How does a physio celebrate their birthday?

In my case by climbing 200m, cycling 50km and running 20km (almost). I dropped my phone so had a mild panic and lost the urge to complete the run. Luckily I found the phone. I then had a gentle pub crawl and now I feel,…. spent. A good day followed by a fun evening at…

What do physios actually do?

If you chat to your friends you will find a host of different stories; some good, some bad but they will no doubt demonstrate a wide range of treatment strategies. Ranging from being given an exercise sheet to acupuncture to massage to even having your neck ‘cricked’.  Often it’s not the pain but the patient…

Should a physio be fit?

There’s two schools of thought here; evidence shows that the closer in body type to your client’s the increased their exercise compliance. The other is that physios should be able to operate at all levels and be a bit aspirational. I tend to go for the former. Being a physio is about communication; being able…

Audit passed….

Every now and then the dreaded letter from one of our professional bodies lands on our door mat requesting evidence to demonstrate we are maintaining our CPD and can prove our effectiveness as practitioners. Then follows the quick check that enough courses had been attended and that there are enough critical incidents logged to reflect…

4 National Parks, 4 crags, 4 aching legs.

Tom and I had fun at Cloggy in Wales with a rapid in and out bivi trip but the slog combined with 10 pitches of E2 caused us to feel a bit tired. So fir our rest day we went to The Lakes and did a couple of easy climbs on Shepherds and Black Crag….

Tested and tried but victorious

Simon and his son, Dan had a long afternoon in Avon and managed two ascents of the gorge. Tired and spent they seemed to have a nice day…I think

So, I didn’t recognise Kenton Cool.

On my way to Central Buttress (soft touch E1) I was introduced to a nice chap called Kenton. Clueless, me. Anyway – nice climb but a bit short on interesting bits

First weekend on the rock

And what a weekend. Had to dodge showers a but yesterday but a glorious Sunday at Wintours Leap with both clients leading 4 pitches up to VS 4c. Working for Rock and Sun; a great company running climbing holidays abroad mainly. Also bumped into Dave Talbot, not working unusually. Good stuff.

Back to basics

How do you climb your one week of ice climbing and Alpine mountaineering without; getting injured/wasting time/being exhausted. Most of my clinic is made up of basically fit people with high ambitions; a marathon, a climbing grade, a cycling challenge, a competition, lifting or some other fairly specific goal which their body seems determined to…

What’s new for 2017?

I thought I would put together a quick round up of events should the seven of you who occasionally look at my website be interested; Last year I joined THE Medical – a tactical move on my part but I am very pleased to be involved with a big practice that is at the forefront…

What’s the difference between a physiotherapist and a, let’s say a therapist?

I think the answer is research. Physios positioned themselves cunningly right at the heart of medical matters by justifying their existence through evidence based practice. This has produced mixed results for the end user, for example; exercise beats ALL hands on therapies according to the evidence for virtually all situations. So when you go to the…