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Great to return to Oxford United to start my 9th season!

I was so excited last week to be able to return to Oxford United FC as a member of the medical team.
I have been working with the first team for 9 years, and the squad is a strong as ever this season.
I will be spending a couple of days a week at the training ground to assist the full time medical team (head by team Physio Amy Cranston) to ensure the squad is in the best medical condition for match day and also to help those who are in recovery.
I also attend the home games mainly to to provide pre-match treatment, so my time at Oxford Utd works well alongside my private clients during the week.
Chris
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The Pupils of Kiboi Primary School (Kenya) Graduation Day!

Congratulations to the pupils of Kiboi Primary School, Kenya as they graduated to Secondary school.
I have become firm friends with Mr Wilfred Kimutai the school's headmaster over the years, and through our mutual friends and Kenyan athlete's Jonah Chesum and Shadrack Korir I have managed to support the school by donating sports equipment and kit.
As part of this support I provide the refreshments for their graduation and love to see these recent pics of the pupils have they celebrate their fantastic achievement of qualifying for Secondary school.
Great to be able to share their excitement and thanks to Wilfred, Jonah & Shadrack for their continued support.
Chris
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Open As Usual!

I am very pleased to announce that following April 12th, I am approved to extend my treatment to all members of the public, and not just to those in chronic pain.
So please contact me directly and I look forward to welcoming both old and new clients.
Best regards

Chris

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Competing in the Dan Upton Memorial Discus Throws Competition

This morning, my son Adam and I had fun taking part in the Dan Upton memorial throws competition to raise money for the Wounded Highlanders charity.
Adam throws the discus for Radley AC and is nationally ranked and has been the Oxford County Champion for the past 4 years, and so although I am happy with my 19.20 metre best throw, Adam threw a bit further!

Best regards

Chris

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My Clinic Is Open For Essential Treatment!

It was fantastic to be given permission from the Gov and my Professional Association to reopen last week, following the strict conditions to only treat clients for a medical necessity but this also means that unfortunately I'm not able to see clients for general maintenance treatment.
If you are unsure whether you can receive treatment then contact me to discuss your condition.
Although I am permitted to continue providing essential treatment for those who require it, I am also continuing to provide my free nationwide support for all key workers who require some virtual help with their aches & pains but are unable to afford either the time or money to see a professional.
During the first lockdown of 16 weeks, I supported 85 NHS staff members from as far afield as Edinburgh, but this time I am including all key workers and not just NHS staff.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch to discus how I can help you including virtual mobility exercises, stretching advice and self care routines.
It is absolutely no problem at all and it's completely free of charge and confidential.
Please contact me directly via chris@back2best.com.

Best regards

Chris

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I close for Christmas on 17th December and reopen for the 28th & 29th.  I close for new year on 30th and reopen on 2nd January.

 

I wish all my clients, old and new a very Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy 2021.

Thanks you for your continued support, I really do appreciate it.

Best regards

Chris

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A sense of normality.!

I hope you are all keeping well during this second lockdown.

Alongside my private work, I am keeping busy with my time working at Oxford United FC where I am still able to treat the players as part of the medical team made up of dedicated and talented professionals; Amy Cranston (1st team physio), Spike (Soft Tissue Therapist) & Nathan Benjamin Smith (Sports Therapist).

It's so vital to maintain a routine as close to normality as possible, even if there are some restrictions.  Fingers crossed that change is just around the corner.

 

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London marathon pace setter Shadrack Korir (no. 9 alongside Sir Mo Farah) helps me to support Kiboi Primary School, Kenya.

Shadrack with the holdall containing football kit he is taking home for the pupils of Kiboi Primary School.

I'm so grateful to London Marathon pace setter Shadrack Korir for agreeing to take a holdall full of football kit back to Kenya with him for the pupils of Kiboi Primary School.

I have been personally supporting this school since 2012 by providing sports equipment and clothing for the children, and I partner with Kenyan athlete's competing in England who take the donations back with them.

Shadrack ran alongside Sir Mo Farah pace setting for the elite British athletes during the London marathon and I met him at his hotel in Windsor 2 days before the race to hand him the holdall.

This support for the school children can not be continued without the generosity of the Kenyan athlete's including Jonah Chesum & Shadrack Korir agreeing to take the equipment home with them and I am so grateful to them.

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You ran a marathon yesterday, now what?

After such a fantastic effort yesterday, whether you finished the 26.2 miles or not - congratulations on setting out on such a challenge and the hard work is over and now is the time to reward your body.

First take care of any injuries you may have picked up, including blisters (Compeed is great for these) and if you are a victim of the nasty jogger's nipple soreness then icing helps, or if it is broken skin then nappy rash cream or antibiotic cream is the way to go!

Any minor muscle pain/cramping will be expected to reduce within the next 3 - 5 days with some very gentle stretching and movement and also by applying ice 2 - 3 times a day, but of course if you are concerned then a trip to a medical professional is always a good idea.  If you don't know of any then always ask friends and go by their recommendations - be it Physio, Chiro, Osteo or soft tissue therapy - it's all good stuff!

Finally, sleep and eat as much as possible for the next couple of days - and good luck in mastering the art of walking backwards every time you go downstairs!

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Congratulations to all who ran their own London Marathon at the weekend!

Since 2013 I have managed the NSPCC Sports Massage Therapy team of over 30 therapists treating over 400 NSPCC fundraising runners at the NSPCC post marathon reception.

This is always a highlight of my year, and this charity is very close to me as I ran 3 marathons for ChildLine (London, Edinburgh & Abingdon) from 2001 to 2005.

Fingers crossed that next year we all return to some degree of normality which will see everyone enjoying athletic events together.

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