Hailey Knight (nee Welch)
Director of the Byron Bay Clinic.
Musckuloskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist.
I work in sunny Byron Bay!
My Story :
Despite my accent I am actually a Queenslander! I was born on the Gold Coast but left there at a young age to live in Scotland. Everything I remember about growing up involves being in Scotland so I consider myself a Scot at heart. I spent my whole childhood playing sport, practicing field hockey skills, and pushing my physical fitness. My love of sport definitely kept me out of trouble! Once I started to learn the Sciences at school I became fascinated with human biology and physiology, and this led me to study Physiotherapy at University in Glasgow. A lot of physiotherapy students are guided towards the profession due to their own experience of injury, but I was never injured. I knew from the start that I wanted to be a Sports Physiotherapist.
When I’m not at work I am the mother to two beautiful young girls. I love hanging out with my family, being active and eating good food. These days I like to relax by experimenting with new recipes, reading non-fiction books or listening to podcasts; all within the realm of health and wellbeing.
What makes me different:
I have over 18 years of experience as a Physiotherapist and I have worked alongside (and been mentored by) some great Physiotherapists and Sports Doctors. I specialised in Sports Physiotheraypy in 2004, initially working with contact sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation. For 5 years I worked with athletes from two professional Sydney based rugby league teams. I loved the excitement of game day and the pressure to return players quickly to match fitness. As my attention changed more towards injury prevention I undertook an extensive mat work Pilates accreditation program with PITC. My focus in recent years has shifted towards overuse injuries and I am passionate about running based injuries, maximising physical performance and injury prevention. I love teaching everyone about the importance of good postural habits.
When I joined The Physiotherapy Clinic in 2007 I had started to become channeled towards treating lower back, hip and pelvic pain, and at times, didn’t look far past this area. Since training in the Integrated Systems Model over 5 years ago (under the guidance of a pioneering Canadian Physiotherapist called LJ Lee) it has opened my eyes to using a whole-body approach to assessment and treatment. The model shows you how, for example, a problem in the neck might be causing foot pain, or how poor thorax control may be implicated in turning off the core muscles. I now use a global screening of alignment, mobility and strength for all injury assessments and have a strong focus on hands on treatment techniques. I love working with motivated people, helping them achieve their performance goals through exercise rehabilitation, lifestyle changes and mindset.
I myself have suffered from chronic gastrointestinal ill health and musculoskeletal injury and I understand how suboptimal wellness can impact every facet of life. Because of this, I have an understanding approach in helping you recover from your own complex journey out of ill health to achieve your physical goals.
What I have learnt:
BSc (Hons) Health Science, Glasgow Caledonian University 1998
Post grad: MSc (Sport) Physiotherapy, Sydney University 2004
Running Biomechanics: Trish Wisby Roth
Muscle Energy Treatment of the Lumbar spine and Pelvis Level 1 and 2: Barbara Hungerford
Muscle Energy Techniques for the Cervical Spine and Thoracic Cage: Barbara Hungerford
Dry Needling Plus Level 1: Andrew Hutton
The Discovery Series Level – level1-4: LJ Lee (The Integrated Systems Model)
Dynamic stabilisation of the hip and pelvis: Alison Grimaldi
The Dynamic Pelvis: Steve Saunders
Pilates Instructors Mat Accreditation Program (Part of the Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction) PITC
The Cervical Spine and Whiplash Workshop: WHO
Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain
Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 + 2: Sports Physiotherapy Association
Brian Mulligans Concepts
Biomechanics and Running Retraining – Level 1 and 2 – Dr Christian Barton
Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain – Dr Christian Barton
The Sports Thorax – Thoracic Ring Approach – Dr L.J. Lee
A Practical Guide to Nutrition for Allied Health Professionals – The Integrated Health Academy – Level 1
Visceral Manipulation – Level 1
Sydney Roosters NRL Club for 5years
Senior Women’s NSW Netball
Junior Women’s NSW Hockey
Representative NSW Rugby League Selection Teams
Junior Australian Women’s Basketball
Randwick and North Sydney Club Rugby Union Teams
British Universities Women’s Hockey Team
A Fun Fact:
I am going to try and learn to surf this summer…. it could be a disaster!