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In the natural world we have a sense of being away from the day to day stresses and strains of life. At A6 Physio we have access to a unique, quiet and natural environment where we are able to teach pilates.
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Sam Durnian gained her BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree from the University of Teesside and graduated in 1994. Subsequently she worked in the NHS and then moved into private practice in 1996. Sam specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports injuries and Pilates and believes prevention of injury is better than cure. Sam is trained in the use of Acupuncture to complement her hands on approach of physiotherapy treatment. Sam believes in looking at each patient as a whole in order to provide fast effective treatment.
Sam's interest in sport injuries developed through her own participation in a variety of sports ranging from county netball, national level dressage, club level squash and golf.
Golf: It is through golf that she has had the good fortune to travel around the UK and Europe with her husband Denis Durnian.
Sam and Denis formed a successful partnership incorporating golf fit pilates and hands on physiotherapy to enable Denis to continue playing on The European Senior’s Tour 2000 to 2014. Denis is now retired from tour golf but continues to play golf as an amateur and is still an advocate of Pilates.
In 2011 – 2014 Sam worked with the CAP juniors (At the time known as the County Academy Program Supported by England Golf). Sam gained extensive experience in working with junior golfers from as early as age 7 through to teenage years. Sam continues to work with golfers and has a good working relationship with golf coaches who specialise in golf biomechanics in Lancashire and Cheshire (see our home page for more information).
Sam, herself, is a keen golfer and currently plays off a single figure handicap. She has a first hand understanding and knowledge of the importance of remaining fit for golf and other sports.
Running: Sam has trained in assessing running gait. Often altered running biomechanics are the result of poor dynamic and functional movement patterns which can be rehabilitated with exercises. This in turn can improve running speed and technique. For more information about our running analysis see services.
Sam has a special interest in treating the lower back, pelvic girdle and shoulder pain. Pelvic pain can affect many sporting and non-
Pilates: Sam is trained in Pilates and teaches regular classes, (see services for more details).
Sam is a member of the Acupuncture Association for Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
Tom Clarkson qualified with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree from Salford University. Tom joined A6 Physiotherapy in August 2012 and he specialises in musculoskeletal and sports injuries. He has a keen interest in Football and Martial Arts and prior to becoming a physiotherapist Tom worked as a Personal Trainer and Nutritional Advisor. This involved working with Professional and Semi-
In addition to working at A6 Physiotherapy, Tom has also continued working for East Lancashire Hospital Trust and now works in a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist role. Within this role, Tom works in an award winning spinal clinic service as well as a specialist soft tissue knee injury clinic. In addition to these two specific roles, Tom is also responsible for the day to day assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all other musculoskeletal complaints. This often involves liaising with specialists and consultants where necessary.
Tom has also completed his post graduate Acupuncture and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue massage training and is able to provide these in the management of most musculoskeletal complaints.
Tom is now currently furthering his studies by undertaking a Masters module at the University of Salford in 2019.
SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST
Olivia Brewster is a qualified Human and Equine Sports Massage Therapist. VTCT Level 4 / ITEC Dip Eq Sports (www.bfitforever.co.uk)
Olivia's massage interests developed through her own experience competing with her horses and being involved in other sporting interests such as running, cycling and swimming. As well as working with A6 Physiotherapy Olivia runs her own clinic in Cheshire under the brand name BfitForever which specialises in soft tissue massage and teaching Pilates. Olivia has a wealth of experience and has also previously worked for the English Institute of Sport and British Cycling as a Sports massage therapist.
Before training to become a Sports Massage Therapist Olivia worked for long hours in an office job which involved lots of sitting down and driving. This consequently highlighted posture risk factors that ultimately affected her ability to perform in sports without pain or recurrent injuries. Olivia believes such problems can be prevented with regular sports massage.
Olivia is also qualified in Hot Stones Sports Massage which is becoming hugely popular in sporting individuals wanting that deeper longer lasting massage. She also offers Swedish Body Massage for those that prefer a gentler form of massage. In addition to massage Olivia has trained in the correct application of K-
Olivia has also qualified to do massage on horses which she feels has enhanced her hands on skills with the humans. This training further developed her ability in identifying the underlying cause of muscle tightness in order to administer the most effective soft tissue techniques. Olivia says "Horses can't tell you where the problem is so it's a case of finding the problem by touch and feel."
Olivia is a fully qualified Pilates instructor so has extensive knowledge on how the body moves which is crucial when identifying muscle imbalances and for administering effective massage treatments.
Olivia's ethos is:-
DON'T, wait until you are in pain or suffering from injuries before turning to massage.
DO, have regular massage maintenance to increase your overall sense of well being for optimum physical and mental health, helping you to achieve your goals pain free.
Life is for living and in today’s fast paced world, Olivia believes it is important to look after yourself and do what you’re passionate about to live a more rewarding life for much longer and to achieve your goals and ‘B Fit Forever’.
