Laura graduated from Sydney University in 2004. She spent her graduating year working in the Illawarra region gaining experience in the hospital setting. She then moved on to St George Hospital where a more specialised interest in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy developed. She then decided to take this experience over to the UK where she worked as a Physiotherapist for two years. Once back in Australia Laura worked at private practices in Sydney before joining the team at St George Physio in 2011.
Laura has a strong interest in movement and control stemming from her Classical Ballet background. This led to further professional development in her main areas of interest-the spine, pelvis and hip as well as dancing injuries and rehabilitation. Laura regularly assesses young dancers for their suitability to commence dancing en pointe.
Since becoming a mother herself, Laura has become interested in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. She has gained qualifications in this speciality of Physiotherapy including the assessment and treatment of conditions affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor such as incontinence, prolapse, overactive bladder and pregnancy related issues.
Laura is one of our Physiotherapists trained in Pilates through DMA Clinical Pilates. She is particularly passionate about applying exercise-based Physiotherapy to assist patients in returning to function after injury- acute or chronic.
In 2018 Laura received a scholarship through Pinc and Steel International and completed the Pinc certification for Cancer Rehabilitation. There is growing research supporting the need for Physiotherapy intervention throughout the entire cancer process including pre and post-operative, during cancer treatment and in the survivorship phase. This is an area in which Laura is really hoping to make a difference as a Physiotherapist.
In addition to Cancer rehabilitation, Laura is a Category 1 Lymphoedema Therapist. She is qualified to assess, screen and treat lymphoedema, using manual lymphatic drainage, bandaging techniques, compression garment prescription, exercise and education.
Services offered by Laura Stafford
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