Misconceptions – how many appointments do I need?

Something that comes up when talking with people about physio and appointments is the number of treatments they might or might not need. I know that in the realms of the NHS, 3-4 and sometimes up to 6 appointments are often suggested and you continue to go until those appointments are done. There are other physios and other professions that also work on this kind of basis, suggesting, or sometimes insisting that you pay up front for a course of a number of sessions over the next few weeks or months so that you can come back whenever they deem … Continue reading

Injury Focus – Rotator cuff

I see a fair few climbers and gym athletes with shoulder issues. Although there are a huge number of climbing and shoulder related resources out there, I thought it might be nice to have a quick blog about the most mis-understood bits of the whole thing. The rotator cuff and how that relates to issues that appear in the training and climbing community. Note, this is a blog, not a peer reviewed journal, nor is it a self-diagnosis provider. It is something to read, and hopefully be educated with. If you need a diagnosis for yourself – see a professional. … Continue reading

Physio Misconceptions – what to expect?

It was suggested to me that I do a quick blog about common misconceptions about physio. Now, I don’t profess to be an absolute expert on this, I can only really recount a few experiences of the mismatch between what some people appear to expect from physio and how that differs to the way we work. I have also drawn from previous experience based on my experiences with physios when I was injured – and how I would expect to be treated as a patient now. What do people expect? Originally, way back when I did my original training in … Continue reading

Marathon time

Ah – February. Marathon training schedules rule the roost. People counting miles, gradually building up the distance. Niggles appear, cold and flu rear their ugly heads, they get ignored, sometimes they disappear, but sometimes they grow more and more insistent. Occasional days get missed, sometimes a week but still the schedule grinds on. Some people, having not got on the bandwagon a month ago are now looking to start an “accelerated” marathon programme- get fit for 26 miles in less than 3 months. Yes. It’s February. Soon enough it will be March, the mornings are slowly getting brighter, runs will … Continue reading

Injury Focus – Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankles – the bane of the fellrunner, general annoyance, occasionally (and unnecessarily) the end of a running career. What happens? You run along minding your own business when all of a sudden you go over on your ankle. We’ve all done it – your foot inverts, pain blossoms at the junction of your ankle and your foot, normally on the outside, you scream, sometimes fall over, and then attempt to keep running on it. Sometimes you can keep running on it, but sometimes it is so bad that all you can do is hobble to the nearest road, call … Continue reading

CPD – review and preview

What is CPD? As you may or may not know, CPD stands for Continual Professional Development. It is a core principle of many professions, especially within the healthcare sphere. As a physio I am expected to keep my current levels of knowledge up to date, but also to continue diversifying my knowledge throughout my career. This can take the form of courses, reading, listening to podcasts, teaching, being involved with exams etc. The key is making sure that what I learn goes on to benefit my practice and the people I treat, and also- keeping a record of it all. … Continue reading