About Lesley Dike
Contact Lesley Directly
Phone - 07932 780 098
Website - www.physioforyoga.com
First appointment 1hr £50
Treatment with Lesley is Westfield approved and recognised by most major insurance companies.
Career, training and inspiration
My career as a yoga teacher, anatomy tutor and physiotherapist started in 1981 when I qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga as a teacher. I have taught yoga ever since, on a weekly basis. But things really took off when I qualified as a physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University in 1992 and my fascination with the human body really started. Learning so much anatomy put my yoga teaching under the spotlight and made me question what I was teaching and why. Function and natural human movement slowly became the focus and Working with Peter Blackaby (see link) has been instrumental in developing my understanding of healthy ways to move. We only have to look at how children move to see how far 21st century humans have challenged the parameters of ‘normal movement’. Working with musculoskeletal problems in physio for 20 years has given me a vast experience of how humans can malfunction and more importantly why, whether we are sedentary or athletes. Solving the riddle of why a particular problem happens is perhaps the most satisfying part of my job. For example, a swollen and inflamed Achilles tendon can occur for a variety of reasons, eg. poor footwear or over-accelerated training. But the cause is often higher ‘up the chain’. For example, a runner whose pelvis doesn’t rotate forward very well on one side will have to over-reach with the leg on that side, thus stressing the Achilles tendon. Another example is knee pain. This is often caused by muscular imbalances at the pelvis, creating unstable contact with the ground, at both the knee and the foot, especially in impact activities. I have also trained with a very expert physiotherapist and coach, Joanne Elphinston (see link), whose teaching has been pivotal in progressing my rehabilitation skills.
I worked as a physiotherapist in the NHS for 7 years and became self-employed in 1999. Since then my clinic ‘Physio for Yoga’ has slowly grown into a busy practice and I no longer treat only people connected through the yoga world, but their partners, siblings, children, work colleagues... all through word of mouth.
I am delighted to be teaching anatomy on the London Yoga Teacher Training Group alongside Pete Blackaby, Lisa McRory, Bridget Thornborrow and others. (Please see www.lyttg.co.uk for more details).
How I Work
The common complaints that I treat are: backs and necks, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, sciatica, arm pain, headaches, tennis elbows and so on. I also treat sports injuries, such as knee and ankle ligaments sprains, and chronic muscle imbalances that result in pain, such as poor scapular stability around the shoulder. Wherever possible, I will give a diagnosis and explain the nature of the problem and why it has occurred.
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy offers many different tools and techniques to promote the healing response. And as no two patients are the same, there are many ways to help. I generally use a combination of manual therapy, rehabilitative exercises which may be yoga based, core stability work to support the spine/joints, and often acupuncture to promote healing and reduce pain. I always write exercises down for patients as this greatly increases the chance of them getting done!
My work has been hugely influenced in the last few years by the inspirational work of Joanne Elphinston, who is a physiotherapist and international coach. Through working with her, the way I look at patients has become much more holistic and focussed on movement dysfunctions. I now have a very healthy interest in your feet and how they may be impacting on your aches and pains.
99% of my clients come from word of mouth. And treatment is available for everyone, not just the yoga bodies!