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sarah fellows

who is

Sarah Fellows

BSc (Hons) MCSP MHCPC

Chartered Women’s Health and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

I'm certainly not a purist. Where one individual might respond to one type of treatment, another may not respond in the same way. The key thing for me is tailoring my practice to meet the needs of my patients.

You're at the centre of my care and I will adapt my practice as necessary. Whilst I have a wide tool box of treatment techniques, exercise is absolutely the top of the pops.

The human body responds positively to appropriate load. If you get that just right, you can stand back and marvel at what unfolds!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you decide to train as a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapy was a very welcome change in career for me. I always wanted to be a physio but ignored it until much later when I realised this is where my passion lies. Observing smooth, fluid movement for me is like listening to a choir overflowing with complex beautiful harmonies. Studying movement and problem solving where and why the movement has gone awry is not only fascinating, it is hugely rewarding helping someone restore functional movement and see them self-manage with a greater awareness and understanding of their body's potential.

Where did you train and what was the course like?

I trained at Keele University and worked the hardest I have ever worked in my life. I made like a sponge for three very full time years, absorbing every little morsel of information I could get my hands on. The long days and late nights of study paid off; I qualified with a first degree and was awarded the University Prize for Clinical Performance. The course at Keele was a new Physiotherapy course incorporating the three core disciplines of Physio: Neurology, Cardio-Respiratory, Musculoskeletal and also included exercise testing and prescription. I had the good fortune of gaining experience in Paediatrics and Women's Health also.

Tell us about your career so far

I began my career in rehabilitation as a Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist in 2008 after training part time at Oxford School of Sports Massage (OSSM) whilst working as an Event Manager. I was lucky to be able to support the Head Physiotherapist (Ali James) of the Oxford University Rugby Team for a season, treating the Firsts. It was Ali who spurred me on to apply for a place at physio school. Whilst studying at Keele, I ran sports massage clinics at Lilleshall National Sports Centre and also began teaching Sports Massage at OSSM. Physio has already taken me to volunteering in the slums in Nairobi and doing outreach in the community in Mexico. On qualification from Keele, I began my clinical rotations in the NHS and then decided that my true passion lies within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. I have since widened my scope of practice, training in vestibular rehabilitation, Pilates and am now embarking on Women's Health Physiotherapy to encourage women to talk about and seek treatment for those issues which are seldom talked about!

What is your favourite type of patient?

Whether your goal is improving your strength to support a specific sport, or whether you'd simply like to be able to bend down to tie your shoelaces or wash your back in the shower I don't have a preference. I love facilitating the process of function restoration whatever that function may be.

What is your style of practice?

I'm certainly not a purist. Where one individual might respond to one type of treatment, another may not respond in the same way. The key thing for me is tailoring my practice to meet the needs of my patients. You're at the centre of my care and I will adapt my practice as necessary. Whilst I have a wide tool box of treatment techniques, exercise is absolutely the top of the pops. The human body responds positively to appropriate load. If you get that just right, you can stand back and marvel at what unfolds! /p>

What will we find you doing outside of the clinic?

I don't often sit still. My baby boy, Sebastian keeps me incredibly busy! I said earlier I like observing movement, I also just like moving. I dabble in triathlon, I practice a lot of Pilates and you'll often catch me on a buggy work out with my son. I'm re-learning the cello which, at present, sounds like the equivalent of dysfunctional movement! I also do some charity work with Shine; supporting Mums with Post Natal Depression. Absolute favourite past times are playing with my son, a road bike session with my husband, cooking with a lot of love and soul and an open water swim when there's no one else but you and the lake. /p>

What are your aims for the future?

I'd like to work with a variety of therapists to be able to offer patients tailored packages of evidence-based holistic care all under one roof to meet their needs. A pre-hab / rehab gym would be an absolute necessity for bespoke strength and conditioning to achieve that functional goal. /p>

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