Our therapists are all passionate about the job, and are committed to staying in touch with the latest research so that our clients receive the best care available. In fact, we guarantee that for every 5 hours treating clients at one of the Physio7 clinics, our therapists spend at least one hour on professional development; that might involve attending courses, reading books and journals or meeting up with other physios to discuss the sort of injuries that affect you.
Chris Spurling, BSc (Hons), MSCP, SRP, Master of Manual Therapy
Chris is passionate about running. He has transformed himself from a National League triple jumper who hated training distances over 100 metres to a sub 3 hour marathoner. In 2012 Chris completed 7 marathons in 7 days for the charity EACH. He has also completed several ultramarathons, including the Stour Valley 100km in 10 hours 15 minutes and the Thames Path 100 miler in 18 hours 38 minutes.
Chris is a member of several professional bodies, including the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists), the AACP (Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiothreapists) and Physio First (for physios in private practice).
“Injuries can be painful, debilitating and extremely frustrating. I understand this well from my own running experiences; I’m afraid that even physiotherapists are not immune to the odd ache, pain or niggle!
Overcoming those injuries can be a complex job, especially when you have been suffering for months or years. They are usually a combination of weakness, stiffness, tightness, poor healing, poor movement patterns and postures, suboptimal training practices, and sometimes some misunderstandings about your body or the nature of your injury.
I aim to help you understand your problem and simplify things through a 2 stage process:
Stage 1 involves identifying and treating the sensitive tissues, and fixing the major underlying problems. That might mean mobilising tight joints, releasing and stretching tight soft tissues, showing you how to strengthen your weak bits, or correcting suboptimal movement patterns, postures, training practices or mindsets.
Stage 1 is all about getting you out of pain and able to function again. I think of this as treating the ‘urgent’.
Stage 2 is a more in depth look at those underlying problems, to help prevent further injuries and allow you to perform at your best. I think of this as treating the ‘important’. After all, if you’re like me, you won’t want to simply cope with your aches, pain and niggles, you’ll want to overcome them and thrive.”