Louise Coughlan

Louise Coughlan

Louise Coughlan Clinical Director and Research Coordinator

Louise graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science, Ireland.

Louise was born and grew up in Co. Cork, Ireland and in 2007 immigrated to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Since moving to New Zealand, Louise had worked in private practice, specialising in the area of musculoskeletal medicine.

Louise has worked alongside some of the most experienced clinicians in biomechanical assessments, running analysis, injury prevention, as well as in the McKenzie Method® – Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy ®.

In 2010, Louise co-founded Optimise Physio Ltd and has held the position of Clinical Director and Research Coordinator at the company for the last two years. Louise is passionate about research and learning and will admit to love listening to research Podcasts while she does her housework!

Louise has spent the last four years- both formally and informally- researching the emerging field of Psycho-Neuro-Endocrine-Immunology (PNEI) and Physiotherapy, which explores how what we think and how we feel, play  are role in the on-set and maintenance of illnesses, ailments, pain  and diseases. By applying this research and philosophy to her practice, Louise has found that she has been able to achieve positive and lasting change for her clients suffering with a range of conditions including chronic pain, stress-related symptoms including tension headaches and neck pain.

Louise takes a broad approach when it comes to helping her clients achieve success by looking at the key factors impacting their condition- be it nutrition, sleep deprivation,  high-stress levels, incorrect or incomplete injury education, or lack of fitness and conditioning.

Louise is a member of Physiotherapy New Zealand and is also a member of the Special Interest Groups (SIG) for Sports Physiotherapy and Occupational Health.