Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is known to benefit patients by enhancing strength, flexibility, balance, posture, co-ordination, cardiovascular fitness, relaxation as well as helping to reduce pain and muscle spasm.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.

At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

Pilates

Pilates can be used to help optimize mobility, balance, posture, muscle control, strength and flexibility as well as rehabilitate or manage a wide variety of injuries and conditions.

I am a Physiotherapist, a gymnast with two national veteran titles, a rock climber and mother. I am a published research scientist educated at Cambridge University and a former stunt double.

As a physiotherapist I am committed to using Aquatic Therapy and Pilates to rehabilitate my patients in the luxury environment of The Ficarra’s Spa in Fakenham. I use techniques specific to my patients’ needs and empower them to learn to manage their condition independently.

Dr Avril Soards

 

Physiotherapy

I feel that one of my assets as a physio is my ability to analyse and problem solve. I spend time listening to a patient and getting to the root of a problem, so instead of treating symptoms I treat the cause. I am realistic, open and honest in my approach and tailor treatments to suit an individual’s ability, life style and goals. In my opinion the only way to get results is if a patient believes in their therapist and participates in formulating their own treatment plan. They can only do this if they fully understand the problem and how their body heals. It is my job to communicate this information. If a patient doesn’t understand my reasoning and believe in what I’m saying they won’t follow my advice. My extensive experience in the profession and my active lifestyle over the last 40 years has given me a solid foundation as a physiotherapist but I also find it is my passion and my enthusiasm for my work which helps to inspire people to achieve their physical goals. I love what I do, I work hard and I practice what I preach. Health, fitness and wellbeing are an absolute priority in my life. I make sure I get the most out of my body and I want people to get the most out of theirs.

I am extremely fortunate to be able to practice my profession in such luxurious surroundings and have autonomy over my own caseload. I can keep my caseload to a manageable size ensuring a high quality and personalised experience for every patient.  I have worked within, understand, and sympathize with the constraints on the majority of private and NHS physiotherapy services. These limitations are frustrating for the physio and the patient. I am therefore thrilled to be able to offer each patient the time and attention they deserve in a calm, peaceful, deluxe setting. My expertise and passion combined with the sumptuous setting ensures patients have a positive experience with optimal outcomes.

My treatment techniques include exercise rehabilitation (including Clinical Pilates), Aquatic Therapy (AKA Hydrotherapy), various tissue mobilisation techniques and acupuncture.

If you are suffering from any of the following I can probably help you:

Arthritis
Joint pain
Any recent/long term injuries to muscles, tendons or ligaments.
Recent/long term back or neck pain

 

 

Aquatic Therapy

I will also be providing Aquatic Therapy from the warm water of The Ficarra’s Spa pool. I am trained to ATACP standards and gained my experience at The Police Rehabilitation Centre, Flint House.

Aquatic therapy is known to benefit patients by enhancing strength, flexibility, balance, posture, co-ordination, cardiovascular fitness, relaxation as well as helping to reduce pain and muscle spasm..

Aquatic therapy can be useful for post-surgical orthopaedic patients, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological conditions and chronic pain. Patients participating in aquatic therapy can expect the following benefits:

Increase in joint flexibility. Your affected body part will float, making it easier and less painful to move. The warm water also helps to relax muscles that are sore or tight.

Increase in muscle strength. The properties of water such as resistance or buoyancy can be utilised to gently build strength in ways that are impossible on land.

Relaxation and decreased pain. Immersion in warm water increases an individual’s comfort, by increasing blood supply to sore muscles and promoting relaxation. Weight relief to weakened body structures also creates additional comfort.

Decrease in abnormal tone, spasticity, and rigidity. Water temperatures between 32-35 degrees in conjunction with hands on techniques are effective in reducing tone due to a neurological injury.

Improved balance. The uniform pressure of the water along with buoyancy provides support to your body which allows you increased time to react without the fear of falling.

The facilities available are luxurious and therapy feels more like an indulgence than something that is an effective part of your rehabilitation.

All patients will receive an assessment to identify problems and establish goals to inform their personalized treatment plan.

 

 

Pilates

I am an experienced HCPC registered, chartered physiotherapist and highly qualified in Pilates. My experience includes the provision of classes ranging from post spinal surgery to dealing with Olympic gymnasts.

Pilates can be used to help optimize mobility, balance, posture, muscle control, strength and flexibility as well as rehabilitate or manage a wide variety of injuries and conditions.

Joseph H. Pilates, born in 1833 was the founder of the technique and a gymnast (like myself), perhaps that is why I feel such an affinity to his approach. I agree with his idea that the ‘modern’ life-style, bad posture and inefficient breathing lay at the root of many musculoskeletal problems. Unlike yoga (which I also practice and love) Pilates was intended to be used as a rehabilitation tool and therefore compliments the Physiotherapy profession perfectly. As a physio I advocate the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. Pilates is one technique that allows me to deliver this ideal. Once a patient understands their problem and can execute specific exercises correctly it is realistic for them to practice them at home independently. As a result dependence on the therapist is reduced and the patient is empowered to self-manage. Alternatively they may eventually choose to attend a regular Pilates class if they feel they need motivation and direction. I find that since opening my practice at The Ficarra’s Spa in Fakenham a popular approach has been to assess the patient, followed by a few one-to-one Pilates sessions. From there the patients then tend to either manage their own exercises or come to a regular class. For patients that have a busy lifestyle, can’t attend a regular class but still feel they need some motivation I have also been known to send individualised videos. It all depends on what works for you.

 

Prices

Physio hourly rate, introductory offer £40 per hour. To be reviewed April 1st 2017.

Aquatic Therapy hourly rate, introductory offer £60 per hour. To be reviewed April 1st 2017.

Pilates 1:1 hourly rate £40

Classes £10 per class for drop in (Sunday 10-11). Please let me know you are coming as spaces are limited.

Alternatively book a block of 6 for £60 and be guaranteed a place. There is a maximum of 8 per class.

 

The Ficarra’s Spa has its own free off road parking.

Pilates is the one exercise that works for me and Avril the one instructor. I’ve tried many and Avril’s approach is by far the absolute best. Class always holds enthusiasm and is never a chore.

It’s great knowing that if you’ve problem areas or old injuries that Avril’s medical knowledge means you’re in the best possible hands. My only criticism is she now lives too far away for me to attend classes regularly x

Hayley Warnes

Having rheumatoid arthritis and many of its complications; mobility, strength and independence were all compromised. Following yet more surgery, by chance I was told about Avril and her numerous skills. She has quite simply transformed my life, even within a few weeks. With a treatment plan specifically tailored to my problems, she has helped me with core strength, balance and increased range of movement in all joints. Most importantly she has given me back the hope that life can be better. I am so grateful I have found her and look forward to every single session. I would thoroughly recommend her services to anyone. It is care of a standard that sadly the NHS is no longer able to give to people with chronic musculoskeletal problems. If you want some life back, visit Avril.

Dr Karen O'Sullivan

I started Pilates with Avril in around 2010/11 when I was suffering with a shoulder injury and poor posture. After only a short time I started to notice a huge improvement in both of these and was probably at my peak physically. My core improved dramatically, my muscle tone and my posture, which even to this day is far improved on what it once was.

I would definitely recommend Av’s sessions, for conditioning or specific rehabilitation. A top instructor.

Claire Henwood

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Contact

The Ficarra's Spa

01328 863260

info@avrilsoards.co.uk

Contact The Ficarra’s Spa to book an appointment or email me direct for more information.

Ficarra’s Spa. Greenway Lane, Fakenham.
NR21 8ES