Lorraine Favaretto qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 from King's College Hospital London. She consolidated her knowledge in all areas of hospital medicine before developing a special interest in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy. A working holiday in Australia saw her employed at Brisbane City Physiotherapy where she discovered the world of craniomandibular disorders under the mentorship of Kerry Read. She relished this opportunity and was happy to locum, seeing the BCP head and neck patients when Kerry was away.
As a competitive tennis player herself, Lorraine was also heavily involved in sports medicine. She was lured back to the UK to work with professional sailing teams. Her exceptional skills in craniomandibular work were soon recognised however, by the oral surgeons at Windsor's Princess Margaret Hospital. Skills in this area were quite a rarity and so she developed a niche practice providing care for patients there.
Moving on to gain experience working with the British military and in Accident and Emergency, she was able to improve patient outcomes by providing forward thinking management of acute injuries. She then became Lead Physiotherapist for the rapidly growing Solent Musculo-Skeletal Service. Working closely with the specialist Solent Pain Team and the UK's Dr Cathy Price, Lorraine developed a passion for helping those with ongoing pain and was involved in several research studies looking at physiotherapy interaction and treatments for chronic pain.
Using a holistic approach, a gentle touch and a wealth of experience, Lorraine's approach incorporates soft tissue work, myofascial release, joint mobilisations, exercise prescription and self management strategies. These have been influenced by the work of Brian Mulligan, Mariano Rocobado, Robin McKenzie, Kerry Read, Geoff Maitland and Dean Watson. She continues to develop her myofascial techniques under the tutelage of Francine St George.
The lure of the sun, sand and surf has again seen her return to our shores to set up home in Queensland with her husband and two children. We are delighted that she is able to join us on the Headline Team offering her wide scope of skills for the full range of craniomandibular disorders.