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 (10 hours 15 minutes), the Thames Path 100 miler (best time of 18 hours 38 minutes) and the Kennet and Avon Canal Race, 145 miles from Bristol to London (34 hours……I know!).
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, sub-optimal training practices, and sometimes some misunderstandings about your body or the nature of your injury.
The first stage is to identifying and treat the sensitive tissues, to get you out of pain and able to function again. I think of this as treating the ‘urgent’.
Next is a more in depth look at those underlying problems, to help prevent further injuries and allow you to perform at your best. This might involve mobilising tight joints, releasing and stretching tight soft tissues, showing you how to strengthen your weak areas, or correcting sub-optimal movement patterns, postures, training practices or mindsets. 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.”
Lorna Garside, BTEC level 5 in Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy
Soft Tissue Therapist
Lorna is available on Fridays from 11.00 to 3.00.
“My background in theatre showed me how much strain we put our bodies though when asking it to ‘perform’ repeatedly day in, day out. Whether this be a for a show or a day at the office, we all get niggling aches and pains. Eventually, these little twinges get worse and if not treated, affect our ability to perform at our best.
So that’s where it began! My feeling was, If I could learn to find and treat the root cause of these pains, I could stop them before they got bad enough to effect performance in every day life and on stage.
I use a selection of these techniques to treat your body in the most effective way. We’ll work towards goals we have set together, whether this is better performance in an upcoming race, or being able to get through a day at work without getting a tension headache.
Everyone has a body and every body could benefit from Soft Tissue Therapy!
I look forward to treating you.”