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
- 20+ years experience treating musculoskeletal pains and sports injuries
- ‘Master of Manual Therapy’ from the world renowned University of Western Australia
- Trusted by BUPA, AXA and major health insurers
Chris Spurling is the founder of Physio7. He qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Manchester University and learned his trade as a physio in the Manchester area, treating clients from the NHS, private practice, employee health schemes and Sale Harriers Athletics Club.
In 2005 Chris became a Master of Manual Therapy at the renowned University of Western Australia. The Masters course emphasises the importance of excellent examination skills and advanced handling, mobilisation and manipulation skills. Soon after, he set up his own business called Olympus Physiotherapy, which he soon renamed Physio7 having realised that quite a few people couldn’t spell the old name!
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.”