Dr Leica S Claydon

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Physiotherapy

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Leica S Claydon is a physiotherapist interested in many areas including the management of pain and promotion of physical activity in various health conditions.



Dr Leica is a senior lecturer in physiotherapy at ARU. She's currently supervising six PhD/MD students and ten Masters dissertation students.

Leica mostly publishes in the fields of pain, neurological conditions and education. More recently she has been involved with supervision of the MCh Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery students.

The BSc Physiotherapy programme is a joint partnership with our partner MAHSA University and the degree is face-to-face in Malaysia. Last year, Leica held a non-pharmacological management of pain workshop at KDU (Sri Lanka) and gave a plenary talk on Obesity and Physiotherapy: not just WHO’s problem? At their International Research Conference entitled ‘Expanding Developmental Horizons through education, research and innovation.

Research interests

  • Systematic reviews (and meta-analysis)
  • Non-pharmacological management of pain (particularly Neuropathic Pain) activity
  • Education

Areas of research supervision

  • Psychometric Property testing of Neuropathic Pain Outcome Measures and Cerebellar Ataxia Balance Measures
  • Physiotherapy Management (particularly exercise) of Primary Dysmenorrhea
  • Changing concepts and trends in Rectal Cancer Patients
  • The experiences of women 45 years old and under living and working with COPD
  • The relationship between physical activity, health outcomes and hospital admission post pulmonary rehabilitation in people with COPD
  • Systematic reviews (with meta-analysis) of robotic versus laparoscopic surgery for various health conditions


  • PhD (2008; Keele University, UK)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (2010; University of Otago, NZ)
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (2003; Keele University, UK)

Selected recent publications

Kannan, P., Claydon, L.S., Miller, D., Chapple, C. (2014). Vigorous exercises in the management of primary dysmenorrhea: A feasibility study. Disability and Rehabilitation Early Online: 1–6 DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.962108

Kannan, P., Claydon, L.S. (2014). Some physiotherapy treatments may relieve menstrual pain in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Physiotherapy 60 (1) pp 13- 21

Winser, S., Smith, C., Hale, L.A., Claydon, L.S., Whitney, S., Mehta, P. (2014). Systematic review of the psychometric properties of balance outcome measures for cerebellar ataxia. Clinical Rehabilitation. Jun 10. pii: 0269215514536412. Epub ahead of print

Mehta, P., Claydon, L.S., Hendrick, P., Baxter, GD. (2014). Outcome measures in randomised controlled trials of neuropathic pain conditions. A systematic review of systematic reviews and recommendations for practice. Clinical Journal of Pain Mar 21. Epub ahead of print

Lobb, R., Tumilty, S. and Claydon L.S. (2012) Best management of post-operative ACL reconstruction: A Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews. Physical Therapy in Sport 13 pp270-278

Claydon, L.S. Chesterton, L.S. Barlas, P. and Sim, J. (2011). Dose-specific effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on experimental pain: a systematic review. Clinical Journal of Pain, 27 (7), pp635-647

Claydon, L.S., Chesterton, L.S., Sim, J. and Barlas, P. (2008). Effects of simultaneous dual-site TENS on experimental pain. European Journal of Pain 12, pp 696-704