Hester Laughlin B.Phty M.MuscPhty MCSP SRP
A little about me
I completed my undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003, before moving to Scotland in 2005. Prior to this move, I worked in several private practices in Australia gaining substantial experience in sports injuries and general musculoskeletal physiotherapy. In Scotland I continued my focus on sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy working in some highly esteemed clinics such as the Hampden National Stadium in Glasgow. In 2008 I specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, gaining a Masters degree in this field through La Trobe University in Melbourne.
My particular areas of interest include the spine and pelvis and how these can impact on the functioning of the rest of the body, as well as in antenatal and postnatal health. However, I have extensive experience with a wide range of conditions, and I thrive on the challenge that seeing a variety of patients provides.
My practice has a strong manual therapy focus incorporating techniques such as massage, muscle energy, manipulation and myofascial release among others. In addition, I often use acupuncture/dry needling and various taping techniques (including 'Kinesio') as part of my treatments.
I enjoy getting to the bottom of complex problems, that is, working out the root cause of a condition, rather than just focusing on the local painful area. This means thoroughly assessing all areas that could be a contributing factor, even when they seem remote at first!
Personally, I love sports and the outdoors, engaging in running, cycling (mostly mountain-biking), swimming, kayaking, inline skating and skiing (when I get a chance!) among others.
What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a branch of physiotherapy focusing on problems of the muscles, bones, joints, cartilage, intervertebral discs, ligaments, tendons and nerves. A person qualified in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is regarded as an expert in their field and they employ advanced clinical assessment and diagnostic methods, and have been trained in a broader range of treatment techniques. As a result, they are leaders in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems relating to the musculoskeletal system. This can incorporate anything from sports injuries to sciatica (see Treatments page).