Claire Merrett

Claire Merrett

Physiotherapist MCSP HCPC

Clinical Interests

  • Pregnancy care and advice
  • Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain
  • Pelvic, spinal and thoracic alignment work
  • Cranial and visceral treatment
  • Clinical Pilates

Claire has been working as a physiotherapist for 30 years, and has been with the clinic for 18 years. Having graduated from Coventry University in 1992, Claire worked In London for three years, before moving to Boston, USA for two years. Whilst there, Claire ran the musculoskeletal physiotherapy department at the New England Medical Centre in the centre of Boston.

When she returned to England, Claire then studied with the Australian Pilates and Physiotherapy Institute and achieved her Matwork 1 & 2 Pilates qualifications, and Pilates class teacher qualifications. She is also qualified in Antenatal/postnatal Pilates and has taught a regular Pilates class in Ilkley for the last 18 years. Claire combines her physiotherapy and Pilates skills and is very experienced at prescribing stability and mobility exercises tailored to your injury. Claire has a special interest in treating women with pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain (PGP) as well as caring for clients with other women’s health issues and is listed on the pelvic partnership website. Claire has done numerous courses and is able to combine her knowledge of spinal alignment work, how the body changes during pregnancy, with specific strength work.

Since working in the clinic, Claire has taken a number of courses including muscle energy techniques for the lumbar spine and pelvis, thoracic spine and ribs, and the diagnosis of rib ring dysfunction with LJ Lee. She has done a course with Stuart McGill on ‘Building the Ultimate Back’ and more recently a course on cranial treatment with Doreen Killens. She has also attended many of the courses run by the clinic over the last 18 years on movement patterning skills, complex injuries, chronic pain and visceral treatment.

Outside the clinic Claire is a keen runner and has competed in the Great North run and the Leeds, Brighton and Ilkley half marathons and many other local races which helps her to understand the training and competition needs of the athlete. Claire also enjoys skiing and walking on the moor with her dogs.

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