Tracey Shaw qualified with BSc Hons Physiotherapy in 2005 and started work on a rotational post, working with medical and elderly patients, before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has been working in physiotherapy outpatients departments in hospital and then in health centres since 2007. She has experience in a Sports Injury clinic where she enjoyed being able to see patients with acute injuries and help them rehabilitate back to their sports, including golfers, a professional weightlifter, swimmers and runners. She recently set up Tràigh Physiotherapy in order to be able to continue musculoskeletal work as she moves to a specialist community physiotherapy post in April 2014.
As well as general musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Tracey has completed the McKenzie A and B postgraduate courses to enable her to expertly assess and treat neck and lower back problems and has a special interest in low back pain. She has enjoyed running physiotherapy back classes for the NHS for the past few years with excellent outcomes for the patients including onward referral for exercise in the community, improved scores on pain and function measures and reduced fear of movement such as bending and lifting shopping bags.
Keeping up with continuing professional development with courses, studying and discussion with her colleagues is very important for a Chartered and HCPC registered physiotherapist and Tracey uses the latest evidence based practice wherever possible to ensure your effective recovery. She also feels that providing accurate information to you in order that you understand your pain and the reasons for it and how to manage or overcome it is one of the most effective treatments there are.
Outside of work Tracey loves relaxing with her family and her cat, listening to music and attending live gigs and improving her own fitness and flexibility through yoga and attending the gym. Tracey was brought up in the Western Isles and loves going back to visit her family there during holidays. Tràigh means ‘beach’ in gaelic and she picked this name for her practice because of the relaxing and happy feelings she gets from the associations, also it sounds like 'try' and she knows that successful rehabilitation requires you to 'try' hard to complete any exercise you may have been prescribed to make you feel better!
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