In the lead up to the FHT’s first Virtual Training Congress we will be introducing FHT members to our event speakers. This week we speak to James Woledge, FHT Accredited Course Provider at The Abbeyfields Clinic.
Tell us a bit of background about yourself…
Following my degree in Sports Science, I lucked out into a job training motor racing drivers, travelling all over the world. By attending osteopath and physio appointments with them, I became increasingly interested in that area of work, so, went back to university for a further four years.
What business challenges were presented to you in 2020 and what did you do to adapt to these changes?
Well, you have to adapt to changes in the industry anyway, this just one happened a bit too quick for my liking! I think like most people, we’ve just been focusing surviving and staying safe. A ‘pause’ year financially but an opportunity to take stock, reinvest time in CPD and perhaps even some new challenges. For one, I have decided to invest spare time in learning ultrasound diagnostics for MSK disorders, and put much more effort into my Shockwave Therapy Podcast.
What interests you outside of work?
I have a busy family life and I’ve just taken up cold water swimming in the sea – just in a pair of shorts and I go for it. My knees just about allow a game a golf too.
What is your Virtual Congress seminar about and what can viewers expect to come away with?
It’s about a very common, and under diagnosed condition (1 in 10 people will have it at some point in their lives) called Plantar Fasciitis (PF). There are lots of myths about best treatment approaches and I will aim to detail what advice sports therapists should be giving.
What is it about your topic that appeals to you and why is it useful for therapists?
I see this condition more than anything else in my clinic, and I have heard numerous ways in which patients have attempted to help themselves – most of which are outdated. And a lot of these approaches are from the internet or from previous therapists. It really can become quite a problem, so helping patients with simple advice and education can really make a huge difference to their quality of life.
What would be your one piece of advice for therapists wanting to grow and develop their therapy practice?
Surround yourself with a trusted referral network and don’t be afraid to refer. People are often too afraid to send a patient to someone else as its seen as lost revenue. In my experience, patients very much value your honesty and help in getting them to the right person, and often become your most loyal referrer. Other therapists also gain confidence in knowing you are aware of your ‘scope of practice’ and subsequently refer to you more often.
Buy your ticket to the FHT Virtual Congress here.
*Ticket prices: FHT student members £25, FHT members £30, non-FHT members £45