Kate qualified from Coventry University in 1999. After working in the NHS for 3 years, she specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports injuries treating many elite runners, triathletes, eventers and dressage riders and providing physiotherapy cover to the local rugby team. Kate completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from Cardiff University in May 2011 and was awarded silver accreditation from The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM) in January 2014. She is registered with The AACP and is qualified to practise acupuncture for pain relief. Kate has recently gained an Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy and is now able to offer treatments in Myofascial Release.
Kate was instrumental in the development of Oaksey House, The Injured Jockeys Rehabilitation centre which opened in April 2009 and where she worked for 7 years before child care commitments took priority and she settled in private practice locally at Stow Physio and The Breakspeare Clinic. Kate has been a member of The Jockeys Injury Management Team since 2005 covering a number of racecourses across the midlands including Cheltenham. Kate has a wealth of experience in treating sporting injuries both due to trauma and chronic injuries. She has a special interest in myofascial release and adopts a holistic approach in treatment.
Myofascial Release is a specialised manual therapy aimed at addressing the soft tissue and fascial system. Myofascial release does not use oils or lotions but uses sustained techniques that address the 3D matrix of fascia, aiming to create change within the whole system. Through trauma, surgery or inflamation, fascia can become bound down, twisted and torsioned creating tension, pain and discomfort in the body far away from the injury site. Myofascial release looks for lines of pull, torsion and asymmetry in tissue tone and movement and treats the whole body accordingly not just the painful area.
Outside of physiotherapy, Kate is a keen competitive distance runner competing over a variety of distances up to marathon. The rest of her spare time is spent looking after her 2 girls and ponies and supporting them in their various hobbies ranging from ballet, riding, triathlon and running.