Physiotherapy is the use of manual techniques, exercises and advice to help alleviate pain and restore normal movement and function following injury, illness or due to disability.
Michelle has been practising physiotherapy for 24 years and prides herself on her professionalism and bedside manner.
She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is recognised by all the major health insurance companies and has an enhanced CRB check.
Conditions treated by Michelle
Neck and Back pain-acute and chronic neck and back problems, including whiplash, discs, postural problems, sciatica, and arthritis.
Pre and post-operative orthopaedic surgical procedures.
Fractures. Mobilisations, soft tissue massage and muscle re-education and strengthening following removal of plaster cast.
Sacral torsions and dysfunctions.
Repetitive strain injuries, including tennis and golfers elbows.
Growth related issues such as Osgood Schlatters and Severs disease.
Muscle, joint and tendon injuries.
Techniques that may be used
Manual therapy. The use of mobilizations or manipulations of soft tissues or joints
Exercise programmes, these may include muscle imbalance regimes, strengthening and stretching programs, core stability work and postural correction.
Therapeutic massage including deep tissue massage
Muscle energy techniques
All appointments are allocated 40 minutes- this will allow time for a comprehensive assessment of your problem and treatment, along with any advice needed regarding self-help and or exercises.
Pleases note to ensure you are assessed properly it may be necessary for you to remove some outer clothing- so wearing comfortable clothes that allow access to your area of pain is a good idea. For example, you may wish to wear or bring a pair of shorts with you if you have a knee problem.
For information about hydrotherapy treatment, please call 07505 742 969 and discuss your requirements.
What to expect from your first appointment
You will be offered an appointment at a time that best suits you: this may be day time when the children are at school or you may prefer the evening after work. To be able to help you with your problem, you will first need to be assessed. The more thorough and comprehensive the assessment, the better the outcome of treatment is likely to be. This is why all appointments last up to forty minutes.
You will be asked a million and one questions-and honestly they are all relevant! Then you will have an examination, which may require you removing some outer layers of clothing (rest assured your dignity will be maintained throughout.)You are very welcome to bring a pair of shorts with you if you would be more comfortable- but this isn’t necessary, so please don’t feel you have to rush out and buy a little lycra number for the occasion!
After your examination, findings will be discussed with you and a treatment plan outlined and initiated and any home exercises explained and demonstrated. Finally, specific advice and ‘dos and don’ts’ will be discussed and any ‘pearls of wisdom’ about your problem will be shared with you. For example, if your back is always at its worst first thing in the morning, it may be that your mattress is contributing to the problem. This may be solved by simply putting a duvet on top of your mattress and under your bottom sheet.
An additional point to note, should your examination highlight the need for you to have further investigations, possibly with an orthopaedic consultant or your G.P. or input from podiatry or pilates, Michelle will readily liaise with her colleges in the area on your behalf, thus ensuring a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to your treatment.
Michelle Pullen MCSP Grad Dip Phys Dip Co
Michelle graduated from the Queen Elizabeth School of Physiotherapy in Birmingham in 1989. She went on to work at York District Hospital, where she specialised in treating out patients and musculoskeletal disorders. Whilst in York, Michelle studied at St Thomas’ hospital and became a diplomat of the Cyriax Organisation in 1992. In 1993 Michelle set up a private practice in Hertfordshire providing a physiotherapy service for three large GP practices, local consultants and self- referring patients. The practice was sold as a going concern ten years later, when Michelle moved to Northamptonshire. For the last seven years she has worked as a self-employed Physio from the Haddon Physiotherapy Clinic, where she has developed excellent working relationships with local GPs, consultants and allied professionals such as podiatrists and pilates instructors.
Whilst Michelle enjoys treating all types of musculoskeletal conditions, specific areas of interest include: acute and chronic neck problems, particularly associated with headaches, acute and chronic low back problems, including sacral disorders and postural correction.
Michelle has recently joined the coaching team at Long Buckby rugby club, and will be helping with training the under 10s team (it seemed like a good idea at the time!!) Aside from this Michelle enjoys skiing, swimming and running and spends much of her free time encouraging her three sons in their various sporting activities.
Throughout her career Michelle has attended regular post graduate training programmes and courses and continues to do so, in order to expand her knowledge and keep up with current developments in the physiotherapy profession.
The Chris Moody Sports injury and Rehabilitation Centre is a purpose built facility that opened in 2012. It offers a fully accessible, modern and convenient location with a wealth of facilities, including:
Six thermal, infrared saunas
A water therapy pool
A hydrotherapy pool
A 25-metre swimming pool with moveable floor
A large gym area with extensive cardio equipment
Barrier controlled parking
Computerised gait analysis equipment
A hyperbaric chamber
The centre can be easily accessed from the A508 through the village of Pitsford and the A43 via Moulton.
Chris Moody Centre
The cost of a physiotherapy appointment is £42 and is for up to 40 minutes in duration. Unless you are claiming through an insurance company you will be asked to pay following each treatment, and as a thank you for prompt settlement, you will be charged a discounted price of £40. You can pay using cash, cheque, pingit or bank transfer.
For information on charges for hydrotherapy, please call 07505 742 969 and discuss your requirements
If you do have medical insurance that you would like to use, you will need to contact your insurance company prior to your first visit, and bring your authorisation code with you-This will enable Michelle to invoice the insurance company directly. For further information please see ’Medical Insurance.’
Michelle is registered with all major medical insurance companies.
Prior to your first visit you will need to contact your insurance company. Please be aware, certain insurance companies may require you to see your GP before approving your claim. Once your claim has been approved your insurance company will provide you with an authorisation code, you must remember to bring this code with you to your first appointment. Please be aware that you will be liable for any excess on your policy and a prompt settlement of such would be appreciated.