FHT announces new President

New president Christopher Byrne

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Byrne was been elected as President by his peers on the FHT Governing Council. He takes over the role from Paul Battersby, who represented the interests of the FHT and its members for two consecutive years.

After a successful 20-year career as a chartered engineer, working for Rolls Royce and Bentley, followed by the Volkswagen Group, where he worked in customer care and then business management, Christopher embarked on a career in professional therapy. He initially trained in Swedish and sports massage, then went on to complete an MSc degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which was closely followed by gaining clinical experience at the Hepingli Hospital and Beijing Academy in China. Today, Christopher enjoys running a busy therapy practice and training school in Crewe, Cheshire.

‘It is a privilege to be elected as the sixth President of the FHT and a great honour to be representing our members during these exciting times,’ said Christopher. ‘The therapy world is ever-changing and the FHT continues to be at the forefront of these developments.

‘As a full-time therapist and therapy trainer myself, I understand what a difference our members are making to their clients’ lives – whether that’s helping them to manage a long-term condition or injury, or simply encouraging them to make small lifestyle changes that will help to improve their overall wellbeing and self-esteem. I also appreciate the need for further recognition for the work our members do, whatever their therapy specialism, and particularly in the field of health and social care. During my time as President, I will be working hard to promote the safe and excellent therapy services our members have to offer, which benefit not just the public, but also other professionals striving to meet the nation’s needs.

‘Finally, I would like to thank my predecessor, Paul, who steered the FHT for two years. With an experienced FHT Governing Council and staff at my side, I hope to continue much of the excellent work he initiated, while also looking for new ways to support our members as they support others.’

For more information about Christopher and the FHT Governing Council, please visit www.fht.org.uk/about-us

COPA Series 2018

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COPA logoEurope’s leading event for rehab professionals will take place at the ExCeL on 9 and 10 May 2018, when more than 6,000 practice owners, practitioners and experts will converge on London to discover everything they need to improve their business.

With COPA having a reputation for partnering with some of the most innovative and influential businesses in the world of rehab, the addition of FHT to next year’s roster is another major step towards making COPA 2018 the biggest and best yet.

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FASCIA AND PAIN

What is fascia’s role in pain? Fascia is involved in force transmission, lubrication, and cellular communication. It protects, connects and separates of all other structures and therefore must play a role in dysfunction and pain. This lecture will discuss what happens when fascia becomes injured and how it compounds body dysfunction. Scar tissue and adhesions will also be discussed including their contribution to structural imbalances, physiological distress and ultimately pain.

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ACUPUNCTURE FOR MYOFASCIAL PAIN

This seminar outlines the neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture and dry needling at peripheral, spinal and supraspinal levels. The session will introduce clinicians to the anatomical and physiological approach to western medical acupuncture and dry needling and their utilisation in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. It discusses the clinically reasoned approach to the use of acupuncture and dry needling based on the relationship between the body’s mechanistic response to needling and pathophysiology.

As the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland, FHT will be one of 200 forward-thinking organisations exhibiting at stand 2230 across the five shows that make up the COPA Series – Chiro Expo, Physio Expo, Osteo Expo, Podiatry Expo, and the Prosthetics & Orthotics Expo.

What’s more, as a platform for rehab practice owners to build on their professional knowledge as well as discover the rehab equipment of tomorrow, COPA 2018 will house 90 CPD-accredited seminars by industry experts from across the globe.

And with visitors also having access to a whole host of educational workshops, interactive product demos, and unlimited networking opportunities with like-minded rehab professionals; practice owners will be spoilt for choice with ways to take their practice to the next level.

Click here for your free ticket to COPA 2018 – which will also get you into the neighbouring Elite Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Expo

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Lotte Mikkelsen

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Lotte Mikkelsen is a laughter ambassador and laughter yoga master trainer, as well as being a laughter therapist trainer and gibberish trainer. She is your everyday laughter queen.

In 2017, Lotte celebrated a decade of delivering Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training in the UK with passion, compassion and empathy, always with her students in mind.

After founding UnitedMind in 2002, the laughter yoga journey has been exciting and life-changing in many ways. Working with organisations in the private and public sectors falls naturally with her background of almost 20 years in technology companies prior to starting her full-time laughter venture.

Where to find Lotte at the FHT Training Congress:

Laughter yoga
Room 1, Monday 21 May, 12pm – 1pm

Enjoy an hour of laughter yoga where you will be actively moving around and connecting with people, experiencing the benefits of extending your laughter from a few seconds to a real workout. The workshop gives you an insight into how you can choose laughter in your life, everyday.

Look out for an article by Lotte on laughter yoga in the next issue of International Therapist.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

Member News – April

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The April issue of FHT Member News is out today. Take a peek at what’s inside…

Member News features the latest therapy updates, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership.

In this month’s issue:

  • Acupuncture may be more effective than Ibuprofen for lumbar disk herniation
  • FHT’s Jane Long presents professional beauty award
  • Stroke association seeking volunteer therapists for London Marathon
  • And more!

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your copy.

If you’re not a member and would like to receive our updates…

Find out more about joining the FHT – the largest professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. Visit fht.org.uk/join-us or call 023 8062 4350 today.

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Jane Duncan Rogers

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She is also teaching an FHT Hosted course, which you can book here.

Where to find Jane at the 2018 FHT Training Congress:

Five pointers to being with your terminally ill clients
Room 3, Monday 21 May, 2pm – 3pm

When facing end of life, how others behave around you is crucial, especially your therapist. In this talk, Jane introduces you to five essential things to consider with your client, in order to best support them, and facilitate as good an end of life as possible.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health

FHT Training Congress Speaker Highlight: Emma Hague

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Emma Hague is a Certified Money Breakthrough Coach, Chartered Management Accountant and entrepreneur who helps women in accounting get that first ‘breakthrough’ in their home-based business so they can find the confidence they need to build a business they love – and get past that place of ‘never having any money’ no matter how hard they seem to try.

Emma has helped scores of business women (and men!) during her time as a self-employed accountant and business coach – from Architects to Ecological Surveyers, Fish & Chip Shops to Landlords, Scientists to Sushi Bars and Tilers to Web Designers!

Where to find Emma at the 2018 FHT Training Congress:

Charge what you’re worth and get it
Room 3, 
Sunday 20 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Do you often feel unsure about what you should be charging? Do you feel like you can’t charge what you want to, because you’ll lose clients or you’d feel guilty charging more? Learn the secrets to understanding your own value and pricing with confidence, so you can finally charge what you’re worth… and get it!

Identify your unique brilliance and authentic brand
Room 3, Monday 21 May, 10.30am – 11.30am

In this fun and inspirational session, you will discover your ‘brand archetype’, which unlocks the powerful, instantly recognisable presence within you that is a client-attraction and opportunitiy magnet. Capture your spirit, personality and passion into an authentic brand that you can use in all of your marketing.

Book your FHT Training Congress tickets here

Remember to also register for free entry to the Holistic Health Show on their website here.

FHT 2018 Training Congress at Holistic Health