Stephanie Hewitt BSc (Hons) MSc
The human body is a feat of engineering brilliance. It’s designed to allow us to reach, run, jump, bend, stretch – to move – whilst all the time protecting the really important bits (like our brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs). And most of the time we don’t think about how or why we move the way we do or adopt a certain position the way we do – our body just does it. The human body is a source of endless fascination to me, which is why I am a physio. We only get one body. But that body – your body – is stronger, more resilient, more capable than you may realise. On the occasions that something goes a bit wrong – a niggle, a strain, a pull, backache, whiplash, an achy shoulder, a knee that twinges when you run downstairs, elbow pain when you hit your golf ball etc – it’s my job to work out which bit is causing the problem, treat it effectively, and get you back on track.
Having graduated in 1998 from the University of Liverpool with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, I have worked in musculoskeletal physiotherapy (by that I mean bones, joints, tendons, nerves, muscles, ligaments) since then. In 2017 I completed my MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan University, and continue to link with this University on research projects. My paper, The Effectiveness of Digital Health Interventions in the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Systematic Literature Review was recently published. I have always worked in the NHS and continue to do so. My current role is as an Advanced Musculoskeletal Practitioner at St Helens Hospital, and as a First Contact Practitioner at Rainford Health Centre. I have worked in private practice since 2008, initially at Sandy Mount Physiotherapy Centre, and then at my own practice, Physio Barn, which I established in February 2014.