Lucy is a Paediatric Physiotherapist living and working in South London.
She is an expert with babies and children, complex needs and developmental concerns who assesses/treats children in their own home. She also offers virtual appointments at present if preferred.
As a children’s physiotherapist and certified children’s yoga teacher, I am passionate about children moving, to the best of their ability – no matter what that is.
I am a dedicated and effective physiotherapist with twelve years of paediatric experience in the NHS and private sector. This includes work in the acute, community and clinic settings, with significant experience in special schools and working with mainstream schools and nurseries.
My specialisms/interests include:
- Early Years: Babies and pre-school age children, including those born prematurely
- Delayed walking or motor development
- Complex physical disability including those with respiratory needs.
- Movement disorders
- Gait and orthoses
- Posture and Postural Management
I offer an honest expert opinion about your child’s needs following a full and thorough assessment. I take a holistic, hands-on approach to treatment and work closely with children and their families to ensure they reach their full potential. I am passionate about working with, and empowering parents, to enable them to optimise their child’s ability.
I feel it is important to assess a child in their own, familiar environment: This gives you the added convenience of me coming to you. However, if required I will also see your child at nursery, school, in the playground or swimming pool.
So, if you would like physiotherapy assessment, treatment or even just advice; please do not hesitate to contact me.
Reach | Release | Realise
Initial Assessment (up to 1 hour)
Ideal for 'baby MOTs', concerns about leg/foot posture, walking or developmental delay
Initial Virtual Assessment (up to 1 hour)
For 'baby MOTs', concerns about leg/foot posture, walking or developmental delay
Complex Initial Assessment (1½ - 2 hours)
For children with more complex history or disability or those under case management
Follow Up Appointment (45 minutes - 1 hour)
Virtual Follow Up Appointment (45 minutes - 1 hour)
I contacted Lucy as I was becoming increasingly anxious with regards to my 3 month old daughter's development. My health visitor and GP were not supportive with regards to my concerns. Lucy was recommended to me by a friend and I am so glad I acted on the recommendation.
I was worried that my daughter had one arm stronger than the other and also that she felt somewhat “floppy” in comparison to other babies of the same age.
Lucy gave me honest explanations and expectations and was so supportive with the advice and guidance provided. She has given me the confidence to assist my daughter gain strength and has given me the reassurance that I needed as a first time mother.
I cannot thank Lucy enough and I know that she is always there if I have any questions or concerns.
Rebecca - Mother
Lucy was brilliant with my daughter. When we started, Ines was 4 months old and had torticollis and would clench her right arm on many occasions. Lucy was very warm and engaged with Ines beautifully. She taught me how to do physio without forcing my daughter, just by changing how I did day to day things, like changing her nappy or playing with her. She gave me lots of tips and provided expert advice, as well as giving me comfort in that with work, evolution could be positive. Lucy helped Ines to successfully get rid of her tight neck completely and develop her right arm, and at 1.5 years old now, I can happily say there is practically no difference in how Ines uses both arms. Thank you very much for your professional help and your human touch.
Carmen - Mother
Lucy is simply brilliant. We were lucky enough to catch her for an in-person consultation just as we moved to South East London back in February when our son was around 13 months old, and were immediately put at ease and filled with confidence thanks to her professionalism, knowledge and warmth. Leo had hip dysplasia (DDH) in both joints as an infant, and while this was corrected with the help of a Pavlik harness very early on, he now has very hypermobile joints to add to his particular little equation, which has all combined to mean his gross motor development is just a little behind his peers. Lucy was instrumental in helping us understand that Leo's movement challenges actually extended beyond his hips, which really helped us see the bigger picture for him. Lucy was able to give us tangible and easy to follow exercises to employ right away - crucially, these all involved engaging with Leo in play and positioning he would be doing already, which made it so much easier to apply day to day. Later on in lockdown, we had another session with Lucy over video which she managed brilliantly, giving us lots of feedback and plenty of next step exercises to help Leo (and us) move forwards with confidence. I was particularly grateful for the time and care Lucy then took in helping us find the right shoes for Leo once he was pulling up to standing - she really went out of her way to give us the best advice, which we so much appreciated. Leo is now nearly 2 years old and almost at the point of taking his first unassisted steps - thanks in no small part to Lucy's help. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for physiotherapy support.
Anna - Mother
When my daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, mixed spastic and dystonic, I desperately wanted to do everything possible to help her reach her fullest potential. Having Lucy Hodge as her physiotherapist does exactly this and I cannot recommend her highly enough. Lucy is an incredibly passionate and talented individual. Her handling skills are amazing and she is also an excellent teacher, empowering my husband and I to confidently play with and hold our daughter in a way that means she continues to have opportunities to develop outside of her physio sessions. Lucy puts my daughter at the centre of her care and is proactive in joining up with the various other therapists we see. Annabelle has gained so much from working with Lucy and, very importantly, has had a lot of fun whilst doing so!
Abi - Mother