Leighton graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 with a BSc degree in Physiotherapy. He has been working as a physiotherapist for 16 years both here in Northern Ireland and also in Australia.
Leighton likes to keep abreast of the latest evidence in best practice management of injuries in order to keep his clients injury free, healthy, active and happy. He believes the key to successful physiotherapy intervention is an accurate diagnosis; this process involves identifying the underlying cause(s) of the injury and the formulation of a treatment plan focusing on correcting the same. He instils an holistic and active approach to his intervention combining a variety of treatment methods including education/advice, manual therapy, acupuncture, taping and functional rehabilitation.
Leighton has attended a variety of postgraduate courses and has completed a PG Diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine and a PG Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He is acupuncture and pilates trained and is an associate member of the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. Leighton also has postgraduate training in performing bike fits for optimal cycling biomechanics to improve performance and reduce injury. Leighton has also worked as a team physiotherapist across a number of sports, including rugby league/union, soccer, gaelic games, athletics, cycling and triathlon. This has allowed him to develop an extensive knowledge and skills base in the management of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions
… a personal note from Leighton
“I have a passion for patient care. At the forefront of this is a patient centred approach assessing the whole aspect of the person.
I use my extensive experience in the relationship between poor movement and injury to get to the core of your issues in order to get you back out there doing the things that you enjoy pain free.
An active approach to injury management is central to this and most patients will leave with a program of core exercises to work on to correct weakness and poor movement patterns which have led to their injury.
It takes high levels of clinical reasoning to be able to achieve this. As such I am forever determined to bend over backwards to improve my skills base and knowledge through ongoing professional development so that my patients receive the latest evidence based best practice.
In my spare time I enjoy running around after my daughters, cycling (I have completed a Mizen and Mallin Charity Cycle in 2016), running, swimming, competing in triathlons (I completed my first Ironman in 2013) and going to the gym.”