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Physiotherapy 3008

What is Physiotherapy 3008?

At Docklands Health we have the advantage of working closely as part of a multi disciplinary team. Our physiotherapists are trained in the assessment and diagnoses of a range of musculoskeletal, nervous system and metabolic disorders and know how to manage them. This may include treatment such as exercises, stretches, strengthening or pilates classes or referral to another one of our health practitioners who suits the goals of the person in front of them better.
Physiotherapist treating patient

Our Physiotherapists

Maryam Dadvar, Physiotherapist

Maryam Dadvar


Education and training
Maryam studied Physiotherapy at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. Prior to that, she received a BSc degree in Physical Education and Sport Sciences and an MSc in Special Needs Education from Tehran Azad University. Maryam is also qualified in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates.


In a previous life, Maryam was a high school teacher for 10 years. She taught students with special needs such as students with a disability, autism, and down syndrome. She was also a guest lecturer at Gorgan Azad University where she taught physical education.

Treatment method

Maryam is passionate about physiotherapy and improving the physical health and well being of her patients. Her method is mainly based on exercise therapy, manual therapy, joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques, and taping adjusted to the patient’s needs. She also practices Clinical Pilates and organises training sessions for her patients.

Outside the practice

Maryam loves sports and playing board games with her family and friends. She plays basketball and is a member of Laurimar basketball team. She is also passionate about hiking, cycling and camping. In the holiday season, you won’t find Maryam easily as she likes traveling off the beaten tracks.

Umar Sikander

Umar Sikander

Education and training

Umar studied Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physiotherapy at Lahore Medical and Dental College affiliated with the University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. Umar is also certified in Dry Needling, Kinesio taping, Intra Articular injection therapy, and chiropractic Adjustment.


Umar worked in a 650-bed hospital recognized by AO Spine Switzerland
(The First Spine centre in Pakistan) for more than 6 years, in both inpatient and outpatient
departments. Here Umar gaining experience in treating sports injuries, Neurological disorders, spinal cord injuries, and congenital problems. Umar’s expertise and interest lie in treating patients with all kinds of musculoskeletal problems.

Treatment method

Umar is passionate about treating his patients to improve their quality of life and retunr to their optimum functioning. His method is based on the latest evidence by using Manual Therapy, Joint Mobilization, Soft tissue release, Stretching, Strengthening, dry needling, and Kinesio taping according to the patient’s needs.

Outside the practice

Umar loves sports, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. He plays Cricket,
soccer and loves kite flying. He is also enthusiastic about learning new skills and keeps up-to-date with new research. 

Physiotherapy – what can I expect?
Physiotherapists are movement experts. Your problem will be assessed using a variety of techniques. This will help to identify and treat the source of your symptoms. Firstly you will be questioned about the history of your problem/s Then you will be assessed using direct observation, palpation (hands-on assessment), and appropriate functional and special tests.

For example, if you experience knee pain, the therapist will look for signs of abnormality like swelling and redness. You may then be asked to perform a functional activity that reproduces your pain. This could include doing a partial squat or climbing a step. The physiotherapist may then directly test any structures that are suspected of causing the pain. Assessment of joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other structures is common. An immediate treatment strategy is formulated and implemented in order to ease your symptoms. Treatments include manual therapy, targeted exercises, dry needling, and advice and education – among others.

Some problems will respond quickly to treatment, while others may require repeated sessions to deliver optimal recovery. In many cases, you will be given a home program to maximize progress between appointments. This may include home exercise, activity modification, or in-house modalities like clinical pilates and remedial massage. The physiotherapist will work with you to devise an ideal treatment plan that maximizes recovery while also fitting into your daily life.

My problem is chronic, can you help?
Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat both recent (acute) and long-term (chronic) physical problems. Insufficient treatment and rehabilitation of an old injury is often the cause of chronic symptoms. In addition to the initial injury, you may have adapted your pattern of movement to avoid pain. The old injury may have healed but maladaptive movement strategies and muscle imbalances could have created other long-term problems. These types of cases highlight the need for comprehensive rehabilitation that is seen through to it’s conclusion. Just because the pain has gone away, that does not mean that the healing process has completed.
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