Hello! My name is Shane and I'm your Sports Therapist at the Backcare & Acupuncture Clinic.
I graduated from the University College Birmingham in 2015 and began my voyage to where you see me today. I spent over two years working in the NHS alongside Physiotherapists in the rehabilitation and outpatients MSK clinics. I really enjoyed my time within the NHS working as part of a team. It was an intense, demanding and also rewarding environment in which to quickly grow as a therapist as it expanded my learning and has hugely influenced how I work in my practice today. Looking forward, Paul and I have agreed that in 2018 I will introduce small group rehabilitation classes to focus on specific and commonly occurring problems eg low back pain.
Other valuable working experiences included working in a private gym, supporting charities at the London Marathon and Iron Man events and providing sports therapy for West Brom Ladies FC. I have a passion for making a difference to people's lives and have found massage to be a positive and effective way to get you back on track living your life how you want to live it.
I would describe my personality as outgoing as I’m not afraid to be myself - I once won a breakdancing competition on a family holiday. The only reason being the judges said I did all my moves without my hat falling off at all, I guess I’m in the wrong profession.
For many years I've wanted to work with people and specifically with musculo sketetal health problems. Having looked at what was available to me in my home country, Romania, and elsewhere in Europe I settled on Coventry University to study as a Sports Therapist. My next hurdle was to persuade my parents to let me go to live and study in another country aged just 18yrs. At first they said no but after a year my dad eventually relented and persuaded my Mum to let me go!
After three happy years studying in Coventry I graduated from Coventry University as a Sports Therapist with a First Class Honors degree and overall the highest grades in my year. Since graduating I have become a certified member of the Society of Sports Therapists. This November my parents came over for the graduation ceremony and I think the smile on their faces said it was all worth it!
Whilst at University I applied my skills in a number of sporting environments working with different teams. I also worked in the well respected University Sports Therapy clinic treating athletes, students, lecturers and members of the public. Outside of university I particularly enjoyed my time with the Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy and providing sports therapy during the Coventry Half marathon.
So, in summary, the combination of massage and sports therapy increases blood flow enabling nutrients to spread through the body more easily; in addition, it releases muscle tightness to promote relaxation and helps to remove toxins and waste products for elimination from the body.
Relaxation, increased blood flow and better elimination of body waste products means we recover well from physical work/training/sport, recover and rehab better from work and sport related injuries, feel more alive and more connected to our bodies.
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Osteopath & Medical Acupuncturist
Paul has been continuously involved in the field of natural health care provision for more than 30 years. Today he runs two busy practices in the West Midlands providing Osteopathy and Acupuncture. He maintains full registration with the following bodies:General Osteopathic Council (G.Os.C.), The British Medical Acupuncture Society (B.M.A.S).
- G.Os.C. Registration number 4/3367/F
- B.M.A.S. Registration number 05978
Paul has been able to encourage people to look after themselves, their families and even their pets using natural healthcare methods alongside the more familiar, orthodox methods. He says his aim is to ‘lead patients to get better, quicker and stay well for longer’. To do this he invests his time and money in continuous training to always stay ahead.
In his search to better understand musculo-skeletal problems and how to fix them Paul has recently completed training with Gray Cook and Lee Burton, the founders of an innovative assessment screen and method of individualised corrective exercise prescription widely used by virtually all top flight sports teams and individuals.
Paul is now able to offer the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) to produce individualised exercise prescriptions to help correct motor patterns ie movements which are contributing to reduced performance or pain.
In 2014 Paul completed the demanding instructor training course to teach Kettle Bells with the original Russian instructors who brought this method from the Soviet Union to the west. Kettle bells are acknowledged to be a highly effective way to build usable (functional) strength which is the foundation to good movement patterns, safe manual handling and performance enhancement. He is now integrating simple kettle bell exercises as part of the full rehab program for many musculo skeletal conditions as well as weight loss for health. When combined with the Functional Movement Screen it can be a highly effective part of athlete conditioning.
Over the past 15 years he has studied with some of the world’s leading NLP teachers including the co-founder John Grinder. He says that NLP has helped him to help his patients discern patterns which may be contributing to their health problems, learn from them, make new health choices and see them through. This has formed the basis of a new direction for the clinic – health coaching and Personal Breakthrough sessions.