When is the Best Time to See a Physical Therapist? [Hint: It’s Not When You Think!] - CircusTalk

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When is the Best Time to See a Physical Therapist? [Hint: It’s Not When You Think!]

When the UK Deputy Prime Minister launched the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation in March 2015, it was a great leap forward in more ways than most realised. Designed to remove the stigma of mental health care in sport and to promote physical activity as an alternative treatment, it also served to bolster an important trend—one that matters to circus performers as much as it has to do with mental health in larger society–preventative care.
That trend? It’s the ‘wellness’ approach to health care. The charter sought to promote regular exercise as the pathway to several important health benefits, not limited to reduced risk of dementia, decreased anxiety, treating depression, and reduced risk of several long-term illnesses. In short, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was promoting the idea of being proactive about health. Do You Take a Reactive or a Proactive Approach to Health? All photos courtesy of Perform Health As a professi...
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James Wellington

James Wellington is a physiotherapist specialising in circus arts,and the founder & director of Perform Health Ltd. Born and bred in London, UK. He studied Physiotherapy in Manchester in the late 90s and obtained his MSc in Sports Physiotherapy from University College London in 2006. After visiting the Circus Space in London (now renamed the National Centre for Circus Arts) in 2005 there was no looking back. The Circus Arts was his new focus. He took on the role as Resident Physiotherapist at the National Centre from 2007-2011 and continued to oversee the physiotherapy and athletic therapy provision to the degree students until 2015. From 2012, he has also been working between in Barcelona, Spain where he teaches at the Barcelona Circus School (Centre de les Arts del Circ Rogelio Rivel) and main training space for circus professionals (La Central del Circ). In 2012 he won the contract to provide therapy services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies, a vast, 6-month project in which him and his team were responsible for over 2,000 performers of mixed ages and abilities. In the same year he founded and became Managing Director of Perform Health Ltd, a company dedicated to improving the health and vitality of performing artists. He opened a consulting and treatment studio behind the National Centre for Circus Arts which provides performing artists of all levels easy access to an expert team of clinicians, all with specialist knowledge of performing arts medicine. Currently, he works not only as a practicing performing arts physiotherapist, but also as a researcher and educator in the field of circus medicine. Circus performers from all over the world now choose to work with James and his team of associates because they provide solutions in ways they can relate to. With the knowledge of what a performer requires to enhance their performance ability, they apply sound and simple solutions to match these specific needs. He speaks English, Italian and Spanish.