To inspire my clients to enjoy life to the fullest in a pain free and healthy fashion.
Craig Hardingham, Founder and Director
I believe a healthier you is a happier you and good health can be achieved through many facets. I get to see the detrimental effects pain or injury have on people daily, which can range from not being able to exercise to not being able to walk. I also get to see the transformations people make when they start to live a life vacant of pain and injury.
I am a big believer in our unique treatment method here at Injury Active, which has constantly evolved since opening our first clinic back in 2013. It is a system built on treating you as an individual, listening intently, educating, honest conversations and hard work.
I try to lead by example by being the best version of myself I can be. I love running, weightlifting and all things fitness related and can’t wait to get involved in some more sporting events in the coming years that challenge me. It makes me feel energised and I love taking control of my own health. When I pick up injuries, I understand the profound effect it has and it’s why I am always so empathetic towards people in pain. I will never stop treating because I love seeing people improve.
I strongly believe that a great sports therapist has a passion for fitness, has the ability to coach and loves to learn.
To forever learn and keep you lovely people smiling by helping you return to do what you love pain free.
Jessica Barnes, Director
Our bodies are designed to move. Movement is a key to a lot of things such as our physical and mental well being. Over the years I have developed my practice in clinic to focusing on movements not just as part of rehab but as part of treatment too. Moving makes us feel good and it’s interesting to see how much our injuries love movement too. I believe that moving efficiently in anything we do, pain can be decreased. Creating that happy environment for our bodies is what I strive to do in clinic.
My role at IAC is to look after my lovely patients at the Bishops Stortford and Cambridge clinics and to help develop the IAC team. We are a team focused on learning. I love learning, I love a question and I’m an absolute problem solving geek. I’ve always been a huge lover of pretty much any exercise and have tried out many sports throughout my life, from competing in dancing from a young age to now focusing on hockey and running. I play division 1 hockey for Cambridge South Hockey club and run 20+ miles a week with an aim to get a sub 1hour 45 half marathon time.
I am a huge people person , I love painting, watching NFL and travelling the world. Life is about experiences and I like to help my patient’s injury experience become more of a way of learning about their bodies and allowing themselves to be the best person they can be pain free. I learn a lot from my patients and as I continue in clinic to help my patients everyday I learn more about how to treat different injuries individualised to the person to meet their own individual needs.
To progress and learn everyday through my colleagues and clients, ensuring my treatment techniques are always effective, engaging, and ever-expanding.
Being an avid dancer from the age of 3 I have seen and suffered many injuries, all of which heavily contributed to my interest and passion in injury rehabilitation. My understanding of how detrimental injuries can be to an individual’s daily lifestyle consistently grows with each client I see, and this alone drives me to continually advance my knowledge, skills and passion to ensure I am providing the best care and rehabilitation to all my clients.
I enjoyed my undergraduate studies so much that I chose to complete a master’s degree in Sport Rehabilitation to further my learning so that I could provide the most up to date and progressive rehabilitation techniques.
I believe the most influential element of a successful rehab programme is the relationship built between therapist and client, as without this progression is much slower which can be frustrating for all involved. As a therapist at IAC, I believe that treating each individual with a client-centered approach, ensuring their rehabilitation is specific to their needs and pushes them to develop in all elements of their fitness.
The team environment here at IAC continually motivates all members to progress and develop as a professional and on an individual level, all of which makes working here an enjoyable yet challenging experience.
To push myself as far as possible and to keep my clients happy and pain-free.
I’ve been involved in sports since I was five, where I’ve experienced multiple injuries. Being injured and in pain is something I can relate to and drove me to study sports therapy. I take huge pride in helping people return injury-free to the sport or active lifestyle they love.
I’m someone who loves to learn, develop, and push myself as far as I can to be able to provide the best treatment and rehabilitation to my clients. Developing with the team at IAC gives me a great opportunity to learn and provide the best treatment to our clients.
