Pedal for Parkinson’s needs your help!

Calling all qualified Body/Sports Massage FHT members. Parkinson’s UK is looking for Volunteer Massage Therapists to support their series of cycling events across the country this summer – can you help?

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There will be approximately 250 cyclists taking part to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. But it takes more than pedalling to keep the wheels turning!

What’s involved?

  • Providing post-race leg massage to cyclists to aid their recovery from the ride. Ideally approximately 20 minutes per cyclist.
  • Congratulating cyclists on their achievement and speaking to them about the ride, including any injuries they may have sustained.

What skills do you need?

  • Qualified massage therapist
  • Must be able to provide copy of qualifications
  • Provide current copy of public liability insurance (preferred but not essential)

Where and when is it?

  • Date: Sunday 4 June 2017
  • Venue: Stratford Racecourse, Stratford upon Avon
  • Schedule:  The event starts at 9am, with 3 distances; 19, 40 and 57 miles. Shifts will last for 5 hours – commencing at 10.30am and ending at 3.30-4pm.

They are committed to ensuring that no volunteer should find themselves out of pocket because of expenses incurred when carrying out activities on their behalf. As a volunteer, you can claim out of pocket expenses in line with Parkinson’s UK’s Volunteer Expenses Policy. They will also provide a sandwich lunch.

For more information and to take part please contact : Holly Hearn at hhearn@fht.org.uk

FHT members support the 2017 London Marathon

Following the great success of the 2017 London Marathon, FHT therapists offered their services to help tired runners on behalf of two leading charities, the MND Association and the Stroke Association.

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The 2017 London Marathon, which took place on 23 April, saw a record number of competitors take to the streets of London to raise money for a variety of charities. 

Participants were greeted at the finish line by FHT therapists offering free treatments to participants, to make sure the runners left the post-race reception venue in the best possible condition, after clocking up a massive 26.2 miles.

FHT members volunteered their time and skills on behalf of both the MND Association and the Stroke Association.Their generous donation helping to ease runners aches and pains in a professional and skillful manner, while upholding the standards of the FHT.

With over 160 runners raising money for the charity, it was the biggest year yet for the MND Association.

‘We were impressed by the hard work, care and professionalism of both the FHT therapists, Will McAllister and Neil Ferebee. They really did help to make a difference to each of our runners’ experience, for which we are so grateful. Roll on London Marathon 2018 – we would love to work with your therapists again.’

Also working at the event were FHT members Peggy, Martina, Aria and Wendy; representing the FHT and providing support for the Stroke Association. 

“We are hugely grateful to the FHT therapists who gave up their time and provided their expertise on Sunday to help us look after our team of 240 incredible and inspiring #TeamStroke Marathon runners. So far the runners have raised over £300k. They were so very grateful for the post-run treatments and we offer sincere thanks to the FHT for once again supporting the Stroke Association.”

The FHT are proud to represent therapists who are committed to the industry and who are willing to volunteer their own time to give back to the community. 

 

Sports therapist Nicholas Flanagan reveals why he chose a career in care

Following the release of the FHT’s second ‘My therapist helps me..’ case study, we have caught up with sports therapist Nicholas Flanagan who revealed why he chose a career in care.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why did you decide to train as a sports therapist?

‘I started my journey on a complementary health therapy course which introduced me to massage and many other types of therapy. When the course ended, I found myself wanting more – I had developed a thirst for learning. I went on to complete a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree and have recently embarked on a master’s degree in Physiotherapy at Teesside University.’

What do you enjoy most about your role?

‘I really enjoy working with people who have developed seemingly unwarranted aches and pains, whether that is due to poor posture as a result of working at a desk or from not having a correctly balanced gym programme. Being able to assess the root of these issues allows me to help people to understand the cause of their problems and therefore provide them with treatment or tools to help correct these. The best feeling is when people return to the practice with a feeling of self improvement and greater understanding of their body.’

What are the most common problems you help your clients address?

‘I see a lot of people dealing with low back pain, and back, neck and shoulder issues due to poor posture as well as a variety of sport related injuries. They all have one thing in common; regardless of how the problems occur, people want to improve their function and reduce pain.’

What has been your greatest achievement while working as a sports therapist?

‘I couldn’t define one moment but rather a general feeling. When you are in a position to help people improve their function, you gain an insight into how significantly these problems can affect people’s lives, and that can be tough – people can be really down and feel hopeless. However, with some encouragement and therapy, I often see people return to the practice with a positive attitude and feeling like they can make a difference in their lives. That gives me joy; it makes me proud to have been an influence in that transition.’

What did winning the 2016 FHT Sports Therapist of the Year award mean to you?

‘”Wow!” first of all, considering the competition of Adrian and Nicholas, I didn’t think I stood a chance against such strong calibre, high achieving therapists.

‘For me it was a real validation of the work that I do, not only in practice but also as a volunteer. To be recognised as somebody that makes a difference has always motivated me; it inspires me to keep learning and developing and to continue thinking outside the box. It has already afforded me so many new experiences, and this is only the beginning.’

Tell us about your part in the FHT’s ‘My therapist helps me…’ campaign.

‘I had an inordinate amount of fun taking part, especially being given the opportunity to go on this journey with my wonderful client, Kevin. Kevin is a real inspiration and such a go-getter; he is determined not to let life get in the way of his ambitions. Being able to help him manage his body was good enough for me, but to see him push forward and keep coaching the rugby team was the icing on the cake. I also have to mention the hard work that the FHT does to make the campaign flow seamlessly; it puts me at ease knowing that there are such competent and dedicated professionals working to best represent me and fellow therapy professionals.’

