A physiotherapist can assess your injury and provide you with a treatment plan that is tailored to your goals and ambitions, which are personal to you. For example - a sponsored skateboarder may want to film a new video part, but they keep rolling their ankle; a photographer may want to continue shooting photos for a magazine, but their back is aching; and the skate park local may just want an hours skate after work with less pain. Whatever you feel your injury or concern is stopping you from doing, you can talk to your physiotherapist about it and they can assist you with rehabilitation and preventative advice. If you need further support elsewhere, your physio can help you make the right choice and refer you to the appropriate service – including Strength & Conditioning and Sports Yoga.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy is the assessment and treatment of the body’s MSK system, which includes muscles, tendons, bones, and ligaments. The main role of a physiotherapist is to assess whether your injury or concerns are related to your MSK system, or whether they need further medical attention. At which point your physio will either provide you with a treatment plan, which usually includes a mix of exercises, advice and education, and hands on treatment when appropriate; or they will advise you on your next steps for further medical management. Physiotherapy encompasses a patient-centred and holistic role; which means that your physio will consider other aspects of your life that have the potential to impact on your recovery - for example social, work-place, and psychological well-being.
About Ben Rowles
Ben has been a sponsored skateboarder for over 10 years, putting out various video parts and magazine coverage with Sidewalk, Vague, Grey, and Free Skate Mag. Ben is a qualified and registered physiotherapist who now provides consultations to skateboarders alongside working as a musculoskeletal (MSK) physio in the National Health Service (NHS). Ben has a clinic at Graystone Skatepark – Salford, where he sees clients one-to-one. In addition, he provides Skype assessments and follow-ups for long-distance clients. Ben is also fully trained in sports massage, exercise prescription, and provides some of his services at skateboard events. Ben’s skateboard history means that he understands the nature of skateboarding, which is crucial when providing skate-specific physio and rehab - as one clients put it: ‘it was great to tell Ben that I couldn’t pop my half cab flips like I used to, and for him to understand what I meant’.