I see strength work to be extremely important when completing rehab for an injury. By improving the strength around and not just at the injured joint/tissue will provide better stability and protection needed to reduce the likelihood of re-injury occurring. greater stresses can be applied on a day-to-day basis which can push and test our boundaries.
I like to keep myself active and trying new activities whenever I get the chance to in my spare time. From playing football to paddleboarding. Exploring new areas and socializing with my friends and family is something I love to do in my downtime.
Fixing the problem with movement, not a knife.
Growing up engulfed in an environment of medical personnel, the human body has always been a fascination of mine. Initially taking the plunge into a nursing degree, I quickly realised that surgical options are fallen upon too quickly and the more ethical, beneficial methods are the ones that work on strengthening and MOVING.
I am currently a Sport and Exercise Therapy student and will be qualifying as a Sports Therapist in 2022. My role at IAC is to foreshadow the importance of rapport building with clients alongside strengthening my knowledge in human movement, biomechanics, strength and conditioning etc to become a well-rounded future therapist.
I love learning new things, from juggling to problem-solving. I have also always had a love for sports, from playing and reffing rugby from a young age and going to the gym, where learning new movements can always be added to the repertoire. My newest challenge is to engage in more water sports from paddleboarding to surfing.
I would class myself as a gregarious person, both in the clinic and out. Learning from others whilst enjoying their company. I love watching football, travelling and being outdoors.
I am honoured to be a part of the team here at IAC and look forward to evolving both professionally and personally alongside them.
My treatment philosophy includes the use of individualised exercise programmes.
My commitment to education, health and fitness led me to choose physio as a career. I attended the University of Nottingham, where I graduated with a first-class honours degree in Physiotherapy. I have NHS experience of the full-range of environments in which the modern-day physio is employed, including musculoskeletal injuries, cardio-respiratory issues, neurological and post-surgical rehabilitation. I use this valuable range of experience to inform and enhance my clinical decision making.
Efficient movement and physical control are essential for an active life. However, injuries and “niggles” are a frequent consequence of modern daily living, this is where as a physiotherapist I aim to help. My treatment philosophy includes the use of individualised exercise programmes, manual therapy and empowering others with the information required to maximise their rehabilitation.
I love to learn and I continuously develop my skills and knowledge to enable me to be the best therapist I can. In addition to physiotherapy, I have a diploma in sports massage and a personal interest in strength and conditioning training. I believe movement is a key part of everybody’s lives and I am completely empathetic to the disruption an injury can cause to both exercising and everyday life.
Participation in an array of sports from a young age definitely drove my love for movement and exercise. Starting with dance, tennis, gymnastics and athletics I tried many sports until finding a passion for high level netball. I use varied types of physical training and feel that there is no one way to remain active. I utilise strength and conditioning training to build a strong base that enables me to undertake a diverse range of sporting activities.
I am delighted to work alongside the team at IAC and I value the strong focus on continuous education and development, ensuring that my treatment techniques remain at the forefront of current practice.
Learning from professional therapists as well as building my own skills in business and networking.
I am currently a student at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge studying Sports and exercise therapy, due to graduate in 2023. I’m with Injury Active on my university placement year to gain experience of working within the sports therapy industry by shadowing and learning from professional therapists as well as building my own skills in business and networking.
Being a high-level judoka, competing nationally and internationally, and being part of the England and Great Britain teams has led me to a sports course at college where we had the opportunity to do a very brief course in sports massage and sports injury. This pricked my interest in sports therapy, which was enhanced when I suffered an ankle injury just weeks before a major competition. Through the expertise of a competent sports therapist, I was rehabbed correctly and went on to not only compete but also to win a medal.
I have so much fun learning about the human body, how it works, and being able to implement that into everyday life from work to sports. As an athlete, it just all makes sense in my head and it's great to be able to help other athletes rehab their injuries, as I know how important their sports are to them.