Breaking (back) Bad

So this is hopefully a pretty unique blog that is intended to show the other side of injuries and what people go through. I am in a pretty unique situation in that I am a physio and have now experienced both sides of the desk, treatment table, MRI scanners, x rays and hospital beds too. I am part of a pretty unique physio setup too that is aiming to promote…

NEW! The Climbing Physio Conditioning Workshop Series at Highball Norwich

Our NEW Climbing Conditioning Workshop Series allows climbers at all levels to get training! We’ll help you to BOOST your performance and BEAT injuries. There’s no better way to do this than with effective, evidenced based, climbing-specific workouts with feedback from professional climbing physio’s and coaches! Whether you’re looking for the best ways to prevent common climbing injuries, new and smart ways to start training or advanced strengthening programmes to…

Boost your Performance and Beat Injuries!

  Strength Training For Climbers- Boost Performance and Beat Injuries! In light of our forthcoming Climbing Conditioning Classes run at Highball Norwich, (Watch This Space!!) we thought it would first be worth highlighting the reasons you should squeeze strength training into your busy climbing schedule. It may sound so obvious that getting stronger could boost your climbing performance but did you know that effective resistance training can also reduce injuries…

5 tips to immediately climb stronger!

Want that quick fix? This blog is meant to be a quick guide for you to read during your coffee break and get you to consider the other side of climbing training and injury prevention…or toilet reading! If you want more in depth info, feel free to message us and we will send you some research papers for you to read through or more information on a specific point. You…

The 3 Stages of Injury Prevention in Climbing

An introduction to the prevention of climbing related injuries It doesn’t take a specialist to see how or why injuries occur in climbing. When else would you place such high demands through your fingers like crimping or stacking and twisting your fingers into various width cracks or pockets, and committing to dynamic moves above often bad (or just soft) landings. When else would you put your shoulders and rotator cuff…

Sports Massage for Climbers- Up Your Performance and Reduce Your Recovery Time

Want to recover quicker?! Perform better?! Climb Harder?! We thought so. Now, we may not be as good looking as those bronzed bombshells in the Luxury Spa venues, and I can almost guarantee you will never hear whale music being played in The Climbing Physio Clinic, but we do pride ourselves in our ability to provide effective sports massage and therapeutic massage. Here’s how sports massage can benefit climbers and…

We opened our doors to the Climbing Physio Clinic last Friday! And what an epic weekend!

Each year, Highball Climbing Centre host a 3 day Climbing Festival and Bouldering Comp, the Big Flash. From professional wads who travel far, to the ‘NuKids’ on the Bloc; the weekend provides a fun and energetic atmosphere for climbers to compete, eat and repeat… all in support of Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) and Community Action Nepal. With over 150 climbers registered for Friday’s ‘NuKids’ Comp alone, we were kept busy…

Physiotherapy in sport

Many people view physiotherapists as a glorified masseuse, ‘magic sponge’ operator or extra linesman/walkie-talkie operator. In reality a sports physiotherapist; in particular a climbing physiotherapist is a complex and ever changing role. Ultimately their principle role is diagnosis. The physio needs to understand the symptoms the climber presents with and structure an effective treatment pathway to allow them to return to their sport. The physio must be able to tell…

How to complete an effective warm up to enhance performance and prevent injuries

Bare with me if this turns to rant while I try to keep this blog informative and interesting for you to read; it’s a subject that pressed my buttons when I started working in a climbing centre. My climbing buddies could probably actually write this blog for me, a result of me slipping into coach/physio mode before our own climbing sessions. But… touch wood, it seems to be working well…