Clare Chilvers - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Clare Chilvers is a highly experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist. In addition to her private clinical work, she has worked in the UK and Ireland with professional athletes ranging from London Marathon, National Rugby, UK gymnastics, Equestrian athletes and Body Builders.
She is currently a team leader at a leading NHS Foundation trust where she manages a busy musculoskeletal clinic mentoring less experienced staff to assist clinical development.
Prior to graduating as a Physiotherapist, Clare studied sports science at Loughborough University. From here she trained as a strength and conditioning personal trainer and Pilates instructor which has been invaluable throughout her career as a physiotherapist to aid exercise prescription to her clients.
Fuelled by her desire to learn about injuries, Clare undertook a physiotherapy degree at Brunel University, Osterley in 2001. After completing her Degree, Clare worked for an acute trust and a leading orthopaedic centre, while gaining further experience working with county rugby and semi-professional rugby teams. She then specialised in musculoskeletal disorders where she worked alongside a number of lower limb and spinal specialists.
While working at a professional rugby club she was fortunate to gain an extensive knowledge in paediatric sports injuries and completed a paediatric sports injuries course.
Clare has developed an interest in Myofascial pain, trigger points, headaches and chronic pain. Following on from this she uses the internationally Gunn IMS technique for treatment of myofascial and chronic pain conditions. She is also a member of the Acupuncture association of chartered physiotherapists and Association of Chartered physiotherapists in sports medicine.
Clare also has strong research interest in and has studied topics such as:
Thoracic mobility and its relationship to cervicogenic headaches
Posterior lateral corner injuries
Low back pain
Through a thorough assessment Clare applies biomechanical principles alongside pain behaviour so that she can understand the intimate cause of injuries, and thus devise strategies to help reduce the risk of recurrence.
She uses a vast array of treatment techniques in her toolkit, which has enabled her to work collaboratively to achieve client goals and ultimately resolve injury and prevent further injuries.