In the latest in a series of interviews with 2019 FHT Training Congress expert speakers, we speak to Rocktape’s Mike Grice about sport, fitness and injury rehabilitation.
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
I started in the fitness industry as a gym instructor, personal trainer, sports therapist and group exercise teacher and then went into health club management and senior manager roles. I then went on to teach at a local college and then at a university. I missed the interaction with clients/patients so retrained as an osteopath and started my own therapy business alongside my own training company and now run Movement Therapy Clinics and Movement Therapy Education.
Give us an insight in to your normal day to day schedule…
Every day and week are different. I am usually in clinic two to three days a week and teach around two to three days a week, depending on the workload from the clinic and courses. I also have a consultancy role with Brytespark.
What interests you outside of work?
I love training in the gym and I’m lucky enough to have my own gym, so I get to train regularly throughout the week. I like cycling and running (when the weather is nice!) and have recently taken up korfball.
What is your Training Congress seminar about?
I have two seminars. One is on the rehabilitation journey for ankle ligament injuries and the other is how to integrate instrument assisted massage into the treatment of low back pain.
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
Context is key. It is important if you learn a new skill on a CPD day that you don’t just learn a bunch of techniques. You have to understand how you can then implement those techniques into practice and how you can adapt them for your clients. If you are unsure how to adapt what you have learned, then the new skill will quickly lose its value.
What will attendees of your seminar expect to come away with?
You will get a clear understanding about what the theory around the techniques/strategy we use is, how that links in to current research and a continuum so that you can adapt it for your clients/patients.
Are there any other seminars in the programme which you find particularly interesting?
I like the look of Rachel Fairweather and Meghan Mari’s sacroiliac joint dysfunction talk and Jane Johnson’s posture seminar.
What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
Do the basics well.
Join us at the 2019 FHT Training Congress from Sunday 19 to Monday 20 May at the Holistic Health Show, NEC Birmingham.
For more details about the talks and to book, visit fht.org.uk/congress