'Anyone can find disease; the real skill is finding health...'
Dr Andrew Taylor Still, founder of Osteopathy 1874.
Triathlete Gill Fullen
Tilly Sponsors Triathlete Gill Fullen
To see Gill’s race CV, just click HERE
Latest Race Report HERE
Now, everything listed below is pretty impressive. Gill’s race CV is amazing, however, nothing is quite as amazing as what she has achieved this year. It’s been tough but Gill has battled cancer and come out back on top of the podium. Get a cuppa and have a read of this fabulous article by Tri247. It’s truly inspiration and I hope it helps anyone facing what Gill faced in the future:
Triathlete Gill Fullen came to me before her first Ironman triathlon suffering from shin splints and IT band problems causing severe leg and knee pain. Despite physio treatment, massage and exercises, these problems were stopping Gill training just at the crucial period before her big race. With regular treatments, I was able to ease Gill’s symptoms and enable her to complete her scheduled sessions. During the race itself Gill didn’t feel any pain from her usual problems at all, with the only real issue being blistered feet.
Since then, Gill has completed a further 3 Ironman triathlons, as well as numerous shorter distance races. Throughout the last four years I have treated Gill regularly to deal with injuries she has picked up, to maintain muscle health and structural function and therefore to prevent further injury. I have used a number of techniques to achieve this including osteopathy, acupuncture, kinesio taping, vibration plate and thumper massaging. I have come to have a deep understanding of the demands that multisport places on the body and always try to enable my athletes to continue to train where possible. Gill is living proof that osteopathy can help athletes maintain form and improve performance. My running patients have given me a healthy interest in gait analysis and the effect of technique on performance and injury.
In 2012 Gill qualified for and competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. In 2013 she has won her age group at Majorca 70.3 Ironman, a world gold medal at long distance triathlon, two more golds at long and standard distance duathlon, as well as a National duathlon title.
This is someone who could hardly walk when I met her and who, due to the intensity of her training, has suffered from as many physical problems as I could list. Each one we have worked with and seen the back of, to the point where finally we seem to get less and less serious issues. It is a continual challenge to keep my athletes functioning, but one that provides great challenges and, with every success, increases my knowledge and ability to solve their issues. I get a huge amount of satisfaction seeing my athlete patients in a wide variety of sports achieving their goals. I will continue to support them to the best of my ability and enjoy celebrating their successes.