Meet the physio: Silvia

Please meet Silvia. She is one of our amazing and very qualified (see below 😲) physios. She kindly answered a few questions about herself and also gave us loads of advice for runners. 

Where are you from and where did you study?

I’m from Italy, specifically from Sardinia, the island with the most stunning sea of the world. I studied in Florence, where I got my degrees, but spent my last year of study at the University of Seville, Spain. I got my Master’s degree in Sport Physiotherapy in Siena, a pretty city in Tuscany.

And then I did a specialistic course in Perth, Australia, at the Curtin University (I like travelling , you know? ).

Why physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy was my first choice from the beginning. (I would have liked to be a famous singer in a rock band, but luckily for the world I decided to carry on a different career 😀).

I always loved everything regarding medicine and our body. It’s a world that fascinates me. And I’ve always been into sport. I’m a volleyball player and I am interested in the injury setting (fortunately never on me): recovering, rehabilitation, return to play.

So, physiotherapy was the choice for me, the perfect match between medicine and sport. However, during my studies and years working, I realised that the physiotherapy world is more than just 1+1=2. To be a great physiotherapist you need to have basic notion about psychology, nutrition, biomechanics, physic, and you can’t ever stop studying, learning and reading, because the information around physiotherapy practices  is continuously changing and moving forward, and you need to stay up to date. It’s a big challenge sometimes….

… and I LOVE it!

What areas of physio are you most interested in, or most passionate about?

As I said earlier sport physiotherapy is my big passion. To help an athlete to recover from an injury and follow them on the journey until they are ready to return to sport is a big satisfaction. It’s a big effort from both sides, the athlete and the physio. For them it means stopping something that they love; it means sacrifice; it means pain and frustration. The physio’s job is to guide them, support them and find the best and most effective plan. And I’m not talking only about the professional athlete – this applies to people that decide to run a marathon, or people that cycle to work, or play football once a week. 

We understand you are a keen runner, and applied for the London Marathon ballot. A lot of our clients are also keen runners and a few are currently training for half and full marathons. From your experience what should runners do when they first feel a niggle or an injury?

Usually the running injuries are really annoying because they come gradually as a small discomfort. For example – on the knee, or on the hip. Runners usually continue their training because the pain is not so intense to stop them running, until one day it suddenly becomes so strong that they are forced to stop and ask for help. Due to not seeking help when the pain first appeared the recovering process can be slow. My suggestion for a runner that starts to feel niggles for two or  three (maximum!) consecutive training sessions – see a professional (a physio is good!) who can recognise if that niggle is likely to develop into an injury, or if it’s a normal pain from training.

Are there any key exercises or training activities that you do and that you would advise runners to do to safe guard against injury?

Strengthening is important. Some runners think that as running is cardio they don’t need to do any strengthening exercises. That’s not true. On a run of 10km, the average number of the steps we do is high, and each step we take causes impact. There are reaction forces that come from the ground and back to our body. If we are not strong enough to support this impact, we’ll put a lot of pressure on our joints and soft tissues. Possibly causing injuries. Hip and knee muscle strengthening and core improvement is essential. Furthermore, runners need to train motor control (muscle activation) and balance. A muscle can be strong but It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s been activated with the right timing and in the right position. There are lots of exercises that can improve that and make the run safer and also improve the performance.

At the moment I’m training at The Foundry with different classes that mix strengthening, cardio and functional movements. I have noticed the difference when I run! I feel much stronger, more resilient and resistant.

Another thing that I strongly suggest for all runners is a Running Analysis (you can get one from our friends at The Running School). It’s an assessment of your personal running biomechanics. It shows you what you can improve on in terms of running technique and optimising your performance.

What are your top tips or advice for training and avoiding injury?

  • Don’t run too much too soon

  • Sleep well

  • Eat properly

  • Don’t stress

  • Enjoy 😀.

What are the most common injuries you see in  runners?

The most common injuries I see in runners are Ileotibial band syndrome, runner’s knee, bursitis, tendinopaties, and less common but really important to recognise – hip or foot stress fractures (mostly in women). As I said, none of these injuries  are usually traumatic and they are most commonly caused by strength deficits, altered muscle activation, muscle imbalance, poor running biomechanics and overtraining (don’t forget about lack of sleeping/fatigue and malnutrition).

How important is warm up and cool down for injury prevention and performance?

The warm up and cool down are absolutely necessary so that you don’t “traumatise” the body.

Before running it is important to warm up to prepare the body for the run. The cool down allows the body to recover after the exercise and return to the initial balance.

