Physiotherapy  

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Our Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.

 
 

Yara Abdouni

Yara is a qualified physiotherapist with over 16 years of experience in both general physiotherapy and women’s health physiotherapy. She also holds a Masters degree in pelvic floor dysfunctions. Yara graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) degree in physiotherapy from the Catalan University Rovira I Virgili. In 2001, she started working for the UK National Health Service (NHS) and for 8 years she gained extensive experience in her field through working in different clinical settings and hospitals. Prior to her move to Gibraltar in 2016, Yara was based in Abu Dhabi - UAE where she held a Senior Physiotherapist post for 6 years.

Special Interests:

After spending most of her career treating musculoskeletal conditions in women, Yara became very passionate about women’s health and found herself more interested in general pelvic floor rehabilitation. Her personal experience with the benefits of pelvic health physiotherapy as a patient and the positive influence it had on her quality of life, motivated her to pursue further training in pelvic health. She has since trained at a Masters level, specialising in physiotherapy that uses specific treatment techniques to deal with incontinence, pelvic pain, pre/post-natal care, pain during sex, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic girdle pain.

Yara is also trained in acupuncture, manual therapy, dry needling, kinesiotaping and pilates. She has attended more than 30 post-graduate international courses to ensure she continues to further her knowledge and develop a wide range of treatment and intervention skills.

Fares Abdouni

Fares is a qualified physiotherapist with over 16 years of experience in both general Physiotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy.
Fares graduated with a Bachelor (Hons) degree in physiotherapy from the Catalan University Rovira I Virgili. In 2001, he started working for the UK National Health Service (NHS), and for 8 years he gained extensive experience through working in different clinical settings and hospitals. 
Fares has been based in Gibraltar since 2010. Having worked in the GHA since, he now holds a Senior Physiotherapist and Team Leader position in the ERS.

Special Interests:

After spending most of his career treating musculoskeletal conditions, Fares became very interested in developing his skills in pain free treatment techniques to help his patients. He has completed a postgraduate in Craniosacral Therapy (CST) as well as postgraduate courses in Myofascial Induction and Myofascial Release techniques (Stecco) and Visceral Therapy.

Fares believes that treating the tension of our skin and what we call fascia (the tissue that recovers all our muscles and viscera) is of maximum importance. Fares has achieved fantastic results treating old injuries by working the skin tension and the fascia with the above techniques. Some of the conditions that have responded very well to such techniques have been ankle sprains, tennis elbow, lumbagos, sciatica, neck pain, jaw pain, dizziness as well as abdominal congestion (constipation). Part of his main philosophy of work lies in identifying the source of the problem rather than treating only the symptoms. This has reflected in the great satisfaction of patients treated by Fares.

 

Physiotherapy Treatments

 
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Yara Abdouni 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST PELVIC FLOOR TREATMENT SESSION?

The first visit is the initial evaluation, which usually lasts around 60 minutes and is performed in a comfortable, private room. Yara will complete a comprehensive assessment which may include analysing your alignment, movement patterns, breathing, abdominal wall, muscle function and it often includes an internal pelvic floor evaluation. After this, she will discuss any questions you may have and give you options to get you started with the treatment. Follow up sessions are typically booked for 45 minutes.

Sessions often include;

  • Education
  • Manual therapy
  • Improving your alignment & biomechanics
  • Training your pelvic floor & core
  • Bladder & bowel re-training
  • Soft tissue work
  • Improving flexibility & mobility
  • Increasing endurance & functional strength
  • Learning how to breathe effectively
  • Lifestyle evaluation
  • Pain management

 

After gaining your informed consent, Yara might use certain tools or electrotherapy during the session to help your recovery. She will also provide you with a home program to practice and integrate what you learnt into your daily life.

What do you specialise in?

  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Orthopaedics
  • Sports injuries
  • Post surgical conditions

Rehabilitation and prevention of all types of functional pathologies of the pelvic floor:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bladder, bowel or gut dysfunctions
  • Musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy and post partum
  • Pregnancy, birth, post natal physiotherapy for new mums
  • Dyspareunia or pain during sex
  • Diastasis recti and the inner core
  • Sacroiliac joint pain and pubic symphysis dysfunctions
  • Persistent pelvic pain conditions
  • Post cesarean sections

 


    Fares Abdouni

    WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST TREATMENT? 

    Fares will perform an interview or anamnesis during your first visit. In this interview, you will be able to describe your problem and concerns. During this evaluation, Fares will follow evidence-based practice in order to establish the cause of your problem. He goes through this process to ensure he is treating the root of the issue and not only treating the symptoms.

    To treat you, Fares will choose from a wide range of techniques such as;

    • Osteopathic techniques
    • Soft tissue release
    • Stretching
    • Dry Needling or Acupuncture
    • Myofascial release or Myofascial induction
    • Cyriax
    • Kinesiotaping

    Fares has a strong diagnostic background and due to his experience working with high skilled consultants and mentors, he has developed great decision-making abilities, which has enabled him to develop a tailored treatment plan to suit your needs.

    WHAT DOES HE TREAT? 

    • Musculoskeletal conditions
    • Orthopaedics 
    • Sport related injuries and rehabilitation (sports physio) 
    • Soft tissue release and repetitive strain injuries 
    • Work related injuries 
    • Digestive and visceral pain (visceral physiotherapy) 
    • Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunctions 
    • Orofacial pain (face and mouth pain/specialised physiotherapy treatment) 
    • Headache and migraines 
    • Nerve impingements of the upper and lower limb 
    • Anxiety and altered breathing patterns 
    • Postoperative rehabilitation (carpal tunnel syndrome, hallux /bunions)