Louise Blanchfield BSc (Hons) MCSP Dip CNM mBANT Nutritional & Physiotherapist
Hi, I'm Louise and my interest in nutrition all started when my husband was diagnosed with an inflammatory arthritic condition secondary to his inflammatory bowel disease and was told, 'no-one gets better, everyone gets worse and you could be in a wheelchair by the time you are 60'. At this point he was walking with a stick, unable to play with our young child due to painful and swollen joints. He was only 40. Through the dietary changes I researched and implemented into our diets not only did he stop deteriorating, he got better and both his arthritic condition and inflammatory bowel disease have gone into remission. So, I then got qualified in order to spread the word to as many people as possible about how food and lifestyle can seriously change your health and your life!
And I’m in a unique position being a chartered physiotherapist and nutritional therapist. Physiotherapy is all about restoring normal movement and, for me, nutritional therapy is about helping your body to restore normal system function. So, any nutrition plan is designed to optimise a combination of food changes and exercise to maximise your chances of improving your health.
We are all different, our guts are as unique as our hair and eye colour so, just because one of us is okay to eat something, doesn’t mean that we all can. We need to work out what our body needs more of or less of than other people. Assessment with me would look at your symptoms and the food you eat to see what vitamins or minerals you may be lacking in. I then devise a plan specifically for you taking your health issues into consideration but working with you so that your plan suits you, your budget, your lifestyle and any time constraints that you may have.
I will give you your plan, meal suggestions, a 3 day menu, shopping lists and recipes all included in the initial consultation fee to help give you the best chance possible to make the changes that you need to in order to start feeling better. Follow up emails are also included in the fee.
You can also see a whole load of recipes on my website www.thefoodphysio.com in the blog that you can go to now and be making tomorrow! The article section has a number of different pieces ranging from 'how to self treat soft tissue injuries' to 'sports nutrition'.
Nutritional therapy is all about helping people to help themselves, I'm here to help and guide, it's you that does the real work as you make the changes. If you'd like me to help you call now or book via the website.
I look forward to working with you!
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy - I've been a chartered physiotherapist for 19 years working in the NHS initially, then private occupational health firms and latterly in my own practise & providing onsite services to businesses. I specialise in musculoskeletal problems.
Diploma CNM Nutritional Therapy - I trained in nutrition after the dramatic changes in my husbands health after dietary change due to the desire to share our experience with the power of food to other people in similar situations.
BSc (Hons) Neuroscience - Although I have never worked as a neuroscientist the knowledge this degree has given me gives me a broader understanding of neurological conditions and their effects on the body.
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy is the professional body for Nutritional Therapists.
There are different BANT membership classes, including Full Member, Fellow Member and Student Member.
All BANT practitioners must have met the required standards of training, be fully insured and adhere to the BANT Code of Ethics and Practice.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
The CNHC encompasses many types of alternative therapy, including massage, aromatherapy and nutrition.
In order to be admitted to the register a practitioner must have studied to the National Occupational Standards for that profession/discipline, or have reached the equivalent of the National Occupational Standards through other relevant training or at least three years of experience and been assessed by their peers.
A practitioner must also have professional insurance and agree to abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of nutrition deal with
If you have been diagnosed or suspect you may have this medical condition, you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Initial Assessment - £70
Includes 1hr 30 mins 1 to 1 session, pre analysis of health questionnaire, follow up emails with diet plan, meal suggestions, recipes & supplement suggestions (if appropriate). Child's initial £50.
Follow Up Sessions - £40
Includes 45 min 1 to 1 session reviewing progress with the diet & lifestyle plan, making changes & adapting to any new problems.
If you are unsure as to whether nutritional therapy is the right thing for you please do give me a call. I'll be happy to have a chat and answer any questions that you may have.
I also have secure video conferencing software so am very happy to hold your session online from anywhere in the country in the comfort of your own home. And with the combined knowledge of physiotherapy and nutritional therapy I can offer a truly comprehensive approach to developing a diet and lifestyle plan that's specific to you.
You can select, book and pay for your session on my website www.thefoodphysio.com so this makes it really easy to take the first step.
'Gain the knowledge to help your body help itself'