Helen Foster

Helen graduated with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy from Kings College, London University in 1995 and moved to Bristol to start her career at a large teaching hospital. Following a year setting up physiotherapy and rehabilitation services in a rural region of Uganda in 1998, Helen returned to Bristol where she has worked in senior, management and teaching roles as a physiotherapist both in the NHS and the private sector ever since.

Throughout this time she has gained significant experience and skills in a wide range of specialties, including the management of sports injuries, orthopaedics, chronic pain, dizziness and obstetrics. In addition she has worked as a specialist in an occupational health setting, providing assessments and advice to employers and employees in order to limit work related injuries, and facilitate swift and successful return to work programmes.

Helen joined the Bristol Physiotherapy Clinic in October 2008.

In line with the ethos of the Bristol Physiotherapy Clinic Helen has found it really important to continue to stay up to date with new clinical evidence for improving patient management and as such she gained her membership of the manipulative association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP) and recently completed a masters degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She is also a fully qualified pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute.

Helen has a special interest in treating women with pregnancy related back and pelvic pain and has completed research investigating the effectiveness of treatment for this group of patients. This is now complimented by the individual or group ante and post-natal pilates classes she has set up at the clinic. Other areas of special interest include the rehabilitation of lower limb sports injuries and the treatment of back and neck pain.

When she is not at work, her interests include walking, mountain biking and climbing and being Mum to 2 young children.