What surprises me most about being a physiotherapist…
…is that after 32 years of practicing physiotherapy I still love my job! This is because my natural passions are sport and science but I am also a people person – so physiotherapy gives me the best of both worlds.
What inspires my working day
I meet so many interesting patients from all walks of life. Each day is so varied from treating typical aches and pains, to helping patients recover from horrendous accidents to working with accomplished athletes. The capacity of the human body to heal never ceases to amaze me.
My most momentous moment in my career
My career defining moment was working at the London 2012 Olympic Games. This was so special with London being my home town. I was in a ‘field of play’ team working with some clinicians who are leaders in their areas of medicine.
Outside of work
I enjoy lots of sport. I am an avid runner and have completed many marathons (8 as of July 2016!) including the London marathon 5 times, Paris, Venice, and Barcelona.
I’ve ran too many half marathons & 10k’s to list but my favourite was the Mull of Kintyre 10k.
Recently I have started to compete in triathlons and also completed my first half Ironman challenge in July 2016.
I also keep fit through military fitness, cycling, tennis, golf and skiing.
When I’m not involved with sport, I love to cook and read.
What will always bring a smile to my face
Words of wisdom I give to my patients
Look after your body. Find an exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly. Eat well, get plenty of sleep and drink enough water.
What Jacky’s patients say
Jacky Balfour was great. As ever. Following her recommended exercises has already improved my leg strength dramatically in just a week since my session.
Excellent service and treatment from Jacky Balfour having been referred for physiotherapy by my GP. Every session has resulted in an improvement and her referral for me to undergo a specialized procedure was a success. Thank you.
Absolutely first class. I had a shoulder problem and went to see Jacky Balfour who has a reputation as an excellent physio among the people I train with. She made a quick, accurate diagnosis and helped me find the right consultant for treatment. After my procedure I wasn’t sure how effective it had been but any concerns were blown away by some really effective physiotherapy and follow up stretches which has left my shoulder completely fixed.
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