Chris Wearing offers physiotherapy in Wilmslow’s Harris & Ross clinic and started his career in the NHS and the Manchester United Centre of Excellence. His specialisms include physiotherapy, sports massage and rehabilitation. Having worked in both an elective and trauma orthopaedic environment, he has experience with some of the best orthopaedic surgeons in the country. As a result, Chris has gained invaluable knowledge in managing post operative rehabilitation.
As well as being a great physio, Chris is a friendly, cheerful face around the practice- popular with patients and colleagues alike. Here we learn more about Chris in his ‘physio of the month’ focus piece-
I knew from the age of 14 that I wanted to become a Physio. I played lots of sport when I was growing up, which included football, golf, athletics, tennis, cross country and various other sports at school. As a result I was always getting injured and I had lots of problems with growing pains during my teenage years. The main area it effected was my lower back. This is when I was first introduced to Physiotherapy. The human body fascinated me and the physios that I worked with were very good at explaining what is was they were doing and I thought to myself at the time that this could be a potential career path.
Apart from all the great people that I get to work with everyday I enjoy the variety of patient’s I meet, ranging from a professional motor cross rider who has just broken their back to somebody with neck pain from sitting at a desk all day everyday.
There have been many interesting patients that I have worked with over the years but one that stands out is an athlete that I am working with at the minute. He is a professional big wave surfer and unfortunately broke his back after being swept in the air and landing heavily on the water. It stands out because their are so many factors affecting his recovery and the larger multi disciplinary team means we are liaising with consultants, radiologists, personal trainers and my Physio colleagues here at Harris and Ross. I can’t wait to see him back in the water doing what he loves best!
The piece of advise that I give out most often to patients is to do their exercises! As part of what we do, we will recommend the most relevant program to help our patients gain strength. I always find the simple things are the best- don’t try to do an exercise just because it looks good!
When it comes to my general advise on staying fit- I would advise everyone to move more in general. If there is an option to take the stairs then take the stairs. The modern world can make us lazy so try your best to fight it!
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I am lucky to have such a great fiance whom I share many similar interests with. This includes travelling abroad and watching ‘Friends’ on constant repeat! I am also studying for a Masters degree in Sports injury and Rehabilitation. I play football for a local club and when the weather is nice you will find me on the golf course. I also enjoy running and will be doing a few half marathons this year, including the Wilmslow half in a few weeks.
Something not many people know about me? Following in the steps of Wayne Rooney and Gordon Ramsay I decided to have a hair transplant last year. It was the best thing I ever did!
Thank you for listening.