Physiotherapists assess musculoskeletal injuries to make a diagnosis which forms the basis of treatment.
Quality physiotherapy should also be concerned with why the injury occurred in the first place. Movement habits due to occupation, sport or previous injury all play a part in shaping the current presentation.
In other words, Physiotherapy isn't just about 'treating pain'. Whilst managing the problem with the diagnosis and stage of healing in mind, we also treat the movement dysfunction which drives the pain problem. This way, the underlying problem is addressed and recurrence risk is reduced.
In order to return safely to sporting performance, core control, strength, endurance, power and technique also need to be restored. It is crucial therefore that the physiotherapist not only understands your injury and it's cause, but they also understand the demands of the sport.
This is why we have a special interest in running and combine physiotherapy and podiatry services.
Juliana Samson GradCert(Phty)BAppScPhty(Hons)
Practice Owner, Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Lead
I originally trained as a physiotherapist at the University of Sydney, Australia, graduating in 2000 with a first class honours. I then gained experience in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries through working with the Armed forces, the NHS and private practice in both Australia and the UK. I attended many courses to learn new techniques, but after gaining a few years experience, I decided to take on post graduate study to formally specialise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
I travelled to Australia in 2005 to complete my Graduate Certificate at the University of South Australia, before returning to settle in Yorkshire. Through working for the British Army for 10 years and setting up my clinic upstairs of the ‘Up and Running’ store in Harrogate in 2007, I developed a passion and a special interest in running biomechanics.
During that time I learned from running technique coaches in London, researched widely on the topic, attended courses and conferences on running, visited the institute of Sport and the Headley Court Army HQ Rehab Centre to learn from their approaches. I designed a 2 day course on the topic of Running Biomechanics and taught Podiatrists and Army Physiotherapist colleagues in the North East Region.
On attending a lower limbs course in 2011 run by Kinetic Control, I found my next true passion – movement. In really getting to grips with the science behind the human movement system, I could see a framework for all the work I had done so far, and the potential improve the way I managed injuries, with more success in stopping their recurrence. So I enrolled in a Master’s degree with Keele University and have my dissertation left to complete. I also joined the Performance Matrix team for a year, during which time I helped develop the Running Matrix Screening Tool and assisted on teaching their courses.
In my search to really understand and teach movement, I have completed my matwork 1 and 2, as well as Pilates for Running Performance with Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute.
After 5 years at ‘Up and Running’, I moved across to the Rudding Estate Gym to offer my clients the space to combine hands on treatment with movement retraining.
When I’m not working in the clinic or planning my next course, I enjoy going out for a run – training up for 10K distances to half marathons.