Nicki Aldridge

My interest in Physiotherapy started at age 13. As a very active teen I encountered my fair share of knee and ankle instability issues, which required treatment. I was always great at sticking to my exercise prescription, but not so great at listening to my body.

I was also a competitive tap, modern and jazz dancer from age 6-23 years. At the age of 16 I completed my teaching certificate in dance and thoroughly enjoyed both teaching and dancing alike.

At 23, I moved down to the south of the country and discovered Yoga. I regularly attended, and still do attend, various styles including Bikram, Iyengar and Ashtanga. Discovering yoga opened my mind and allowed me to discover my body in a new light seeing how differently it was able to move. I wanted to understand this further and it was there my Physiotherapy journey began.

I completed a Level 3 in Sports Therapy and Fitness Testing. In 2011, I then completed a BSc Hons Degree in Physiotherapy at Teesside University where I attained a 2:1. Since graduation I have worked in the NHS completing junior rotations in many areas.

I am currently a senior Physiotherapist in Outpatients and Rheumatology in the NHS and a member of the team at the Health Hub. My main role as a therapist is to assess, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions in line with current evidence based practice. I am qualified as an APPI Level 2 Pilates instructor and integrate this effectively on a daily basis into my current practice.

As a therapist, I love to analyse and explore movement and provide exercises and patient education, especially in relation to chronic long-term conditions. I feel as a therapist I am in a prime position to help educate individuals in the management of their injury or condition to build confidence, improve quality of life and maximise mobility and treatment goals.