Physio on a Roll is a comprehensive, physiotherapist designed and instructed exercise site. It explains and demonstrates safe, effective exercises with a foam roller.
But what is a foam roller?
A lightweight cylindrical tube of compressed foam commonly used for exercises, stretching and self massage. Foam rollers are versatile, easy to use for all ages and abilities, portable and inexpensive. Foam rollers facilitate a workout that is amazingly effective and enjoyable, encouraging even those who are reluctant to exercise to improve their health.
Physio on a Roll was established in 2018 by Fiona Naayen, B.App.Sc. Physio. A.P.A.M. It began as a “side hustle” and now in 2020 as we grapple with COVID-19, the website has expanded to include live, on-line consultations, live group exercise classes and exercise video hire.
As a physiotherapist with over 29 years experience, Fiona has encountered a vast and diverse range of clients. Most have or have had an injury, experience pain or have a complex movement disorder. For the last 15 years, Fiona has concentrated on working as an exercise physiotherapist; helping people manage their problems with exercise.
Based in a dedicated, purpose built, physiotherapy gym, she designs and supervises individual and small group exercise classes. Her clients include athletes, chronic pain sufferers, cancer survivors and the elderly. Individuals with oesteoporosis as well as kids and of course, the “weekend warrior” have managed their issues with her prescribed exercises.
Fiona’s aim is to promote exercise as medicine with a focus on motor control and functional exercise . Most of her clients want to ease back and neck pain and improve their core stability. Her aim is also to increase their muscle strength and flexibility and as well as their balance, proprioception, coordination and posture.
The foam roller has become her exercise tool of choice; accessible by all populations and its uses only limited by my imagination.
Over the years, many of Fiona’s clients have requested a book and or photos or a video to follow. This would allow them to continue to exercise on a roller, outside of class. A comprehensive, safe and easy to follow roller resource however, did not appear to exist. Other exercise professionals seemed to confine the humble roller to myofascial and muscle releases. Or they featured advanced pilates routines that were too hard for the average person to follow. Or their exercises had no detailed explanations. And so, an idea that she had played with for some time came to fruition as Physio on a Roll.
On this site you will find photos and videos demonstrating and explaining, in detail, core and specific strengthening exercises as well as stretching routines.
These exercises are graded from beginner to advanced with step by step instructions. You will find suggestions for correcting common compensatory actions or ‘cheats’. There are also specific routines to target back pain, neck pain and improve your abdominal strength.
**In March 2020 Fiona has added an online exercise platform “Roll, Move, Improve”. Click on the online exercise feature on this site to book in to a live, group exercise session (graded beginner, intermediate, advanced). You can also book a 30 minute 1 to 1 consultation with Fiona or hire specific exercise videos. These videos are being created as quickly as possible given the current health crisis and will also be available on a subscription basis shortly. For simple instructions on how to access this content use this link- online exercise class guide
Physio on a Roll also shares informative blog posts about exercise, health and fitness in general.
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