Jo has 15 years experience as a Chartered Physiotherapist and specialises in the treatment of musculoskeletal and women's health conditions. She qualified from The University of Manchester and spent a number of years in the NHS in Lancashire before returning to Bedfordshire. She has spent the past 8 years working in private practice for Spire Healthcare and has developed a keen interest in post-operative rehabilitation, women's health, and the management of back, shoulder and pelvic pain.
She now works locally at St Judes Clinic in Leighton Buzzard where she is offering a new 'One Stop Mum Check' - a postnatal women's health physiotherapy review for mums.
Jo was introduced to pilates in 2010 and embarked upon a rigorous training and assessment process. She qualified as a Pilates Instructor in 2012 with The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), a world leading provider of Pilates education and has taught Pilates classes regularly since then.
The APPI method of clinical Pilates focuses on the use of specific Pilates based exercises to rehabilitate patients back to optimal function and health. Jo has enjoyed using Pilates amongst varied clinical populations for example, after hip replacements, shoulder injuries, back pain and in women's health related conditions - and seen great results from this method!
She enjoys working with mums to be and new mums, and has also held antenatal/postnatal exercise and education classes. She runs regular events on Pelvic Health in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire - an infomative evening on all things core and pelvic floor, suitable for any woman. From pregnancy right through to post-menopausal.
Jo has treated many ladies who continue to experience problems with their back or pelvis some months after having their baby. Frequently ladies have their six week check then just go back to their usual exercise, but continue to suffer pain. Alternatively they may have experienced significant pelvic pain and loss of mobility during pregnancy that did not fully resolve afterwards. Prolapse or stress incontinence may affect confidence and ability to exercise.
It is rarely made clear to women that after having a baby that using the right type of exercise can help you recover from the effects a pregnancy has on your body. Time on its own isn't always enough. Naturally the focus is on the baby but we need to look after ourselves too.
Jo is passionate about teaching new mums how to re-build their post-baby bodies. She wants to tackle the lack of information and guidance around post-natal exercise.
The exercises she uses are low impact but extremely effective in strengthening your pelvic floor and abdominal/pelvic musculature.
She uses her skills and expertise as a physiotherapist to modify the exercises to ensure they are both appropriate and safe for you, even if you had a Caesarian, experienced pelvic girdle pain/SPD or have tummy muscle separation (diastasis recti).
Jo has had two young children and despite exercising regularly before and during pregnancy she experienced the common aches and pains and of course the wobbly bits after.
She has observed both as a physiotherapist and through her own experience the many benefits that Pilates can bring in recovering your post pregnancy figure, mobility, balance, continence and pain free function - so you can enjoy being a mum to the full.