Jade Walford BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy MSST

Jade Walford 6x9b

A BIT ABOUT ME AND HOW I GOT INTO SPORTS THERAPY

Having spent all my childhood dancing, ballet mainly, I was plagued with injuries to my feet. So, having had regular sports and physiotherapy, I decided to retire the dancing idea and retrain in sports therapy.

While studying at The University of Chichester, I was fortunate to be offered a job while on placement at Brighton & Hove Albion FC. I continued working there after graduating. In 2012 I bit the bullet left the football club and joined The Heeler Centre Team.

However I wasn’t ready to completely give up on working in team sports, so I joined Haywards Heath Rugby FC as clinical lead for 3 seasons. In 2017 I was prepared to stop standing on the sidelines and now treat at The Heeler Centre 6 days a week.

ABOUT SPORTS THERAPY

Sports therapy is a speciality in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Sports therapists use sports massage, joint mobilisations and exercise rehabilitation.

HOW LONG HAD YOU WORKED AT THE HC & WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT IT

I’ve been at the HC since 2012 and love the team of people I work with. They are all fantastic in their specialities. I enjoy that we can bounce treatment ideas off of each other, which is a hidden benefit for our clients. And we are fortunate that we have so many lovely patients, so I enjoy that every hour is different.

WHY DID I CHOOSE SPORTS THERAPY

It was the only other thing that held interest for me. Having had lots of physiotherapy and sports massage while I was dancing, I always had an interest in learning about the human body. So when I stopped dancing, it seemed the natural thing to do.

WHAT I ENJOY MOST ABOUT SPORTS THERAPY

I really enjoy building relationships with patients and the considerable gratification of being able to help someone feel better.

WHAT ARE YOUR SPECIALISMS

Sports Massage, Injury Rehabilitation and Biomechanics.

WHAT CONDITIONS DO I MOST ENJOY TREATING

Neck and shoulder related issues, whether displaying as tension, headaches or frozen shoulder type injuries, post knee replacement surgery and ankle injuries.

EXAMPLES OF TIMES IVE HELPED

1 Prevented someone having back surgery as I highlighted the issue was with their knee.
2 Providing sports massage and fitness advice to help people reach their fitness goals, personal bests within events or their personal challenges.
3 Supported patients post total knee replacement surgery get back to functioning fitness.

WHEN ARE YOU AVAILABLE AT THE HC

Every day!

DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE WORK?

No.