All our Physiotherapists are registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) and are members of the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
The role of massage is hugely beneficial in providing maintenance for ALL, not just athletes. Sports massage is a deep tissue massage based on knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
If you find yourself with any general aches and pains, sprains, minor injuries, or generally tight muscles then sports massage could help you. Applicable to all age groups from children to the elderly.
Sports massage can help clients to increase and improve circulation, enhance muscle tone, relax muscle spasm, prevent and relieve adhesions. This, in turn, increases range of movement and ultimately improves general well being and relaxation. It can be used to aid recovery after injury / intensive training and prevent atrophy (wasting) of muscles.
Dr Hill graduated from the University of Salford in 1998 with a BSc in Podiatric Medicine. In July 2003 she completed a Masters' Degree (MSc) in Sports Injury and Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University and went on to complete her studies at The University of Salford in 2013 where she was awarded her Doctorate degree. Her Doctorate research investigated foot orthoses for chronic low back pain.
Lindsay has a special interest in the Treatment and Prevention of Sport Injuries and utilises TOG Gaitscan in her private practice. She has worked with the Football Association and treated a range of Elite Sports Men and Women, that have included Liverpool Football Club, Salford City Reds and Warrington Wolves Rugby League clubs to name but a few. With each sporting profession Lindsay's role is to conduct biomechanical screenings and prescribe bespoke foot orthotics. Lindsay works with all age groups from Paediatrics up through the ages and believes in close working relationships with all the health professionals involved with each patient working with a team ethos for the patient's overall well being.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Lindsay is a keen runner and regularly raced at half marathon distance for a few years with a PB of 1.31.03. In 2009 she completed the London marathon in a time of 3.38.31! More recently her spare time has been occupied by her two children.
For further information about this service contact Lindsay directly via www.axis-
The foot is a complex part of the body because it is the first and last point of contact with the ground and therefore greatly influences the musculoskeletal system in the gait cycle. Gait analysis is becoming more and more popular in sporting and non-
Leigh Norris joined A6 Physiotherapy in 2011 as Practice Secretary and is now Practice Manager. Leigh deals with the administration and accounting side of the clinic, managing the bookings and appointments for all Therapies and Pilates. If you have any further queries about the service at A6 Physiotherapy Leigh will be more than happy to answer them.
If you have any queries regarding the services at A6 Physiotherapy then Leigh will be very happy to provide more information.
Jim Ardin graduated from the Auckland School of Physiotherapy in New Zealand in 1992.
He initially worked in New Zealand and then Illinios, USA before moving to the UK in 1994.
Jim has extensive experience, having worked in Private Practice since 1998, and over the years has developed close links with many of the North West’s top Consultant Surgeons.
Jim has a special interest in the treatment of Running injuries. He has been a competitive runner since the age of 9 and still competes for Bury Athletics Club. In 2015 he completed The Wall Ultramarathon (69 miles in one day), in 2017 the Ultimate Trails 110Km Lake District event and is currently training for the Lakeland 50 (mile) in July 2019. He has completed many other Marathons including 7 London Marathons and therefore has a natural passion for the treatment of runners of all age groups and their injuries.
Jim has continued with his post-
Jim is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
PILATES CLASSES AVAILABLE PLEASE CONTACT THE CLINIC FOR MORE DETAILS
A6 physiotherapy works in conjunction with local sports clubs and other health professionals with the same end goal of optimal health and performance for the wellbeing of every person being treated. We believe it is essential to assess and treat the whole body as where the pain is, isn’t always the root cause of the problem.
Chorley Athletic Club discount:
20% off for juniors 16 and under
Please quote membership number when booking your physiotherapy.
Simon graduated from The University of Central Lancashire with a BSc (Hons) degree in 2008, and began his career working within the NHS, completing his rotations through all the specialities within physiotherapy. Simon has always shown an interest to specialise in the field of musculoskeletal injuries and has worked within this field for the last 7 years. He has continued to work both within the NHS and privately throughout his career. Including working in professional football at Blackpool FC, providing medical cover for national tennis events and two years working within an A&E setting assessing and treating acute injuries.
Simon is qualified in delivering acupuncture which can be used as a treatment modality for many conditions. Simon has worked with a wide variety of clients from recreational to elite athletes, and has developed a vast knowledge in all musculoskeletal injuries. Throughout his career he has maintained extremely high standards; ensuring treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs.
Outside of work, Simon takes part in a wide variety of sports, with his main interest being tennis. He has been competing to a high level since the age of 6, and continues to do so. He has recently completed a number of different events including the Chester half marathon in May 2015, Manchester marathon in April 2016. Simon also completed a ½ Ironman in Staffordshire in June 2017. As a result of his sporting interests Simon has a sound understanding of what it takes to train for extreme events.