Chartered Physiotherapist Clinical Pilates Instructor PINC Practitioner Sports Massage Therapist

Nicky Sykes

Nicky graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2007 to practise as a Chartered Physiotherapist.

Since then, she has worked within the NHS in Sussex, in both in-patient and out-patient settings, specialising over the past 4 years in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, treating a wide range of conditions with a broad spectrum of ages, from young teenagers to the elderly. Nicky has special clinical interest in spinal problems, shoulder issues,  post operative rehab and acute sporting injuries.

Along her journey as a Physiotherapist Nicky also qualified as an APPI Pilates instructor, Sport Massage Therapist and recently as a PINC Cancer Rehab Practitioner.

Nicky is qualified in Western Acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal problems, which she uses on a regular basis for appropriate conditions. Nicky also has experience of hydrotherapy, which is an important element in rehab, when land based exercise is difficult.

On a personal level, Nicky enjoys being active, with a particular love of cross country running, cycling, squash and yoga. 
Nicky lives locally with her husband, three children and several pets.


Nicky is a member of the following Professional bodies:
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CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
HCPC (Health and Care professions Council)
APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute)
AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists)

Nicky is enhanced DBS checked (formerly CRB)

Really enjoying Pilates lessons. Nicky the instructor is helpful and motivating.
I particularly like the small classes.
— DIANE _ Nov 2016
Nicky is a very professional instructor, who is always kind, helpful and encouraging. At the beginning of each class she checks to make sure we are all Ok with no problems from the previous weeks class. During the session Nicky ensures everyone is carrying out each exercise safely. Each week the exercises are different and never boring. I would happily recommend Nicky and Sussexphysiopilates to anyone. A very enjoyable place to exercise where all the staff are very welcoming.
— VEE - Nov 2016
I have been struggling with back, hip, knee and neck problems. I’ve put on weight while taking medication following diagnosis of breast cancer. Nicky has made a big difference to my wellbeing through Pilates. She is knowledgeable and caring and has been encouraging of my efforts in a completely professional manner.
I feel very encouraged by attending classes with Nicky.
— PAULA - Nov 2016
Nicky is a great pilates teacher. With her physio knowledge she is able to accurately describe how to perform the moves correctly whilst ensuring a balanced range of pilates. Nicky constantly reminds us of all elements of the moves emphasizing what each part of our bodies should be doing. She is very focused on us all working at our own pace within the class environment and thus enabling us to progress individually and avoiding injury. Nicky notices if any one is struggling or not quite in the right position and is straight over to them. She always asks how we have been after the last class and every class so far has been different which I really like. I would not hesitate to recommend Nicky and pilates to anyone. Everyone at Sussex Physio Pilates is so welcoming and caring, its a lovely place to go to exercise.
— JANE - Nov 2016