Annabel Gatjen

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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Qualifications:

Diploma of Physiotherapy 2009

BSc (Arts) Physiotherapy 2010

Post Grad Dip Osteopathy – completion Summer 2020

Memberships:

Health & Care Professions Council

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Specialist Skills:

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Craniosacral Therapy

Visceral Manipulation

Osteopathy

Favourite Things to Treat:

Sport related Lower Limb Injuries

Headache, Jaw & Neck Problems

Ante & post-natal problems

Lymphatic problems post surgery or cancer

Testimonial:
Annabel has been an absolute star of a physio. When I went for my first consultation, I was nervous about my upcoming surgery as I’d never had surgery before. Annabel calmed all my fears and made me feel really supported. I went into my surgery feeling more positive, and since the surgery I have recovered really well with Annabel’s help. I’ve even enjoyed doing my exercises! Thanks for your ongoing support and good communications, I couldn’t recommend Annabel and the Vanbrugh Physiotherapy team more.
Kharis, Abbey Wood

Bio:

Hi, I am Annabel and have been a Physio for over ten years now. I am originally from Germany where I began my training to become a physio. My original plan was to study medicine, but once starting physio school, I loved it so much…the rest is history. I love helping people, making them feel better. Getting people back to doing what they really enjoy, giving them back quality of life after pain and injury – what a great job!

After graduating in 2010, I started work in private clinics in Germany and have been working in London for the last 2 1/2 years in the private sector. In September 2019, I completed my Osteopathy training which I feel has given me even more tools to treat my patients with. I joined the Vanbrugh team in June 2019.

I am a very empathetic person and enjoy meeting new patients, working together with them to help resolve the problem they’re presenting with. I think Physiotherapy should be seen as teamwork between the patient and me as a therapist – the results are always best when that happens. My treatment approach is very hands on, along with looking at any other factors that might be influencing the patient’s recovery like posture for example. I always look at the bigger picture in my treatment sessions, employing all the skills I have learned over the years, looking to help patients achieve their true goals in treatment, not just treating the pain.

In my daily life outside the clinic, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, which can includes a bit of a jetset lifestyle as most of them live in Germany. I also enjoy running, playing tennis, skiing, cycling and inline skating if the weather permits. Oh and not to forget that I am still on a mission to find a good dance class here in London – over 25 years of dancing should not be thrown away, right?

An interesting fact about you no one would know (until now):
When I turn 60 I want to open a Bridal Shop.
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