, Clinical Pilates Practitioner in Totnes
Zest: Physiotherapy for Life delivers a dynamic and unique new physiotherapy service keeping people fitter and healthier no matter how complex their care needs.
We work with residential and nursing care homes and supported living environments to provide tailor made evidence based physiotherapy packages to help residents increase their activity levels, reduce the risk of falls and to maintain independence and quality of life.
We also offer 1:1 physiotherapy for individual clients in their own homes or in our clinic.
Background & Qualifications
Pauline Virgo BSc Physiotherapy (Honours)
Director and Lead Physiotherapist, Zest: Physiotherapy for Life
Pauline has been a qualified physiotherapist for 15 years, with a wealth of NHS experience of the rehabilitation and long term management of individuals with a wide spectrum of medical conditions, orthopaedic (fractures and arthritic conditions), neurological conditions (stroke, parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis), mental health, falls, oncology, amputees, obstetrics and gynaecology, and cardiac rehabilitation.
Pauline's work has included the running of a private clinic working closely with the Scottish Institute of Sport, Charity work for sports teams travelling in Europe, working as a physiotherapist for the London 2012 Paralympics and private sector experience as a personal trainer. As an Exercise Specialist for a Manhattan based corporate wellness provider, Pauline was responsible for fitness assessment and motivating individuals to maintain their commitment to their fitness programmes in corporate wellness.
Opting to specialise in working with older people, Pauline has experience as a senior physiotherapist, team leader, and clinical educator in the areas of intermediate care, reablement, community rehabilitation, integrated health and social care and as a dementia specialist physiotherapist in the development of physiotherapy mental health services for older people.
Pauline's experience and use of complementary therapies such as acupuncture, seated massage, indian head massage, japanese hand massage, adapted tai chi exercises and pilates, used alongside traditional physiotherapy therapeutic exercise, manual therapies and electrotherapy makes for a truly unique treatment approach to physiotherapy.
Pauline is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People (AGILE), and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
Zest: Physiotherapy for Life stems from Pauline's passion for delivering gold standard quality physiotherapy services for older people.
Zest: Physiotherapy for Life provides traditional musculoskeletal assessment and treatment for aches and pains using a hands-on therapy approach and personal exercise programming;
Strengthening and conditioning programmes
Balance and falls prevention therapy
Walking aids and equipment provision
Prehab and post operative rehabilitation
Pilates and core stability
Whiplash associated disorders
Massage and joint mobilisation
Alongside complementary therapies such as;
Acupuncture for pain
Japanese hand massage
Indian head massage
Specially adapted tai chi exercises
Approach to Therapy & How I Work
At Zest: Physiotherapy for Life we value the time necessary to implement evidence based physiotherapy. We value timely physiotherapy intervention to prevent or postpone decline in function and independence. We believe that the benefits gained by physiotherapy should not stop when potential for improvement ends, and that the benefits of maintenance and prevention of decline should not be underestimated. Our clients benefit from continuity of care and the development of positive working relationships between therapists and their carers.
Zest: Physiotherapy for Life offers a proactive approach to dementia specialist physiotherapy. Physiotherapy plays an essential part in promoting and maintaining mobility for people with dementia and particularly has a vital role in end of life care, by managing positioning, seating and painful contractures and can provide essential support and education to care home staff and carers.
Therapies & Rates
Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.
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