Helen Preston

Chartered Physiotherapist, Clinical Director, HCPC Registered

Services

  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports & Remedial Massage
  • Cognitive Functional Therapy
  • Juniors
  • Sports
  • @work

My Story

I simply love being a Chartered Physiotherapist.

I have always been someone who thinks outside the box and passionately believe in treating patients holistically.  I particularly enjoy treating more challenging cases that make me use my whole toolbox of physio skills. I find nothing as rewarding as helping people make real life change.

I was literally born into this practice, having grown up in the house that is now the clinic!  My father, William, worked from the then clinic next door.  My Grandfather, Albert, was also a physio and he worked for Peterborough United for 25 years and in his latter years worked from his home in Audley Gate, Peterborough.  From my early years, I observed my father  and grandfather working and most of all learnt how important the therapist-patient relationship is in establishing healing.  I will always be grateful to them in showing me how important it is to listen.

I qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1996 from the University of Birmingham with a First Class Honours Degree (having won the Research Prize for my year)  and have worked in a variety of settings (both in and out of the NHS) before taking over the business from William Preston, my father, in 2000.

I have recently been part of a working group of my professional body (the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) developing a Backmyths campaign to help educate society around what we now know about back pain (see here for the campaign: http://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/public-information-leaflets/back-pain-myth-busters ).  I have been active in disseminating these locally by meeting the public and organising a recent education evening with GPs and other physiotherapists to help improve understanding of how new scientific evidence is changing how we manage back pain more successfully.  Contact me if you wish to know more!  Promoting evidence based public health messages is a passion of mine! And so is walking the talk!

MY TOOLBOX:

I prioritise the patient-therapist relationship at the heart of any therapeutic intervention and my key treatment tool with every patient is always advice and education alongside any physical treatments.

I passionately believe in treating patients holistically: getting to the root of the problem to help prevent recurrence, not just treating the symptoms.

I  incorporate a broad array of physiotherapeutic treatment techniques individualised to the patient’s particular problem and story. These can include manual therapy (mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue techniques), therapeutic exercise and movement training. I specialise in building confidence in mind and body to move!

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

My other job is being a Mum to my 2 young children who inspire and make me smile everyday.  I enjoy keeping active with my husband and the children,  I make time to run my black Labrador, Frankie, around Ferry Meadows as often and I can and I also enjoy watching all aspects of human performance including sport, music and theatre.  I am a 100 club parkrunner and recently successfully completed my first ever half marathon at the Great Eastern Run this year, raising over £1200 with my husband for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall #TeamIncredible.  I also enjoy finding “green space” in mindfulness meditation and sunshine.  I quite like chocolate too.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

I am a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

I am also a Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM), Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health (ACPOHE), Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP: Physiofirst).

I am also a Professional Member of EUSSER (European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation).

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