My name is Louise Thompson and I am the Lead Physiotherapist and Clinical Director of Align Therapy Clinic.
What is Align Therapy Clinic?
Align Therapy clinic is a private physiotherapy practice based in South East London that specialises in treating people with pelvic health conditions.
What are pelvic health conditions?
Basically, conditions that affect the pelvis and or pelvic floor muscles.
My love of pelvic health physiotherapy started about 9 years ago when my older sister was pregnant with her first child, my first nephew. I quickly got to understand that there was a lack of services to serve people with pelvic health conditions and more specifically women who were pregnant or within the postnatal period.
I wanted to help and provide a little extra support for pregnant and postnatal ladies within my general patient caseload. Therefore, I researched what I needed to do and began my journey into the world of pelvic health physiotherapy.
Do you only treat people with pelvic health conditions?
I have been a physiotherapist for over 10 years, therefore, have the clinical experience to essentially treat anybody. My interest is in pelvic health conditions but I do regularly get patients who have had a back or shoulder injury or who just come for a regular maintenance treatment.
What is different about Align Therapy Clinic vs the NHS?
Align Therapy Clinic was born out of reviewing the lack of accessible services for pregnant and postnatal women. The gaps within these services were highlighted further during the COVID-19 pandemic. Align Therapy clinic aims to provide a service that is accessible and affordable within a comfortable and safe environment.
That means you can contact us through email, telephone, Whats app, Twitter, Instagram, Google and now through this directory.
You can have an assessment virtually by telephone or on a video link. In addition to that, you can have an appointment in a clinic or if you prefer you can be treated in the comfort of your own home.
I am a proud black woman and I hope that when a person sees someone that looks like them, they will be able to relax, feel heard and validated. It also allows you to openly express yourself without having the thought that you may not be understood.
How has motherhood changed my practice?
I have a greater understanding and empathy of the journey we as women have to go through. I am also aware that time, money and energy are a few things that may be different once pregnant or given birth. It makes me happy and proud that I can make a difference in one of the most ever-changing times of our life.
What services and treatments does Align Therapy Clinic offer?
I offer a vast range of services and treatments, tailored to each patient. I work with patients to create a holistic care plan. To do this properly, I carry out a thorough initial assessment for every new complaint, no matter the condition.
A few of the main conditions I treat ( but not limited to ):
- Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
- Lower back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Tummy separation ( Diastasis recti)
- Core stability weakness
- Advice and education
- Pelvic floor retraining
- Scar tissue management
- Acupuncture and dry needling
- Soft and deep tissue massage
- Myofascial release and trigger point therapy
- Posture retraining
- Pilates-based exercises
- Core stability and postural strengthening