Physio by Amanda Heading
Physical fitness is a state of health and well-being, with the ability to perform daily activities pain-free and push the boundaries of sporting endeavour.
The body is quite remarkable: it’s constantly adjusting, re-balancing and compensating for the things we, as humans, do to it throughout our lifetime. It can, if we’re lucky, continue to function for years. But it’s all about quality: I want your body to function well for years.
The body needs movement: we all feel better when we’re moving, doing the things we enjoy, moving as efficiently and effectively as possible. Sadly, we’re often compromised by pain, stiffness or injury. And this compromises us: how we feel, how we move and how we live our lives.
But because we each have this remarkable body, it has the ability to regenerate, adapt and thrive - if you give it what it needs. And that means working with your body, understanding the clues it gives via pain, tension, fatigue or apathy and then responding in the right way. And the right way is different for everyone, depending on age, lifestyle, genetics, health history as well as your expectations and objectives.
I specialise in both injury treatment and prevention, using a range of therapeutic techniques to help you to be the best you can be. Drawing on over 40 years' experience as a dancer, competitive runner, cyclist and tennis player, as well as 21 years as a professional practitioner, I have a broad understanding of the issues faced not only by sports people, but also those recovering from operations, illness, ageing, and everyday aches and pains. Effective treatment is key to recovery, but treatment can also help prevent injury in the first place. Why wait till you’re injured, in pain and not doing the active things you want? By investing in your physical health you’ll nurture your body to function optimally.
Every treatment I give is different: different from one person to the next and different from one treatment to the next. Because every day, you’re different: a day older, a day more or less hydrated, tired or rested. We are dynamic and that means there’s always a chance we can get better. There is always something we can do to help improve our physical health and physical performance – we just need to find the right tools to do it.
How Physical Therapy can help you
If you suffer from any muscular or skeletal disorders, muscle strains, ligament sprains, muscular tension, whiplash injuries, neurological referred pain, repetitive strain, including:
Back & neck pain
Rotator cuff or frozen shoulder
Tennis and golfer's elbow
Knee & Hip Injuries
Treatments may consist of a combination of the following therapeutic techniques to restore, maintain and promote your physical health and achieve your full physical potential:
As a natural therapy, Remedial Massage is a safe and effective treatment to help ease pain and alleviate muscular tension, which can build up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity and everyday living. Find out more...
Physically active individuals may be more vulnerable to injury due to the stresses placed on the body by sport. Knowing which muscles are involved in each type of sport, and how they are recruited, is vital in improving performance. Find out more...
Mobilisation & Manipulative Therapy
Mobilisations and manipulative therapy is the gentle, passive movements of a joint can improve the range of motion, ease muscular tension and relieve pain. Find out more...
Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in both Chinese and Western medicine. It is particularly useful around painful joints, to help ease muscle spasm and reduce neurological pain. Find out more...
A vital part of successful injury recovery is a rehabilitation programme, designed specifically for each person. This bridges the gap between the treatment room and being back to full physical health. Find out more...
Our static posture very much determines how we move dynamically, but we’re often not aware of how we carry our body. A biomechanical assessment can help. Find out more...
The use of ultrasound can also be useful in helping to reduce scar tissue and improve blood flow. Kinesio-taping may also be appropriate to support joint movement and muscular health, particularly in a sporting environment. Find out more...
Communication is vital, whether that’s with your GP, consultant, personal trainer, coach or other healthcare professional. Together, we act as your team to support your health and fitness. Find out more...
Bespoke programmes developed throughout your training blocks and in the lead-up to your race or event, including physical and nutritional assessments, dietary plans and strengthening/flexibility programmes. Find out more...