To inspire my clients to enjoy life to the fullest in a pain free and healthy fashion.
Craig Hardingham, Founder and Director
Graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2008, Craig has a passion for physical activity, CrossFit, and competitive sports.
He’s worked in both professional and amateur football with Watford FC, Histon FC and university football teams. During this time, he had a pivotal role as Assistant Sports Therapist and touchline Therapist with Histon FC (2007-2009) where he helped the team reach the play-off semi-finals of the Blue Square Premier League.
Since opening Injury Active Clinic, Craig has helped clients suffering with an injury to recover fully.
To lead the IAC team while continuing learning through in-house settings and external courses.
Jessica Woodhouse, Director
Jessica Graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2014 and joined Injury Active Clinic in the same year. Since becoming a member of the team, she has helped a wide variety of athletes recover from injuries. A big highlight for Jessica was working with the Fijian Rugby league team and an England rugby 7s player. Rugby is where Jessica truly shines; both at pitchside and within patients at the clinic.
An area of interest for Jessica is the functional assessment approach and focusing on the body as a full kinetic chain. Her favourite joint to treat is the shoulder, which – surprisingly enough – used to be her most hated joint to assess. Working in Rugby, CrossFit, and Roller Derby, you could say she’s seen a few shoulder injuries in her time as a Sports Therapist!
Today, she plays for Cambridge South Hockey club but also likes CrossFit, running, exploring the world, meeting new people, watching NFL and painting.
She is also a member of the Society of Sports Therapists.
To play football this year while continuing developing my skills and knowledge as a therapist.
Rachael graduated from the University of Kent in 2015. During her time at university, she had the opportunity to offer sports massage at the London Marathon. She was also responsible for carrying out pitchside first aid and injury rehabilitation for a local rugby team.
After graduation, Rachael worked in a hospital setting, where she learned more about treating patients who have received total hip/knee replacements in addition to ACL reconstructive surgery. She even got an insight into surgical procedures when she witnessed some hip arthroscopic surgeries.
Rachael joined Injury Active Clinic in 2017. In this time she has seen and treated a wide range of injuries, sustained in sporting and non-sporting environments. Her favourite part of being a Sports Therapist is getting to meet and treat people.
In her spare time, Rachael loves to socialise with family and friends as well as attending music concerts/events. She also has a passion for football, which she has played from a young age.
To provide treatment that encourages the right environment for optimal healing through human movement whilst promoting a positive pain-free lifestyle
I believe that pain can be controlled and understood better by analysing movement that is inhibiting performance.
With an accurate understanding of this I will aim to improve function using a combination of manual therapy for pain management and exercise prescription for overall longevity. I care a lot about my patients’ psychological well-being as we know from research that this can hugely affect pain sensations. I will therefore always care for my patient’s mental health alongside the injury they are dealing with as this is important to me.
I am constantly learning as a therapist through encountering a multitude of different injuries at Injury Active Clinic and enjoy reading up to date research to make sure that my treatments and advice are often evidence based.
My role in Injury Active is to treat and educate injured clients in the Saffron Walden Area.
My hobbies include playing Rugby, weightlifting and spending time with family and friends. Most recently, I have also taken up some long distance running as I love to challenge myself in all aspects of fitness and find this very enjoyable. My main sport however is Rugby and have previous experience representing my county. I aim to continue playing to improve whilst practicing as a Sports Therapist at Injury Active.
I aim to continue to develop my skills as a therapist and keep up to date with current research in the field of physical therapy. Research around both injury rehabilitation and strength and conditioning are always changing so I strongly believe in staying educated in line with these changes. I aim to build lots of positive relationships with the local people and clubs in the Saffron Walden area and continue to grow my career as a therapist.
So far, I have found treating clients to the best of my ability to be a hugely rewarding process and seeing my clients return to sport and activities of daily living as a result of my guidance is what makes it worth it.
To give people the power to move better, move more and do the things they love.
I strongly believe movement is the best medicine and an effective way to manage and improve pain. I am passionate about giving people the tools to become stronger, move better and with more confidence to allow them to live healthy and pain free lives. Taking an individualised, task-specific approach to assessments and treatments is hugely effective.
As a therapist there are constantly things to learn and I love to do this with the IAC team, sharing, discussing and challenging ideas with each other.
A bit about me – I love to run and nearly went stir crazy whilst rehabbing an ankle injury through lockdown. I’ve ran a couple of half marathons, Cambridge 2020 being my favourite, a few more and then the next challenge will be a full marathon.
I am grateful to be in such a rewarding job surrounded by wonderful clients and patients. I look forward to developing my clinical skills and client relationships further at Injury Active and aim to keep spreading my enthusiasm for movement and exercise.