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The next time you are watching a post-race interview with a successful athlete, listen out as one of the first people they will thank is their physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are part of the glue that holds all good athletes together over a long season of running.
Physiotherapy has long been the profession at the forefront of treating runners’ injuries and can ease your immediate symptoms as well as finding the weak link that might be causing the problem. All physios are university trained and are required to achieve grades equivalent to those students studying medicine so you are definitely in safe hands.
When you visit a physiotherapist they will not only be able to diagnose your problem but assess why that problem is likely to have occurred. They can treat the symptoms with hands-on massage and manipulation, and use exercise to correct any muscle imbalance or weakness that may be causing the problem in the first place. They are a one stop shop for all runners and have some extra tricks like taping and acupuncture to help get you through the difficult times.
Commonly for runners, physios treat ITB syndrome, calf tears, Achilles problems, plantar fasciitis as well as any hip, knee or back pain associated with running. Physiotherapy is covered by all major insurance companies and you can also get referred by your GP for NHS physiotherapy although this might involve waiting a while. Find and visit a physiotherapist that is recommended by runners in your area as a vital part of your race preparation.
SunDial Clinics 111 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XF
Susie Foulds The Physiotherapy Practice 105 Havelock Road, Brighton BN1 6GL
Arc Physiotherapy Riptide Health & Fitness, Old Shoreham Rd, Hove, BN3 7BF
Body Rehab Studios 30 The Drive, Hove, BN3 3JD
Eatons Physiotheraphy 23, St Leonards Gardens, Hove BN3 4QA
Kevin Hall Physiotherapy 18 Rigden Road, Hove, BN3 6NP
Louis Jones Physiotherapy 2nd Floor Suite 12, Adur Business Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5EG