Why we Love
Caroline Arnold BSc(Hons)
Applied Sports Therapy / Remedial Massage Therapist
Graduating from Teesside University with a first-class Honours in Applied Sports Therapy, I have combined my passion for sport, with my background from Nursing and Midwifery to allow me to deliver a unique service. My specialism is to rehabilitate injuries, but not just limited to the sporting arena. I am passionate about educating and supporting patients so that they are in charge of their health to make informed choices. By exploring and helping patients understand how posture and movement can affect pain, how muscular imbalances affect the kinetic chain and understanding how overtraining in sport can cause trauma.
Restoring pain-free functional movement is my goal.
My training background covers: Remedial Massage, Manipulative Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Dip Sports Therapy, Advanced Sports Kinesio Practioner, Orthopaedic Dry Needling, TMJ Therapist, Pregnancy and Baby Massage, Oncology Massage, Women's Health Pfilates, Electrotherapy, Functional Gait Analysis and Running Re-Education, Nordic walking Instructor, Fascial Fitness Teacher, YMCA level 2 gym Instructor, APPI Pilates Instructor, Level 3 Orienteering Coach. I continue to undertake numerous professional development courses to remain up to date - my training is evidence-based and reflects the needs of my practice.
I have had a long history of Orienteering coaching within the Furness area at local schools and club level, many of the children competing at international level. In 2014 I was so honoured to be part of the medical Team at the Common Wealth Games in Glasgow, where I gained valuable experience in the Athletic forum.
I have volunteered trackside for our local Roller Derby team and worked Pitchside for the Lancaster Bombers, (Lancaster University American Football team). I am very focused and driven by my enthusiasm for Pilates, teaching 6 classes a week at all levels and expanding to teach specialised classes for pregnancy. I incorporate this knowledge and expertise within my rehabilitation programmes for sporting and non-sporting patients.
On a personal note, Pilates has been my saving grace following a partial knee replacement, enabling me to return to full fitness. Having experienced chronic pain and how it affects not only your physical abilities but your mental well being, this enables me to empathise, how frustrating not being able to perform even daily tasks without pain can be. Being trained by the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute(APPI), I am qualified to teach patients with orthopaedic conditions and have GP's refer patients to me for back pain and to my classes. Watching patients regain trust in moving freely, and have fun exercising, makes my job so enjoyable!
Some Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect when I arrive?
Your first appointment will be a consultation in a safe and comfortable home environment where we can explore any issues that you feel are relevant to the pain or discomfort you are currently experiencing. Our discussion will enable us to decide together the most appropriate treatment plan for you.
What is the difference between a Sports Therapist and a Physiotherapist?
Much of the basic training is the same for Sports Therapy as it is for Physiotherapy. There is a lot of overlap and much will depend on practitioners training and experience. In terms of undergraduate training, physiotherapy is more about getting someone out of a hospital bed and back to work. Sports Therapy is focused on getting someone who is relatively able but can't enjoy or get back to their favourite sport, exercise or indeed work, because of pain or dysfunction.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on several factors if you have an acute or chronic injury, a condition, or whether you generally need an MOT! it also depends on how well you respond to treatments. It is difficult to predict before seeing someone but generally: If it's an acute problem i.e injury/pain which started within a couple of weeks then only 1 – 4 sessions would be needed. If its a more chronic problem (longer-lasting or on-going) then expect 2 – 8 sessions to resolve the issue. I do have clients and athletes who see me regularly (weekly – monthly) for maintenance treatments.
Will my Health Insurance cover the cost?
Currently, private health plans with Health Shield, Simply Health & Westfield Health will reimburse the cost of treatments, depending on the extent of your cover. Please ask your provider if treatments from a CNHC or STA practitioner covered.
Should deep tissue massage hurt?
"No pain, no gain" is a misconception. There may be some discomfort but no pain! I will work with your capacity for pressure and use a scale system to help learn what you like. Pain causes muscle contraction and guarding, inflammation, and restricted range of motion. This leads to the continuation of the pain cycle and inappropriate movement patterns that can lead to further injury. Also, chronic inflammation weakens connective tissue and leads to scar tissue formation.