Qualified to the very highest professional standards, our team of physiotherapists work hard to remain at the forefront of the latest developments in physiotherapy.
Our expertise gained working with Olympic and World Champion sportsmen and women, as well as in the NHS, means we can offer a holistic approach and quality of physiotherapy treatment which is second to none.
We believe in tackling the cause as well as the symptoms of a pain or movement problem, offering general lifestyle and exercise advice as well as physiotherapy, providing immediate relief and long term positive results.
Lisa Wiles - Owner of Hands That Heal and Physiotherapist
An amateur boxer herself, Lisa knows the importance of unrestricted movement and injury rehabilitation first-hand. Passionate about enabling more people from all walks of life to remain active, she set up the first Hands that Heal clinic in 2010, at Pocklington Rugby Union Football Club (RUFC).
Since then, she has offered sports injury treatment and prevention to some of the country’s top athletes. These include Olympic Gold Medal-winning Hull boxer Luke Campbell, Olympic and Paralympic athletes who competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball team, Superleague netball and National League ice hockey teams, and Great Britain and World class equestrian athletes.
“I love changing lives and unlocking the door to people’s personal goals, whether they’re a sports professional or someone needing treatment for rheumatoid arthritis,” she said.
“Constantly practising and updating my skills, I use my knowledge of movement and sport, and my particular skill in manual therapy, to ensure my patients start to feel better from their first session.”
Lisa has various professional accreditations. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), the Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM).
Abey Lawrence - Physiotherapist
Abey has been a physiotherapist for over a decade. She started her career in the NHS before moving into private practice, and has extensive experience of treating musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions, and working with children. She specialises in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic disorders, including sports injuries, neck and back pain and arthritis-related problems.
Abey completed a Sports and Exercise Science Degree prior to training as a physiotherapist and is also an athlete – running for York Knavesmire Harriers and competing in triathlons with York Triathlon Club. She loves longer distance events and has represented the Great Britain Triathlon Age Group Team on a number of occasions.
Given her hobbies, it is no surprise that Abey is particularly passionate about treating sports injuries. “As well as getting people back to sports quickly and effectively, I also really believe in ‘pre-hab’, and love to focus on helping people to avoid injury, train effectively and achieve peak performance,” she said.
“I love working with people to help them reclaim the quality of life they are looking for, and do the things which make them happy. This could be helping an athlete maintain their peak fitness, or someone with an arthritic knee who just wants to be able to continue walking their dog.”
Also an accredited member of the CSP, Abey is a qualified acupuncturist, and a member of the Association of Acupuncture Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
Simon Jenson - Podiatrist
Simon is our podiatrist who is skilled in everything from routine treatments to nail surgery and biomechanics. One of the things he enjoys most about his profession, is the help it enables him to provide for patients with a history of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and peripheral vascular disease.
A keen sportsman himself, Simon also has a personal insight into athletes’’ needs, when it comes to keeping their feet in tip top condition. A keen swimmer, he continues to compete with the Hull Masters squad. He is also a keen cyclist and has taken part in triathlons.
He said: “The most satisfying thing for me about podiatry, is the feeling of immense satisfaction that comes from helping a patient who is in discomfort, be it a corn, ingrown toe nail or heavy callus.
“I also have a lot of experience in biomechanical assessment and treatment. This ranges from conditions affecting children, to adult complaints such as Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis and changes that can take place over time in the architecture and structure of people’s feet, that may need support from appropriate orthotics.”
Simon is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and also a member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP), through which he keeps up to date with the latest trends in podiatry.
Helen Smith - Clinic Manager
While our hands-on professionals are the beating heart of our clinic, we have to organise ourselves too, and we don’t know where we’d be without our Clinic Manager Helen!
She’s the voice on the end of the phone, there to answer any queries you have and make sure diaries run smoothly.
Just give us a call or drop us an email and if she doesn’t have the answer for you immediately, Helen will find it out for you.
“I love working with the Hands that Heal team and seeing the tangible difference they make to the wide variety of clients who visit us week after week,” said Helen. “We’re also fun, friendly and approachable, and will go out of our way to find the right solution to get you back on track, no matter what your pain or mobility problem.”
Martyn Glover - Specialist Sports Masseur
Specialist sports masseur Martyn Glover is the most recent addition to the team. A family man from York with a degree in Sports & Exercise Science, Martyn has coached with UK Athletics for the past 20 years.
With a personal interest in endurance running, he blends extensive physiotherapy skills and experience with a firsthand understanding of sports massage and its many benefits for athletes’ wellbeing and performance. "Sport has always been a passion of mine, so I love what I do and helping people avoid injury and maintain peak fitness doesn't really feel like work to me!" said Martyn.
“Combining my experience of performance coaching and sports massage skills means I can address muscle imbalances and areas of tension which are holding people back in their field. I can also give them advice on building and maintaining their fitness, strength and conditioning exercise regimes, and avoiding injury.
“I’m passionate about understanding how the body works, what makes it go wrong and how to rectify issues. It’s just brilliant when someone comes to us with a problem they think is insurmountable and we can help them turn it around. Most sports people get injured at some point – particularly distance runners who put their bodies under huge strain. By advising them on a holistic programme of regular preventative treatments and targeted exercises, we can help them achieve more than they might have thought possible.”
Marc Barr - Spinal and Joint Specialist
Working within the NHS for several years, Marc specialises in musculoskeletal (MSK) therapies. He has extensive experience in helping people to recover from spinal and joint surgeries, as well as providing relief for those experiencing back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and related long term conditions.
He has also worked in a number of well established clinics in the Hull area, and with the Hull-based BP Chemicals RUFC team, where he is the main team physiotherapist.
He said: “I have a keen interest in sport myself, including climbing and endurance walking.
“Therefore, helping people with sporting related injuries to get back to what they love and continue maximising their potential is something I’m really passionate about.”
Marc is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Aggy Ní Lachnáin - Sports Rehabilitation
Originally from Ireland, Aggy has a degree in sports rehabilitation from the University of Hull and is now studying for her Masters in Physician qualification, with a scholarship place at the university. This will see her working in rehabilitative medicine at Castle Hill hospital in Cottingham over the coming year, as well as on placement in GP surgeries in the area.
Her Masters will train Aggy to the same medical model as doctors, and qualify her to work alongside them in diagnosing and treating patients, and then developing suitable management plans to help tackle their conditions.
She also has experience with the RAF, where she organised and delivered limb and spinal stability classes for groups of injured personnel. In her spare time, Aggy enjoys horse riding and polo, as well as sprint training, kick boxing and gymnastic exercises.
Aggy said: “Working in rehabilitation while studying for my masters will enhance what I’m able to offer clients and enable me to provide a very holistic level of care
“As well as treating muskuloskeletal and neurological problems, I aim to help them improve their overall level of health and fitness by designing bespoke rehabilitation programmes suited to each individual.”
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