Dr Jenny Wickford: Physiotherapy
Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Additional days may be possible.
I have been working as a physiotherapist for more than 17 years. I have a broad range of experience, having worked in Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates, in clinics, universities and humanitarian development. I set up Sweden’s first pelvic pain centre in Linköping, Sweden. I am also an Associate Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.
I now run a women’s pelvic physiotherapy practice and a specialist collaborative service working with people suffering from persistent or complex pain in Bristol. This also includes an educational yoga series on a one-to-one basis.
My area of expertise is women’s pelvic/abdominal/hip pain and endometriosis. I use various manual, touch-based techniques (including fascial, myofascial and visceral techniques) to treat the pain and restricted movement. This is rooted in listening to the body, combined with yoga movements and breathing exercises to address your alignment and movement behaviour. A key is making changes in your daily routines, and incorporating varied movement as a natural part of your daily activities. This involves gaining a better understanding of your body, whereby education is a central component.
Through the years of working with people with complex pain, in particular pelvic pain, I struggled with the emotional/psychological component of the pain, that was common but out of my area of expertise. As a result of this I have, together with psychotherapist Matthew Wyatt, developed a service to meet the needs of people living with complex or persistent pain (see below).
Collaborative psychotherapy and physiotherapy for complex and persistent pain
People are never just a body, or just their emotions, and whether there is emotional or physical pain, we believe in holding the wholeness of the individual in the therapy, with their body, mind and emotions. In the therapy we thus consider your pain from a larger perspective. Dysfunction and pain can often be linked to experiences earlier in life, to experiences that might at first glance seem unrelated, as well as to beliefs about and meanings we assign to pain. Our work is based on a holistic model of understanding health and function, designed to look at everything from the different systems in your body, to the larger social, cultural and environmental systems that you are a part of.
We have a specific expertise in persistent pelvic/abdominal/hip pain and endometriosis. Please see the website below for more information.
Workshops and courses
Together with psychotherapist Matthew Wyatt, I offer a workshop on health and wellbeing, and I teach courses on pelvic anatomy and palpation.
You can contact me by telephone or email where we can talk about arranging an initial meeting, whether this is for pelvic physiotherapy only or the specialist service for complex and persistent pain. After an initial assessment we will together make a treatment plan.
Phone: 0117 985 3482
£60 per 60-minute assessment (physiotherapy only)
£80 for a joint 60-minute assessment together with psychotherapist
£30 per 30-minute treatment session
£450 for 10 individual yoga sessions
Qualifications and continued professional development
After my physiotherapy degree, I completed my Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. I am a certified yoga teacher.
I engage in continuous learning and professional development, through reading, teaching and participating in courses, through dissection, taking a critically reflective approach in my clinical work.