Strong Friend Laura Dalby: Soft Tissue Therapist
Don't ignore the niggles
Since meeting Laura, I have been regularly seeing her for deep tissue sports massage and release work to help prevent injury and to sort out my tight hamstrings as I train for the TAG Rugby World Cup Squad.
It’s so important pay attention to your body and not leave pains and niggles to sort themselves out.
As a trainer, I need to know if you have anything going on so that I can ensure we don't do any damage and to help you work through it if I can.
Getting regular deep tissue release is always going to help you get the most out of your fitness efforts - whether it’s working towards fat loss, rehabbing an injury or training for competition.
Laura got in contact with me initially through my website as she was looking for PTs in the area that have experience working with people who are coming back from injuries. Pure Sports Medicine were looking for PTs they could trust to recommend to their clients who were ready to get back to the gym.
We quickly realised that we had a funny small world connection - Laura went to the same uni as my sister and did the same degree, a few years apart.
Read on for Laura's story and book yourself in for a sports massage!
Meet Laura and Pure Sports Medicine
I am a Soft Tissue Therapist at Pure Sports Medicine in Chancery Lane. My role is to help individuals ease restrictions in their body to move better, help recover from injury and/or maintain good tissue health.
Soft tissue refers to muscles, fascia, tendons and ligaments and techniques range from massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, assisted stretching, and acupuncture.
Pure Sports Medicine has been established in London for over a decade. As the industry leader in sports and musculoskeletal medicine, we have the only comprehensive offering for health, fitness and wellbeing outside of professional sport.
We have six clinics across London, with another opening this August in St Paul’s. Our expert team includes Physiotherapists, Sports Doctors, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Soft Tissue Therapists, Pilates Instructors, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Podiatrists, all of whom work together to deliver the best care.
How did you end up in this field?
After qualifying in Injury Rehabilitation I was determined to gain as much work experience as possible in this competitive industry to help achieve my goal of helping athletes achieve their own goals.
This took me to semi-professional football clubs in the UK, altitude training camps in Austria and warm weather training camps in Spain.
All provided me with the motivation to continue working in this field.
So much so that it then led me to Australia to carry out an internship with Sports Medicine Australia in Brisbane. This was excellent, working right next to the massive Suncorp rugby stadium, and it also gave me another population of people I wanted to work with.
There, I helped community sport and safety in sport, the aim of which is to keep people active and safe doing so, including proper warm ups and stretching, to teaching coaches how to treat injuries and to tape injuries for their teams.
This broadened my horizons, making me think...why only apply my skills to athletes?
We are all athletes and we should all strive to reach our goals.
I love helping a variety of populations, both sporty and non sporty, to achieve their goals and become healthy, active and pain free.
It is particularly rewarding to help those achieve what they didn’t think possible.
What’s great and what is difficult about what you do?
It is great to help people feel better by reducing pain, improving movement and maintaining health and fitness. I enjoy passing on knowledge to my clients and helping them to achieve their goals.
It becomes difficult when outcomes become slower to achieve with chronic issues however the close knit team allows us to strive to get to the bottom of the injuries.
What is the most common injury you see?
Back and shoulder tension through posture and stress at work. Easily remedied and treated.
What is the one thing that you wish people knew about preventing injury?
Listening to your body works, do not ignore the niggles, get them seen to and usually you can prevent a big injury and time out from activity or work due to injury.
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