So I am off on my holidays and won’t be available for bookings until 8th August. After that time there will be lots of activity with a nice new website design and a few offers pre the Autumn road running season.

I am off to the World Masters Athletics championships in Lyon, both as competitor and Therapist. Wish me luck!

No.1 client Rhys has been developing his skills outdoors on sandstone rock, with him I am looking forward to helping out the Craggy Island youth climbing team in the late Summer/Autumn.

Lastly, my thanks to Ollie and Julie Scheers who have been patient and supportive helpers with my ongoing development. You’ve both been brilliant thank you.

Tara, i’ll be on the beach


What is the NHS for?

So the election has come and gone and in NHS circles there has been lots of heated discussion about the future of healthcare in the UK. I have my own views on how I would “fix” the NHS which is better saved for the pub, however I feel I could raise a discussion point about sports injuries.
In the walk in centre where I work (and all others where I have visited) I would see at least 8-10 people every day who have a subacute or chronic injury state secondary to overuse/sports injury/accidents. Many of these patients have been given short shrift by their GP (painkillers and go away which is pretty much all their allowed to do) and get to a point where they don’t know what to do. The long and short of it is that those same patient’s will visit a walk in centre or similar simply to get a bit of direction so that’s already at least two nhs consultations.
NHS physiotherapy has a very broad remit standard waits for physiotherapy are 4-6 weeks which is no good when you consider that at 4 weeks an injury is well and truly chronic and much harder to treat, which means more than 1 or 2 sessions.
I do suspect a lot of problems with wait times and finance are due to patient expectations because our knowledge and scope is much greater and also the working world is a whole lot more demanding.
With all that, is there no way that the NHS can use the ever growing legion of Sports Injury Professionals to manage acute and subacute sports injury? Yes there is cost but I would be happy to take referrals from GP’s on the condition I see the patient within 48 hours, I guarantee that would ultimately be cheaper and for all that I am happy to discuss cost with the local ccg’s as well.
Anyone fancy a pub trip to discuss?


Pull the trigger

It’s been a while since I posted.

Firstly congratulations to no.1 client Rhts for his attitude and performance in the youth climbing series final in Edinburgh. It was a brilliant event and I was blown away by the talent and sheer strength of all the kids.

 Last Sunday was the annual fundraising fest and knee destruction that is the London marathon. I gave it a miss and put some work in at the Nab 7’s rugby tournament. I was seriously busy mostly with returnees to rugby, goes to show, marathon or fun rugby, if you’re not prepared it’s a recipe for pain. However as a consequence a few pounds were raised for charity.

Lastly, I have been treating a bunchof colleagues at work (in my hospital job) by trigger pointing. This ultimately means compressing hyperexcitable bits of muscle tissue to resolve pain symptoms. It’s been around a while but is growing in popularity as it can be self taught and really help persistent pain symptoms. Watch this space, I think it will become mainstream in the near future.

The outdoor athletics season is starting, time for me to prepare for the World Masters champs in August. After my last session with inadequate post warm down my legs wish I had practiced what I preach!


Barking mad runners and mini crushers

last week I did some event work at the Brutal 10k cross country at Windmill hill in Surrey. After watching 600+ lunatics launch themselves through mud and a lake I concluded they needed psychiatric treatment rather than sports massage! However some brilliant feedback was given and lots of  sore legs dealt with.

Also this weekend I supported no.1 client (my son Rhys) at the British Mountaneering Council youth climbing series regional final. Amazingly he won which was amazing to watch and no recurrence of his back pain thanks to his therapist 😇. Congratulations to him and all his team mates at Craggy Island in Guildford who were the dominant team. Special mention to his coach Howard Blyth, climbing guru and apparent child psychology expert!

Next week I am lending a hand at the Rosslyn park national u17 rugby sevens tournament. I’m looking forward to it even if I will feel like a midget! 




Good luck to the Surrey half marathoners

Lots has been going on in the last few weeks:

Firstly, I jumped and did some work at Vault London. It’s always a brilliant event and tribute to Allan Williams and all who helped him at the David Weir Arena in Carshalton.  My Colleague Megan Lewarne helped old and young with some sports massage and in the process raised a bit of money for Scope, thanks Megan.

No 1 client Rhys is busy preparing for the Youth Climbing series regional final in 2 weeks, his coaches do the climbing, I deal with his musculature – boys of 8 really shouldn’t be that strong! Next post will update on how he gets on. Last night I did a bit of climbing as a change of scene at Craggy Island in Guildford where he trains – I am sorry to say that the squad of 8 year olds wiped the floor with me! He competed at Blokfest bouldering league at Mile end wall last week smashing his personal best and finishing as most improved boy, nice job Rhys.

Coming up

A big shout to all of my current clients who have been really prepping hard for the Surrey Half Marathon tomorrow (March 8th). They have been very dedicated and raised a ton of money, good luck to all of you.

I am competing at the British Masters championships on the same day – last chance for a tilt at the British Record, here’s hoping this therapists body holds up.

Stretch time

In tribute to a few athletes I have discussed hip/groin/lower back pain with in the last couple of weeks these images show top Junior pole vaulter Charlie Maw attending to his hip flexors. These muscles (Iliacus and Psoas if you’re interested) are often neglected. When these become chronically tight (common in people who have been running up hills a bit and jumpers) the result is usually manifested as back pain and sometimes groin pain or both.

Charlie demonstrates well here the start and finish position, notice how on the right he has moved his body forward without succumbing to the temptation to lean over. Keep the torso up straight, squeeze the pelvis forward and lunge slowly forward, feeling stretch at the top of your thigh. 30 secs minimum to achieve improvement.

Another stretch next week.



Stretch time and other stuff

Stretching, some believe in it, some don’t. I am the former and am a fully paid up member of the stretching appreciation society. It has to be at the right time however and most importantly done properly. If done correctly then a properly applied stretching plan would usually make a massive difference to most injury states as my colleagues in the walk in centre this week who I have been helping with their back and hip pain can testify to.
In the next few weeks I will try and post up some pics/videos of the right way to stretch specific areas to affect the most common problems, watch this space.

Other news, am really looking forward to working and competing at Vault London on the 22nd February, it’s a brilliant event and great credit needs to go to Allan Williams one of the lead coaches of pole vaulting in the Uk for organising it. I am hoping to have a tilt at the British Indoor record (for old fellas), i’ll let you know.

I will also be rooting for no.1 client (Rhys) and his fellow craggy island team mates at the second round of the youth climbing series in Guildford. Good luck to all of them.


Take a break!

onsiteI have treated quite a few people this week, not least no.1 son Rhys all with varying degrees of injury (Rhys had a minor tear of his latissimus dorsi over reaching in a climbing competition) and all seeking emergency treatment the day after the injury.
It’s hard to disappoint people when they are desperate to train or compete but oftentimes the first treatment is just to back off and rest for a few days. More will be gained by leaving well alone for 3 days and allowing swelling and bleeding to settle down. As a consequence when you do get some therapy it will be more focused and a whole lot more effective.
Other news – I did some onsite massage (see pic) this week at Haymarket publishing in Teddington on behalf of shooting stars childrens hospice which was a great day, my thanks to all involved.
Also, a huge well done to the Craggy Island youth team who performed incredibly at the British Mountaneering Council Youth Climbing Series.
Have a great week!