What inspired you to take part in the 2017 FHT Training Congress and what should guests expect from your seminar?

‘Truthfully, I jumped at this opportunity. In the past I have lectured to new learners but never to peers. I am always seeking a new challenge as I believe working outside your comfort zone is essential for both personal and professional growth.

‘This seminar on age and exercise is going to be a lot of fun and will get your heart beating. I have some relevant and informative research to highlight, and will be presenting a collection of recommendations for practice, received from very well recognised practitioners. There is also a nice surprise in store for you – I am all about experiential learning and so I ask you to bring an open mind, a positive attitude and comfortable footwear!’

What’s next for Nick?

‘I have just begun studying a master’s degree in Physiotherapy which will be my main focus over the next two years. I also work at The Westoe Practice in South Shields; we are a multidisciplinary center for health and well-being. I am part of an amazing team of people who are passionate about helping people improve their quality of life through various physical, psychological and spiritual modalities. I hope to offer the highest quality of service to those in need and continue to develop my craft by learning from my clients and peers.’

 

 

Nicholas Flanagan will be hosting the “Age and Exercise” seminar at 10:30 on Sunday 21 May at the 2017 FHT Training Congress.

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You can find out more about Nick and Kevin’s case study here

FHT 2017 Training Congress launched!

2017 FHT Training Congress

We’re thrilled to reveal that this year’s 2017 FHT Training Congress will be held at the Holistic Health show, 21 – 22 May, at the NEC Birmingham.

Featuring 32 educational sessions of CPD training over the two day event, the Training Congress is a fantastic opportunity to network, learn the latest therapy trends, grow your business with informative business talks and contribute towards your annual CPD quota.

We’ve organised a variety of different speakers to attend, giving sessions on a range of therapy subjects, with both hands on and theory sessions available, this year’s Training Congress is not to be missed!

Make sure you follow the latest updates here.

Wearing running shoes without cushioning may reduce injury risk

Wearing running shoes without cushioning and landing on the balls of your feet puts less strain on the body, according to research from the University of Exeter.

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The study published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal  was designed to measure the loading rate of runners (when their feet hit the ground), a factor in injury risk.

Twenty-nine runners were involved in the study, with those wearing ‘minimal’ trainers recording significantly lower loading rates than people in standard running shoes.

People wearing cushioned footwear are said to land more often on their heels, known as ‘rearfoot strike’, while someone running without shoes would land on the ball of their foot, known as ‘forefoot strike.’ The rearfoot strike is believed to result in an ‘abrupt vertical impact force’, which is often missing from the forefoot strike.

Many runners experience injuries because they purchase inappropriate footwear, despite footwear being highly modifiable.

However, Lead Author of the study Dr Hannah Rice says,  ‘our research tells us that becoming accustomed to running with a forefoot strike in shoes that lack cushioning promotes a landing with the lowest loading rates, and this may be beneficial in reducing the risk of injury.’

Look out for an article on running injuries and prevention in the next issue of International Therapist, out in January 2017.

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Golfers are more likely to have unusually shaped hip-joints

A number of elite golfers have been found to have unusual hips, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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The study from the University of Warwick examined the hips of 55 elite players, using MRI scans and aimed to ‘assess the morphology and pathology of golfers’ hips comparing lead and trail hips.’

The researchers found that many of the elite players had egg-shaped right hips, with the usual ball-shape on their left side.

It is not yet known if playing golf causes the unusual hip shape or whether people are more likely to reach a professional level with these hip shapes.

Playing golf may be a factor because of the huge force a player puts into the hips in the golf swing.

Read the full study

  • Click here to read an article about golf injury treatment, rehabilitation and prevention, featured in Issue 116 Spring 2016 of International Therapist.

Sports massage is added to FHT’s independently accredited register for complementary healthcare therapists

The FHT is pleased to announce that sports massage has been added to its Accredited Register, which is independently approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a body accountable to Parliament.

Sports massage is added to FHT’s independently accredited register for complementary healthcare therapists

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FHT members who hold a qualification in sports massage, accepted by the FHT for membership and insurance purposes, will now be automatically listed on the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, under sports massage.

Furthermore, the FHT’s Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register is the only Accredited Register to list sports massage as a standalone modality.

Practitioners listed on the FHT’s Accredited Register are part of a government-backed scheme to protect the public, which helps potential clients, employers and health and care commissioners to choose a therapist with confidence.

Jennifer WayteFHT’s President, Jennifer Wayte, says: ‘While body massage and sports therapy already appear on the FHT’s Accredited Register, we’re delighted to now add sports massage to the list. Not only will this offer more choice to those looking for practitioners on an Accredited Register, we hope it will also bring therapists offering this modality further recognition for their role in health and care.

‘Sports massage has many health and well-being benefits to offer, and not just to those taking part in sporting activities’, Jennifer adds. ‘For instance, many people experience minor aches and pains as a result of their work or hobbies – from painting and decorating, to gardening and fishing. Sports massage, alongside conventional medical care, can be an excellent way to help people address these day-to-day challenges. It can also be an effective form of preventative health care.’

For more information about the FHT’s Accredited Register, visit www.fht.org.uk/register