Senior Neuro Physio Joins the Team

9th December 2017

Senior Neurological Physiotherapist, Anastasia Giljazova, has joined the team at Physio Matters, expanding our ability to provide an expert and personalised physiotherapy service to our wide range of clients.

Her role at Physio Matters will include providing a bespoke physiotherapy service to a range of neurological clients within the Greater Manchester area and beyond.

Originally from Estonia, Anastasia gained a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Salford and now lives in Manchester. She previously worked as a Band 5 Physiotherapist in the Acute Stroke Unit at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust where she provided neurological physiotherapy assessment and evidence-based treatment of acute stroke patients across a seven-day service.

Passion for neuro rehabilitation physiotherapy

“I realised my passion for neuro rehabilitation physiotherapy after working in an acute stroke department,” explains Anastasia. “I particularly enjoy building relationships with clients and their carers, and working with them on their rehabilitation journey. I’m really looking forward to developing this even further as part of the Physio Matters team.”

She added: “I’m already learning new skills and gaining valuable knowledge every day. I’ve started learning to ski so that I can support our clients who undertake snow-sports as part of their rehabilitation and it looks like this will become another passion in future.”

Clinical placements

During her degree course, Anastasia undertook a number of highly relevant clinical placements in the Acute Medical Unit and Musculoskeletal Outpatients at Manchester Royal Infirmary; at the In-patient Spinal Surgery Unit at Salford Royal Hospital; in the Musculoskeletal Outpatients and Women’s Health Clinic at North Manchester General Hospital, and in Community Neuro-rehabilitation at Trafford General Hospital.

Physiotherapy as a lifestyle

Anastasia is also a busy mother of two young boys, and tries to combine home life with some of the key features of being a physio: “I believe that physiotherapy it is not only a profession, it is a lifestyle. So, I try to ensure my children have a healthy lifestyle and that we make healthy choices as a family. One of my favourite ways we do this is through lots of activities – we regularly go swimming and particularly enjoy long walks in the Peak District.”

Business background

Anastasia originally trained as an Accountant and gained a BSc in Business Management and Co-operation, before she discovered the joys of physiotherapy and retrained for a new career. Her business background comes in handy however when it comes to report writing and working closely with case-managed clients. But her passion and commitment are with physiotherapy: “My philosophy is to treat patients in a friendly, open way with the highest standards, honesty and hard work.”