Play Move Grow

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Rachel Pailes

07775 708310

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Meet Rachel our Play Move Grow Physiotherapist.  She qualified in 2004 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and has specialised in Pediatrics for the past 13 years.  Rachel’s career started in the NHS where she soon discovered her love for working with children and quickly moved into a Paediatric post.  Here she worked across the broad spectrum of settings including acute ward work, clinic based intervention, mainstream and special needs schools, aquatic therapy and domiciliary care.  For the past 10 years Rachel’s caseload and professional development has focused on early intervention and newborn and infant development.  She has also worked in neonatal care and was the developmental lead at the Royal London Hospital where her role was to identify and provide intervention and follow up for preterm babies and babies at risk of developmental issues.

Rachel’s clinic is based from Rowan House just outside Norwich, where she offers assessment and intervention.  Rachel also runs developmental courses, workshops and drop in sessions for parents with babies under 12 months who wish to optimise their babies development, alongside her Occupational Therapy colleague Nicola Albert-Worman. Rachel is able to offer some home visits and school based therapy as part of a wider intervention plan.

Some of the more common conditions she sees:

  • Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome)
  • Head turn preferences
  • Torticollis
  • Asymmetrical limb use
  • Gait concerns/anomalies
  • Developmental Delay
  • Altered muscle tone i.e. floppiness or stiffness
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Hypermobility
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Baby Massage Classes in Norwich

Whilst working in neonatal care Rachel’s role was to provide developmental advice and input to the families of babies born too sick or too early to go home.  Whilst working in this environment she saw first hand the difficulties parents faced being separated from their babies and how nurturing and supportive care which promoted parent-infant bonding helped families connect with their newborns.  Rachel subsequently trained as an infant massage instructor with the IAIM and now runs baby massage classes and one to one sessions with families and welcomes families with babies with special needs and those born prematurely.

My hope is that parents/caregivers who attend my groups/class feel empowered to communicate with their babies through positive and nurturing touch. Not just whilst they can hold their babies in their arms but throughout childhood and longer.

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Mummy to young twin boys

Rachel is a mummy to young twin boys and understands the stress and anxiety of being a mother. She sees lots of families who are, looking for reassurance and peace of mind, possibly whilst waiting for NHS appointments and services.  Her aim is to therefore offer an honest and professional service to the families she works with and is therefore able to offer flexible treatment packages depending on your requirements.

Blog Posts

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As mothers, self-care is often the first thing that we neglect, especially in times of stress and anxiety. Self-care can seem like a luxury and something that we need time and money to achieve; for example an indulgent spa day with friends, a relaxing [...]

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The 1001 Critical Days – The importance of Conception to Age 2 Period Developmental Physiotherapist and Infant Massage Instructor Rachel Pailes discusses this crucial period and why Baby Massage is the perfect way to start  infant development out on the right track. […]

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As a children’s physiotherapist people tend to think the reason I teach baby massage is to help babies who have problems with their muscles and joints.  It is true that I do use some of my skills learnt through [...]

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