A chat with Anne...
How did you start your career?
For 10-12 years I worked as a Nurse, initially working in Preston before making the move to Morecambe.
I then qualified as a Fitness Instructor offering Aerobics and Step classes at an Adult College. I continued my career going on to complete my teaching qualification in Teaching Adults in Further Education Course 7307 and D32/33.
An interest in Massage led me to Richmond where I trained in Deep Tissue Massage, I continued my massage training at Lancaster and Morecambe College attending Level 3 Diploma in Sports Therapy. During the second year of the course I was put in charge of Lancaster and Morecambe Under 18's Football Academy, which was an invaluable experience and increased my knowledge in assessing injuries.
How did you come to work with Morecambe Football Club?
Following my time with the Under 18's Football Academy I was moved over to Morecambe Football Club, helping out on match days with massages for the First Team, as well as training evenings.
Once the team went professional I continued to help at weekend home games. A highlight was travelling to Wembley, being part of the team in winning their first ever promotion to the English Football League. Following their promotion, I became the First Team Sports Therapist.
Tell us about your training?
Throughout my career I’ve trained extensively. I achieved a distinction in Level 5 Advanced Sports Therapy with Active Health Group. I then qualified with JING Institute on their BTEC Level 6 Advanced Clinical Massage and Sports Therapy course with a distinction. There are just over 100 practitioners qualified in the UK at this level.
What are the benefits of the treatment?
The main benefits of treatment is to reduce pain, increase movement and speed recovery.
How do you decide what treatment your clients need?
As part of a pre-treatment consultation I ask questions about the client’s pain, when they were aware of it, a pain awareness scale of 1-10, if the pain is constant, intermittent or occasional and what makes it worse or better. I ask about medications, allergies and if they have had any surgery. These answers give me clues as to where the pain may be radiating from.
We then go through a range of movements, these can be Active, Passive and Resisted which helps identify the source of their problem.
What happens after the treatment?
There are home care exercises. These form an integral part of the overall treatment.
How many appointments do clients usually need?
The frequency of appointments evolves depending on the improvements the client experiences.
How have your methods evolved over the years?
Through training and research, I have expanded greatly the range of advanced techniques I use. Adopting Advanced Clinical Massage techniques and Myofascial massage have been major landmarks. I am currently developing CranioSacral Therapy Techniques which enable me to offer even wholly different range of treatments.
How are the treatments planned?
Because no two clients are alike, the planning of any treatment is individually based and develops over time. It cannot be prescribed in advance.
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