Walking the walk

It’s not important to run, cycle, climb, swim, etc if you’re a physio. Being a good physio it’s about knowledge, analysis and application of sound principles to aid your client. That said, if I want to know how to shave 2 mins off the Cheddar Gorge climb, I’m in a good position to work this…

A lovely day for negotiations

What an amazing day, I trust you’ll agree. But what to do? It’s a familiar experience we all regularly face; the house needs some work, the garden didn’t sure itself out, I would like to see some jazz, go for a bike ride, see friends, hang out with lovely wife. Fitting in exercise can be…

Feedback appreciated

I’ve been thinking about my practice and what sets it apart from other physios and it’s difficult to say. I certainly wouldn’t say I was a better physio or even a fitter physio but I definitely think differently to many. I believe in self-management.  A lot. Give people the tools to help themselves, get stronger…

Every day on the bike is a good day

Even easy ones. Spent 2 hours with friend, colleague and hot shot young Chiropractor, Becka mooching around the countryside on a bike. A pleasant 22 miles with Dundry Hill thrown in for good measure. What larks.

One year of bike ownership

I entered a Sportive to celebrate having a proper bike and to see how I faired. Most importantly I wanted to enjoy feeling good. Since starting to ride (and bear in mind I’ve been climbing for 25 years and running for 3) I am thinner, leaner, have a lower HR and generally feel better. Cholesterol…

Staff jolly with THE Medical

I’m not very good at being part of a team, not sure why but I’ve come to accept it. Which is why I’m lucky enough to work in an environment (2 different ones) where people don’t seem to mind. As a staff jolly someone suggested a bike ride so I planned a route – quite…

Injury of the day

So this walked in to my clinic today. It’s the right knee, any guesses.

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….