Synopsis of me
PhysioPLUS is run by me, Caroline Bicheno. I am a senior Physiotherapist with nearly 20 years experience, specialising in the fields of neurology, sports massage and injuries, and running coaching.
I am HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered, a member of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and am a member of ACPIN (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology). I adhere to all professional codes of practice including data protection and confidentiality.
I provide Physiotherapy around the Surrey and Hampshire borders, covering Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot, Camberley, Frimley, Farnham and Yateley. I am available to cover other areas on request. I work either from home or am able to visit clients in their own home on request.
A bit more about me
I am a mum of 2 kids and live locally in Fleet Hampshire. My passion for Physiotherapy started way back in 1995 after suffering with Guillian Barre Syndrome which left me paralysed head to toe. After a stint on intensive care and a lot of fabulous rehabilitation physiotherapy, I went on to study Physiotherapy at Liverpool University. My first job took me to Kings College Hospital in London, one of the best teaching hospitals around. It was at this point that I specialised in neurology and moved to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery part of UCLH. Having done the London scene and with a desire to start a family, I then moved out to Fleet to work for Surrey Community Health now Virgin Care, still working within the field of Neurology and a mum of one.
You may think that I had had my fair share of health disasters, but sadly there was one more journey for me. In 2006, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma after the birth of my second child. This took a bit of time out of my career path, with 3 bouts of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in 2009. In 2012 I took the decision to move out of the NHS and into the Charity sector, leading the Physiotherapy service at the Samson Centre for MS. I decided to leave in March 2017 and start out on my own with a truck load of new courses under my belt.
I studied for my sports massage level 3 and 4, kinesiology taping and more recently running coaching. After 6 months of intensive studies I am now the proud holder of the title "Certified Running Techniques Specialist" from the Running School.
I get asked a lot “what is neuro physiotherapy?” surely you just do massage and stuff... let me explain. Neurological physiotherapy is for anyone with damage to their nervous system, this being the brain or the spinal cord. Problems can be around a weakness, sensory problems, balance and any day to day function that has become tricky. People I see may walk independently, with a stick or use a wheelchair. The goals of the physiotherapy are to help them achieve the function again. A runner may want to run injury free, someone with a stroke may want to be able to walk without falling, it is still all Physiotherapy.
I also get asked why I decided to study sports massage when I am a Physiotherapist. The main reason is around the myth that all Physiotherapists are taught massage in-depth in their training. Not true. I learnt very little and identified it as a skill that was necessary within my neuro work and also with sporting injuries. I started on the level 3 ITEC diploma at St. Mary’s University and enjoyed it so much I went on to study the level 4 ITEC diploma to further my knowledge into the assessment, management and treatment of sports injuries. The other reason I ventured down the sports injuries management is due to hitting the big 40. I have observed with the aging process and the desire to stay fit and healthy and fit in my skinny jeans that injuries crop up. I noticed this not just in myself, but in friends around me. Learning the skill is enabling me to now treat my friends and family, and see the reward that they can continue to pursue their sporting goals.