Welcome to Annika Physio!
If you have found your way over to this blog, thanks for showing an interest in my page! I wanted to give an introduction to myself and my background. This way, you know who it is behind the keybaord… trying to give you advice on this noisy world of health, rehab and fitness!
I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2011 with my BSc from Brighton University. My career began at a Physiotherapy and Sports injury clinic where I spent two years growing my knowledge and skills of a huge variety of injuries. In 2013 I decided to move to London and split my time between a musculoskeletal practice, a private members’ club and hydrotherapy at UCLH. During this time I also enrolled at King’s College London and in 2016 achieved my MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
At the end of 2016, the oppourtunity arose to begin running my own practice in the heart of London’s Medical district. This practice was called Wimpole Street Physiotherapy Clinic. I had the priviledge of watching my small practice grow over the next fours years, until March 2020. The Coronavirus had a huge impact on my business, as it did for thousands of others. Although I proceeded to re-open in June 2020, I had to make the difficult decision to close my practice in March 2021. For someone who put 110% into their business, this was very difficult.
Faced with…. “what’s next?” I decided to do something rather unconventional in my profession. The thought of working for someone else at their private practice was something I just couldn’t face. So, I decided to join the NHS to begin my rotations. What does this mean? It is typically what Physiotherapist’s do when they gradaute. We rotate around different departments in the Hospital, typically over six months or so, and learn how to manage a wide range of patients. This is something I chose not to do when I graduated nearly 10 years ago… and I felt I had always missed out and had gaps in my knowledge that I would like to fill. My journey has currently started at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, one of London’s four major trauma hospitals. Here, I am helping with the COVID pressures in the Respiratory team. This means rehabilitating patients on wards and in the intensive care units. Very different to my career so far! But in a profession where you are always learning, I have been enjoying expanding my knowledge.
Despite my change in career, I am still passionate about sports injuries and musculoskeletal complaints. Exercise is a huge part of my life and I love to help people learn more about this topic. If I am not out running and swimming, I can be found lifting weights in the gym or out on long walks around London. I have seen first hand from patients how confusing this world of health and fitness can be. Knowing how to manage injuries and look after our bodies can be a minefield. I wanted to create a blog/website that would try to make this all a little more simple.
I am a specialist in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and I aim to always provide evidence based information. This means that the content I post is backed by good quality science and can be a trusted source of information. I aim to de-bunk common myths and misconceptions, one at a time. I will aim to do this through both blogging and a newsletter. You can sign up on this site!