How are you enjoying working at technique, and what sets technique apart from other physios?

I love working at Technique! ♥️ We are a great team. We work hard, we share opinions, but we also enjoy our work – making it fun and never boring. And the fact that we are established with The Foundry is even better. It’s an amazing environment, friendly people, a great service  and always up to date with the latest research, training and treatments.

What distinguishes Technique from other physios is our aim to support people not just after their injuries, but also before. Our goal is PREHAB. Assess an athlete BEFORE they start their training season and then follow them through their season. We try to be 360 degrees support.

It’s all about prevention, not just treatment.



Some top tips from our physio Silvia. She has loads more great advice to share. Just read our interview style blog with her (link in bio) 😀.
The Foundry
A Friday post to give praise to this team we have. They make coming into work a pleasurable part of my everyday life!

Not only are they super motivated, driven and uber professional they are just simply awesome people and I can’t say how proud I am to be associated with them. The one person missing from the picture is @inkaoravec 😢

We have some great support as well from @emma.l.chapman @kpote @esther.gambrell and the ever present @sinan.rabee 👀

Also a big thanks to @itsdtpt and @the_gottfather @laurabiceps @nickcollinsuk @foundryfit, it’s just great to be associated with the Foundry Family and all the gang!
It’s fun working hard when you have so many good people around you 🙏🙌💪👍
The Foundry
We are pretty proud of all the amazing staff who work for Technique ♥️. The are all experts in their area and great at what they do. They come from all over the world and bring a wealth of knowledge with them. One of our newest physios is Silvia, our Italian lover of beer 🍻.She is well travelled, well educated, always positive and great fun on a night out 😀. She hates speaking on camera but we managed to wrangle a short video of her (we reckon she is a natural), to go along with our newest blog. To find out more about Silvia’s background, interests and pick up some great tips for runners, have a read (link in bio).
The Foundry
Feel like the luckiest guy in the world, these two beauties proposing to me! 😂

@marco0091 and Aj from @ossur
Nice to get our hands on the Unloader One X

This product has come a long way over the years and the design and fit of the latest rendition is real progress. Great to be associated with the @ossur and @unloaderone brand, adding real value to patients with #knee #osteoarthritis
Up close and personal with owner Mike 😀. He has been on a pre-work (work, what work?) cycle and has strategically stopped in front of a holly bush… …speaking of holly, 🎄Christmas is on its way (whether you like it or not) and as the silly season kicks in we know how hard it can be to find time to fit in a workout. It’s worth remembering that short bursts of exercise can be just as effective as long sessions. So what’s the catch? The intensity of your short workout has to reach moderate or vigorous levels.

Moderate exertion is defined as brisk walking at a pace that makes it difficult to carry on a conversation and Vigorous exercise means boosting that pace to a jog.

So why not start focusing on your short and vigorous exercise sessions and power through the festive season. 💪 And as Mike says ‘exercise earns fun’ 🎉.
Bank Station
Look out!!! It’s @silvia_sportphysio and she’s got a gun! 😱

It’s actually shockwave therapy and it’s a very effective way of treating chronic soft tissue injuries. In this pic Silvia is using it on the patellar tendon. We have heard rumours that it can cause some discomfort BUT because we only use it for a few minutes at a time, and because it can help so much (read on…), we think you can hack it 😅. Shockwaves works by delivering impulses of energy which increase the blood flow within the affected area, stimulating cell regeneration and healing, and decreasing local factors which can cause pain.

Game to give it a try??
Neck and back pain? Do you have it? One cause of this pain can be a stiff and inflexible thoracic spine (the bit that connects the neck and lower back). We got our friendly @foundryfit coach and PT @alexriches_pt to demonstrate some exercises that will help keep your thoracic spine flexible. It’s easy to forget that Alex has to have good flexibility to achieve the Olympic level lifts that she performs on a regular basis. Keeping her thoracic and lumbar spine mobile is one of the keys to her success (along with her fiery red hair of course 😀). We can’t all have the innate hair colour but we can work on our thoracic spine flexibility. Read our blog (link in bio) and watch the exercises to find out more about the thoracic spine and improving your spine mobility 💪.
Recovering from a partial ACL injury takes time, lots of hard work and quite a bit of frustration. We are super proud of how far our client Luke has come. We put him through his paces at his last session and he took it like a pro. Inspiring stuff 👍.
The Foundry
Thanks @foundryfit @nickcollinsuk good session tonight and a good way to end a hectic week. Face down on the floor having a small cry to myself #foundryfit #fridayfeels #getmeabeer 👌💪🙋🏻‍♂️

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