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Clinical Anatomist, Clinical Biomechanist, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Researcher & Innovator
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Jo Abbott (MSc)

Hello, and welcome to my website.

My name is Jo Abbott (Nee Rainsley) and I am a Clinical Biomechanist, Clinical Anatomist and Clinical Nutritionist, and currently studying a Doctorate in Biomechanics in the subject matter of Chronic Orthopaedic Injuries.  This entails exploring the connection between anatomy, biomechanics, motor control, optimal performance, longevity, non-contact injuries, functional nutrition and physical therapy. I work with private patients two-days per week and the rest of the week you’ll find me with my researchers ‘hat’ on.

Whilst applying for my Doctorate I was diagnosed with A.D.D. and Dyslexia when applying for my Doctorate – I officially am the Scientist with 4 million thoughts and so little time!  I have struggled to find the courage to write a Blog with the fear of social media giving people a loose reign on their virtual tongue over spelling mistakes and grammar errors but finally I got over it and have started to share some thoughts with my readers.. let me know what you think of my Blog. Be aware the language may not be precise, there may be spelling mistakes.  Science. I love science but my mind works so hard and quick I don’t care about grammar and spelling, oooo excelling….. I love a good spreadsheet!

I am part of an Elite Team of Sports Science Professionals who on a day-to-day basis test, support, train and educate our Clients to either optimise their performance in a particular sport, or regain control of their life and live life pain-free. I have evolved many techniques and systems that have been used by Health Professionals for many years, each of our Systems giving more value to our Clients.

My ethos is to work alongside other therapists/coaches/trainers, sharing and growing together, hoping these team qualities will unite professionals and produce a superior management to disease & dysfunction.  In 2016 I set-up the Integrated Allied Health Professionals Network for like-minded colleagues to remove barriers between disciplines and work together in improving the health and well-being for the Patient/Client.

My approach to your well-being is one where the biological (biomechanics and physiology of biological structures), psychological (which entails thoughts, emotions, nutrition and behaviors), and social (socio-economical, socio-environmental, and cultural) factors, all play a significant role in human functioning in the context of disease or illness.

Indeed, health is best understood in terms of a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors rather than purely in biological terms.

2015>2018 Journey

Having met Andry Vleeming many times, and constantly reminded by him that I needed to meet Diane, the time had come.  In the Summer of 2014, Physio UK had announced Diane Lee was booked to teach a five-day Womens Health Course in Surrey, UK.  I begged to attend the course (not being a Practitioner of Manual Therapy (PoMT), this is generally the barrier I receive when applying to attend PoMT specific courses) and was given permission to attend – along with three other bandits!  February 2015 I met Diane, fully immersed myself in her course, and spent the whole course pacing the back of the room with so many questions, so many epiphanies, and most of all… a teacher in manual therapy who was approachable and who embraced inquisitive minds.  I later learnt Diane facilitates a 12 months Clinical Mentorship programme in Canada – Upon requesting a place on this programme Diane spoke to me frankly about ensuring I made the time to be ready for the journey and no obstacles put in my way of learning. I attended the programme with the mindset to explore the hypotheses made within the Integrated Systems Model (ISM), to gain the understanding and application of hands-on data acquisition, and to remain ‘on the fence’ with each assessment process and conclusion by trying to falsify the system.  In 2017 I started my Certification in the ISM, continuing my falsification mindset and adding specific parts of my PhD to the process, to later become Certified by Diane in the ISM.

So, what is ISM?

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