A physiotherapist by profession I began my journey into pelvic health by chance. Whilst doing placements I was offered an opportunity to work with the woman’s health team, at that time this field was seen as unfashionable by young physios but I loved it from day one. I worked with an incredible mentor, Helen, who showed me how impactful this area of Physiotherapy could be for patients - most of whom had thought they would just need to live with their symptoms forever.
Having spent many years working with NHS teams I chose to set up Specialised Physiotherapy in 2015 to support consultants with their private cases. There was a lack of accessible treatment for individuals and I am passionate about patients being able to get the right support at the right time for them.
As Specialised Physiotherapy grew, I began my journey to rewrite the dialogue of pelvic health and break down stigmas. Over the last few years there has been so many celebrity posts about pelvic health, Mummy MOTs, articles about menopause and a growing understanding of the importance of pelvic health in men. It became really clear to me that education, evidence-based information and conversations based on facts were the most important thing.
In 2018 after the birth of my third baby it became increasingly difficult to balance a business, motherhood and continuing my clinical specialist role within the NHS. Unfortunately, there was limited flexibility available to me in my NHS role so like many mums I made the difficult decision to step away from a role I loved and had dedicated my career too. However, Specialised Physiotherapy has given me the opportunity to provide exceptional patient care and create a space where patients are safe, prioritised, and understood. Growing my own business has allowed me to build my clinic hours around my family and young children.
At the heart of my business is individualised care. I want to listen to your story and learn how your symptoms affect your day-to-day life. I then want to use my knowledge and skills to help you understand these symptoms, to know they are almost always very common, and to begin to work with you to improve these symptoms and reduce the impact they have on your life.
Gemma graduated from Coventry University with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy and has since completed masters level certificates in treatment of continence and also acupuncture.
Gemma completed training with the British Menopause Society and continues to work closely with specialist consultants in the NHS or private practice.
Gemma recently began to further her understanding of the psychosexual impact of pelvic health by studying with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine.