov fixation frame (type of external fixation). The biggest challenge was to find ways for him to adapt to exercise and to do his daily life activities with the Ilizarov apparatus.
What makes a good physiotherapist
On my sessions I start to listen in detail to my patients’ history and I spend a good amount of time assessing each individual, using objective markers to analyse patients progression session after session. For me that’s probably the most important stage of the session, based on that I tailor the treatment plan. Over the years I did different post-graduate courses that allow me to use different approaches of treatment. I’m an “hands on” physiotherapist, my intervention in MSK and sport injuries is focus on manual therapy techniques, combining with biomechanics analysis and planning strengthening and proprioceptive exercise programs. The manual therapies that I frequently use are: Mulligan, Trigger Points Techniques (manual compression release techniques, dry needling and intramuscular electrical stimulation), Taping/ KinesioTape method, McKenzie method of mechanic diagnosis and therapy and Neurodynamics.
The advice you give most to patients
Be aware of your body, be conscious of how you feel and look after your body and your mind.