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
- Asymmetrical limb use
- Gait concerns/anomalies
- Developmental Delay
- Altered muscle tone i.e. floppiness or stiffness
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down Syndrome
- Acquired Brain Injury