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I have been working across the athletics training and therapy sector for 10 years. My experience includes: bespoke nutrition plans, sports coaching, rehabilitation of injuries in private clinics, or in team sports such as rugby and football. My experience however is not with athletes alone. I have spent many years in private clinics treating people aged 14-90 with all manner of injuries and ailments.
I am qualified in the following areas:
- BSc Sports Therapy (Hons)
- Level 2 Dynamic Neuromuscular Stablisation
- Reps level 3
- Sports nutrition
- Certificates in gym based boxing, circuits, studio cycling
I work with the realm of corrective exercise and mobilisation of soft tissue. This means that, after a detailed history is taken of your lifestyle and any past injuries, I seek to identify the root cause of any pain or biomechanical conditions with an in-depth assessment of your bodily needs.
Once the source of any conditions are identified, we can work on the localised pain initially and then the rest of the body to reduce the chances of it returning. We do this through the individual sessions but I also show you corrective exercise routines and techniques for self-myofascial release to enable you to take control of your body, thereby taking responsibility for your own recovery and rehabilitation. It is important, however, that you don’t just rely on the sessions with me alone to achieve a successful outcome. A disciplined and consistent application of the exercises I show you will really bring about excellent results and help you to maintain optimum movement.
My work consists of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS), as well as fascial slings, nutritional advice, myofascial release and trigger point therapy.
Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) is a gentle technique used for activating the deep, core musculature and training the body to maintain intra-abdominal pressure. The concept was originally taken from observing babies posture and movement and how, as we get older, we develop poor breathing and muscular habits. As a result, we lose the ability to create the intra-abdominal pressure and it puts a greater strain on other muscles – particularly across the joints.
Poor stability from lack of intraabdominal pressure can lead to all manner of issues long term, such as:
…and many more related conditions.
We are enveloped in a type of second skin called fascia. It’s connected to nerve and blood supply and a fascial sling is basically a line that starts at one point of the body and ends at another without a gap in between.
We refer to fascial slings for simplicity to enable us to maintain good posture and optimal movement.
It goes without saying that good nutrition will serve the body through a clean and healthy diet thus reducing inflammation and helping to flush out the lymphatic system. It is an important factor in the rehabilitation process to ensure the body is getting what it needs to repair.
Myofascial release and trigger point therapy
Due to our poor movement and instability the fascia becomes sticky and thick in areas. These need to be released by the use of soft tissue mobilisation (sports massage) in order to allow the fluids to get through the fascia and properly hydrate the tissues. If the tissues do not get the nutrients they need, they become undernourished, inflamed and less pliable.
Trigger point therapy is a mixture of the fascia and a “knot” in the muscle. If the muscle is knotted, the fibres cannot contract effectively causing instability and pain, which also makes it difficult for nutrients to get into the muscle causing a lack of nourishment.
Once everything has been released the nutrients can get into the muscles, enabling us to work better with the mechanics of the body so we can correct movement more efficiently with a quicker response time.